The Var is one of the most visited departments in France, partly because of its reputation for providing idyllic French lifestyle choices under 300 days of sun each year, and partly because of the spectacular array of properties and their exquisite settings.

In terms of landscape and variety of lifestyles, the Var is truly a treasure trove. From the unspoiled verdant landscapes inland, in areas such as Draguignan – which is renowned for its olive oil culture – to the glitzy Mediterranean resort of Saint-Tropez, those in search of their dream French holiday home can usually find it in the Var.

If you’re currently seeking a luxurious country home in the Var, then here are five spectacular ideas to inspire your property hunt in France.

Le Lavandou

It’s difficult to imagine more luxurious property than this grand, fully restored period château (HH-11021419) in Le Lavandou. Every bit as splendid on the inside as it is on the outside, its eight spacious bedrooms look more like superior hotel suites, with luxurious muted materials teamed with dark wooden furniture and sumptuous sofas.

Stepping out into the grounds the combination of the tall poplars and exotic palms trees is simply breath-taking. An ecological swimming pool and huge terraces make this property a perfect choice for family holidays – especially as the beach is only a ten-minute walk away. The property also offers excellent rental opportunities and would be an ideal venue to hold private events.

Carqueiranne

Between Hyères and Toulon in the sublime countryside of Carqueiranne, the exceptional sea view from this extraordinary modern villa (HH-11457197) includes the sublime Porquerolles islands and the Giens Peninsula.

Smooth timber decking and well-placed palm trees give this home a sublime, dreamy feel, and the high-tech features, from the home automation system to the automatic maintenance of the pool makes life about as convenient as it can get – just what you need on holiday. There is also a covered Jacuzzi with sea view for extra relaxation as and when required.

Currently on the market for €3,300,000, a timely viewing is recommended as it won’t be on the market for long.

Saint Tropez

This exclusive seven-bedroom home (HH-11944338) is situated between Saint-Tropez village and Pampelonne beach. Having been renovated throughout to the highest standard, this is luxurious living at its finest.

The sensational view of the pool through the white arch of the terrace from the floor-to-ceiling windows in the lounge is just one example of how beauty is captured in every corner of this property. From the decked roof terrace, to the leafy classical pathways and the white, sweeping statement staircase, the attention to detail is striking.

A tennis court, heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi, and a one-bedroom caretaker’s house these are just a few more highlights of this heavenly Hacienda-style property.

Draguignan

This is no ordinary five-bedroom stone property (HH-12108178), built in nearly three acres of landscaped grounds, it comprises two impressive buildings which feature simply breath-takingly beautiful restored interiors.

The original building was constructed in the eighteenth century, the second was built out of original stone and opens up many rental possibilities. The use of antique and top-quality materials has produced the most exquisitely beautiful rooms, some with walls of windows and cathedral ceilings.

Luxury features include a summer kitchen, dream wine cellar and a Jacuzzi, as well as a wishing well and tastefully-designed pool. Overall this is a house where only excellence will do, and the €2,250,000 price tag is surprisingly good value for a property of such distinction.

Taradeau

Set on a 200-acre estate, this chocolate-box country home (HH-12145907) has been impeccably renovated and designed with everybody’s needs in mind. From the stone-tunnel gym to the inspiring games room, beamed pool room and sloped swimming pool, it’s an ideal vacation home – or permanent residence – for all the family.

There are also numerous fascinating outbuildings, including a watch tower, 18th century chapel ruins, wine cellar and the ruins of medieval castle.

While the grounds are extensive and extremely pretty, it’s the variety that makes outside at this property such an exciting place to be. They include large lawned areas, formal gardens, woodland, 500 olive trees, ponds and an 18th century bridge.

To look for more property for sale in the Var, visit www.home-hunts.com, but to speak to a consultant about viewing any of these properties and your particular needs, call +33 (0)970 44 66 43

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