Does Saint-Tropez really need any introduction? Actually, it does, for its legend began long before the days of Brigitte Bardot (and because Barnes has some truly exceptional properties available to seasonal rent there!).
It was the early 20th-century Post-Impressionists led by Paul Signac that first succumbed to the charms of this little port, nestled in a gulf that was naturally protected from the Mediterranean winds. Saint-Tropez long remained a secret shared only by those ‘in the know’, at a time when it was simply out of the question to disclose to the vulgum pecus the existence of this village of die-hard fishermen who continued to resist the invader, and would indeed continue to do so... Until, that was, the village gained worldwide fame in 1956 thanks to a Vadim filmed starring BB. Saint-Tropez changed overnight to become Saint-Trop’ — you know how the story goes. But for those who know how to keep things low-key, the peninsula still has plenty of unexpected gems to offer, including these three properties available to rent through BARNES.
Let's start our visit with Les Palmiers — a family-friendly paradise just a stone’s throw away from the Bouillabaisse beach, the old village of Saint-Tropez and Pampelonne. Tucked away on an enclosed and secure estate, this new 6-bedroom villa is the ultimate holiday destination, not least owing to the single-storey self-contained wing opening onto the garden, which would be perfect should you need to do a bit of work while you’re there:
Villa M, meanwhile, offers a completely different setting in between Les Salins and Les Canebiers, meaning that you’re surrounded by beaches here. With its large terraces surrounding the swimming pool, not to mention its pool-house, barbecue and impeccable garden, this is the perfect cocktail of family holidays and drinks receptions à la Saint-Tropez, and you really can’t fault this property on the style front, either. Villa M certainly knows how to pamper its occupants and their guests day and night. Our favourite of the four bedrooms the villa houses is the one upstairs, which boasts its own private terrace. This is Saint-Tropez, after all!
Let's end this glamorous tour with a visit to villa Bellevue, located on the La Quessine estate in Ramatuelle. Entering its gates is like entering another world — just a few steps to the bottom of the garden and suddenly you’re in the water on the small beach of Casablanca. When it comes to location, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything better on the peninsula:
This gem is a great place to enjoy complete peace and quiet both summer and winter (which is a bonus), and there's a luxury Robinson Crusoe feel within its walls that’s not at all unpleasant. With four bedrooms all set against a backdrop of the sea, however will you choose? We'll leave that up to you, whilst we enjoy the splendours of neighbouring 5-star spa hotel La Réserve Ramatuelle.
7, rue de la Nouvelle-Poste, 83990 Saint-Tropez FRANCE
Tél. : +33 (0)4 94 43 32 47
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