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Vue Tranquille is a beautifully renovated detached Provençal villa enjoying spectacular views across to the Col-du-Dragon and the Chaine-de-Férion. The villa is situated on a hillside, accessed by a winding road, with steep driveway down to the entrance. Benefiting from a private pool with security immersion alarm, it is set on a broad terrace with a lovely olive tree to provide shade and dine al fresco while admiring the spectacular views. There are some steep drops in the grounds and therefore care should be taken with small children. 1km to the hilltop village of La Roquette-sur-Var (pictured) and its 16th-century church with famous Italian paintings. The village is sure to charm you with its beautiful houses dating from the XVI th and XVII thC., its narrow streets and vaulted passage ways, pretty drinking fountains, beautiful doorways and external staircases.
There are a number of walks and mountain biking routes around the village, which allow you to explore the local landscapes, while the less energetic can take part in pétanque games in the village square or immerse themselves in the cordial atmosphere which reigns over the village of La Roquette.
The picturesque old village of Levens 5km for restaurants, shops, tennis and bike hire. If you can tear yourself away from the beautiful scenery, there are beaches at Nice c20 mins, Antibes, Aquasplash and Marineland at Biot, both 40km and skiing at Isola 2000, 70 km.
Marble topped table with 8 chairs. Fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, large fridge-freezer, microwave, kettle, toaster, electric cooker with filter hood over. Washing machine positioned elsewhere in villa
Beautifully furnished with views to the pool and stunning panoramic mountain views. UK Sky tv, Apple tv (please bring your pass codes), Bose docking music system, dvd player with small library of films.
Small library of books
All furnished with style and taste. All main bedrooms have new quality Relyon pocket sprung mattresses
Bedroom 1 has a king size double bed, dressing table and built in wardrobe with french doors to garden terrace.
Bedroom 2 has two single beds with built in wardrobes and french doors to the garden terrace.
Bedroom 3 has two single beds, built in wardrobes and window looking towards the mountains.
Bedroom 4 is a smaller room with bunk beds and a chest of drawers with a window looking over the mountains and valley.
Bathroom 1 has a full size bath with power shower hose plus there is a separate shower cubicle in the bathroom. A wash hand basin has cupboards under and there is a set of bathroom scales that read imperial or metric.
Separate toilet outside bathroom 1
Bathroom 2 comprises a walk in power shower, basin and toilet.
All electric with bills included. Oscillating fans are provided in all bedrooms to aid cooling
UK Sky tv package, dvd player, Apple tv (please bring your own pass codes) Bose music docking system. An old table tennis table is located in the garden, a boules set and a child height basketball/netball hoop. There is a free broadband facility in the villa with wi-fi access throughout the property. There is also a pack of cards, a dominoes set and Monopoly.
The garden is very secluded and not overlooked by neighbours. The pool and terracing has panoramic views across the valley to mountains, with a south and west aspect to the garden, so the villa has sun all day and you can watch the spectacular sun sets behind the mountains from the terrace or lounge.
There is ample terracing with chairs and glass coffee table to relax in while you sip your drinks admiring the view. The pool is 9m in length with depths of 1m to 1.9m and has an alarm fitted.
Reclining sunloungers with cushions and personal beach towels for each guest
A patio table and chairs with cushions is positioned on the terracing immediately outside the french doors that lead from the living accommodation and kitchen.
There is ample parking in the grounds of the villa for at least 5 cars, with further parking nearby
This villa is perfect for an 'away from it all' holiday with easy access to all facilities as required. A perfect place for discerning adults who enjoy the tranquil surrounds of a residential village.
Due to some terracing in the garden the villa is not suitable for very small children (toddlers)
The price for the villa is inclusive of post holiday cleaning, heating and each guest is provided with a bath towel, hand towel and beach towel.
Security - This is not a problem in this area and we leave doors and windows open all day and never close the shutters at night, except to achieve some blackout for the bedrooms. However, there is a lockable gate to the garden from the street and all windows have either shutters or bars
There is an information file in the villa which will provide you with further information about your stay, helpful instructions on how to use items in the villa, safety notes, restaurants and some suggestions of things to do and places to visit.
Cap de Antibes, Cap Ferrat or Cap d'Ail which all take you past multi million pound celebrity villas along coastal paths. The Promenade in Nice is a great walk that can be extended to other areas and traffic free for miles where you can stop to people watch or call into one of the many beach restaurants for a meal or a drink. There are also walks from the villa and in the local area. Walking guide books are available for use in the villa.
Monaco, Cannes, Italy, Antibes and other places are accessible by the fast coastal train or by road. Too many other attractions and beautiful places to mention here but the owner can help with ideas if required.
There is a tennis club in Levens, around 4 km from the villa. Tennis Club Loisirs Levens. The club has 5 clay courts and is open to non members. Court hire is just 8 Euros per person per hour. There are 4 rackets and tennis balls provided in the villa for guest's use.
COUR SALEYA Flower Market in Nice - This is ranked by France's National Council for the Culinary Arts as being one of the country's special markets. Opening hours: 06:00-17:30 Tuesday - Saturday 06:30-13:30 on Sunday. Closed on Monday.
In the shade of pretty striped awnings, the market stalls are hundreds of cut flowers and pot plants including multicoloured geraniums, intense mauve fuchsias, dahlias with their anemone-shaped flowers and the vivid impatiens being sold by the nursery vendors. This is also an ideal opportunity to ask around thirty exhibitors, florists and horticulturists for advice. The market is lined with restaurants where you can sit and people watch as they parade through the market.
VENTIMIGLIA in ITALY - The Indoor market is a fantastic place to but fresh produce at very reasonable prices. From Monday to Saturday the stalls groan with fresh and tasty seasonal fruits and vegetables. There is a whole section that is either home grown or prepared, such as bottled and pickled foods and artisan speciality cheeses. There are fresh pasta stalls and patisserie counters, delicatessens selling black and white truffles and truffle oils and tapenades, and other authentic Italian food products. The market also has an impressive selection of plants and flowers, both fresh and artificial.
Weekdays the market opens from 7.00 am until about 13.00. All day on Friday and most stalls are open all day on Saturday.
Famous Friday Outdoor Market - Every Friday Ventimiglia holds an outdoor market in the centre of town and along the lungomare, coast. There are around 500 stalls selling everything from clothes to shoes and pans to linens.
The market draws huge crowds, so unless you arrive very early, it is best to avoid taking the car and use the train. The market is just a short walk from the train station.
Nice Centre - For the very best, such as Armani, Faconnable and Chanel, head for Rue Paradis and Avenue de Suede plus Avenue de Verdun (running parallel to Rue dela Liberte) for other famous designers like Hermes, Longchamp, and Escada. Designer jewellery from Cartier, Mont Blanc, Bijoux Burma, Ferret and Barichella are all here as well. However, the central hub of the Nice shopping district centres on Avenue Jean Medecin. Here you can find the usual high street names of Zara, H&M, Morgan, Etam, Virgin and FNAC along with popular perfume and make up chain Sephora. Midway along Jean Medecin is Etoille Shopping Mall, where you can buy sportswear, fashion, home ware and jewellery. There is also a Tie Rack and lingerie from Aubade and Claire’s Accessories. Other shops you will discover here are Maison du Monde; a favourite for home decor, Nature & Decouvertes for unusual gifts and BCBG Max Azria for great fashion clothes.
At the top of Place Massena is a four storey branch of Galeries Lafayette (right), the French equivalent of Selfridges and Harvey Nichols. If you want designer fashion then head for Rue de la Liberte, just off Place Magenta. Here you can easily spend a day in the twenty or so upmarket chains, such as Scapa, Guess, G-Star and Tara Jarmon. The well regarded French chain Arche is also found here, which sells good quality boots and shoes, tailored towards walking rather than toppling.
CAP3000 Shopping Mall – This is the biggest undercover shopping mall in the area and caters for most things you may wish for. Amongst many high street names such as Zara, Mango, Pandora, Swarovski, American Vintage, Massimo Dutti, H&M, plus you will find a Galeries Lafayette department store with the same quality brand names as in the Nice store. There are also restaurants with one on the first floor with tables outside looking towards the sea.
There is lots of parking near the stores.
Monaco – In the heart of Monaco is the famous Cercle d’Or where all the elegant shops are located, filled with luxury goods and prestigious brands. Then there are the alleys of the old town where street merchants display typical souvenirs, and the galleries of the Métropole shopping centre, the Allées Lumières, or the Fontvielle Shopping Centre, with their window displays showcasing ready-to-wear, decorations, leather goods and gifts… you can find everything your heart desires in the Principality!
As you would expect, just about all the top brands have shops in Monaco such as Gucci, Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chopard, Cartier, Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Saint Laurent,
The Monte-Carlo Pavilions - In the heart of Monaco, opposite the Casino, five pavilions house prestigious brands such as Louis Vuitton, Dior, Akris, Céline, Bulgari, Cartier, Lanvin and Yves Saint Laurent, which were previously located on the Avenue des Beaux-Arts and at Sporting d’Hiver. New brands include the famous fashion houses of Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta and Alexander McQueen shop. Nestled in the heart of the Jardins des Boulingrins, these extremely trendy temporary buildings invite customers to experience resolutely glamorous, magical moments. Fun to window shop if not to buy.
Walk along the Promenade des Anglais towards the Port. Look for the Hotel Suisse. The steps to The Chateau are next door. There is also a lift that can be used between the hours of 10:00 and 19:00, for around 1€ but views on the way up are worth the walk up this 92 metre high hill . The main attraction here are the stunning views. The landscaped park of the Colline du Chateau is now famous for the spectacular view over the rooftops of Nice, gleaming yachts bobbing at anchor and the never ending sweep of the Promenade des Anglais. Don’t forget your camera.
Worth a look here are the Roman ruins of two cathedrals, the mosaics, the dramatic artificial waterfall, the Bellenda Tour, the Cimitere du Chateau and the Jewish cemetery: hailed as one of the most beautiful resting grounds in the World.
With plenty of running around space, a play area and some cafes selling drinks, snacks and ice creams, the Chateau is a great spot for children. The park closes at 20:00 in summer and around 19:00 in winter.
This is also where you will find The Cannon Man. Don’t be alarmed if you hear a large boom at 12:00. The ‘Lou Canoun de Miejour’ remains a true tradition for Nice, dating back to 1861 to 1866 when Sir Thomas Coventry-More, a British army colonel came to his house in Nice to enjoy the Riviera sunshine. His wife would go for a walk every morning but because she was a great gossiper and did not carry a watch he had great trouble getting her to return home in order to eat lunch. He devised a novel idea to remind her of the time – he proposed to the Mayor of Nice that a cannon be fired every day, and being a former Colonel, he said he would even provide the cannon. The deal was done but after several years of his daily ritual, Sir Coventry left – talking his cannon with him. The people of Nice complained as they found this signal perfect for synchronising clocks all over the city. So on 19th November 1875 the the municipality decreed that a cannon be fired every day at 12:00
Open top tourist bus - ‘Le Grand Bus Tour’ can be joined at the main stop where the Promenade des Anglais merges with Quai des Etats-unis. Look for the Beau Rivage Beach Club. Departing from the Promenade with stops at the Port, Cap de Nice and Cimiez Hill for the Chagall and Matisse museums, the bus can be a good way to get your bearings around the city. The full route takes around an hour and a half and you can hire headphones with English commentary. At around 20€ per person for a day ticket it’s not cheap. For 4-11 year olds a one day pass is just 5€
Tourist Train - You can pick up the open sided tourist train next to Le Grand Bus Tour as above. This is a better option perhaps for children and for those who prefer not to have to walk too far. The little train cruises around the Old Town and up to the Chateau Hill. You can stop off at the Chateau for as long as you wish and take another train down when you are ready. It takes around 45 minutes for a round trip and costs around 8€ for adults and 4€ for the under 9 year olds.
The Matisse Museum – 164 avenue des Arénes de Cimiez. The museum boasts a huge collection of engravings, drawings and cut-outs spanning Matisse’s entire career but concentrating mainly on the period from 1917 to 1954, when he settled in Nice. The setting of the museum is impressive and is in a recently renovated Genoese villa in the heart of an olive grove.
Open 10:00 – 18:00 daily except Tuesday. It is closed Bank Holidays. Entry is free.
The Museum of Archaeology – 160 avenue des Arénes-de Climiez. There is parking just behind the museum, in front of the monastery. This museum displays all the finds and details of Nice’s history up to the Middle Ages. The public baths and the amphitheatre can both be visited here. This is worth a stop off if you are visiting the Matisse museum but we do not feel it is worth a special trip. There is very little information in English so your French knowledge of archaeological finds will need to be quite good.
Open 10:00 – 18:00 daily except Tuesday. It is closed some Bank Holidays. Entry is free.
Masséna Museum – 65 rue de France is one street behind the Promenade but you can also use the entrance on the Promenade which is much easier to find. Set in a 19th century Italian influenced villa, here you can see exhibits, sculptures and religious works as well as ancient artwork by Nicois primitives.
The Fine Arts Museum (Musée de Beaux Arts) – 33 avenue des Baumettes. In a beautiful villa, with sumptuous grounds, there are over 6,000 works from the 17th to 20th centuries, including Flemish paintings of the 17th century impressionists, Post-Impressionists and some works by Picasso, Monet and Jules Cheret. The collections stem from those sent by Napoleon III after Nice joined France in 1860.
Open 10:00 – 18:00 daily except Monday. It is closed some Bank Holidays. Entry is free.
If you have the time, this is a trip well worth taking for the stunning scenery and the water sports on offer. The gorges date back to the Triassic Period (250-200 million years ago), when this part of France was under water, causing limestone and coral deposits to form, traces of which can still be seen today. As the waters subsided over the millennia, the deposits fractured, resulting in distinctive, striated rock formations. A major glacial period remodelled the landscape, opening up deep gorges. The river Verdon - which, as the name hints, is a surprisingly verdant bright green - runs between the two départements of the Var and the Alpes de Haute Provence, mingling their Mediterranean and Alpine ecosystems. The most stunning part is the canyon between Castellane and Moustiers Sainte Marie, where the valley can plunge 700 metres (2,300 feet) deep, offering dizzying views downwards and breathtaking vistas across the valley. As well as the many walking trails in the area, the village of Castellane is the centre for a very wide range of other sports on offer in the Gorges du Verdon, including canyoning, kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, rock-climbing, bungee-jumping, paragliding, horse-riding and fishing. Bikes can be hired in Castellane and Moustiers and excursions on horseback are available (enquire at the respective tourist offices). If you are in Les Salles sur Verdon, it is possible to rent a pedalo boat on which you can go up the river into the gorges as far as the first waterfall.
More details are in the information file in the villa, including suggested routes to and from Gorges du Verdon.
The villa is lovely and with stunning views of the mountains. Everything we needed was there.
The main disadvantage was that there were no shops or restaurants within walking distance, and the local roads are steep narrow and winding with lots of scary hairpin bends.