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Quiet medieval village house B&B 1

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Lizzie

Quiet medieval village house B&B 1

2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
HOME HIGHLIGHTS
Great location100% of recent guests gave this home’s location a 5-star rating.
Great check-in experience100% of recent guests gave this home’s check-in process a 5-star rating.
Sparkling clean3 recent guests have said that this home was sparkling clean.

The space

Visitors to Sebastian and Lizzie Smith's delightful home in the medieval Provençal village of Montauroux find they only have one complaint - they run out of superlatives. Its idyllic setting could hardly be bettered: in a seemingly remote corner of the Var and yet barely 30 kilometers from the bustling Riviera coastline, it offers a chance to relax, breathe fresh air, unwind and recharge the batteries.
The house itself, lovingly restored by artist Sebastian, Lizzie and local craftsmen, is a former Prieuré dating from 1680. It sits on the quiet rue de l'Eglise, facing the Norman church of St. Barthélémy and a broad flight of stone steps leading to a jewel-like chapel rescued from dereliction by Christian Dior, who chose Montauroux for his summer residence at the Château de la Colle Noire.
Perched on its hill-top, about a thousand feet above sea level and off the beaten tourist routes, Montauroux is a living village with a genuine sense of community. The locals, proud of their history, celebrate with summer fêtes, musical evenings and pétanque competitions in the beautiful main village square.
If guests want ideas for excursions, Sebastian and Lizzie are happy to impart their knowledge, recommending good places to eat, arranging a visit to a local vineyard or suggesting trips to scores of places of interest. A special attraction is the range of outstanding art collections that grace this stretch of the south of France. If their aim is simply to relax or to explore this beautiful region, and whether they come for a full holiday or a long weekend, visitors are promised a warm welcome at le Prieuré.
One of the three elegant guest rooms looks onto an appealing mix of narrow streets and ancient houses with their roman tiled roofs. At the rear, the guest rooms face west across the valley, with a sweeping vista that takes in the neighbouring village perché of Callian, evoking a cubist composition from the brush of Braque or Picasso. These are rooms with a view to delight the most discriminating of characters from an E M Forster novel. A ground floor sitting room with wood burning fire opens onto the west facing terrace where guests can enjoy breakfast or relax in the evening sun, whilst the terraced gardens step down the hillside with walks among the vines and the mirabelle, cherry, fig, almond and olive trees.
Local activities include tennis, hiking and walking, horse riding, mountain biking, cycling and gliding. The Lac de St. Cassien, only a short drive away, offers fishing, sailing, canoeing, rowing and swimming and is also an ideal spot for picnics, just lying in the sun or renting a pedalo. There are several golf courses in the area, the nearest being the prestigious, world class Terre-Blanche. At the Gorges du Verdon you will find excellent canoeing, rafting and kayaking facilities and superb walks. Other places of interest include the perfume factories at Grasse and the 12th Century Cistercian Abbey at Le Thoronet. All the local villages have festivals and markets throughout the year and even the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix are within easy reach. If lazing the day away on the beach is your thing then there are many within easy reach including the long stretch between Mandelieu and Cannes and St. Aygulf further to the west.
There are several reasonably priced restaurants within walking distance of Le Prieuré serving a range of local and national dishes. The Bar du Clos in the main square is a great place for a glass of rosé or a pastis either at lunchtime or in the evening. They also serve amongst other things, great pizzas and a fabulous steak tartare. There are also many other restaurants and bars within a short drive catering for a wide range of tastes, details of which are available at Le Prieuré.
The wines of Provençe have greatly improved in recent years and there are numerous vineyards to visit within the immediate locality with their own distinctive varieties of rosé, red and white. Go and visit them, have a taste or two (degustation), buy a bottle or a dozen and enjoy the experience.

Amenities

Indoor Fireplace
Heating
Iron
Laptop friendly workspace
TV
Wireless Internet

House Rules

Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
Check-in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM

Availability

16 Reviews

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Maria User Profile
Maria
July 2018
I’d start by saying ‘thank you Lizzie & Sebastian!’. This was definitely more than just a place to stay. It was an unique experience! The views from the bedroom are spectacular and the house is beautifully decorated - that wonderful combination of modern facilities and antiques t…
Lorraine User Profile
Lorraine
May 2018
This is a really special place . Full of art and colour with amazing views . It is immaculate and comfortable .There is lovely guest sitting room ,a delicious breakfast and Lizzie and Sebastian are fantastic hosts .
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Mary
June 2017
Such a lovely house with wonderfully welcoming hosts. The location was perfect for my stay in the middle of montauroux. Breakfast was delicious and plentiful with wonderful views across the valley. Lizzie was brilliant at communicating beforehand suggesting car hire firms and was…
Lizzie User Profile
Response from Lizzie:
Thank you for your kind words Mary — it was a pleasure having you to stay. Do come again one day.
June 2017
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Brian
June 2014
Fabulous place, fabulous view and fabulous hospitality. Lizzie and Sebastion couldn't have made us more welcome or been more helpful - like staying with old friends. The house is a 2 minute walk from the square, passing a superb restaurant on the way to the bar where an excellent…
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Cecilia
August 2018
It has been a very nice stay, short but excellent. Location and house are both just beautiful and the two guest are special and fully dedicated. I would recommend it to anyone traveling in the area.
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Ernestine
June 2018
Lizzie’s place is a wonderful jewel in Montauroux with beautiful views over the valley! We were warmly welcomed by Lizzie and Sebastien in their home upon early arrival and their friendliness and hospitality had no end. We got tips about local spots and enjoyed good conversati…
Lizzie User Profile
Response from Lizzie:
Thank you for your kind words. It was great to meet you both.
June 2018
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Geir
August 2017
The warm hospitality shown by Lizzie and Seb is beyond words! They are without a doubt the most helpful and kind hosts you'll ever have! THIS is where you want to stay:-)

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Montauroux, FranceJoined in January 2012
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I live in the South of France and I am the wife of artist and writer Sebastian Smith.
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