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We spent our two week vacation at Claude's villa, which sits high up on the western side of a forested hill, overlooking Lake Carces. It's a truly tranquil location, with a superb view down to the lake itself.
The villa is a split-level building, with the kitchen, living area, bath/shower room, wc and a bedroom on the upper level, while below is further sleeping accommodation comprising one double bedroom, a further "open-plan" type double bed room and two further single beds. There's also an excellent shower room and further wc
The two floors levels aren't connected by an internal staircase - you have to go outside between the two - but it represented no problem to us at all.
The villa itself is extremely well equipped, especially in the kitchen and the living room boasted a large (something in the region of 50 inch) TV screen, with satellite TV and a DVD player. There is also wi-fi, although worth pointing out the connection was intermittent (for whatever reason). Both floors are well serviced by modern air conditioning units.
The upper patio area (as pictured) is where we ate most of of our meals, with the fantastic view over the lake in the background. The swimming pool is on the level below and where our 16 and 14 year old boys spent most of their time.
The villa is around a 15 minute drive away from the main town of Carces and a further 10 minutes or so onto places such as Cotignac and Entrecasteaux.
It's worth pointing out that the villa is located around 1.3 miles off the road which runs around Lake Carces and this 1.3 mile stretch is not in great condition (especially the last 70 meters or so, which is akin to a pot-holed track). It's not an issue for most modern day cars, but not somewhere to bring a low-slung sports car!
In summary, it's a hugely relaxing villa to enjoy and certainly covered the varied requirements we had as a family of four with two boys. The location is simply stunning, matched by the weather we enjoyed and the wildlife we were fortunate enough to have seen while there. If only I could work from there...
When we arrived, we were very pleased, since the home looked better than the pictures! We were also welcomed with some tea by the property owner, which was very kind.
The property was lovely and clean, with a well equipped kitchen, 4 spacious bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. There were several sitting areas, both inside and out, and the decks around the pool were great for relaxing. There is also a ping-pong table.
The owners were very helpful with any questions we had, and also had information on local areas to visit, restaurants and so on. We went to one of those restaurants one evening - noted in the Michelin guide - and it was excellent!
The centre of town is about 10 or 15 minutes walk from the property, so it is easy to get groceries or visit the market, as we did one day.
Arles, Avignon, Aix and Nimes are all reachable from the property, as is the Gorges du Verdon and the Cote d'Azur.
We can definitely recommend this property to anyone looking for a quiet relaxing stay in a very pleasant environment.