Bedrooms 1, Sleeps 4, Ratings 1 10/10
|Holiday property with shared pool||Self Catering||Flexible||1||4||1||One double sofabed|
Bright sunny 1 bedroom apartment "Lou Messugo" sleeps up to 4 people and is attached to, but fully independent of, our beautiful Provencal family home in the world-famous French Riviera. ("Apartment" doesn't really describe our place though as that gives the impression it is in a block of flats, which it is not! The French word gite suits it much better!).
Set in a large garden with swimming pool (shared only with us, the owners) on a quiet no-through road, this tranquil setting is only a few minutes' walk to the local town centre with all amenities.
Kitchenette with 2 ring hob, oven, microwave/grill, fridge, dishwasher and all necessary equipment for cooking your own meals. Dining table for 4. Cutlery and crockery for 4.
The double aspect living/dining room is south and east facing and is gorgeously sunny all day long . It has a sofa which can be used as a double (140cm) sofabed, satellite tv, hi-fi with USB connexion, wi-fi (free & unlimited), bookshelves with novels and guide books. It looks out on to the sun-trap patio with bbq and sunloungers and across the large garden. In the summer fans are provided and in the cooler months it is heated by efficient and cosy underfloor heating.
One bedroom with double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers and full length mirror, tastefully decorated in muted Provençal tones.
There is a modern bathroom with large open shower, heated towel rail, basin, shelves and wc.
Underfloor heating throughout.
Tv with satellite channels, free wi-fi throughout, stereo with USB connection for phones/tables etc. We provide age appropriate toys for babies, toddlers and kids and can provide boardgames as we live on site.
The garden is big enough to play ball games, badminton, croquet etc. We can provide the equipment for these games. There is a ping pong table, large netted trampoline and boules pitch, and of course the lovely pool in the summer months. The patio/terrace is a real sun trap and it is warm enough to sit outside and eat for most of the year. We provide a charcoal barbecue on the terrace.
Space to park one car directly outside the front door making it easy to carry luggage and sleeping babies! We have a garage which you can use to store bikes, motorbikes, golf clubs, roof boxes etc.
Suitable for all ages. We welcome couples of all ages, families with babies and toddlers and families with older kids. The gite is all on one level but it is not wheelchair friendly I'm afraid.
To make life easy we can provide most necessary equipment for travelling with babies/toddlers such as a travelcot, highchair, plastic plates/cutlery/cups, changing mat and a good selection of toys, books and games. We know just how much paraphernalia the smallest members of the family come with as we've been there
We are a Franco/British/Australian couple with 2 children. We are bilingual and multi-cultural and having spent many years travelling and living in Asia, Eastern Europe and Australia we settled in Roquefort les Pins in 2007. We fell headover heels in love with the area and now can't imagine living anywhere else.
|Year property purchased||2009|
|Why this location?||Roquefort les Pins is ideally located to explore all that the Cöte d'Azur has to offer|
|Unique benefits of property||A quiet village location away from the coastal crowds, walking distance to fabulous food shops and restaurants and perfectly situated in the middle of everything there is to see in the French Riviera (Côte d'Azur). Mountains for skiing/hiking etc are 30-60 mins away, the nearest beach is 15 mins away, Nice, Cannes and Antibes are all 30 mins away, Grasse 20 mins and Monaco 50 mins.|
Visit the beautiful medieval hill top villages in the back country of the Côte d'Azur, there are hundreds and they are all different. Read about our favourite 13 local villages on our blog https://loumessugo.com/13-of-the-best-hill-villages-near-nice-france/
Visit the glitzy towns of Cannes and Monaco for some Riviera glamour. Witness the stars walking up the famous red steps at the Cannes Film Festival, oggle the world's biggest super yachts in Antibes, people watch at the Hotel de Paris in Monaco, rent a sunbed at an exclusive private beach for the day or test your luck at the Casino in Monte Carlo.
Amble around the many fabulous local markets to buy produce for picnics, self-catering, arts and crafts, and souvenirs. There is at least 1 every day of the week, including Roquefort on Wednesday mornings mainly for food and Valbonne every Friday morning for food, local souvenirs, local products and clothes.
Whether you visit in summer or winter the beaches of the Côte d'Azur are wonderful places to spend time. From 15 mins to an hour away you'll find long sandy beaches, secluded rocky coves, pebble beaches, private beaches with luxury sunbeds for hire, windy beaches for kite surfing, and many more. There are literally hundreds of different beaches reachable from Lou Messugo, check here for our favourites https://loumessugo.com/top-12-best-beaches-on-the-french-riviera/
Nice is more than nice, it's wonderful, with it's long seafront promenade, winding alleys of the old town, excellent restaurants, markets, shops, fountains and playgrounds there's something for everyone.
This is an adventure sports lover's paradise, with all sorts of different activities on our doorstep: canyoning, white water rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, para-gliding, bungee jumping, zip lining, hiking and even skiing! We are ideally located between the mountains and the sea, making Lou Messugo a great base for mountain and water activities.
We are 10 minutes from an independent theme park, with 3 different areas all designed for kids to have fun from age 2 up. There are netted walkways in the trees, zip lines, water slides, a labyrinth and even a flying bath tub! Find out more about this magical place here https://loumessugo.com/magical-pixie-wood-is-this-the-best-adventure-playground-ever/ But kids' fun isn't limited to this park, there are many wonderful things for children in this area, such as visiting a real sweet factory, exploring towns on mini trains, visiting a mini zoo and tropical glass houses, seeing live wolves in their natural environment, water slide parks and much more. Here are some of our favourite things to do with kids https://loumessugo.com/top-10-things-to-do-with-children-on-the-cote-dazur/
There are 10 excellent golf courses within half an hour of our property and plenty more within an hour. One course for every day of your holiday?
The French Riviera has always attracted artists and this has left a fabulous legacy of world-class art and museums on out doorstep. Nearby you'll find fabulous museums dedicated to Matisse, Chagall, Renoir, Cocteau, Bonnet, Leger and Picasso to name a few. There are also plenty of other museums to visit, including the International Perfume Museum in Grasse, the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco, the National Sports Museum in Nice and many more. Many villages have a link to a famous artist in one way or another creating interesting stories and anecdotes to discover.
Grasse (20 mins away) is the world centre of perfume making and the town is packed with museums and boutiques dedicated to perfume. You can visit the gardens where the flowers are grown, find out all about the history of perfume at the International Museum and even create your own signature scent at some of the famous perfume houses
We are surrounded by some seriously impressive cycling routes, many featuring often on the Tour de France. Tackle the spectacular mountain routes of Provence or the iconic corniches along the coast. For more leisurely riders there are wide, flat cycle paths along the seafront in Nice and Cagnes sur Mer where you can hire bikes by the hour. If mountain biking is more your style then there are trails directly from the house. We've got 2 wheels covered!
If you love tootling along the back roads admiring the view this is perfect place to be. You can head off into the mountains, taking in gorges, plateaus and hill top villages, or meander along the coast into Italy. The topography of this area, where the Alps meet the Mediterranean makes for dramatic and beautiful scenery. It is possible to visit the famous lavender fields of Provence during the summer and also the stunning Gorges du Verdon, Europe's "Grand Canyon".
We stayed at Lou Messugo for 11 nights and had a wonderful time! The property was quiet, peaceful, very clean, and ideally situated for all the places we wanted to see. It is about a half mile from the bus stop, where a local bus service took us directly to Grasse or Nice, and a change to the train at Cagnes-sur-Mer could take us to places such as Cannes, Antibes, Èze, Menton, or Monte Carlo. The gîte is also a short drive from beautiful medieval towns such as Gourdon and Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Phoebe, Jeff, and family were very welcoming & helpful, and a mine of information about the local area, public transport etc. Everything had been thought of and provided to get you started, such as kitchen roll, cling film, mosquito plug-ins etc. The property is decorated in lovely calm colours, and with comfortable furniture, and there are dozens of leaflets, maps and books provided so that you can make the most of the area. The gardens are lovely, with a private, sunny patio area, (gas bbq provided), the guests’ garden is large & complete with sitting areas, boules court and trampoline, and leads via a pathway through the trees up to the delightful, flower-surrounded pool at the end of the upper garden. I loved the pool! Peaceful and not overlooked, I was determined to make the most of it, even if it was October! It was perfect for what we wanted - ideally situated, beautifully maintained, and provided us with a quiet base for a relaxing holiday, & a few adventures of our own making!
Thank you so much for your lovely words, we're delighted you enjoyed your holiday at Lou Messugo so much and really appreciate you taking the time to review so thoroughly. We hope to welcome you back to Lou Messugo again one day.