Hidden away among rows of sweeping vines is Villa Bastide de Belieu, a beautiful 420m² stone bastide set upon fine manicured gardens. Following a property wide renovation as recently as 2013, to what was once an eighteenth century manor house is now a luxury modern villa for rent near St Tropez, in the prestigious Gassin location. However, the property’s charming Provençal exterior has not been compromised. The bastide continues to be maintained by the region’s traditions and still enjoys large private gardens that cover an area of 6,000m².
Villa Bastide de Belieu consequently offers guests unrivalled peace and serenity in a bucolic location while also allowing for fast and direct access to St Tropez and the medieval hilltop villages of Gassin and Ramatuelle, all within 10 minutes from the property. Closer still is Gassin’s 18-hole golf course, the Polo Club and plenty of fine dining establishments from Gassin’s three Michelin starred restaurants to the nearby Domaine de Minuty where the fruits of the local vines can be sampled in a prestigious Château.
The villa itself is delightful! From the large wine cellar to the renovated second floor loft, Villa Bastide de Belieu is characterised by a simple elegance. Large windows create well-lit rooms while brushed metal and cured leather furnishings give a certain sophistication to the villa.
In the spacious wine cellar is a comfortable lounge with iPod docking audio systems and a piano, an ideal communal living area for welcoming the guests. A staircase leads to the ground floor’s fully equipped kitchen and adjoined dining room. A large 60m2 living room and two en suite bedrooms complete the ground floor facilities.
The first floor features the property’s largest bedroom, a 50m2 master suite with open shower room and dressing room. Meanwhile, a separate entrance at the back of the villa provides access to the second floor loft where a further en suite bedroom and a small kitchen are available to guests.
An independent guesthouse with two en suite bedrooms complete the property’s six bedroom accommodation. Guests are invited to enjoy private access to a wooden terrace perfectly furnished with a number of beautiful, and comfortable lounge sofas.
Villa Bastide de Belieu’s outdoor facilities are equally impressive. A summer kitchen with barbecue and al fresco dining area sit in the shade of the property’s ubiquitous wisteria and overlook the expanse of private grounds which include 17m x 6m swimming pool, a pétanque court, a fully equipped fitness room and private parking.
With so many on-site facilities and exterior activities to entertain and enthuse a variety of guests, Villa Bastide de Belieu truly is the personification of a luxury family villa for rent in St Tropez and offers the rare chance to enjoy complete serenity in one of the world’s most popular coastline resorts, as you welcome in spring in the Riviera.
Guest writer: Laurence James, France.