La Fossette

La Fossette is a picturesque village on the coast, just 1.5 miles to the east of le Lavandou which, itself, is mid-way between Toulon and St Tropez.
Much of the village of La Fossette is built on the terraces of a Roman vineyard. It is a quiet, unspoilt area of the Proven├žal coast and La Fossette is a cove with fine, yellow sand. The beach is about a ten minute walk from the villa down a private footpath and steps, or you can drive, with free car-parking nearby. At Saint-Clair, just to the west of La Fossette, is another much larger beach, also about a ten minute walk from the villa. In both cases it is more like a 15 minute walk back up the hill, depending on your level of fitness!

There is a Depot de Pain at the bottom of the hill for fresh, dailt baguette and basic groceries; ten minute walk down or two minutes in the car.

La Fossette has two restaurants and Saint-Clair has, at least, eight and two bars. Some of these do not stay open all the year but enough do to ptovide a good choice at all times.  At Aiguebelle, just to the east of la Fossette, is another safe, sandy beach and more restaurants.

Le Lavandou is a small town with an attractive promenade and offers good shopping and many interesting restaurants, a port and a large yacht marina. Fish is landed most mornings and can be bought on the quay. There are boats for hire. Sea cruises leave every day to the Iles d'Hyères, landing at Port Cros, Lavant and Porquerolles, and to other nearby ports.

Le Lavandou has an excellent weekly market (Thursday morning), as do many other nearby towns including Bormes-les-Mimosas, Cavalaire-sur-Mer and Toulon.

There are public tennis courts available for hire in Le Lavandou and in Cavalière.

Attractive golf courses are near La Londe and Hyères. Boule courts are everywhere!

There are many opportunities for water sports with a Wind Surfing school in Saint-Clair, Wind Surf and Sailing schools in Cavalière and a Diving school in Le Lavandou.

This stretch of the coast is famous for its beautiful, safe sandy beaches, all of which are easily accessible. Within the Commune of Le Lavandou, there are twelve beaches and there are more beyond, both east and west.

There are, also, many excellent vineyards where you may taste and buy a range of good wines; the local rosé takes some beating! This part of the Cote d'Azur is sometimes referred to as the area of vines and pines.

The road to St Tropez follows the coast and provides some really breath-taking views. St. Tropez is about 25 miles from La Fossette and would normally take about an hour. If you want to get to St. Tropez quickly there is another, faster, road which goes behind the hills. Beyond St. Tropez, and equally accessible, are Ste. Maxime and Fréjus, and beyond these are Antibes, Cannes, Nice and Grasse.

The nearby hill-top villages are great attractions, and must be visited, particularly Bormes-les-Mimosas, Gassin, Ramatuelle and Grimaud, for their fascinating narrow lanes, unique views and good restaurants. The medieval village of Bormes-les-Mimosas is the nearest, just three miles away, and with its famous Circuit de Fleurie is spectacular at any time of the year but, especially during the Mimosa Festival in February. The Corso Fleuri in Le Lavandou is in March.

There is good walking country through the hills just behind the villa, over the Route des Crêtes, and further back in the Massif des Maures. Collobrières, in the heart of the Massif des Maures is another town to visit, famous for chestnuts and everything which can be made from them and the wood!

Near Collobrières is the 12th century monastery at la Verne and just north of the A8 Autoroute at le Luc, is the 12th century Cistercian L'Abbaye du Thoronet. Both are worth a visit.