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Villa in Valbonne/Chateauneuf-de-Grasse, Côte d'Azur. Villa With Large Infinity Saltpool, Private, TableTennis, Boules, CCTV, Wifi, Pizza Oven, BBQ
How to put into words the many delightful towns and villages that you can find both here along the French Riviera and throughout Provence? Seeing is certainly believing and hopefully for many people, visiting the French Riviera and Provence is a "once in a lifetime" event.
The French Riviera :
World-renowned as a tourism hotspot, the Côte d’Azur also attracts visitors from Europe and beyond, drawing them in with its quality of life and exceptional location in the heart of Europe coupled with incredibly easy access to the Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport makes this area an open gateway to the rest of the world.
13 km from Antibes, 11 km from Cannes and 26 km from Nice airport, lies Valbonne; a rather charming, pretty and sought-after Provençal village. The village is surrounded by woodlands made up of pines, holm oaks and olive trees.
In summer Valbonne is alive with the hustle and bustle of locals and tourists alike in search of culinary delights, local produce and regional specialities and during the Chrismas festivities -- totally irrisistable.
Many also come just for the busy and really well stocked market that's held every Friday morning while events such as brocantes, agricultural markets, art and pottery conventions, St. Roch Festival, concerts and antique shows make Valbonne a very lively village.
Less than 2kl from the medieval villages of Valbonne/Plascassier/Mougins is this spacious modern villa with panoramic views of the countryside. It has 5 bedrooms and 4 terraces facing east and south. The 35ft by 17ft south facing pool boasts an overflow feature into into mature gardens and a spectacular view. The kitchen/lounge/dining areas have direct access to terraces/pool which have wonderful views of the countryside. The summer kitchen has a pizza oven, sink, fridge and dishwasher as well as a covered area with solid teak dining for 12 and teak couches for relaxing. The gardens are landscaped with many trees offering shade and fruit. South/East/West facing the terraces have spectacular open views of dawn and sunset. Air-conditioned throughout, the kitchen is fully fitted and the pool terrace is private and secure. You will be less than a 2min drive from the local village of Valbonne which has
many wonderful restaurants and shops to suit everyone's taste And pocket. Afterwards, relax in the village square with a chilled glas of wine, a light lunch and space for kids to play.
Long before it became the mecca of the sun-worshipping 21st Century tourist, the Riviera was popular among foreigners as a winter resort.
Lord Brougham, the Lord Chancellor of England, was accustomed to the winter in Nice but in 1834 was forced by an outbreak of cholera in Provence to stay in Cannes. He liked it so much he built a house where he stayed until his death in 1868.
Other famous Englishmen who made their home on the Riviera, were the writers Somerset Maugham in Cap Ferrat, Graham Greene in Antibes, and the film actor/writer, Sir Dirk Bogarde, who was President of the Cannes Film Festival in 1984, when he lived near Grasse.
Another foreign colony was the Russian nobility, who until the Revolution in 1917, were regularly joined by the Imperial Court. Their legacy is a number of beautiful Russian Orthodox churches in Cannes, Nice and Menton.
The Americans began to make there mark in the 1920s - Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford from the film world, Ernest Hemingway and Scott Fitzgerald, the writers, and the young Americans with Money. They introduced jazz, the music of Cole Porter and sunbathing. There was more jazz at the end of the second world war stimulated by the US Naval base: the Juan-les-Pins Jazz Festival dates from this period.
In the 1930s many German artists in exile settled in Sanary-sur-Mer. Other communities of artists have been established in Vallauris, where Picasso revived the traditional craft of pottery and which now hosts a bi-annual International Festival of Ceramic Art (July to mid October), and in St-Paul-de-Vence, where James Baldwin, the American author lived for many years.
Monaco, where fortunes have been lost and won on the gaming tables, still attracts a significant number of wealthy tax exiles
You will be less than a 2min drive from the local village of Valbonne which has many wonderful restaurants and shops to suit everyone's taste And pocket.
Notes on accommodation: Each bedroom has a double bed and fitted wardrobes. They are air conditioned and 4 of them are south facing. The 5th bedroom is east facing and has a terrace and a cosy sitting area separate from the bedroom. Access to 2nd TV room is via kitchen or separate garden terrace. The basement of the house is unfortunately not plastered but painted, the floors are tiled and it has convertable sofas and freeview TV and patio doors leading to an outside garden terrace flooded with natural light. It's a nice spot to get away from the heat of the day and is also suitable as an extra bedroom with a convertable couch, perfect for teenagers. There is a shower room and WC in the basement and can be used as an extra bedroom with the convertible couch. Teenagers tend to like the freedom and privacy of the basement as a bedroom as they have access to the pool and garden. There are large double sliding doors leading to the tce from here and the basement is flooded with natural light during the day. Outside: The infinity pool overflows into a reservoir and gives the illusion that you are swimming into the trees in the garden. There is a fully fitted and tiled shower room and WC outside. The lounge/dining kitchen/dining also has outside access. 3 terraces to the front are south facing, large and perfect for evening dining as you watch the sunset and sip the local Rose wine. From the garden there is also access to a basement living area which has a south facing terrace and patio doors into the basement to a TV room. A boules court to play the local game on a balmy evening while the bbq coals are heating up. There is also a table tennis table for your use as well. The summer kitchen is fitted with a fridge, sink, dishwasher, 2 ring hob and pizza oven, toaster, kettle, utencils. Outside shower room, fully fitted and tiled so it is very convenient to shower without having to go into the villa on a regular basis. Ample parking in the driveway, full size table tennis table on this courtyard. Utility Room: Washing machine, dryer, 2nd fridge and separate freezer. Iron and ironing board and clothes horse. Hoover. Clothes line behind villa. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linens are included in the price as is the first and last day cleaning. Any extra housekeeping can be arranged at an extra cost to the client per day. There is a gardener to maintain the pool and grounds. TOWELS are also included. Other: The bedrooms are air-conditioned and fully furnished. Two of the bedrooms have access to the pool from two of the terraces. The downstairs basement has a TV and opens onto a terrace overlooking the garden and facing south as are the 3 upstairs bedrooms.