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A comfortable, well-located, peaceful, and very private villa in the Var
There were just two of us at La Mude for two weeks in May, so we had a lot of space, and we loved it. The location was perfect for exploring this less-visited (but well worth it) part of Provence. We found the villa spacious, comfortable, and well-appointed, set in beautifully landscaped and well-maintained grounds. The kitchen is roomy and well-equipped (we cook quite a bit). The bed (in the master bedroom, at least) is very comfortable, and the showers are fine.
La Mude (both house and setting) is the creation of Edward, the owner and our host, a British gentleman and one of the most interesting and gracious hosts I have encountered in many years of renting vacation accommodations. He is very helpful and engaging if you need something or just want to chat, and he will leave you alone if you don't. His terraced property, with its own brook and fish pond just below the house, is well worth a wander. It is a lovely, isolated place, and the heated pool is the cherry on top. Perfect.
Salernes has several supermarkets (overall, Casino is the best). There is a big outdoor market on Sunday morning, and some shops are open while the market is on, but after things close, it is worth noting that there is a small but good shop adjacent to the restaurant in Pontevès that is open in the afternoon, with a good selection of basics, including organic produce and other foods.
There are many varied drives and things to see and do in all directions. The Var is much less spoiled by tourism than the neighboring Luberon, although attractive places such as Cotignac and Tourtour have been too commercialized for us. We preferred less pretentious villages such as Ampus, Pontevès, Tavernes (despite the busy road that runs through it), and small Fox-Amphoux, as well as the medieval parts of Aups and Villecroze. The Gorges du Verdon is not far off. If you've visited America's Grand Canyon, lower your expectations a bit, and it is spectacular on its own terms.
Enjoy the Var, enjoy La Mude, enjoy Edward. As a package, they will provide a very relaxing, enjoyable holiday.
Fantastic beautifully kept house and gardens
Just returned from a week at La Mude. Lovely clean house and beautifully kept gardens. Pool is gorgeous with great views and is clean and warm. The owner Edward was very kind and helpful. Lots to do in the area. Highly recommend.
Just returned from a 2 week stay at the villa. There were 4 adults and 4 kids. Villa is nice and remote and accessible via a bumpy/stony path from the road. Not ideal to drive on but then that's the compromise for the remoteness of our stay. Close to Sillans and Salernes. Salernes has numerous restaurants, a pharmacy and twice weekly market and well worth a visit. The big supermarkets are also that way. Sillans, which is closer, has 3 restaurants, a small child's playing area, pony rides and a waterfall. We also spent two half days at Lac St Croix, which has pedalos, canoes etc and is worth visiting. You should also go to Aups for more restaurants and a walk around.
We were a lazy bunch and spent most of our time at the villa. The villa is very authentic and well set out with a good sized kitchen and living area with Sky TV (which helped when we wanted the children out of the sun). The decor is perfectly fine/acceptable (comfortable beds) and has two travel cots and high chairs. Lots of toilets, showers, etc. The steps leading up to the 1st floor are steepish but upstairs also has a seating/TV area. There is no air-con but generally we had no issues and it was in the 90's every day for our stay.
Outside the villa has a nice grass patch with shade and a gate which leads down to the pool. So 'up top' is a nice place to eat and let the kids play in front of you. There is also a badminton net and table tennis table (plus bats).
Through the gate will lead you onto steep steps down to the swimming pool. The pool is superb and a decent size (10mx5m). It was clean for most of our stay (probably a combination of 8 people + suntan lotion made it cloudy but Edward came and cleaned it and I'm sure would have come more frequently if we had asked). We spent most of our time in the pool. A good sized green area is next to the pool for loungers and has good shade in the afternoon.
The only caution I would express if for those with young kids. We had four ranging from ages 2-6 and we had no problems however you will need to keep an eye on them. For example, there are some steep drops/stairs here and there and a (safe) stream next to the pool. However, you should expect this in a villa in rural France and this was part of its charm.
We all loved the area and the villa and agreed that we would definitely return (which I guess is the ultimate compliment). We are missing the pool already. I can see why this place is so popular.
It was great haveing you too stay just so pleased you enjoyed your selves and I look forward to you returning next year.
Salernes en Sillans la Cascade liggen in het hart van de Provence, 15 mijl ten zuiden van het Lac St. Croix, en de indrukwekkende Gorge de Verdun. 30 mijl landinwaarts van de baai van St. Tropez en een uur ten oosten van Aix-en-Provence. De dichtstbijzijnde grote stad is Draguignan, 15 mijl naar het oosten, maar de steden Cannes, Monaco, Nice en Grasse zijn allemaal gemakkelijk te bereiken. Nice en Marseille luchthavens zijn beide ongeveer 1. hour15 minuten met de auto.
Andere Activiteiten: Golf, golf driving range, paardrijden, windsurfen, zeilen en kanoën Wandelen, Cross country Biking allemaal binnen handbereik. We hebben ook een aantal zeer goede wijngaarden al een bezoek waard. Tijdens de hitte van de dag de grotten van Villecroze ook zeker een bezoek waard.