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N° 088 | French Country Cottage

France | Provence
users 6 bed 3 bath 2

This weekend the Plinius Team is in Seillans (France) to do a photoshoot at this charming French Country Cottage “Centifolia” with photographer Emma Peijnenburg @emmapeijnenburg. Stay tuned as we will put more pictures online.

To celebrate this property coming onto the market for the very first time, Plinius offers a special € 500 discount to the first 3 bookings. Plinius Discount Code: Summertime2024

The cottage was once used by rose farmers for the perfume industry. Throughout the years the cottage and garden fell into disarray. After years of neglect, it was renovated in 2023 while keeping the essence in tact, the cottage remains a simple country cottage but with all modern day comforts. The old floors remained, furniture was upcycled and the garden is slowly coming back to live. It is a place that brings the urban soul back to nature. Have lunch underneath the ancient olive trees, lounge by the pool and enjoy the endless views in the shade of the verandah. 


The Space

The Cottage has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathroom, a living room and open kitchen en dining area. The kitchen is fully equipped with excellent cooking and baking supplies, where the art of preparing exquisite meals is quintessentially embodying French countryside living.

Bedroom 1: Double bed with large ensuite bathroom 

Bedroom 2: Double bed, small bathroom. doors opening up to the garden 

Bedroom 3: 2x Single beds, shared bathroom

Outside is the  verandah with an incredible view, with even a sea view on a clear day. In the garden you will find the pool area with sun beds and deck chairs, as well as a dining area underneath an ancient olive tree. On the other side of the cottage you find a small orchard with several fruit trees; peach, fig, almond, pear, cherry and hazelnut. Throughout the garden you find fresh herbs; Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano, Basil, Verveine and Mint that can be used for cooking. 



The name of the cottage is “Centifolia”, previously used by rose farmers. 
Centifolia is also the name of the rose, also know as the “rose of a hundred leaves” or Provence rose. 
This rose, used in exquisite perfumes, is rare and very fragile, and its fragrance is particularly rich and complex. It emenates a sweet, subtle, strong, and honey-like scent. The astonishing fragrance of the Centifolia rose. 

The fields around the house used to be filled with Centifolia Roses. In 1884, "Les Parfumeries de Seillans" was created by Viscountess of Seillans.  The local Perfume factory was an audacious attempt to reconstruct the local economy; phylloxera destroyed the vines, severe frosts the olive trees and pebrine the silkworms. It turned out to be a great success and lead to an economic prosperity for which it is still acclaimed today.  During the 1960s the perfume industry slowly moved to India. Many factories closed and the Centifolia rose started to disappear from the landscape. The factory in Seillans closed in 2010. One of the few lasting perfume houses who kept their production in the South of France is Dior. You can visit the fields at: Domaine de Manon Grasse. Their crops are exclusively reserved for the Christian Dior house.


The Cottage is located in between Seillans and Bargemon in the VAR region. Seillans is a tiny perched village in Provence and is one of the pretties villages in France…as it has officially been given the listed among “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France” (The most beautiful villages in France). The village of Seillans has been built over the centuries inside fortified walls. It has a long and interesting history.  This medieval village, has a labyrinths of cobbled streets, rustic portals, shaded courts and ancient fountains. The houses in colors of ochre and rust rise up to the top of the village one above the other. Many artists moved here and the illustrious surrealist painter Max Ernst lived here with Dorothea Tanning. There are 3 wonderful restaurants, Des Deux Rocs, Chex Hugo and La Gloire de Mon Pere, as well as the Max Ernst Museum. 

Picturesque medieval village, Bargemon full of old monuments that recall the history of the site in the Middle Ages. Squares, fountains, olive groves, or alleys where you can stroll, as well as a few brocante shops and a Thursday Farmer's market. It is the perfect place to go for a morning coffee with a croissant on the square. 



The cottage is located far away from mass tourism but close enough to visit the beaches on the French Riviera. In approximately 45 minutes you are in Théoule-sur-Mer, another favourite is La Tortu Plage with @tortu_plage and @lepuisetteplage or go for an aperitif at @lesrochesrouges


In the area

Brocante/ Flea markets , the 5 star golf course Terre Blanche @terre_blanche, Mimosa heaven at Tanneron, beautiful creeks, hikes and cycling opportunities around the area, the 9 Medieval villages of the “Pays de Fayence”, day trip to the Gorges de Verdon, Provence market days in Fayence, wine tasting at impressive chateaus, skiing at Greolières Les Neiges, art museums from Max Ernst to Matisse.  For more inspiration, visit instagram Centifolia Provence @centifolia_provence 


Plinius Loves

Location: Stunning location, and exceptional views. 

Back to Nature: Surrounded by olive trees, fruit trees, and a herb garden

Pool area: Pure bliss to lounge by the pool on a deck chair, with a pile of magazines and a cold drink 

The Area: Seillans and Bargemon are very charming villages, the beach is relatively nearby and plenty of brocantes around

Nearest Airport

Nice [55 min] 
Toulon (1 hr 30 min)

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Prices & availability


After the booking request is received we will confirm the availability and total price with the owner. You will then receive a confirmation and the total amount of your booking by email. A deposit of 30% of the reservation sum is requested upon confirmation (within 48 hours). The remainder must be paid no later than 60 days before the start of your stay. When booking within 60 days, the total reservation sum must be paid immediately. In case of cancellation more than 60 days before the start of the stay, 50% of the deposit will be returned*. In case of cancellation within 60 days, no refund will take place. *Applies to most properties, but not all. We therefore recommend cancellation insurance.

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6 Guests

High Season: June | July | August | Min. stay 7 nights | Saturday - Saturday €500  per night

Mid Season: May + September | Min. stay 7 nights | Saturday - Saturday €450  per night

Low Season: October - April  | Min. stay 4 nights |  €400  per night

Christmas + Easter | Min. stay 7 nights | Saturday - Saturday €500  per night

*In Low season there is also a possibility of a 4-night stay, this is determined on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for more information:


Included in the price: 

Gas | Electricity | Water 


Additional costs:

Security Deposit: € 1.000,-  ~ The deposit will be fully refunded upon departure when there is no damage/other issues

End of Stay cleaning: € 300


Extra Information: 

Pets are allowed only upon request 

Smoking is prohibited inside the house, ensuring the comfort of all guests.

Possibility of 1 extra bed for a child 



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Airconditioning Airconditioning
Fireplace Fireplace
Parking Parking
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Swimmingpool Swimmingpool
Washing machine Washing machine
Wifi Wifi

Eco sustainability

Appliances Class A Appliances Class A
Eco activities Eco activities
Eco-friendly Eco-friendly
Local economy Local economy
Recycling Recycling
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Regional food Regional food
Vegetable garden Vegetable garden

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