'Mark, who is English, looks after the garden and the pool. Nadia
(Scottish) cleans the house before arrival and after departure.
Mark's telephone number is in the Information book in the house,
and he is very helpful if you have any problems..
You can walk to Seillans village by turning right out of the gates
and along footpath alongside garden. Keep following path, cross
the road and on up bearing slightly to the right. It is very steep!
It takes about 10-15 mins to go up (depending on how fit you are!)
but less to come back. If you do this walk at night, be sure to
take a torch and leave the outside lights on to welcome you back
– it is very dark! At the top of the steps is the centre of
the village – bar, good butcher and baker, grocery shop, chemist
and newsagent. (You can, of course, drive up - there is a car park
at the top and two about half way up) At
the foot of village is “Huit a Huit” a mini supermarket
(only open 9.00- 7.30pm!) – you pass it if you drive up to
the village. It has a good selection of everything basic. All shops
in village close at lunch time (12.30 – 4.00pm) including
Huit a huit. There are also good public tennis courts (8 euros per
hour in 2004) and a public swimming pool at the foot of the village,
5 mins walk from La Feniere.
(stay open all day and up to 12.30 on Sundays in high season)
Closest (apart from Huit a huit) is “Super U” in Fayence
– turn right at the mini roundabout if you are coming from
Seillans – good for all food. Also “Intermarche”
& “E.Leclerc” beyond Fayence on road to Grasse.
They are bigger and have more household things. All good value.
Fayence has a good market on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
& night life
In the village there is a bar, which does drinks and snacks, and
3 restaurants: Les Deux Rocs, at the top of the village, which is
excellent, but quite pricey; La Gloire de mon Pere in the Place
du Thouron near the top and also, in the same square, Le Relais
d'Olea, both of which are very good and share the space in the square
under the plane trees for outside dining in the summer. It is wonderful
to sit here for a long Sunday lunch or on a warm summer's evening.
These are all run by French locals. There is also a fourth restaurant,
La Chirane, which had closed down when we were last there but may
have reopened by now.
Fayence, a larger
village about 10 minutes drive away, has more shops and restaurants,
and an excellent market on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings.
Good Restaurants in Fayence are the Auberge Fleurie (at the foot
of the village by the roundabout), La France, La Strega (pizza),
La Farragoulet (a bit more pricey but very nice) at the top by the
look out point (lovely view from this point!!) Les Temps des Cerises,
which has been excellent whenever we have been, and several others
which we have not tried. There are various events in high season,
that take place in either the car park or the square in Fayence.
Go to the tourist office for information.
The chapel of Notre Dame de L’Ormeau (our lady of the elm
tree) is very old and worth a look inside if you catch it open.
There is an organised tour of the village and the chapel (in English
if you require) on a Thursday morning starting at the Tourist Office
at the top of the village – opposite the Gloire de Mon Pere.
Local villages, Bargemon
(lots of art galleries), Mons (fantastic view and good lunch restaurant)
and Callian (nice bars and good restaurant – Pizzeria au Rendezvous)
are all a short drive away and worth a visit.
has lots of restaurants, nice beaches good shops and a large car
park by the port (35/40 mins). Antibes is a lovely town, with lots
of good restaurants and an excellent market on a Sunday morning.
(40/45mins). Nice also has a good market every morning except Monday,
in the Cours Saleya, in the old town. Also a good shopping opportunity
is the Friday market at Ventimiglia – just across the border
in Italy. It is good for leather goods in particular. It starts
early in the morning and ends mid afternoon. You can have lunch
at restaurants on the beach, just through the market. Trains go
from stations all along the coast, but Cannes is the easiest, and
has a car park next to it. It takes around an hour and a half by
train – so you will need to start early. (Not recommended
in high season as trains and market are very crowded and hot).
Closest beaches are St Raphael/Frejus, Agay (which has a good fish
restaurant on the beach – Auberge de la Rade), Cannes –
about 35/40 mins. There are also little stony beaches at the Lac
St Cassien (about 20 mins drive away). Here there are pedalos and
swimming, and cafes serving snacks and drinks, at various points
along the road.
Take a day trip inland to the north west and visit the spectacular
Gorges du Verdon or, for a more glamourous day out, take the Autoroute
east to Monte Carlo and Menton or west to St Tropez. The hill-top
town of St Paul de Vence, where you might catch a glimpse of some
familiar celebrities, and its neighbouring, less touristy, towns
of Vence and Haute Cagnes, are about 50 minutes away. Worth a visit,
but very busy during high season.