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"MAGICAL PLACE! When we were children in the seventies my…"
When we were children in the seventies my parents used to rent La Bastide every summer and I remember how we looked forward to our vacation all through the year.The house then was very basic.There was no separate kitchen, instead an old stone basin, a gas cooker and a fridge along the wall in the main room.There was one bathroom on the top floor and a tap on the ground floor, with which we children used to shower.Yet, we loved the place for its charm and uniqueness, the various spaces by the brook where we could sit and read undisturbed or simply collect clay to make pots. It was such a change from New York, we savoured every minute of our holiday. Each year we felt transported into another world. In those days, we were probably the only foreign tourists in Seillans, and certainly the only American ones. We loved walking to the village to play with French children on the placette. One day we received word that the property had been sold and we could never spend time there again. We were down-hearted. We liked the area so much, we rented another house for the following summer. However, we soon realised that it was the Bastide with its unique setting, history and charm that drew us back to this place. It was like losing an ancestral home. Then, out of the blue the new owners (Europeans who happened to live a few blocks away from us in New York City) got in touch. They had found our subscriber's name on an old copy of the New York Review of Books, which we had left behind in the house. We have been returning to La Bastide ever since, sadly no longer with our parents, but with our children and many friends. The new owners have comprehensively upgraded the house, but it has retained its charm. And nothing can take away the peacefulness of the location and surroundings. We are still sorry to leave this unique place at the end of each vacation.Read moreLess
"I too was baffled by the negative reviews of this…"
I too was baffled by the negative reviews of this fabulous property. As we are a large family, we rented both the farmhouse and the Villa Magali directly from the owner who was a pleasure to deal with at every point. We found the farmhouse in particular, a very special property and encountered none of the problems mentioned in the criticisms. The setting is idyllic and we had a wonderful two weeks making the most of the pool area as well as exploring the surrounding area. We enjoyed eating together on the terrace, catering for 21 adults and children as well as dining out in the beautiful village of Seillans. There were enough bathrooms - people don't all get up and go to bed at the same time!- and rooms were comfortable and clean with the top bedroom being immense. Every single member of the family loved the holiday and hope to return one day.Read moreLess
"As a user of both Dominique's Villas and La Bastide,…"
As a user of both Dominique's Villas and La Bastide, I am baffled to read these two negative reviews on Mumsnet.
We have been renting from DV for several years and the service has always been exemplary. They have always been so eager to help and make our holiday a great one. The manager is extremely fair and scrupulously honest and we always had our deposit returned before we even asked for it.
As for La Bastide, we have stayed there four summers altogether and each time we arrive at this fabulous place our children echo our wish to stay for ever. It is impossible to be unhappy with the property, whether adult or child. The space, the flora (you walk through the grass and a whole herbal bouquet sticks to your sandals) the art and objects displayed throughout the house reflect the nomadic life of the family which has lived on 4 continents. There is nothing cynical about the art, and certainly not about the thousand or more interesting books, some of them first editions. We always wonder how this family can bear to let complete strangers have access to their books and CDs.
Everyone has their own appreciation of a house, especially one as individual as this. However, with a fully-equipped modern kitchen, wifi throughout, satellite TV, libraries, games, marble bathrooms, special linen and glasses (even its own olive oil one year), it should appeal to everyone. It certainly does not feel like a rental, but more like an eccentric aunt's house. We hope the owners will go on allowing us to come to this unique and idyllic place.Read moreLess