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Ralph's House is a rustic farmhouse in the middle of the Forest de Maures. Secluded and peaceful, it's a perfect getaway from city-life. The access is by a forest track. It's 6k from the pretty village of Collobrieres and 30k from the beaches...

The space

Ralph's house is a great place for walkers, bikers, country lovers, outdoor chefs and those who just like to relax with a book or sunbathe in the middle of nowhere...

Guest access

For weekly rental the whole house is yours, for very short term rentals, I may stay on the premises (at the other end of the house) but you will still have access to all you need including the kitchen..

Interaction with guests

If you stay Ralph's House, I (or one of my trusted neighbours) will meet you in the village and guide you to the house. There I explain everything you need to know. Should there ever be a problem at the house there will always be someone available to help you out...

Other things to note

The water supply is from a natural spring, high up in the hills on private land. The two ex-wild cats that live at the house are very friendly. There are two shady hammocks for afternoon siestas. The nights can be very dark, so flashlights at night are highly recommended. There are lots of wild animals (foxes, toads, boars, ferrets and edible dormice) wandering around in harmony. Outside cooking in the plancha is great fun on a hot summer evening.


The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 3
Check In: 4PM - 7PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Pet Owner: Cat(s) and other pet(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt

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Prices
Weekend Price: 199 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed, 1 toddler bed
Bedroom 2
1 sofa bed
Bedroom 3
1 double bed

House Rules
Check in time is 4PM - 7PM

Open fires/charcoal bbq's etc are totally banned. Smoking is only allowed only on the terrace in front of the house.
The water is in very short supply in the summer months, so we must economize to the maximum of our abilities. You will find a booklet with guidelines at the house.


Cancellations

Strict

Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.


Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

Availability
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Martha User Profile
May 2017
We ( 1 couple +1 adult) stayed two nights at Ralph's place and had a great time. He always responded to my questions via sms or emails, and met us in town to show us the way out to the property. The kitchen was equipped with a huge enamel dutch oven and we made a great stew with some fresh meat and veg from the Sunday morning market in Collobrieres. For coffee, there is a press (aka plunger) and a kettle for water. We used the gas stove and the plancha to cook our meals. There is a compact dishwasher, full size fridge and a good selection of pots, pans, etc. The outdoor shower is awesome but it should be noted that it is the only source for hot water other than heating water with the kettle or on the kitchen stove which was no problem. Access to the bathroom is through a low door on the opposite side of the house from the bedrooms so has separate entry. The bathroom has a sink, flush toilet and shower (cold water) and is really cool with exposed beams and recently sculptured rock walls. There is a king size bed (super comfortable) in the back bedroom and a double bed in the main room...the two bedrooms are adjoined with a privacy screen. Both bedrooms have wood stoves and are spacious and cozy. The creek that flows through the property is gorgeous and you can access the network of trails directly from the property. A lot of love has gone into the house and land around it. A fantastic and unique experience you wont find in town(URL HIDDEN)

Julie User Profile
August 2016
We had a lovely time in the middle of nowhere in Ralph's gorgeous old house. A magical experience surrounded by nature and animals. Loved it. Ralph is a great host and we felt very welcome!

Carey User Profile
August 2016
Ralph was really helpful when we were making our travel arrangements from Scotland and came to meet us in Collobrieres to take us to the house. We totally fell in love with it from the minute we first saw it through the trees. It felt like such a magical place, in ancient beautiful landscape, and despite its feeling of being rustic and wild it managed to have everything that we could wish for to relax and enjoy our holiday. We enjoyed our evening visits from the cats and the foxes, and spent our days reading and playing tunes. One of the things we loved was the sense of seclusion and privacy, but Ralph was always easy to contact and happy to help if needed. We would love to come back and experience it in the spring too.

Elia Ale User Profile
August 2016
lovely house in the middle of a forest, 25 minutes from Collobireres . if you are looking for full immersion in the wild nature that’s the place to be. taking a shower under the stars makes the experience worth trying. there lare less positive sides too, but if you are used to be away from civilization it’s nothing to be scared of. as a matter of fact hot water and wi-fi connection are available and that makes the experience quite well balanced. the only draw-back is that the road is kind of bumpy and you definitely need Ralph to get you there the first time or you might easily get lost. ralph is super friendly and ready to help. as far as we are concerned we will keep fond memories. reccomended. Alessandra Elia Gianmario Kate

Paul User Profile
July 2016
Excellent, excellent and oh excellent. If you want remote, peaceful, simple and slightly wild then Ralph's place is spot on. Would be back tomorrow if life allowed.

Lisa User Profile
August 2015
There is so much to say about Ralph’s house even though the place is amazingly simple in many respects. It is rustic yet charming and you do have everything you need including a great music system and Wi-Fi. The bedroom is lovely (comfy bed) as is the main living room and kitchen. But really all the living is done outdoors. You will sit for hours looking at the view and taking in the ambience. You meet all sorts of country critters and enjoy clean mountain water and fresh air. It can be a bit overwhelming if you have just stepped out of the office life. Trust us, you get used to it and you won’t want to leave. With this said getting to the house was a bit of a challenge for us as the chemin (dirt track) is difficult to traverse and you do need to be a skilled driver in parts to manage it. It’s quite a long stretch and it is covered in jagged stones and rocks. No problem if you have a sturdy car or jeep but better don’t arrive with a ground rent-a-car. We ‘shared’ the beautiful property with a curious fox family, two friendly cats and wild pigs that came for visits in the night. As we are nature lovers and fascinated by it we thoroughly loved this unique place but both agreed that you should be aware when you come here that you are in a wild National Park and animals will be around you. Would we go back? Yes absolutely, because it is great, but we would like to see some improvement of the road. We had a fantastic holiday there and Ralph is a really open and super friendly person. He is helpful, interested and interesting, and he is generous. The communication with him is also prompt and easy. If you like the wild, go to Ralph’s house J

Julie User Profile
September 2015
Très belle maison rustique dans un fond de vallée sauvage : parfait pour les amateurs de nature !!! La douche solaire au milieu du jardin est très agréable :)

Collobrières, FranceJoined in October 2014
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