The twin Bedroom (number 1) looks out on to the patiothe piano room (bedroom n°2) has a large desk ; also looks out onto the patio (note the 1890 tiles)
authentic & unusual in Provence

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3 gosta

2 spavaće sobe

3 kreveta
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Staying at La Tartugo is like going back in time. The house is one of a kind. It is Provence as you will rarely see it any more. Plus a lot of space to have a relaxing or productive time on the property. And many outings : neighbouring towns, the sea, the hills and the vineyards...

Prostor

La Tartugo airbnb ground floor self-contained flat (the entrance is shared with us, though) is large for its rate, around 65 square meters, 2 rooms + sitting-in kitchen and bathroom + patio/outdoor dining area, all your own during your stay. It occupies the ground-floor of a large old village house in a row of houses on the main street of Carnoules (built in 1840, owned by Bernard's family since 1890), a simple abode but almost like a small museum, as it has been in the family for more than 120 years and has not changed much over the years.
The house is situated on a busy street/road and the front does not reveal the haven and quiet that lies behind : so don't be surprised when you arrive after an often tiring journey : the real surprise only happens once the door opens.
Don't expect anything modern (except wifi, but no tv), rather the contrary : this is precisely the beauty of it and makes staying at La Tartugo a unique experience, almost like living in an earlier century. Nevertheless, we are constantly improving our airbnb flat for it to combine old charm and modern amenities if they do not clash with the atmosphere and our restoration work.

Both airbnb bedrooms are pretty large, with one cosy bedroom per se + attached sitting room, not to mention the patio on which both look on, which is yet another sitting area. Room One, the Blue and Yellow Room, is a twin. Room Two, the Piano Room, has a narrowish double bed ( with its 130cm width, it corresponds almost to what is called "double bed size") fit for two "small" people. (Small by today's standards. As much of the furniture in the house, it goes back a few years... in this case, to our great-grand parents. And people then were smaller than today.)
Our airbnb flat is an independent space, although we, your hosts, use the same entrance as you. We live on the 1st floor.
You have your own private toilet & bathroom with shower.
Independent old style kitchen, practically as was in the 1920's (tap with cold water only : the price to pay for being authentic - but there is plenty of hot water in the bathroom ! ). Huge fireplace in case you stay with us in the winter (plenty of wood in the orchard for you to feed it).
Guests-only fridge, cooker, oven and microwave (sorry, we do not serve breakfast). Kitchen utensils galore. Guests enjoy cooking at La Tartugo, as several generations have in the past (Didier is a great cook and used to make wonderful ice-creams for the music festival we organized for 15 years before we decided to concentrate on restoring the house.)
Access to large deep-freeze in our garage. The garage/galery can accommodate a small car if needs be, but we have a safe parking lot just opposite us. Carnoules is growing fast, but although the house is situated on a busy street - which makes access very easy, once you are in the house or the gardens, you forget about the cars.
Piano and full travel library in Room 2.
Wifi ; writing desk in both rooms.
Safe deposit.
Access to (and use of) the workshop/painter's studio/gallery, patio, enclosed garden and organic orchard.
A visit of the upper floor is included in your stay (dining room with 1840's wall paintings).

Pleasurable rides in the surrounding countryside and hills. We used to rent bikes but some airbnb guests broke one and we do not feel like investing in a new one, sorry...

La Tartugo is first and foremost a place for those travelers, loners and couples, who wish to visit en old Provençal house, and/or take a rest, go on a retreat, and artists who need a quiet environment to create.


Carnoules is WELL SITUATED FOR OUTINGS.
The closest BEACH in Hyères is some 30 MINUTES AWAY by car ; by public transport, the closest beach is Toulon, and it will take you a bit more than an hour to get to the beach itself (train+bus or train-boat, a very pleasant journey in itself).
Carnoules is close to Toulon (30 kms) ; both MARSEILLES and NICE are 100 kms away, which means great day outings (Antibes, Cannes, AIX-EN-PROVENCE, Gorges du Verdon) more than enough by train or bus, many more by car.
Abbaye du Thoronet and abbaye de la Verne (in the deep of the chestnut forest of les Maures) are not far at all.
Cycling around and walking in the hills are great - Carnoules is situated on a sentier de Grande Randonnée. It used to be on the Italian branch of the CHEMINS DE COMPOSTELLE : the walk to the chapel (2 hours there and back) is very pretty. You may even try a day walking trip to Notre-Dame-des-Anges, the highest point in the area, from which the view is gorgeous, down to the sea.
HORSE RIDING is available in Carnoules itself.
TURTOISE WATCHING : in the enclosed garden of La Tartuga, which contains three exotic 'follies' built by Bernard's grandfather, you may observe turtoises (from spring to autumn). Next year, Carnoules will also become a center for tortoise studies as the Village des Tortues in close-by Gonfaron will be moving here shortly.
A small door at the back of the enclosed garden leads to our orchard, a sunny, laid-back and meditative bit of land with several shaded kiosques and tonnelles, wonderful to sit in, read and relax, and, in season, see the many different fruit grow - organically. Here again, don't expect anything versaillish, some people find it wild, may be overgrown, but this is the genuine touch again : the "curate's garden" look, as it was called in the old days, of which too few examples remain. There you may meet Jean-Luc, our painter friend, who haunts the place and is frequently seen painting there.
For RAILWAY ENTHUSIASTS : Association du Train Touristique du Centre-Var runs trains from spring to autumn. Starts in Carnoules for a 3 hours ride up to Brignoles and back.

Although Carnoules is not a particularly lively village (not touristy, quite 'genuine', no prettyfication, no frills), we have three traditional French cooking restaurants in walking distance, one in the old part of the village (La Locomotive, recommended by our guests), two at the railway station ( + two in Pignans - Le Temps des mets, recommended by our guests -, and one in Besse). Two bakers in walking distance. Supermarket : 500 yards from La Tartugo. So is the railway station. Bus stop now bang opposite us for Toulon and Draguignan. Small market on friday. And quite a few villagey events all year round to help you feel the pulse of the place.

About La Tartugo, Costa Prize winner poet Christopher Reid has written the following poem :

From one back window, piano practice :
repeated attacks on a trap of chords
repeatedly sprung ;
and from another,
soprano arpeggios, intricate as hopscotch.

The dauntless human musical endeavour !

It's touch and go, too, in the animal kingdom,
where a tortoise tilts and bumps itself down
some concrete steps,
like removal men managing
a large, dusty but once-loved
piece of farmhouse bedroom furniture,
and where a bee gang carries out a spot raid
on the deep, deep-purple flowers
of a shaken sage-bush.

copyright 2005 La Tartuga chez A durée limitée
reproduced in Nonsense, Faber @ Faber, London, 2012

Many photographers have taken great photographs of the house and gardens, that lend themselves marvelously to the art of photography. One day, we hope to make a booklet.

La Tartugo is a GAYFRIENDLY HOUSE. Used to be family friendly too but unchecked kids have spoilt some 1920's wallpaper and generally don't fit in a house like ours, they need too much attention from the parents, so for their benefit as well as ours, we have decided to say no to them. (Lone parent/one child still works pretty well, though.) We concentrate instead on travelers who are interested in the historical and artistic aspects of the house.
If this is not enough information, see more in Rules of the house section below.

Dostupno gostima

Airbnb guests have a self-contained flat (shared entrance with the hosts) on the ground floor and direct access to organic garden and orchard.

Interakcija s gostima

Depending on each person's or couple's wishes, it can vary. Loners have more time usually, so we tend to share more with them but we leave it to everyone to decide. It often comes as a matter of course.

Ostale napomene

Just contact us and do read our guests' commentaries, they are the best way of knowing us and deciding if La Tartugo is for you.


Raspored spavanja
Spavaća soba 1
2 jednostruka kreveta
Spavaća soba 2
1 bračni krevet (1,4x2)

Prostor
Može primiti: 3
Kupaonice: 1
Spavaće sobe: 2
Kreveti: 3
Vrsta prostora: Cijeli prostor

Sadržaji
Kuhinja
Internet
Grijanje
Perilica

Cijene
Dodatni gosti $25 / noćenje nakon 2 gosta
Tjedni popust: 8%
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Let's all be friendly & communal. Shut the doors to avoid heat or cold or noise coming in. TURN OFF LIGHTS, heatings and appliances when not around : let's have no power wastage - electricity is expensive in France too OUR NORTH AMERICAN GUESTS, PARTICULARLY, SHOULD BE AWARE OF THAT. A bit of dusting/cleaning before leaving (we don't charge for cleaning, which implies some slight effort on the guests' part). LA TARTUGO IS A SENSITIVE MUSEUMLIKE ENVIRONMENT. PLEASE HANDLE FURNITURE CAREFULLY AND DO NOT HANDLE OBJECTS WHEN NOT NECESSARY.
We are into preserving and restoring a heritage home and your staying with us helps us doing so.


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Dostupnost
Minimalni boravak: 1 noćenje

87 recenzije

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Profil korisnika Anais
Rujan 2017.
Merveilleux séjour dans l'adorable maison provençale de Bernard et Didier. Tout était parfait: l'accueil chaleureux des hôtes, les indications pour trouver la maison, l'attention apportée au moindre détail, la décoration si originale et pittoresque, la terrasse et le jardin/verger tellement agréables en ce mois de septembre, les recommandations de visites dans la région... Bernard et Didier sont aux petits soins, tout en étant très discrets. Un lieu idéal pour se ressourcer dans un univers bucolique et artistique, pour écrire son prochain roman, ou simplement découvrir le Sud de la France. Pour ma part, je reviendrai dès que possible à la Tartuga!

Profil korisnika Pascale
Rujan 2017.
ma fille et mois avons passées un merveilleux séjour ma fille enceinte de huit mois a put enfin trouver dans cette demeure ainsi que se magnifique jardin un vrais havre de paix un repos quelle n avait plus eu depuis quelque mois on c est promis de revenir trés rapidement pour avoir le plaisir d etre a nouveaux accueillie par des hotes aussi charmant et agréable en la personne de bernard et didier

Profil korisnika Angela
Lipanj 2017.
Ich war skeptisch, als ich die Fotos sah und dachte, das ist zu schön um wahr zu sein, aber es war in Wirklichkeit noch viel schöner! Die Wohnung ist im Stil der 20 Jahre eingerichtet, das muss man mögen, wir fanden es wunderbar. Der absolute Traum sind die Gärten. Das Haus liegt an einer sehr befahrenen Straße, aber im Garten und dem Schlafzimmer ist fast nichts mehr zu hören. Bernard und Didier sind ganz reizende Gastgeber, so dass wir wirklich das Gefühl hatten, Urlaub bei Freunden zu machen. Das war ganz bestimmt nicht unser letzter Besuch in La Tortuga!

Profil korisnika Bosung
Travanj 2017.
그렇게 멀리 있는 줄 모르고.. 또 모든 것이 너무 오래된 것이라 불편했어요. 욕실에는 전구가 없어 촛불을 켜놓았고 오래된 물건들이 그대로 있어서 보기에는 좋았지만 머물기에는 웬지 괴기영화찍는 기분이었어요.
Profil korisnika BernardBernard je Superhost.
Bernard odgovara:
Pour l'instant, je n'ai pas la traduction de ce commentaire. Néanmoins, je tiens à réagir : le comportement des voyageuses, qui ont réservé à la dernière minute, n'ont absolument pas voulu visiter la maison ou le jardin, m'ont quasiment poussé hors de l'appartement, ont laissé le lieu en désordre, et nous attribuent de mauvaises notes alors que l'impossibilité de communiquer empêchait de se comprendre et d'expliquer quoi que ce soit remet en cause une fois de plus le système de notations et montre aussi, encore une fois, que les visiteurs devraient bien comprendre l'endroit où ils vont séjourner - or personne ne peut dire que ce n'est pas clair sur notre page. Just now, I don't have the translation of this comment. Nevertheless, I want to react straight away : the behaviour of these travelers, who booked at the last minute, resolutely refused to visit the house and the gardens, literally threw me out of the flat, left the place in a sorry state and gave us 2/5 stars while it was impossible to communicate and explain anything once again questions the value of the notations and shows, once again, that travelers need to know exactly where they are going to stay, which noone can say is not spelt out clearly on our page.
Travanj 2017.

Profil korisnika Marion
Prosinac 2016.
Maison magnifique, originale et unique à découvrir sans hésiter. Le jardin et le verger sont magiques. Bernard nous a très bien accueilli dans sa maison familiale, il réside au 1er étage, c'est une hôte très agréable et discret. Notre séjour a été très agréable.

Profil korisnika Mathilde
Listopad 2016.
Très bon accueil de Bernard. La maison est charmante et le jardin magnifique. Merci de pouvoir nous faire partager le temps d'un sejour, une ambiance dépaysante et reposante.

Profil korisnika Laurence
Listopad 2016.
Un endroit 'magique et paisible' : un jardin magnifique dont nous aurions aimé profiter un peu plus si la météo n avait pas fait de caprice , il y a tout ce qu il faut dans la maison et on s y sent très bien...pas de bruit, un dépaysement total . Bernard nous a très bien accueilli, il est agréable et discret. Une chose est sûre : une nuit c était trop court ! Merci Bernard de nous avoir permis cette jolie pause.
Profil korisnika BernardBernard je Superhost.
Bernard odgovara:
Merci infiniment pour l'appréciation, d'autant plus que le lieu ne peut offrir à l'automne et en hiver toutes ses merveilles printanières et estivales. C'était un plaisir de vous avoir, justement, avec nous à l'arrière-saison, même si ce fut, comme vous le dites, trop brièvement. Portez-vous bien. Et... vous connaissez l'adresse, Bernard & Didier
Listopad 2016.

Carnoules, FrancuskaČlan od Srpanj 2012
Profil korisnika BernardBernard je Superhost.

Bernard is a writer and an award winning translator (French into English). He organized an arts festival for 15 years in Carnoules, called WEM. He is now involved in Icha Foundation, an orphanage on the East Coast of india, where he spends time every year.
CHECK BERNARD'S LATEST BOOKS
ON THE CURRENT SITUATION IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE (IN FRENCH ONLY) :

ON THE TRANSLATOR'S LIFE (BILINGUAL) :

ON INDIA (IN FRENCH ONLY):


Didier is a student nurse, a great cook, and also loves India. He is into swimming and can tell you where to find out of the way beaches 30 minutes from home.
They are both into organic gardening and food.
They put a lot of energy and love preserving their house, Bernars's 1850 family home. A lot of Bernard's and Didier's time is spent on keeping the place afloat and the place reflects their personality.

Bernard and Didier love Provence, know the area very well and will help you on your day trips, of which thare are many in the vicinity. Walking is great around here.

For many years, artists, singers and musicians stayed repeatedly at la Tartuga. Time has come now for quieter visitors, although pianists are still welcome and can play the piano in the house !

But everyone is welcome at La Tartuga. Bernard and Didier have travelled extensively and know how important it is to find temporary havens on the road.

Hoping to share some time with you soon.

Jezici: English, Français, Hindi
Stopa odgovora: 100%
Vrijeme odgovora: u roku od sat vremena

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