Le Baou

Quartier val d’Infer, Bormes-les-Mimosas, Var, South of France

Le Baou is an elegant, 150 year-old Provençal Country House set in 20 acres of beautiful gardens and grounds. Comprising the Main House with 6 bedrooms (one of which a child’s room) and an Annexe with two further bedrooms, Le Baou is surrounded by its own vineyards and the wooded hills of the Massif des Maures and only 14 kms from St Tropez.

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Sleeps: 12

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

4 doubles

2 doubles / twins

2 singles

4 ensuite bath / shower rooms, one bathroom, 1 shower room

More information on the bedrooms and bathrooms.

Rent per week

7500 to 12350 per week depending on the season. Saturday to Saturday.

Detailed break down of  price per week


Key features

150 year old Provençal house

Main House and Annexe

20 acres of beautiful grounds

12 x 6 metre pool

14 kms from St Tropez


"We had a wonderful stay at Le Baou. It's a magical place, and we very much hope to return."

Charles and Kate, Hong Kong

"Le Baou is simply a paradise: the house has evidently been loved and cosseted over the years, and works very well. The garden has been planted with great skill, and creates a haven of peace and tranquillity seemingly much further from the coast than is actually the case, aided by the fact that all you can see from the pool area is green stretching endlessly down the valley. Three generations of our family had a wonderfully happy week there, children in the pool, shaded meals on the terrace, all the good things in life, and we hope to return.""

Edward Jones, Hampshire, England

"We have just returned from a fabulous week at Le Baou and only wished we could have stayed longer. I have never been anywhere where I felt so at home on holiday. It was perfect in every way.Please pass on our thanks to the owners for sharing their beautiful home. I know it won't be our last visit."

Sally Bamford, South West London, England

The House and Accommodation

Sitting room & dining room – spacious and very comfortable living area, with windows and French doors on 3 sides. The dining table seats 14 and the sitting room features a wood-burning fireplace.

Kitchen – large and very well-equipped, including a breakfast table, 4-burner gas hob, two ovens, large hot plate (ideal for ‘woks’), fridge, dishwasher, espresso coffee maker etc. Off the kitchen is the larder with a second fridge equipped with a deepfreeze and an ice-maker.

Bedrooms & bathrooms

Le Baou comfortably sleeps up to 13 guests, with 5/6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in the beautiful 3-storey Main House and 2 further bedrooms plus 2 shower rooms in the adjacent Annexe.

Bedroom 1 – On the first floor, with a 6’6″ bed which can be split into two 3’3″singles and south facing windows. This bedroom shares a bathroom with bedroom 2. It has a bath, bidet, WC and windows on two sides.

Bedroom 2 – On the first floor, with a 3′ single bed and a south facing window. This bedroom shares a bathroom with bedroom 1. It has a bath, bidet, WC and windows on two sides.

Bedroom 3 – On the first floor, with a 5′ double bed, windows on 2 sides and an en-suite bathroom with a bath and W.C.

Bedroom 4 – On the second floor, with a 6’6″ bed which can be split into two 3’3” singles and windows on 2 sides. An en-suite bathroom has a bath, bidet, W.C. and a north-facing window.

Bedroom 5 – On the second floor, with a 5′ double bed, windows on 2 sides and an en-suite bathroom with a bath, bidet and W.C.

Small bedroom – On the second floor, with a single child’s bed.

Bedroom 7: In the annexe, with a 5’ double bed. It has its own bath / shower room with a WC.

Bedroom 8: In the annexe, with a 5’ double bed and en-suite bath / shower room with a WC.

Garden and Grounds

Approached through its own vineyard, Le Baou is set in 20 acres (9 hectares) of beautifully maintained gardens and grounds, including a large graveled terrace, walled garden and lawns, swimming pool, sun loungers and umbrellas, table tennis and boules.

At the front of the House, which is draped in wisteria, a wide, graveled terrace features a dining table which seats 14, shaded by a lime and a mulberry tree. There are shady seating areas with comfortable wicker chairs, a pretty fountain and a gas-fired barbecue on wheels.

Beyond the terrace, an English-style walled garden bursts with colour, whilst behind it a lawn extends to the vineyard, with forested hills in the middle distance.  There are many comfortable sun beds, two large sun umbrellas and a ‘boules’ area with ‘boules’ being provided.

Additional buildings, terraces and eating areas

At the front of the House, which is draped in wisteria, a wide, gravelled terrace features a dining table which seats 14, shaded by a lime and a mulberry tree. There are shady seating areas with comfortable wicker chairs, a pretty fountain and a gas-fired barbecue on wheels.

Swimming Pool

To the west of the walled garden is the filtered, alarmed and heated swimming pool, measuring 12 x 6 metres, 2 metres at the deep end, and 1.4 metres at its shallow end where there are Roman steps. The pool can be heated at a cost of €200 per week and the pool alarm, which should be switched on when the pool is not in use.


Le Baou is located in a lovely valley in the Var region of Provence, surrounded by the breathtaking, totally unspoilt, forested hills of the Massif des Maures national park. Vineyard follows vineyard in the valley itself, all suffused with the scents and colours of pine and oak, lavender, jasmine, eucalyptus and oleander.

To reach the house, a 250-metre drive leads off the N98 which runs between Bormes-les-Mimosas and Cogolin. It passes through a small wood which separates the road from the property, crosses a ford (dry except in heavy winter rains), and after skirting a 4-hectare vineyard (producing white, rosé and red wines), ascends to the south-facing house. There is plenty of parking to the east of the house, including 4 covered spaces.

The village of La Môle is 4 kms away with basic shopping facilities including a bakery, mini supermarket selling same-day English newspapers (which are printed in Marseilles), and 2 or 3 unpretentious restaurants, one of which, the Auberge de la Môle, is widely respected.

The sophisticated and enchanting ‘village perché’ (hilltop village) of Bormes-les-Mimosas is 11 kms, whilst the bustling small town of Cogolin is 14 kms, boasting a lively, twice-weekly open-air market and a large, state-of-the-art E.Leclerc supermarket with marvellous fish and cheese counters and an excellent delicatessen selling chilled, ready-to-heat dishes.

Le Baou is also only 14 kms from the Mediterranean coast and 20 minutes from St Tropez and Port Grimaud, (journeys at peak hours in the height of summer can take longer!). There are also lots of family-friendly beaches surrounding nearby Le Lavandou.

How to get there


The airport of Hyères (with some international flights) is 30 minutes’ drive, and the major international airport of Nice is 90 minutes. There is a private airfield between La Môle and Cogolin


stops at Toulon (50 minutes away)

Things to see and do nearby


The nearest 18-hole golf course is 20 minutes’ drive (Golf de Valcros-Hyères), whilst, among others, there is a 9-hole course near St Tropez, and an 18-hole championship course 45 minutes to the north west (Barbaroux). Full details in the information folder.


There are 5 all-weather tennis courts in Bormes-les-Mimosas, plus a number of courts in Cogolin and in Grimaud. Booking is essential in summer. Details in the information folder.


The information folder also provides details of lovely woodland walks nearby and horse riding stables, plus bicycles which can be hired in Cogolin.


The nearest beach is at Le Rayol/Canadel-sur-Mer. A longer, sandier beach (and preferred by Le Baou’s owners) is close to Cavalaire-sur-Mer. Other beaches can be found along the coast on either side of Le Lavandou. St Tropez’s most famous beach is Pampelonne (with its ‘Club 55’), whilst further south is Gigaro.

St Tropez/Markets

A visit to St Tropez itself is a ‘must’, especially on Tuesday and/or Saturday mornings when it holds its outdoor market – one of the best in the region.


There is also an outstanding museum (L’Annonciade) in the town’s Old Port, featuring paintings by most of the major Impressionists. Guests are advised to avoid the heavy traffic into St Tropez by leaving early in the morning.

Local villages

There are many other highly photogenic villages and small towns in the area. Bormes-les-Mimosas, Gassin, Ramatuelle and Grimaud to name just a few.

Towns & Cities

A visit to elegant, sophisticated Aix-en-Provence (1½ hours’ drive) is thoroughly recommended. It’s a university city alive with outdoor cafés, restaurants and art galleries, as well as with museums, concert halls and opera houses.

Abbeys and Churches

The Cistercian Abbaye du Thoronet is well worth a visit, as is the Roman town of Hyères, and the gardens at Rayol Canadel. (There are brochures in the information folder).

Sea Trips

There are ferry services from Le Lavandou to the Isles d’Hyères (Porquerolles being the largest of these islands).

Vineyards and wine

There are masses of excellent local vineyards, many of which encourage tastings and on-the-spot purchases. See the information folder. Le Baou has its own vineyard.

Go Karting

There’s a go-karting circuit between Grimaud and Port Grimaud.


There’s a gym near Cogolin.

Tourist Office

There are tourist offices in nearby Cogolin and St Tropez

Additional Information

Arrival welcome and departure: Tenants will be welcomed on arrival and will be shown the house and how everything works.

Wifi and Broadband: There is Broadband/WiFi internet access.

Housebook: Le Baou has a comprehensive information folder which contains the telephone numbers of a doctor, a dentist, the emergency services etc. This information folder also contains details of the local markets, local shops selling Provençal specialities, recommended restaurants in various price ranges, and the many cultural and sporting events and activities taking place in the surrounding area. There is also a Tourist Office in the main square in Cogolin.

Additional entertainment: a large-screen satellite TV, a DVD player, and an iPod dock. Table tennis and boules.

Services included: A cleaner is employed by the owners for 3 hours per day on Mondays and Thursdays. Should any additional hours be required, tenants should agree this in advance. Sylvain is employed by the owners as house and property manager to oversee the smooth running of the house and to look after the gardens, grounds and pool as caretaker, gardener, general handyman, and mechanic.

Optional / additional services available: As long as sufficient notice is given, a part-time cook and/or a babysitter can probably be arranged. His/her/their/wage/s would be the tenants’ responsibility, and, if requested, would be ascertained prior to the commencement of the tenancy.

Utilities: with two washing machines, tumble dryer, iron, ironing board and an ice cream-making machine.

Air conditioning and heating: This is an all-year-round House, and is centrally heated throughout. The logs for the fire in the sitting room will be replenished by Sylvain as required. There are fans in all the bedrooms.

Children: If tenants require cots and highchairs for babies/toddlers please inform us in advance.

Car Parking: There is parking next to the house.

Period Rent per week
22nd June – 31st August €12,350 – A reduction to €10,200 per week for a second or more weeks in a single let during this period.
Easter Holidays €8,600 per week
Pentecost Holidays €8,600 per week
Les Voiles de St Tropez: September €8,600 per week
Christmas and New Year €8,600


Low Season:

Period Rent per week
6th January to 6th April €7,500
6th April to 25th April €7,500
28th September to 26th October €7,500
Terms & conditions and the booking process

The Booking Process: A deposit of 25% of the rent will be payable to Anglo French Properties Ltd on signing the Rental Agreement, with the 75% balance to be paid 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the tenancy.

Security Deposit: A Booking and Security Deposit will also be payable to Anglo French Properties Ltd on signing this Rental Agreement. This will secure the booking and will cover (a) the cost of international telephone calls made on the landline during the tenancy, (b) the cost of replacing/making good any losses, breakages and/or damages incurred during the rental, (c) pool heating if required (see ‘Gardens and Grounds’ above), and (d) any exceptional cleaning work which may be required at the end of the tenancy. It will be refunded (less any deductions as outlined above) within 4 weeks of the tenancy’s conclusion.

Minimum stay: Unless otherwise agreed, all rentals will be for a minimum of one week and will begin and end on a Saturday.

Arrival Time & Departure times: Tenants should arrive as soon as possible after 4pm on the commencement day. They will be welcomed on arrival, given a tour of the property and shown how everything works. Tenants should leave by 10am on the agreed day of departure.

Number of People: Unless otherwise agreed, there should not be more than 12 people staying in the Main House and the Annexe at any one time.

Security: The owners’ insurance policy requires that all doors are locked, and that all windows and shutters are closed when tenants are away from the property.

Energy costs are included: The energy costs are included in the rental price.

Heating costs are included: The heating costs are included in the rental price. 

Pool Heating: The pool can be heated at a cost of 200 per week.

Linen and towels: Bed linen, bath and pool towels are provided free of charge and will be changed on a weekly basis.

Smoking: No smoking allowed inside the property. Caution should be taken when smoking outside during the summer months as the risk of fire can be extremely high.

Internet access: yes, included in the rental price. 

Optional / additional services available: any additional services, if available, (eg extra cleaning or cooking) will be agreed in advance at a pre-agreed rate per hour. These costs will be the sole responsibility of the tenant.

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