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With 2 master suites, 2 guest rooms, 4 en suite bath/shower rooms, 5 separate terrace areas, a 1,780m2 garden, swimming pool and wonderful Côte d'Azur sea views, Villa La Lavande is luxury, spaciousness and elegant French Riviera living redefined.
This beautifully-situated and fully-renovated, south-facing villa, less than 10 minutes from the lovely "Ville d'Art et d'Histoire" (town of art and history) of Grasse - famed as the perfume capital of the world - is only half-an-hour from both Cannes and Antibes, and just a mere hour from Italy. Although a part of the exciting and vibrant Côte d'Azur, it is said Villa La Lavande feels like it’s a part of Périgord.
The villa, set on a quiet no through road, is accessed through an ancient olive grove with absolutely no noise.
Beautifully designed over 2 floors, the villa maximises living space (245m² - almost 2700ft² - of habitable floor space) without compromising either luxury or comfort. Villa La Lavande offers plenty of interior living space for 8 persons, whether for a group or family. And with stone floors throughout, the villa remains cool and comfortable throughout the summer.
The 4 luxuriously-appointed en suite bedrooms (2 double suites, 2 guest rooms) are supplemented by an upstairs living area that seats 6 and features a dining area for all 8 villa guests.
The downstairs living area seats 5, and the 55” plasma tv, with both Sky and Freeview, supplemented by the homely log woodburner, provides the perfect setting should you wish to enjoy doing plenty of nothing for a few hours. And quiet room fans quietly take care of the day’s residual warm during the summer, while central heating is available should a chill set in either early or late in the year.
However, there’s also an abundance of private outdoor space for all to enjoy. There are 5 separate terrace areas that lead out onto the lovely 1,780m2 Mediterranean-style garden (to give you an idea of the size, the garden contains three lawned areas and 27 ancient olive trees on the property). This is complemented by a vast 28 m2 "auto-covered" terrace with delightful outside eating areas overlooking the pool that also provides a wonderful sea view from the bay of Cannes, across the bay of La Napoule with a fantastic view of the Esterelles.
The two outside eating areas are comprised of one under the sunroof, the other by the barbecue area. And for those who enjoy a little light exercise prior to their eating or lounging, the private outdoor heated swimming pool awaits, with direct access offered from 3 of the 4 bedrooms.
While this luxurious and quiet retreat is within extremely easy reach of the party hot-spots of Cannes and Juan Les Pins (or you can take a helicopter from Palm Beach in Cannes and be in St Tropez in a few minutes), should you wish your indulgent stay to be more self-contained, the beautiful provençal kitchen and accompanying modern, self-contained kitchenette offer everything you need to enjoy preparing anything from simple canapés and cocktails on the patio, to a four-course meal for all guests in the dining room or under the beautifully lit sun roof. We can even recommend a local chef to cook a beautiful local meal for you – he’ll even clear up afterwards!
There are 2 fridge freezers, a fridge, hob/stove and oven, microwave and, for cleaning up afterwards, a double sink, dish washer and in the separate utility room, a washing machine, tumble dryer and a steam iron. And there’s even wi-fi and a telephone.
There are many shops nearby selling all manner of local produce, but for total convenience, a Carrefour mini-market is only a few minutes away. The famous Forville Market in Cannes is but half an hour by car, and needless to say, for those who like to eat out, there are so many restaurants to choose from.
Upstairs diner and living room
Dining table for 8
Seating for 6 in living area
Master bedroom, double, en suite, sea views, direct access to pool
Bedroom 2, twin, en suite, private toilet
Bedroom 3, double, en suite, sea views, direct access to pool
Bedroom 4, twin, en suite, direct access to pool
Master - en suite, bath, Italian walk in shower, toilet
Bedroom 2, en suite, bath, Italian walk in shower, toilet
Bedroom 3, en suite, bath, Italian walk in shower, toilet
Bedroom 4, en suite, Italian walk in shower, toilet
55" Plasma tv with Sky and Freeview Box
1,780m2 Mediterranean-style garden contains three lawned areas and 27 ancient olive trees on the property.
Private heated pool
Five separate terrace areas
Private garage with car parking available
Suitable for families
Not only can you enjoy the glamour of St Tropez, Monaco or Cannes, you are so close to the lavender fields, olive groves and rows of ripening vines in the Provençal countryside. You can simply people-watch over a strong coffee and croissant 6 minutes away in Valbonne in the quaint Valbonne medieval market square with red mountains glinting in the sun.
This is an attractive old house above a small town whose very good small shopping centre half an hour's walk away… or five minutes by car. The roads are steep and access can be tricky. I never managed to get out of the property with less than a five-point turn.
The undoubted feature of the house is its quiet location, with its distant view of the Baie des Anges. It also has a very charming, quite large and very clean swimming pool. You get the feeling that this is a genuine family house (photos everywhere), with all the good and bad that that entails - the sort of niggles that families tend to live with (ours anyway) may be irritating to the short term visitor. For example, Riviera life is supposed to be awash with champagne… but there were no appropriate glasses we could find. And the still wine glasses were cheap-as-chips-basic, which gave an unfortunate impression. The kitchen generally could do with some updating/re-kitting,
The major thing I missed was air-conditioning. It can be stifling hot in the Riviera in midsummer, and the bedrooms in particular would benefit hugely. This was all the more so as mosquitos are more a local feature than one might have hoped, so windows have to be kept closed (there being no grilles). Large (and noisy) fans in each room are not really a proper substitute.
We all enjoyed our smooth-running visit, despite these summer niggles. It would perhaps be as an off-peak destination, however, we could recommend this place most heartily.