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Draguignan, France

Dining / living room

Dining / living room

Bedroom #3

Bedroom #3

Rear living room

Rear living room

Section of living room

Section of living room

Kitchen (big)

Kitchen (big)

Master bedroom

Master bedroom

 bedroom #2

bedroom #2

Solarium

Solarium

Draguigan bird's eye view

Draguigan bird's eye view

Cafés on the Market Square

Cafés on the Market Square

La Place aux Herbes

La Place aux Herbes

Apres lunch in Bargemon

Apres lunch in Bargemon

Italy for lunch

Italy for lunch

Visit to friends in nearby village

Visit to friends in nearby village

Dining / living room Bedroom #3 Rear living room Section of living room Kitchen (big) Master bedroom  bedroom #2 Solarium Draguigan bird's eye view Cafés on the Market Square La Place aux Herbes Apres lunch in Bargemon Italy for lunch Visit to friends in nearby village
Platinum

Member since

2001


Open for exchange

The member has not specified any exchange dates

Grand Victorian Flat in Downtown Draguignan-en-Provence or Village house Aups

I live in a grand Victorian flat in an 19th c mansion in the small city of Draguignan in the Var region of Provence. I live alone. Write books. Don't smoke. No children or pets in tow. Am a meticulous housekeeper. Will swap car as well. Experienced swappers preferred. I have done 30 house swaps. Mostly in California and Italy. My apartment has three bedrooms, a large living/dining room and a spacious kitchen with all conveniences. The bathroom is not huge but ample. Toilet and laundry room are (à la française) separate from bath.
In the rear of the apartment there is a second smaller salon which gives onto a huge windowed verandah/solarium looking out on trees and a large garden. The apartment offers 1200 sq ft of living space and is on the first floor - not the ground floor - one flight up. The house was built in 1890. Renovated in 2012. Everything functional is brand new. The house has 3.5 meter ceilings, moldings, marble fireplaces and authentic Salernes tomettes floors throughout. The region is chockablock with places to visit, swim, eat and shop. Day trips to St Tropez, Cannes, Nice, Monaco and Italy. I hop in my car and drive to Italy for lunch. Avignon 2 hours. Aix & Marseille 1.5 hours drive. House sleeps 4 comfortably. 1 Queen-sized bed, each with two separate mattresses. 3 single beds/ Town has all shops and cafés, restaurants and hotels, bakeries, butchers and a giant farmer's market twice a week in the central square.

The TGV train station is only ten minutes away (Les Arcs-Draguignan). One can drive there or take a special bus which stops in front of the house and goes directly to the station.

I am American. I live in France. I rarely have guests. I have no pets or small children nor do I smoke. I am open to swaps in the US and some parts of Europe. I speak English, French and Spanish. I need a good internet connection and Cable or satellite TV. Give me the Internet, a modern kitchen w dishwasher and food markets nearby and I am a happy camper. (ex swappers will happily provide references)

For information about the village house in Aups, please send me a note.

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Our Family

  • 1 Adults
  • 0 Children
  • 15 Exchanges made

Occupation

  • Author
  • Author

Our Home

  • House Type: Flat
  • Floor: 2
  • Environment: In the city
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Sleeping Capacity: 4
  • Living Area: 1400 m2
  • Total Area: 1400 m2

In my house

  • Pets - Not allowed
  • Small children - Not allowed

Exchange Types

  • Long-term exchange wanted
  • Non-simultaneous exchange
  • Home exchange
  • Hospitality exchange
  • Renting possible

Indoor

  • Free internet access
  • Central heating
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Television
  • Piano

Outdoor

  • Balcony

Facilities

  • No smoking
  • Car necessary
  • Use/Exchange of car
  • Seclusion/Privacy

Our Destination Wish List

  • Open for all offers
  • San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • 55100 Lucca, Province of Lucca, Italy
  • Scottsdale Camelback Resort, Phoenix, AZ 85251, USA
  • Phoenix, AZ, USA

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Français
  • Español

Our Neighbourhood

Nearest Airport: NICE or MARSEILLE - 90 kms

  • shopping shop on foot (0.4 km)

Draguignan is a small city in the heart of Provence. It's a short drive from Cannes, Monaco, Nice, St Tropez, Frejus, Bandol, Aix, Avignon, Marseille and/or Arles. In less than 2 hours one can be in Italy for shopping or an overnight in Liguria or Tuscany. Dragugnan is a quiet, but busy town of 35,000 people. Everything one needs is available on foot. The farmers' markets are in the heart of the city on Wednesday and Saturday. There are many supermarkets and small greengrocers, bakeries and clothing shops galore. The train (TGV) station is ten mins away. The bus to the station stops in front of my house. Go anywhere in Europe from here - in style!

Occupation

  • Author
  • Author

Children

  • We do not have children.

Pets

  • We do not have pets.

About Our Family

I am an American author who lives in Provence and Buenos Aires. I like to swap my places for houses in northern California each summer. I live alone. Write books. Rarely have guests. Can water plants an feed cats. Not so good with dogs. Have swapped 30 times all over creation - but mostly in Marin, San Francisco and on the Peninsula. I am a meticulous housekeeper and enjoy taking care of other peoples' houses.

Lifestyle

I usually stay at home writing. I don't smoke. I read a lot. When I'm in the States I usually find my way to Trader Joe's and Whole Foods a couple of times a week. I'm not a tourist. I don't drive all over the place looking at oceans or museums. I do watch some PBS and listen to NPR. I am on the computer all day so wifi is essential. I prefer urban quiet to countrified quiet. I scour thrift shops for bargain clothes and gadgets. In France, from where I live I can have lunch in Italy or in Avignon or Aix or Marseille. As there is so much to see in Provence, I often take a drive to Arles or go the other way to Cannes and Monaco.