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Villa Rayol, St Tropez
Côte d'Azur, France
Chef Service Included, Sleeps 16
The stretch of coastline between La Croix Valmer and Bormes les Mimosas is possibly one of the best kept secrets in the south of France. Just 15 miles west of the hubbub of St Tropez, this pretty stretch of coastline is a much more serene affair, festooned with cobalt bays and former fishing villages, where the Massif de Maures mountains cascade in to the Mediterranean. The beach at Cavalière was recently voted the best in France, and a series of restaurants, from Les Couleurs Jardins in La Croix Valmer to Raymond Blanc's favourite restaurant, Le Club de Cavalière, place the area firmly on the gastronomic map.
Within walking distance, the Tropicana Beach Club has sun beds on the beach and simple light lunches during the day, and music late into the evening. Along the coast, several additional excellent sandy beaches are available, including Cavalière and Cabasson - as well as a number of reputed restaurants: Le Tamarin, Le Club de Cavalière and the Couleurs Jardins to name a few. For the sporty, a cycle path runs the length of the coast, from Toulon to St Tropez, water sports are available at various points along the coast and the backdrop of the Massif des Maures National Park provides a network of mountain bike paths and hiking trails.
Despite its headland position, the Villa Rayol is not immediately evident from the coastal road that weaves its way from St Tropez to Toulon. Yet for all its reticence, the Villa Rayol is one of the leading villas in the Cote d'Azur. Neat, symmetrical gardens, bordered with white roses and lavender, like embroidered lace, provide spectacular views across the Mediterranean, including the serene bay of Rayol and the islands of Port Cros - a view at first glance more Pacific than Mediterranean.
The pool, which can be heated, is well furnished with Italian sun beds, and a long dining table which runs the length of the summer house, and flickers with candles on warm, scented evenings. Here, meals can be prepared pool-side by the chef, from casual lunches to dinner parties under the stars. There is a bar and extensive wine-list, music system, Satellite TV and games.
Accommodation consists of four, large and comfortable bedrooms in the main house, with a further four bedrooms, equally well-presented, in a guest wing. Rooms are cooled with a state-of-the-art under-floor cooling system and bathrooms have rain showers and Occitane products. A drawing room, formal dining room and kitchen all open onto south-facing terraces, with 180 degree sea views, and an inner courtyard, surrounded with scented climbing jasmine, provides a perfect spot for pre-dinner canapés and cocktails.
Compared to some of the more celebrated towns of the Riviera, Le Rayol may be considered relatively unknown. But with house prices on the up and an increasingly celebrity list of visitors, what is certain is that this splendid stretch of the southern coast will not remain a secret for long.
- Swimming Pool (Heating available as extra cost)
- Pool House with large dining table and bar with extensive wine list
- Under-floor cooling system
- Home cinema
- Spectacular sea views
- Beautifully presented gardens
- Walking distance to beach and Tropicana Beach Club
- Music system
- Satellite TV
• Two double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms opening onto terraces
• Cinema room
• Kitchen with breakfast terrace
• Living area
• Formal dining room
• Summer terrace
• Two Master bedrooms with private en suite bathrooms and dressing rooms
Accessed via an internal courtyard, the guest house is a separate and wholly independent wing of the villa.
• Two double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms
• Further two double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms
Prices for this
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- Seven nights accommodation for up to 16 guests
- Cost of utilities including water, gas and electricity
- Villa Manager to assist guests
- Full time cook (Groceries charged at cost price)
- Daily housekeeping
- Pool towels and a supply of linen with weekly change
- Additional services available, please enquire