With the medieval village of St Paul de Vence on one side and an expanse of glittering ocean on the other, this hilltop boutique-hotel style villa couldn’t be in a more superb location. In an area surrounded by acres of forest and little villages peppered with beautiful shops and excellent restaurants, this property is also an easy drive from a handful of chic Mediterranean coastal resorts. Mornings are made for popping into the village for fluffy croissants and a browse around the numerous art galleries, either a 30 minute stroll or a 10 minute drive. And a little drive away, the town of Vence with its sunset-coloured 15th century walls enveloping a myriad of little streets and market square, is the perfect place to enjoy a long lazy lunch followed by a visit to some of the region’s most interesting historical monuments.
Wrapped around a sparkling aquamarine swimming pool surrounded by palm trees and exotic plants, this contemporary villa welcomes guests with open arms. Reclaimed materials from the ruins of an old monastery give the property an authentic rustic style yet the bright and colourful furniture lends a modern touch. On balmy summer nights, a spacious open-plan living space leading to an outdoor terrace is the ideal place to have pre-dinner drinks before heading outside to dine under the stars. Cooler nights can be spent in the well-equipped kitchen, whipping up meals made with ingredients from the local market, before retiring to the living area and cosying up in front of a roaring fire.
The villa comprises various independent suites and en-suite bedrooms, giving guests a sense of privacy and independence. There is a suite able to sleep 4 guests, a penthouse suite which can sleep four guests, offering a bedroom, sitting room with sofa bed, kitchen and bathroom; a family suite with two bedrooms, bathroom and living room/kitchen; a master suite which can sleep four guests (including a sofa bed) with a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and sitting room with sofa bed and fireplace; and two en-suite double bedrooms with a shared terrace and small seating area on the lower level. All bedrooms have a private or shared terrace with sea views, meaning that everybody can wake up to the ocean.
Outside, spacious terraces and grassy lawns surround the saltwater pool, a perfect space for families and friends to get together. When the sun goes down, grab your rackets and head to the floodlit courts for a friendly game of tennis. Those requiring something a little more gentle can play a game of petanque on the sandy court, followed by a leisurely drink at the covered bar before settling down to dinner on one of the outside terraces.