Villa Fontane opened a year ago – our first guests were on a family holiday in Provence and they were happy in our self-contained 3 bedroom cottage, despite the last minute alterations that needed to be completed.
Since then we have been fortunate to have many satisfied customers! Undoubtedly this is due to the ideal location – close to the villages of La Garde Freinet and Grimaud – and the comfort of the house. Many of the groups who stayed with us last summer were extended families – the grandparents sleeping in the upstairs double bedroom with its own bathroom, parents and children in the adjoining rooms downstairs. With two terraces there is enough room for privacy and shared meals are easy using the gas barbecue located near the kitchen.
Alban has been working like mad in the grounds and made them very pleasant for a stroll in the evening or a place to relax in the heat of the day. A few tree trunks, once cleared of ivy, have become natural sculptures thanks to his imagination and new-found skills. There’s now a swing and slack-line in place on the other side of the bridge – children can enjoy the adventure of exploring the grounds.
One year on … and now we’ve opened the guesthouse. A continental breakfast is included in the price. Each of the three bedrooms has its own features and is decorated individually with pictures and other souvenirs from our past lives. The triple bedroom has a separate ground-floor entrance which makes easy access for our guests who find stairs difficult.
The rooms all have leafy views – that’s why we chose green as the colour of Villa Fontane.
May is the month when festivals begin to liven up village life. The “bravades” are festivals to celebrate saints and each village has its turn. 4th-5th May is the St Clément Bravade in La Garde Freinet with a traditional procession through the streets and down to the Chapel St Clément. If you attend a “bravade” don’t forget to wear earplugs – the rifle shots echo around the hills and shake the ground when you stand close. Folk dancing in traditional costumes follows mass in the village church on Sunday – you can experience authentic village life passed on through generations. The following weekends the festivals are held in Cogolin, Sainte Maxime and then St Tropez on the 16th, 17th and 18th May – the noisiest, liveliest, most honorable of them all!
Come and see us at Villa Fontane and help us celebrate our first anniversary.