We stayed at this lovely villa for two weeks in September, and found it an ideal place to relax. It has a particularly attractive location, private but not isolated, with wonderful views.
We made our booking rather later than we usually do, and Greg, the owner, was most friendly and efficient. All our enquiries were handled very promptly and in onsiderable detail. This gave us full confidence to go ahead with the booking - an important factor in these days of internet scams.
The front elevation of the villa is modest and gives no hint of the sweeping elegance within. The villa is built on several levels and the furnishings are of good quality and chosen with a fine eye. Gracious living, rather than random pieces finding a final dumping ground. Our bedroom and had plenty of storage space and abundant coat hangers, which always gets a big tick from me. Bathroom was spotless and well-lit, with an excellent, pounding shower.
The grounds of the villa are deceptively large and typically Provençal, with olive trees and lavender, and have plenty different places to sit. The pool is a good size and beautifully maintained. In mid-September it was very cold, so maybe explore the possibility of using the covers to raise the temperature a bit. Loungers can be moved to sun or shade as required.
Without a doubt, our favourite spot was the little dining table on the patio in front of the big picture window in the dining room. This gives onto the most exquisite view down to the village, where the church stands in the middle of a cluster of pastel coloured houses. At breakfast, the light changes as the sun climbs and shines through the olive trees; at aperitif time you can bask in full, hot sun and watch the sky gradually turn pink.
Claviers is a pleasant village with good holiday facilities. You can walk down in about ten minutes and get provisions from the Proxi (cheerful and helpful owner) and your bag of pastries will taste all the better for having toiled home back up the hill. The restaurant in the village square is a little gem; Madame is very welcoming, the portions are generous and the meat us superb. Large meal fortwo, with wine and beers, still change from €70, result.
Visitors should be aware that Villa Charmante has no wifi, so it pays to be prepared. Load up your Kindle and get your podcasts before you leave home, and maybe buy an extra bundle of data. We don't think of ourselves as internet junkies, but much of modern life takes place on line - bookings, opening times, charges - so you may need to be prepared. Variable signal at the villa, but a strong one in the village, and free wifi at the restaurant.
We really did gave a lovely, relaxing holiday at Villa Charmante. It provides a good base to drive through lovely countryside to a host of attractions and beautiful villages, and us a fabulous spot to return to each night. We recommend it very highly, and thank Greg and all his team for a wonderful holiday.
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