Bastide de Fontvieille
, 364 Chemin de Fontvieille, Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, Provence.
Bastide de Fontvieille B&B is ideally located on the outskirts of St Cyr-sur-Mer between the coastal resorts of Bandol and Cassis, and Le Castellet. Just 3km from the sea, the eighteenth century old vineyard farmhouse is surrounded by cypress, plane and olive trees. It's an absolutely charming location and everything about the building and it's surroundings represents the character of rural Provence.
The one acre garden is bordered by trees and a stream. It has a swimming pool and a large terrace and there are lots of little corners to get away and relax in solitude. Beyond the garden, most of the surrounding fields are planted with grape vines.
This lovely little chambres d'hotes (bed and breakfast) has just two suites and two double rooms. The time-mellowed furniture reflects the classic ambience of the Provencal countryside, with muted colours. The two suites are huge (50m2),with king-size beds and generous en-suite bathrooms. On the first floor, Les Vignes has double aspect views over the vineyards and the garden, while the other on the ground floor has a sunny private terrace. The two double rooms also have king-size beds and separate entrances onto the garden. Whichever you choose, there is a flatscreen television, wi-fi, air-conditioning, a hairdryer and complimentary toiletries.
Breakfasts of homemade fresh organic produce are christened "La Table de Fany". Guests can enjoy cakes, pastries and jams, and, depending on the season, fresh fruit from the orchard (cherries, figs, walnuts, plums, strawberries, grapes). In summer the poolhouse is available to guest to prepare their own snacks.
La Bastide de Fontvieille is the ideal starting point for exploring both the charming villages of inland Provence and the hidden coves of the French Riviera. For an active holiday the choices are endless, ranging from the ubiquitous golf courses, to scuba diving in the Mediterranean, cycling in the hills of Provence or kayaking in the Verdon Gorge.