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Surroundings

Location of the villas
The private villas in La Garde-Freinet are all close to the medieval village of La Garde-Freinet, with its streets surrounded by houses with flower boxes. And within minutes of the medieval village of Grimaud, and within a quarter from the old harbour of St Tropez and Ramatuelle.

Leisure

  • Four splendid golf courses within 20 minutes: Golf de Beauvallon, Ste. Maxime's 18 holes golf course, both with a superb view on the Gulf of St. Tropez; and Golf de Roquebrune and Golf de Saint-Endreol. www.riviera.angloinfo.com
  • Yachts rental, jet ski, wakeboard, windsurf, parachute ascension - nautical ski, sailing, kayak rentals and lessons
  • Horse riding, tennis, bowling, carting.
  • The surrounding Maures hills are inviting for walks and hikes such as the spectacular 21-kilometre GR9 Route des Crêtes to the west of the village.

La Garde Freinet
La Garde Freinet, 9km from Grimaud, is the gateway to the Gulf of St. Tropez. It is easily reachable south of the route N7, 20km from Luc en Provence.
This forest town is situated in the centre of the Massif des Maures. It is the centre of its surrounding oak and chestnut groves, still well known for their maroons glacés and cork.

The village has become increasingly popular over the last few years with a discerning international clientele, as it combines an original French village atmosphere with the offer of excellent services. 

It combines the charm of its field stone houses, old-fashioned street names, and the village square surrounded by restaurants with modern art galleries belonging to the village artists and haute cuisine restaurants. Many artists and writers have fallen under the charm of La Garde Freinet. There are markets twice a week (Wed & Sun); a chestnut co-operative on the northern approach to the village and tempting food shops like La Voute, selling organic produce and good local wines; and very reasonable accommodation possibilities.

It was allegedly a base for the Muslim occupation of the Maures from the eighth to tenth centuries (though some scholars maintain that the fort wasn't built until the twelfth century). The foundations of the Freinet fortress are still visible above the village beside the ruins of a fifteenth-century castle (take the path from La Planette car park).

Today the occupiers of the village include Oxbridge professors and other leisured Brits, but it still feels that it belongs to the locals (thanks in part to the regeneration of forestry business around cork and chestnut).

The region around La Garde Freinet
The region around La Garde Freinet is fast developing. Interest in this area is growing due to its easy access, great infrastructure, and authentic atmosphere. Access roads have been recently improved. There are flights with low cost carriers such as Ryan air from more than 20 locations in Europe. The arrival of the TGV guarantees easy reach by public transport.

Surroundings Pictures

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