Lazy days by the pool, read a book in a shady corner of the garden, a long lunch on the terrace
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- Rate: €1,290 to €2,890 per week
- Location: Cotignac - Var - Provence
- Type: Provençal villa
- Altitude in metres: 160 m
- Outlook: South
- Sleeps: 8
- Animals welcome
- Main rooms: 6
- Number of bedrooms: 3
- Number of double beds: 2
- Number of single beds: 4
- Bath/shower rooms: 3
- Bath(s): 1
- Shower(s): 2
- Toilet(s) in bathroom(s): 3
- Separate toilet(s): 2
- Floor area: 192 m2
- Independent kitchen
- Number of floors: 2
- Dining room
- Dining seating for: 8
- Parking spaces available: 6
- Distance to the town centre: 3 km
- Swimming pool: Outdoor
- Hot tub
- Oven: Electric
- Hob: Electric
- Dining seating for: 8
- Place settings for: 12
- Baby's high chair
- Coffee machine
- Baby bath
- Washing machine
- Tumble dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Baby's cot
- Flat garden
- Outdoor dining table for: 28
- BBQ: Charcoal
- Outdoor dining seating for: 28
- Garden chairs/sun loungers: 8
- Garden surface area: 25000 m2
- Pool size: 11m long x 5m wide
- Pool cover
- Outdoor hot tub
- Capacity: 6
- Board games
- Pétanque area
- French TV
- Total TV screens: 1
- French satellite
- DVD player
- Sound system
- Air conditioning
- Vacuum cleaner
- Internet access
- Free WiFi internet
Local places of interest / Within easy reach
- Open view
- Supermarket: 1 km
- Heritage sites
- Horse riding
- Road biking
- Mountain biking
- Water sports
Inclusions & Restrictions
- Linen provided
- Bath mats provided
- Bath towels provided
- Hand towels provided
- Tea towels provided
- Elec, heat, water provided
- Firewood provided
- Tourist tax charged locally
- Available catered (by prior arrangement)
- Car recommended
- Non-smoking rental
Please note: the outdoor pool is available from beginning of April until mid October.
For safety reasons the wood-fired Scandinavian hot tub at the property is not available from beginning of June to beginning of October. In severe dry conditions we may have to discontinue use of the hot tub, outside of these dates, at the request of the local fire department. Thank you for your understanding.
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About Mas le Chêne...
Picture your perfect villa in Provence, and there’s a good chance it will look like Mas le Chêne.
Built in warm stone, with shuttered windows, and surrounded by olive groves, vineyards and orchards, it’s the perfect place for a group of family or friends to spend a relaxing holiday.
Imagine sunny days around the pool, or outside of the main Summer season, relaxing in the wood-fired Scandinavian hot tub, before a simple lunch of local bread, cheese and wine on one of the many sunny terraces, or shady spot to be found dotted around the property.
The charming village of Cotignac is just 5km away, and has a good choice of restaurants, cafes and bars. There’s also a butcher, baker, fishmonger and a great market - everything you need to live like a local.
The property ...
Mas le Chêne sleeps up to 8 people in three en-suite bedrooms, one of which is in the annexe guest house.
The annexe and the Mas are linked by a stunning garden room with comfy armchairs, a fireplace, and two walls of windows, so that the views across the vineyards and gardens can be enjoyed all year round. Two of the bedrooms have double beds, one has an en suite shower room, the other an en suite bathroom. The third bedroom has an ensuite shower room and four single beds, so will particularly appeal to children, or two of the beds can be pushed together to form a double, making this a good family room.
The villa is decorated throughout in neutral tones, making for a relaxed ambience, no more so than in the open plan living area, with soft sofas, an elegant dining table and cosy wood-burning stove. The well-equipped kitchen has everything you need to cook up a delicious meal, and there's even a summer kitchen, equipped with a sink, fridge and barbecue oven with a hatch overlooking a terrace between the house and the pool. It's the perfect shaded spot to eat on warm summer evenings.
After dinner take a stroll around the extensive grounds, enjoy a game of petanque, find a quiet spot to read a book, or chat with friends - there is plenty of space for everyone to spread out.
About the area ...
With the beautiful and unspoilt village of Cotignac, known locally as Petit St Tropez, just a few minutes drive away, you'll find plenty to do without spending hours in the car.
The village has a typical provencal market on Tuesday mornings, and is a great place to pick up local produce - fresh fruit and veg, olives, honey, oil, truffles and cured meats - as well as lavender, ceramics and other souvenirs. Why not pick up everything you need for a picnic and head out for a walk?
Just 7km from Cotignac is the pretty village of Sillans la Cascade. From here it's a lovely walk on forest paths to the waterfall. Further afield there's windsurfing and sailing on Lac Sainte-Croix, rafting, canoeing and climbing in the Gorge du Verdun, and you'll then be able to head back to Mas le Chêne in time to cool off in the pool, perhaps before a gentle game of boules and a glass of local wine.
The pool is completely surrounded by an ironwork fence for safety, and an ironwork pergola to provide much-needed shade down by the pool.
Mas le Chêne can be reached easily in just over an hour from the airports at Marseille, Toulon or Nice. It’s a great base for exploring the villages of Provence, and the vineyards that surround them - don’t forget to taste the wine!
Further south there are the chic resorts of Saint-Tropez, Grimaud and Frejus. If you can stand the crowds, they are worth a day trip! Marseilles is less busy and certainly worth a visit - its role as a port and its proximity to Africa gives the city an international feel, particularly in the Panier shopping quarter. If you are there in June, try to get to the Fete du Panier - a lively two-day celebration of the city’s cultural diversity.
If a week or two at Mas Le Chene sounds like your idea of the perfect holiday, check our calendar for available weeks. If you need a little time, we can hold the dates for 24 hours. But don't wait any longer - this is always a very popular choice for OVO Network guests.
Cotignac - Var - Provence
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The OVO Network Review
“We just LOVE the Mas le Chene”
The three bedroom, three bathroom Mas le Chene property for 8 (max 6 adults) is spread over 192m2 of floor space. The original two bulidings are now linked by a wonderful garden room. The property is constantly evolving as the owners improve the already beautiful interior and exterior spaces every year.
The property is set within its own vineyard, the accent really is on outdoor living! There are many different spaces out of doors, lots of different seating areas. Al fresco dining is always a pleasure, and entirely possible from May through until the end of October given the warm climate. There is a walled petanque court so that guests can enjoy stay long tournaments, the fenced in (for security reasons) pool area is superb! We especially like setting up an outdoor office overlooking the vines, beneath the shade of the oak tree. The Scandinavian-style hot tub is perfect when the pool is not heated.
The living room and the bedrooms are comfortable, all bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms with wc's, children will really enjoy the dorm style bedroom in the only part of the building to be on the first floor. The air conditioning in the bedrooms is a welcome plus, as is the summer kitchen overlooking the garden between the house and the pool. There are plenty of shady spots to be had out of doors, and plenty of parasols and pergolas to sit beneath.
This property is ideal for two families , groups of friends, or even couples, wanting to escape to a tranquil space in the countryside within a short drive of the beautiful town of Cotignac, which organises many activities and events across the year. There are many superb vineyards around the immediate area with our particular favourites being Mirabeau en Provence, and Carpe Diem.
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From the Owner
It was a case of "location, location, location" and we saw the potential of what we could turn it into.
“Our first visit to the Var was about 11 years ago. We were invited by our neighbours and friends from Holland. We had heard already many enthusiastic stories about Cotignac, so we were really curious to go and visit our friends over there. They had already had their holiday home there for several years; a lovely townhouse overlooking the open air Theatre. We fell immediatly in love with the village and surrounding area. While we were there we decided to have a look in the estate agents and, before we knew it, we had an appointment to view 3 houses! The first house was an immediate hit. We were warned by friends, family and magazines never to fall in love with the first house you visit, but this was exactly what we did.
Why did we fall in love with the house? It was nothing spectacular, although it was “en pierres” (stone) it was scruffy and not well laid out. But it was a case of, “location, location, location” and we saw the potential of what we could turn it into. So the next day we where committed into buying the house, and we have never regretted it. Later on we got in touch with a fantastic (lady) architect and she added all the smart ideas to turn this house into the nice asymmetric building which it is now, whilst at the same time preserving the original character of the house. We also decided straight away that we needed a large pool designed in the style of a large fountain in the “Provence” style, both the house and pool are located amidst the vineyards, belonging to the house. So after a short period of transforming the house into what it is now, we can relax and enjoy it’s gentleness, it’s quiet location, and share long pleasurable dinners and conversations with our friends and family. We love to have lunch or dinner with our friends on the large tables in front of the house enjoying the view of the vineyards and then later cool off in the pool, or play a game of boules on the court beyond the pool. The nicest moments come at the end of the afternoon when everybody is rosy and relaxed by the sun and swimming pool and we meet to chat and have a drink under the century old oak tree in front of the house, overlooking the vineyards.
When we are in Cotignac we love to stroll around the villages of the Provence Verte, and visit the market. There are many opportunities to go winetasting in and around Cotignac, but our faviourite “ Domaine”or vineyard is “Chateau Margui”, just outsite the village of Correns. And of course a drive to famous St.Tropez in the spring and a wander around the “vide grenier” (Antique/ Flea markets) are always worthwile and enjoyable.
Are the children too small to have a quiet dinner in a restaurant or do you just prefer to stay on your own lovely terrace but not having the fuss of cooking your own meal than we can offer you the opportunity to have a cook at home! While sipping a cool glass of rose on the edge of your pool, PURE home cooking will provide you a lovely dinner. The table is attractively dressed for you, an excellent 3 or 4 course menu is served on your private terrace and of course they will leave your kitchen spotlessly clean. On request, they can also cook for your children so your dinner can be quiet and undisturbed. For further information www.pure-homecooking.com
Conrad and Marjo Teppema
“The best place to relax !”
A beautiful home and lovely surroundings, including the pool, gardens (so many places just to sit and enjoy the views). If you are looking for a relaxed, family break - this is the place!
Michele B. - 25/08/2018
“A beautiful week”
An idyllic setting in Provence beautiful view of the vineyards and tastefully decorated. The village and the area are magnificent.
Katia P. - 14/07/2018
We had a great week staying at Mas Le Chene with my family as we prepared for my daughter's wedding in Chateau de Robernier.
Just a shame we couldn't stay longer !
We loved the secluded location set in vineyards, the rustic charm, the air conditioning in the bedrooms, the swimming pool.
We enjoyed the proximity to Cotignac and the beauty of the surrounding areas.
Thanks to Estelle and her team for looking after us when we arrived and left.
William M. - 07/07/2018
“A perfect holiday with friends”
A superb house ideal location, magnificent setting, all the equipment you need and more and an excellent welcome.
Marie B. - 30/06/2018
What a great location and great property! The setting is absolutely beautiful.
The house is well stocked with all the essentials. We found the kitchen a bit of a challenge (we are foodies who love to cook wherever we go) but we made use of the outdoor cooking area and were able to create great meals none-the-less. Beds were super comfy and the new glassed in living room between the main house and guest quarters is a real gem. The managers were easy to deal with and very helpful. Would love to live in this area one day!
Peter And Janice L. - 20/09/2017
“Great house, great location, great holiday !”
We had a great two weeks at Mas le Chene. The house is really well appointed and the location is really stunning.
The kids loved the swings and we all loved the pool (especially in the heatwave that we endured(!) The manager were absolutely brilliant, and when we did need to call on them to help us out they were at the house within 15 minutes of calling! At the risk of there being no availability for us to stay in the future I can't recommend Mas le Chene enough - great location , great house, great service.
Richard G. - 29/07/2017
“Lovely area and pleasant stay”
Thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable stay. We particularly liked the quiet nights sipping wine under a star studded sky and the lovely pool. The air conditioning was also a big plus. The village of Cotignac, Gorge du Verdon and the Riviera are made for great day trips.
Merijn N. - 22/07/2017
“We'll come back !”
We had a lovely time staying at Mas le Chene. The property is magical : gorgeous views, a beautiful house with historic character, a refreshing pool, plenty of places to sit and eat in the shade, completely private (about half a mile off the road) and well supplied with anything anyone might possibly need.
We'll never forget our evening walks and outdoor dinners, listening to the birds, going to the Cotignac market, and sitting in in front of the house to watch the stars and the moon rise. We would all love to come back some day.
Tineke B. - 10/06/2017
“The best stay !”
We've just spent a splendid week in Mas le Chene.
We Think we have rented many times in France over the years, so we do have some experience.
But this was definitely the best ever. We'll be back some day to enjoy all the benefits of this lovely house again.
Marc T. - 03/06/2017
“Location, location, location!”
A lovely fortnight spent in a delightful property. Perfect for a family to relax and enjoy what Provence has to offer. And what's not to like about this part of France?
Malachy D. - 30/07/2016
“We loved our stay in Cotignac at Mas Le Chêne.”
The house was clean and comfy. The pool is not heated, but the venue is charming. We had a problem with wasps coming down the chimney, but the caretaker had an exterminator immediately come and take care of them. We went during high season and paid around $2200+ a week for the 5 of us. During low season, this place would be a steal as the price is greatly reduced. It's 5 kilometers from town and the area is close to many beautiful small villages. I would suggest Mas Le Chêne for a family.
Ashley W. - 05/09/2015
“We would recommend this house to anyone!”
We spent a wonderful week at Mas Le Chêne. What we particularly liked were the view at the vineyards and the feeling of space, calm and silence around us. For every moment of the day, for every type of weather you can find a cosy place to sit, dine or enjoy a good glass of rosé wine. The house is neat, complete and has a very nice atmosphere and interior.
Nicole B. - 01/08/2015
“We had a wonderful stay at the Mas le Chêne!”
The surroundings, the swimming pool, and the barbecues in the garden... we loved it all.
Renate V. - 18/07/2015
We had a lovely holiday thank you. The property was really lovely. Very beautiful spot, and very peaceful.
Gerald E. - 06/06/2015
We have enjoyed a great holiday, thanks to the unique location of the mas and the proximity of the village. You don't have to go far to enjoy the atmosphere of a typical Provencal village of Cotignac, a beautiful location. Plus the stunning mas has several more advantages: the swimming pool, various terraces and the quiet location... definitely a place to come back to. The photo presentation is often an idealised presentation. But the Mas was exactly as shown on the website, quite striking.
Joseph C. - 14/06/2014
We stayed for two weeks, and simply LOVED the house and the village. We can gladly recommend this house to anyone as we have nothing to complain about!
Hope H. - 14/07/2012
“It's like a home from home”
This is the second time we have stayed at the Mas and it felt so good to be back. It is so relaxing to sit and chat around the pool in the late afternoon before firing up the BBQ in the summer kitchen. The contrast between the peaceful setting of the Mas and the bustle of Cotignac or Aix-en-Provence is startling, and we did manage a couple more tasting sessions at local vineyards. There is so much space for everyone indoors and out, bliss!
Louis C. - 16/05/2012
“This is the best place to be!”
We visited Mas Le Chêne for the 4th time, and each time we believe it is the best place to be.
The house is very comfortable. We have spend there much time just the 2 of us, but also had friends
visiting us and staying for some days. With 3 bathrooms available makes it very pleasant. The kitchen is so cosy, we have prepared many meals there. There is so much space on the terrasses where you can sit and relax: under the oak tree (fantastic when it is very hot), near the summer kitchen/BBQ (great for lunch), by the swimming pool! What a wonderful view over the vineyards In front of the kitchen to have breakfast. And when the sun is down and it is dark, the surroundings become so quiet and peaceful without any lights from other houses, and only the stars and the moon. You can walk through the vineyards to Carces (45 min to 1 hour walk) or to Cotignac, and there are interesting official walking tracks in the Var area. Mas le Chêne is perfectly located
because we like to have restaurants, markets etc nearby, but we also like to have lots of privacy.
The memories we gathered in Mas le Chene are the best possible you can have!!
Inge V. - 04/09/2011
“We weren' t there long enough...”
We stayed at the Mas le Chene as a group of 8 [two families of four] and there was ample space for us all, indoors and out. The teenagers enjoyed sleeping in the large bedroom upstairs in the main house, and one couple had the honeymoon suite in the annexe, what a treat! There was certainly plenty of choice as to where we were going to sit to eat. We tended to begin each day with breakfast at the kitchen table, ate lunch in one of the many local restaurants, then an apero by the pool, followed by supper prepared in the summer kitchen and eaten beneath the shade of the magnificent oak tree. We weren't there long enough to try out all of the different groupings of tables and chairs out of doors! The views across the vineyards were magical, and the peace and quite most welcome. We loved the pool, of course and the petanque court beyond.
We enjoyed quite a few wine tasting trips, and olive oil tasting sessions, and browsing through the many gift shops and boutiques in the villages surrounding the mas. We even managed a day in Antibes visiting friends! We will return.
The Andrews family
Karen A. - 25/06/2011
The beautiful medieval town of Cotignac has long been a favourite with tourists. Dominated by a limestone cliff studded with troglodyte caves, and surrounded by lavender fields and vineyards, you would be hard pushed to imagine a more typical Provencal destination.
With fabulous hiking and biking, wonderful markets, and summer open air theatre, there’s plenty to do, or relax and enjoy the wonderful food and prestigious wines of the area.