Provence Holiday Villa: The village of Seillans

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Seillans is listed as ‘one of the prettiest villages of France’, an accolade shared with only 130 others. You will know why when you reach it. It is a village of artists, and has been home to Max Ernst, Dorothea Manning, Robert Doisneau and many others. The foundations are Roman and there is still evidence of building from the beginning of the second millennium. The chateau and church are in the centre of the village, which harbours an exquisite square under a natural dome of plane trees. At the top of the village there is an extensive open 'place' which is the local arena for the national sport of 'boules', and where there are frequent art markets in summer. Picturesque narrow cobbled paths lead down through the village past artists' shops and galleries. The village is also a destination for gastronomes. There are several restaurants, one of them nationally-renowned, with chef trained at Daniel Boulud’s in New York.

Apart from the familiar French boulangeries, butcher's and grocer's shops, the village has a sizable supermarket and a petrol station. There is a medical and dental surgery, as well as a pharmacy and post-office. There are also 3 all-weather tennis courts (easily bookable) and a large municipal swimming-pool. For the aviators, France 's largest gliding centre is 3 miles away, and at about 20 minutes distance is a large recreational lake with swimming, boating and shore-side restaurants. It is also used for training by the UK Olympic rowing teams. There are two golf courses within about 30 minutes, including the new and prestigious Terre Blanche course at Tourettes. The area is also a paradise for ramblers.

Fountain square
Local viaduct
Fountain square
Fountain square from above
Fountain square
Part of 10th Century wall
View towards valley
La Chiranne restaurant
Lower square
View towards valley
Pedestrians only!
High street
Local watering point
Artists’ road
Lac St Cassien nearby

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