Best villas, apartments and yachts in Saint Tropez.

The Difference Between a Bastide and a Mas

Villa Bastide de Parc

Villa Bastide de Parc

Choosing the perfect summer holiday can be difficult. With so many beautiful properties in so many stunning locations you may sometimes feel like you don’t know where to start. At St Tropez House alone we have more than 130 luxury villas in St Tropez to choose from. Your search for the holiday villa of your dreams can be made yet more challenging when there is a language barrier to hurdle.

From our selection of different styles of house to rent in Saint Tropez, some follow a more contemporary design, while others have retained the traditional Provençal structure of the region, and therefore the traditional Provençal names. Join us as we investigate deeper into the origins, meanings and differences between a bastide and a mas.

A bastide is generally agreed to describe a manor house in Provence. Originally, thirteenth century historical documents evoke a fortification, but by the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a bastide came to infer a primarily residential estate which often became the luxury ‘summer house’ for the fortunate aristocratic or middle class minority who populated southern cities such as Marseille. As these cities expanded, the bastides began to form a protective ring around the medieval centre and each one came to be named after a saint. Today, bastides have been transformed into luxury villas on the French Riviera.

Throughout the ages however, bastides have always been characterised by their square or rectangular structure, their tile roof and stonewalls. More often than not the bastide resides atop a hill with commanding views over the countryside which can typically be enjoyed from a large second floor balcony. The entrance to the bastide is commonly preceded by a long esplanade which leads to the central reception lit by large symmetrical windows.

The other traditional kind of house in Provence is a mas. Although there is some similarity between a mas and a bastide, there are nonetheless some quite clear distinctions that clearly define the two. A mas is best described as a traditional stone-built Provençal farmhouse which often covered a large territory. Mas were originally built near a spring on a plateau in order to support the estate’s resident animals, and surrounding orchards and vineyards.

Despite being generally more humble residences, mas homeowners have also been known to lead quite prosperous lives and develop these lavish properties in Provence territory. Mas are distinguished by their rough-hewn stone exteriors as opposed to the cement and lime wash walls of the bastides. A mas also often has a broad trellis covered in vines or wisteria to provide shade in the summer.

Yet for all their differences, bastides and mas both contribute a beauty and charm to the southern French countryside. Architectural historian Victor Papernak attributes this to their innate ability to blend into Provence’s stunning landscape before summarising bastides and mas as vernacular buildings that embody a “sensuous frugality that results in true elegance”.

Whatever you are looking for this summer, whether it be a beautiful bastide like our Villa Bastide de Parc, or a charming mas such as Villa Mas des Oliviers, you can be sure to find the perfect luxury holiday villa in St Tropez with St Tropez House. Contact Emilia on +33 428 31 18 46 or via email on emilia@sttropezhouse.com to begin planning your dream vacation on the French Riviera.

Charter MARY JEAN II in Saint Tropez Area

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A luxury yacht charter remains the most glamorous way in which to experience the azure waters of the Western Mediterranean and the stretch of the French Riviera around the beautiful port town of St Tropez home to St Tropez House’s villas.

Italian custom yacht builders ISA Yachts finished the award-winning superyacht M/Y MARY JEAN II in 2010, which has since been made available to charter in the Mediterranean. At 61.73 metres, she has room for 12 guests in her seven, ensuite staterooms, including the generous owner’s stateroom which offers a king sized bed.

In terms of entertainment she is second to none, offering an array of yacht toys and tender to enjoy out on the water. Water sports lovers will enjoy the Water Skis, Waveriders, kayaking and diving equipment on offer when chartering M/Y MARY JEAN II.

The interior of the yacht also offers entertainment ranging from a gym in the stern to the large dining area, ideal for entertaining guests in the evening. Following the meal, a large cinema screen is available in the Sky Lounge to truly relax.

M/Y MARY JEAN II is available for charter in St Tropez area in 2015.

Photo credit: ISA Yachts.

Saint Tropez House’s Luxury Villa Lou Casa in Ramatuelle

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Atop the hills of Ramatuelle overlooking Pampelonne beach is the sumptuous Villa Lou Casa, a beautiful stone bastide property in a spectacular Provençal setting.

Surrounded by a vast 18,000m2 private garden in the small and peaceful community of Oumède in Ramatuelle, Villa Lou Casa offers a fantastic opportunity for families and groups to relax and unwind the French Riviera way.

Villa Lou Casa is not only one of the largest St Tropez House properties available but with a private tennis court and fitness room as well as a Jacuzzi and large heated swimming pool, Villa Lou Casa is also one of our most versatile properties with something to charm every guest. Stay fit while enjoying a peaceful holiday in Ramatuelle, lounge in the sun or relax with family and friends in the pool house.

Beyond the Provençal stone exterior, are the villa’s spacious and contemporary living quarters. Villa Lou Casa boasts 4 master bedrooms in the main house with a further 2 bedrooms in the annexed guesthouse for guests or staff. A fully equipped modern kitchen, dining room and comfortable TV lounge complete Villa Lou Casa’s stunning interior.

From the first floor terrace are spectacular views that stretch down beyond the rolling green hills of the French countryside to the beach 3km away. Villa Lou Casa promises style and luxury in a peaceful setting near the quaint village of Ramatuelle while also offering quick access to all of the area’s most beautiful attractions.

For more information about Villa Lou Casa and other properties, contact Emilia at emilia@sttropezhouse.com, or call: +33 6 77 47 99 96.

The Top 3 Superyachts for Charter in Summer 2015

Maltese Falcon Mega Yacht

Maltese Falcon Mega Yacht

Yacht chartering is a big part of holidays in St Tropez. With so much choice, you must be wondering which stunning vessel to charter during your summer getaway to the French Riviera this year. Our team has therefore prepared a roundup of the top luxury yachts for charter in the South of France in summer 2015.

Serene

St Tropez is one of the most luxurious towns on the French Riviera and the visitors arriving there in summer expect nothing but the best. Top luxury villas, stunning charter yachts and gourmet restaurants have all become staples of summer vacations in St Tropez. To stand out this summer, you need a yacht that won’t just be beautiful, but rather a yacht that will turn heads, such as mega yacht Serene.

At 133.9 metres long, Serene is one of the largest charter yachts on the market. She has seven stunning decks, accommodating up to 24 guests across 12 cabins as well as a 52-man crew.

Launched in 2011 by Fincantieri she features state of the art technology and design and her interior matches her exterior for style and elegance. An Espen Oeino exterior design is complimented by a beautiful Reymond Langton interior.

Among her features are two helicopter landing platforms, storage for a large submarine and a vast internal sea-water swimming pool. She also comes with Jacuzzi facilities, a jet stream swimming pool on the sundeck, a submarine and a cinema as well as a large choice of tenders and toys.

The ethereal Nemo Room (an underwater viewing room) is yet another of Serene’s many fine assets which help to distinguish her from all other yachts and guarantee unforgettable yacht charter memories in St Tropez.

Moonlight II

 

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Moonlight II is certainly a smaller charter yacht, but in no way any less glamorous than Serene. She is one of the most technologically advanced yachts ever constructed and her steel hull and superstructure and her aluminum deckhouses feature the latest deigns in naval architecture.

Moonlight II has accommodation for up to 36 passengers and a total of 34 crew. The living rooms are superbly decorated and designed. The upper deck master suite, for example, is furnished with a superior California king-size bed, and a 180 degree panoramic window. Meanwhile, the master bathroom boasts a private double Jacuzzi and the VIP stateroom on the bridge deck includes a lounge room with a 42″ plasma TV. Moreover, Moonlight II has 10 guest staterooms on the main deck, with super king-size beds and WI-FI and multimedia facilities.

For indulgent holidays in the Mediterranean, there is no greater luxury than the lower deck of Moonlight II. A Jacuzzi room, a massage and relaxation room, a sauna and a cold plunge pool run by two expert beauty therapists are the ultimate ways to relax and unwind on holiday. On the same deck, you can find multi-gym facilities and a beauty salon.

From the lower deck, take the lift all the way up to the sun deck. Join the many sun loungers or Jacuzzis and soak in the Mediterranean sun with a glass of wine from one of the more than 500 bottles of vintage wine in Moonlight II’s private wine cellar. On the deck there is also room for a helipad and a large external dining area with enough room for all 36 guests at the same time.

This 85.3 metre superyacht is capable of travelling long distances and is nimble enough to also navigate intricate coastal routes. Charter this yacht from Amalfi Coast, enjoying marvellous islands of Sardinia and Corsica on the way, to the glamorous French Riviera and continue your holidays in a stunning villa with a seaside view in St Tropez for an ultimate holiday.

The Maltese Falcon

 

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There are few better ways to explore this extraordinary part of the world than in this innovative sailing superyacht – The Maltese Falcon.

Using a revolutionary sailing system called the Falcon Rig: 3 as well as self-standing and rotating masts, The Maltese Falcon achieve a total sail area of 2,400m2 across 15 sails. This allows for high performance and exceptional manoeuvrability for the ultimate authentic sailing experience.

Cruising at speeds of up to 18 knots, her range of 3,000 nm makes her one of the finest and most versatile sailing yachts available for charter, and an ideal choice for French Riviera yacht charter holidays.

The Maltese Falcon can host up to 12 guests and features innumerable tenders, toys and equipment from seabobs to paddleboards. Typically light winds and favourable weather conditions along the French coast allow guests to enjoy these facilities to their maximum.

Saint Tropez House’s Luxury Villa Ferle in Ramatuelle

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Tucked away from the bustling centre of St Tropez is a villa of regal size and effortless elegance. Discover the magnificent Villa Ferle, a Tuscan style residence of 350m2 on 10,000m2 of grounds on a prestigious estate.

Beyond the climbing bougainvillaea and through the French windows are the villa’s five bedrooms (1 master room, 4 guest rooms). The villa’s interior is characterised by a refined simplicity from the private bar to the piano room. The doors open to a large reception room complete with high ceilings and Italian tiled floors. From there, access the fully equipped summer kitchen, the living and dining room quarters and the villa’s six bathrooms.

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Outside, French windows open up onto a broad patio and an expansive garden distinguished by the arching shapes of the olive trees that line the path to the villa’s private, heated swimming pool. Perfect for lounging in the sun or under the light of the stars and ideal for entertaining large groups of friends and family, Villa Ferle’s outdoor facilities are an excellent place to relax all year round.

The villa’s other features include a pool house, spacious parking area, WiFi and 10-minute proximity to Pampelonne beach and St Tropez. Its greatest feature however is the two and a half acres of beautiful, private Provençal land upon the hilltops of the magnificent French Riviera. A taste of luxury living in luxury quantities.

For more information about Villa Ferle and other properties, contact Emilia at emilia@sttropezhouse.com, or call: +33 6 77 47 99 96.

Villa Cap Bastide in Tahiti Beach

Villa Cap Bastide

Villa Cap Bastide

In the summer months, a fast paced and rambunctious atmosphere flourishes in the small coastal resort of St Tropez. Supercars race into the town centre and champagne flows by the bucket load. St Tropez is a hive of activity as an influx of celebrities and young wealthy travellers arrive upon its sandy shores.

Some question whether this lifestyle is compatible with the scores of families who also descend upon St Tropez in search of some fun in the sun. But if this fallacy were true, then Villa Cap Bastide is certainly the exception.

A holiday in Villa Cap Bastide promises the rare virtue of luxury within a family setting. It combines close proximity to St Tropez’s exciting town centre and its most glamorous beaches with a homely luxury villa, ideal for families.

Villa Cap Bastide is a family villa in the sense that it boasts nearly 3,000m2 of landscaped gardens and a large but shallow private swimming pool. Its secured perimeter means that children can roam free in this enormous playground under the sun while parents relax on large open terraces.

Villa Cap Bastide is as much a playground for the adults as it is for the children however. The private bar is a compromise on the family atmosphere of the villa, ensuring that not all the fun is reserved exclusively for the children. Nearby St Tropez (10 minutes by car) and the glamorous Tahiti beach (3 minutes by foot) are also host to lively bars and exquisite restaurant dining.

Meanwhile, mutual fun can be had by all of the family in the surrounding area. With glorious beaches and several beautiful towns in the region to explore; there is plenty of culture, relaxation and water sports fun to be had. Villa Cap Bastide is the proof that St Tropez is not an exclusive holiday destination but rather an all-inclusive family’s paradise.

For more information about Villa Cap Bastide and other properties, contact Emilia at emilia@sttropezhouse.com, or call: +33 428 31 18 46.

Luxury Villa Canelle in Ramatuelle

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St Tropez attracts thousands of visitors per day who come in search of the exclusivity that the luxury resort offers. With its secluded access to Pampelonne beach just a few hundred metres away and its large private garden, Villa Canelle is surely the quintessential St Tropez villa ideal for peaceful holidays.

Moreover, Villa Canelle is ideally located just 700 metres from the famous Le Club 55, the Riviera’s capital of see-and-be-seen. There, paparazzi wait for the latest celebrity appearance and jet setters share stories and chat around seafood and chilled champagne.

Located just 15 minutes north of Villa Canelle is the enchanting town centre of St Tropez. Superyachts cruise into its understated port, supercars career around the cobbled streets and superstars dine in the quaint boutique restaurants. As the heat of the day descends, a vibrant nightlife erupts. All the thrills and spills can be enjoyed in the most romantic of settings.

Equally however, journey back in the opposite direction and you can be enjoying glorious views down onto Pampelonne beach from the comfort of a colossal heated pool at Villa Canelle. Not a soul is in sight, not a sound can be heard.

In between is Pampelonne beach just a short walk from Villa Canelle. Long stretches of white sand, amazing beachside restaurants and water sports excitement await.

Villa Canelle is truly the ultimate holiday villa, giving you the option to enjoy luxury in St Tropez at your own leisure.

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The choice of a comfortable terrace in the sun or a large living room with dining area and fully equipped kitchen welcome you after a dip in the pool or a plunge in the sea. A 2,500m² garden presents endless sunbathing opportunities and outdoor activity entertainment.

Villa Canelle is a seven bedroom luxury villa. In the main residence are five bedrooms (two master bedrooms) complimented by three bathrooms and two shower rooms. Guests can enjoy further privacy in a large independent apartment with two other bedrooms complete with a living room, kitchenette and shower room.

For more information about Villa Canelle and other properties, contact Emilia at emilia@sttropezhouse.com, or call: +33 6 77 47 99 96.

 

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Luxury Villa Sunrise in Saint Tropez

Villa Sunrise in Saint Tropez

Tucked away from the noise of the superyacht engines of St Tropez’s bustling port and town centre, is a villa of stunning beauty and elegance nestled among beaches of endless shimmering gold sand. Villa Sunrise is a property worthy of its glamorous surroundings.

St Tropez, after all, is famously the holiday playground of the rich and famous. Visitors flock to the French Riviera’s capital of indulgence and excess to enjoy the beaches once made famous by Brigitte Bardot. Despite the millions of visitors who have frequented these shores, the beaches here remain unspoilt masterpieces of the Cote d’Azur and likewise Villa Sunrise retains that unchanging Provençal charm whilst possessing a distinctly refreshing modern affectation.

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St Tropez’s reputation precedes it and much in the same way Villa Sunrise has a natural air of quiet sophistication. Neither do they have to flaunt it or prove it, they simply are the pure personification of French Riviera chic. St Tropez House is therefore pleased to announce the inauguration of Villa Sunrise to its portfolio of luxury villas for rent and sale in St Tropez.

This particular property is a quaint and cosy three bedroom villa; each bedroom an ensuite affirmation of South of France pampering. From those bedrooms descend to the spacious terrace to enjoy a typical continental breakfast of French patisserie and preserves or soak in some late afternoon sun there with a cool glass of the regional rose. The terrace opens onto a large and green garden distinguished by the bending and arching shapes of the scattered Mediterranean olive trees, a perfect place to entertain friends and family. Separating the two, a heated pool entices you to bask in the glorious Southern sun or to enjoy midnight escapades in the steaming water.

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Equally inviting is the villa’s interior. A plain white modern décor awaits with expansive kitchen and dining area accompanied by an equally cosy living room whose generous fireplace makes for some comfortable late nights in. Other features include a pool house, parking space, WiFi and unrivalled proximity to the beach to complete a rounded package of style, charm and relaxation. St Tropez in miniature.

For more information about Villa Sunrise and other properties, contact Emilia at emilia@sttropezhouse.com, or call: +33 6 77 47 99 96.

 

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Have a look at the villas below and keep in touch with Emilia who will advise you on the best options and will guarantee the best value for money. Send an email to emilia@sttropezhouse.com or call: +33 677 47 999 6.

3-bedroom Villa Sunrise in Saint Tropez

Villa Sunrise in St Tropez

Villa Sunrise – This attractive property enchants with a beautiful garden and pool area. The covered terrace invites to enjoy delightful moments there. The villa offers bright and spacious rooms, which create a cosy living ambiance.

Off-season rate (October, May, June): only 5,700 EUR/week.

Contact Emilia to see more photos and discuss the details.

4-6 bedroom Villa Naiad in Les Salins, St Tropez

Villa Naiad

Villa Naiad  is the charming typical Provencal Farmhouse situated at 10 minutes’ walk to the Salins beaches and 5 minutes’ drive to the famous Place des Lices. The property has a magnificent garden with fruit trees, vineyards, a small vegetable and herbal garden. With its several covered and uncovered terraces, you can appreciate the sun all day long.

Villa Naiad is available for rent from October to December at unique price of 6,300 EUR/week, you can also book it for May & June at 9,400 EUR/week.

Contact Emilia to book Villa Naiad!

6-7 bedroom Villa Mediterranean Dream in St Tropez

Villa Mediterranean Dream
Villa Mediterranean Dream is a marvelous and charming Provencal property with panoramic sea view on the Gulf of Saint Tropez towards the Mediterranean Alps, which is situated on a large private ground planted with typical Provencal trees and flowers around the pool. The villa oozes with charm and authenticity.

Check the villa availability for winter period or book it for next summer at 6,500 EUR/week.

Contact Emilia to negotiate the price!

2-bedroom Villa Seaside in St Tropez

Villa Seaside
Enjoy relaxing holidays all year round in this nice Provencal villa Seaside located right on the beach at the entrance of Saint Tropez. The villa’s large garden benefits of a magnificent panoramic sea view with direct access to the sea.

Special prices for early bookings in May – 1,300 EUR/week, from June to September – 3,200 EUR/week.

Contact Emilia to plan your holiday in St Tropez.

Luxury Villa Point du Vue in Gassin, Saint Tropez

Villa Point du Vue

If you are looking for property in the South of France you will perhaps have found like many before you that somewhere along the line, there is often a need for compromise.

For example, you might have found your perfect villa with incredible views from the master bedroom, but you may well have to make concessions with the vistas from other rooms.

Or perhaps the property will not be quite as near to the centre of Saint Tropez as you would like, but you are happy to overlook this factor for its breathtaking infinity pool.

However, we believe we have one property on our books at St Tropez House which does not follow this rule and will have you never needing to use the word ‘compromise’ ever again.

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Villa Point du Vue is an outstanding property located just ten minunal views over the Gulf of Saint Tropez.

But the great views are not just saved for the principle living accommodation – they extend to every single room in this vast property, which measures 450 square metres.

Villa Point du Vue would make a stunning home from home for a large family, with seven bedrooms, five bathrooms and an independent lounge for those members of the family who want a bit of extra space.

The main living room enjoys unbroken views of the sea below, which opens on to a spacious patio complete with a classic fountain and more of the same exquisite panorama.

Meanwhile, back inside, the property has a fully equipped modern kitchen, an office and a small gym for those of you who like to keep fit on holiday, as well as a Hamman for those lucky enough to get the keys to one of three bedroom suites.

Villa Point du Vue, which is available for rent with St Tropez House as well as being on the property market, is set in a garden of almost 1,500 square metres with a large heated swimming pool.

For more information about this outstanding property contact Emilia at emilia@sttropezhouse.com, or call: +33 6 77 47 99 96.

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