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La Cigale

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Pégomas | Bedrooms: 4 | Sleeps: 6 + 2

Rates: from £3,945 per week

La Cigale is a comfortable and airy French Bastide in the hills of the Cote d'Azur with beautiful mountain views. Located between sea and mountain, Pegomas is a small and calm Provencal town within an easy drive to the hustle and bustle of the coast. Within 30min you can reach the center of Cannes and the beaches, within 20min the Perfume capital Grasse and many typical French villages. You will love the idea of a peacefully located family holiday home close to the attractions of the French Riviera.

This beautiful French Riviera family home with Provencal touch has been built on two floors offering 210 square meters of comfortable living spaces. Entering the ground floor, you will find a large lounge, TV and dining area opening onto the large terrace facing the pool and offering beautiful mountain views. The contemporary and comfortable living room is equipped with a home entertainment system with Satellite TV with international channels, DVD player and sound system. Internet access and a house alarm are also provided for your convenience. Also on the ground floor, the modern country style kitchen is fully equipped for great holiday meals. It is completed with a barbecue and outside dining facilities. Upstairs four elegant bedrooms comfortably accommodate up to eight guests at La Cigale. The master bedroom features a large dressing and a beautiful bathroom with freestanding bath tub and walk-in shower. The three remaining bedrooms, a double bedroom, a twin bedroom and a room with sofa bed, are sharing the same family bathroom with bathtub and a separate toilet. Outside, La Cigale boasts a children's' paradise with tree house, swing, slide, trampoline and of course the alarmed 12.5 x 5.10m swimming pool. While the children are having a great time in the garden, parents can enjoy the impressive views of the surrounding on the terrace, with a glass of wine or a Boules match behind the house. This villa provides everything required for a fabulous holiday in France. The French Riviera provides a number of opportunities to experience the rich French culture and history. Beaches, perched villages, local markets, museums - everything is close by. Several excellent golf courses such as the lovely eighteen hole Royal Golf de Mougins and Golf de Mandelieu are in the vicinity of La Cigale.

ACCOMMODATION COMPRISES:

Ground Level

  • Large living area opening onto the terrace with pool and mountain views; Fireplace, Piano, TV area and dining room for 8 guests
  • Fully equipped modern country style kitchen
  • Guest toilet

First Floor

  • Bedroom 1: Master bedroom with king size bed (180cm), dressing and en-suite bathroom with freestanding bathtub and walk-in shower
  • Bedroom 2: Double bedroom with queen size bed (160cm) with private little balcony
  • Bedroom 3: Twin beds (90cm each)
  • Bedroom 4: Kids bedroom with a single bed (sofa bed that can be turn into a double bed)
  • Family bathroom shared by bedrooms 2, 3 and 4 with bathtub (shower attachment) and separate toilet
  • Truffle Market:

Annual event celebrating Provence's "black gold", the wonderful truffle. A weekend of gourmet meals and truffle markets, alongside agricultural shows and demonstrations from the truffle dogs! You will find a whole host of demonstration workshops and truffle tastings in the market square. You will be able to access information and advice on truffle growing, plus a guided tour of the experimental truffle field. If you like all things truffle, or just fancy a different kind of day out then this market is certainly for you!

  • Chandeleur:

In France this traditional day is celebrated every 2nd of February with crepes! The tradition of feasting on crêpes stuffed with sweet and savoury fillings is certainly a popular one...although there are several thoughts on the origins of the day. Also known as Candlemas, it is a day where candles are blessed in churches around the country, and all the candles in the house should be lit. Tradition also suggests that the crib from the Christmas nativity should not be stored until Candlemas, which is the last Christmas Day cycle. As for the pancakes, it is said that Pope Gelasius I (c AD 490) was distributing pancakes to pilgrims arriving in Rome. It is also suggested that the pancakes, round in shape and gold in colour are reminiscent of the solar disc, referring to the return of spring after a dark and cold winter. Whatever the reasons, this is a day that is fun and easy to celebrate!

  • Napoleon’s landed in Golfe Juan:

Fans of Napoleonic history won't want to miss this re-enactment of the landing of the Emperor Napoleon after his exile in Elba. On March 1, 1815, Napoleon arrived with his army, and the scene is played out again each year on the beach in Vallauris Golfe-Juan. Many events are organised, including the battle - with Calvary - Napoleon's ship and music concerts. A mini Napoleon market has stalls selling memorabilia and there is a chance to learn more about this historical episode from experts who arrange talks over the weekend.

  • Expo Rose

The beautiful rose has played an important role in the town of Grasse, where it has been used in the manufacture of perfume for hundreds of years. This exhibition in honour of the rose allows professionals and members of the public to mingle at events, exhibitions and lectures. These include floral bouquets contests, rose-scented relaxation spaces, rose gardens and parks, arts and crafts, and culinary workshops with candied roses or rose jams. Last year saw more than 25,000 roses gracing the fountains and façades of the ancient city centre and some 8,500 roses on display, with another 13,000 rosebushes for purchase.

  • International Cannes Film Festival:

The world's greatest film festival. Every year, the greatest international stars climb the famous steps to the Palais to present their films to critics and professionals from the world over. The Cannes Film Festival ranks second only to the Olympic Games for global media coverage.

  • Monaco Grand Prix:

One of the races in the Formula 1 World Championship and among the world's best known sporting events, this Grand Prix is unique. Its course through the winding streets of the Principality highlights the drivers' talent more than the power of their cars. For both the drivers and car manufacturers, a win in Monaco is the most prestigious victory of the season and means they are an automobile racing legend.

  • Bastille day:

Bastille Day is celebrated across the whole of France with a bang...well, several in fact, fireworks always feature heavily. Various activities are held across the region on the 14th, in memory of the storming of the Bastille on the same date in 1789. Traditionally the fireworks display normally starts off between 10-11pm. Celebrations are also generally free of charge.

Top 5 things to see between Cannes and Monaco

  • Nice Old town:

Nice Old Town (known locally as Le Vieux Nice) is a lovely honeycomb of narrow streets, dotted with beautiful Baroque churches, vibrant squares, shops and restaurants. Thronging with tourists eating the famous ice-cream during the day, at night it becomes one big party with bars and nightclubs spilling out onto the streets. The key things to see are the Cours Saleya (the open air market), Chapelle de la Miséricorde (a wonderfully ornate Baroque church dating from 1740), Chapelle de l'Annonciation (known locally as Sainte-Rita), Eglise Saint-Jacques (dating from 1612 and built by the Jesuits, it has some excellent frescoes), the Cathedral Sainte Réparate (1699), and the Palais Lascaris (paintings and statues).

  • St Paul de Vence:

The medieval era of French history can still very much be felt today, perhaps nowhere better than at the nearly perfect St Paul de Vence. About 12 miles from Nice and almost directly inland from the Nice Airport, this medieval hilltop jewel is what visitors dream of when they say they want to stroll through a charming village in the South of France. From the 12th-century keep, which now serves as the town hall, to the 14th-century church, the 16th-century fortified walls and the cemetery, which stands on the original village land and is the final resting place of Marc Chagall, walking through St Paul de Vence is truly a walk through history. Travelers love the Choisy Gallerie, where it's sometimes possible to find Christian Choisy himself at work. Combined with the stunning views and the town's 20th-century obsession with showcasing artists, it's a day trip you won't forget. As you could guess, the feast of the senses experienced at St Paul de Vence extends to its dining spots as well. Whether at the epic la Colombe d'Or set in a fairytale garden or the casual Le Café de la Place, which offers a first-row view of spirited boules games, there is something for every taste and budget, while sacrificing nothing in ambiance.

Practical Info:
The best way to get to St Paul de Vence is by car, which makes it a natural fit for a guided tour. By public transport, there are buses from Nice (about 45 minutes) and Cagnes-sur-Mer (about 30 minutes).

  • Antibes:

Sixteenth-century ramparts and winding cobbled streets on the French Riviera-welcome to Antibes! A Mediterranean city with quite the history, Antibes was originally known as Antipolis, founded by the Ancient Greeks in 5 B.C. Then came the Romans, who renamed the city Antiboul and erected a theater big enough for 10,000 people. Barbarians and disrepair came next, until the area's famous ramparts were ordered by Louis XIV, safeguarding Antibes from raiders and pirates who trawled the Mediterranean Sea. The first tourists arrived to Cap d'Antibes in the 1880s, and the city and its adjacent resort town of Juan les Pins quickly became a summer playground for Europe's elite, beloved by Golden Age stars like Hemingway and Fitzgerald. Picasso also spent six months living and painting in Antibes, and today you can see his works from that period at Antibes' Picasso Museum in the Chateau Grimaldi. Now a town of 80,000, Antibes stretches deep into the hills. It's home to the largest marina in the Mediterranean and is a city of superyachts and their owners, who relax in the shaded mansions of Cap d'Antibes. Famous for its restaurants and surrounding beaches, Antibes' Old Town also makes for a beautiful wander. Every morning, there's a market by the marina where locals and tourists seek out fresh food from the region.

  • Les Iles de Lerins:

The largest of the Lérins islands located 1 km (2/3 of a mile) from Cannes, the Ile de Sainte-Marguerite is abounding with eucalyptus and pines. The island is most famous for allegedly holding the mysterious Man in the Iron Mask captive during the 17th century. During the summer months, a vast amount of boats stay in the shallow, safeguarded "Plateau du Milieu" between the islands where there is more area for water sports. The village of Sainte-Marguerite is comprised of about twenty buildings. Most of these are home to fishermen, but there are a few establishments offering refreshments to tourists who are exploring the island. The historic Fort Royal now contains a youth hostel and a Museum featuring items recovered from ancient shipwrecks. Island visitors are also able to explore a number of former prison cells and an old Roman cistern room. Close to the Fort Royal is a small cemetery for French soldiers and another alongside it for North African soldiers. You can also explore a number of former prison cells and an old Roman cistern room.

Practical Info The Ile Saint-Marguerite is 15-20 minute commercial ferry ride from Cannes. The island is a very popular attraction, especially during the warm summer months.

  • Eze Village:

The tiny village of Eze is one of the jewels of the south of France which is probably why it is chosen as a holiday spot by royalty, the rich and the famous. Perched on a rocky hill above the sea, it could not get any prettier. With narrow cobblestone, pedestrian-only streets, wonderful views of the surrounding hills and the azure water below, it is just as it was centuries ago. One of the most famous inhabitants was Frederic Nietzsche who, in the 1880s, used to walk up and down a hill path to the sea thinking up his philosophy. At the top of the hill, just above the village, is the exotic garden. Filled with statues of earth goddesses, cacti, winding paths and wonderfully relaxing contemplative spaces and lookout points, this is not to be missed.

Time Zone

GMT +1 hour

Language

French

Currency Information

The official currency is the Euro (€). Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.

Money Matters

Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.

Tipping Suggestions

Tips in restaurants are usually added on at 10/15 % of the bill. However, it is often a subject of controversy whether this amount actually goes to the waiter or not, therefore it is your choice whether to tip more.

Arrival & Departure Formalities

Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:

  • A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
  • Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.

Weather

Due to its favourable climate and geography Côte d'Azur has an average of 300 sunny days, an average temperature of 16°C and short but periodical rain-showers. During summer it can be very hot with average temperature of 27ºC and about 11 hours of sun a day. The average water temperature in the summer months is about 20ºC. In autumn and spring you can rely on warm weather as well. With around 8 hours of sun per day, these seasons are quite mild as well. By the Mediterranean climate the winters are pleasant.

Health

It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.

Electricity

Electrical service in France is supplied at 220-240 volts/50 hertz.

Driving InfoRMATION

  • Traffic from the RIGHT has right of way, except at roundabouts or if the road has a white line across it.
  • Passport or national ID as well as driver's license/insurance papers/ownership papers must be carried all the time.
  • National speed limit is 50kmh (31mph) in towns, 90kmh (56mph) on secondary non-urban highways, 110kmh (68mph) on dual carriageways, 130kmh (80mph) on motorways (auto route).
  • Speeding fines: 30 - 300 Euros.
  • Minimum driving age is 18.
  • For use of the highways (auto route) it is invariably necessary to pay a toll before access. Payment can be made by coins or by credit card.
  • There are strict laws concerning drinking and driving. Blood alcohol levels must not exceed 0.05%. There are random breathalyser tests carried out regularly by the police.
  • An international driving licence is not required for European citizens. Your locally issued driving licence, as long as it is accompanied by the passport, will suffice.

LOCATION:

  • Train station: Cannes (12.5 km)
  • Airport: Nice-Côte d’Azur (32 km), Toulon Hyères Airport (127km)
  • Villages: Pegomas (2.5km), Mandelieu (7km), Grasse (10km), Theoule sur Mer (16km)
  • City: Antibes (24km); Cannes (12.5km); Nice (40km)
  • Beach: Mandelieu La Napoule (7 km); Cannes (12.5 km)
  • Golf: Golf Old Course Mandelieu (11km)

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Availability Information

  • Our villas are normally rented on a Saturday to Saturday basis throughout the year. However, shorter breaks and alternative arrival days might be available outside the High Season. Please contact your Abercrombie & Kent Villa Consultant for further details.
  • Please note that the standard check-in time at our properties is between 4-7pm and that we ask guests to vacate the property by 10am on departure day, unless otherwise agreed in advance.

Rates Information

  • The above rates are on a per villa, per week basis. For further information on our villa only and A&K hosted services please see our 'Villa Rental Options' page. An A&K Villas Travel Consultant will be happy to discuss your specific holiday needs - simply complete the quick 'Make an Enquiry' form or call us on 0845 618 2205.

Inclusions

  • Cost of utilities including water and electricity (the latter up to 300kwh).
  • Arrival set of pool towels, household and bed linen (weekly change for bookings longer than 7 nights).
  • Final Cleaning.
  • Central heating (subject to total electricity usage).
  • Air-conditioning (subject to total electricity usage).
  • Private swimming pool (12.5mx5.10m) with pool alarm.
  • Wi-Fi Broadband Internet.

Extra Services

  • Extra maid service available on request at €30/hour (min. of 4 hours).
  • Electricity payable as per consumption if exceeding 300kwh/week.
  • Cook service (local cusine) available from €30/hour plus the cost of groceries.
  • Chef service (professional service) is available for up to eight guests from EUR 70/person for lunch or dinner including the cost of the groceries. A full chef service including breakfast, lunch and dinner is available from EUR 400/day.
  • Waiters (obligatory for more than 8 guests): From EUR 20/hr (subject to availability).
  • Pre-arrival grocery shopping is available. A service fee of EUR 60 is charged plus the cost of groceries. This service covers up to EUR 200 worth of groceries. This service is included within our A&K Concierge offering.
  • We are also able to arrange additional activities to enhance your holiday experience such as guided touring and sightseeing options, tutored wine tasting, bike rental, tennis or golf courses, yacht charter or art classes. Please see the activities tab for further ideas or discuss additional activities with your Travel Consultant.

  • Please note that all services confirmed in advance are non-refundable.

The villa

Because everyone’s concept of a villa holiday is different, we have created a formula designed to offer privacy, flexibility and the freedom to run your own holiday or call upon us to help open up a world of possibilities. Our villas are normally rented on a villa-only weekly basis and are ideal for those seeking independence and privacy. We’re on call in case you need us and we provide a change of towels and bed linen during the week, but otherwise there no inclusions. 

A&K Concierge upgrade

For additional support, comfort and a slice of pampering why not upgrade to our A&K Concierge service. Included is an airport welcome on arrival with assistance for onward transportation; the services of an A&K Concierge – whose local knowledge provides you with invaluable assistance and recommendations; an orientation of the local area; a fully stocked drinks fridge; maid service; the ingredients for your first evening’s supper and breakfast delivered on the first morning of your stay. For full details of concierge inclusions speak to an A&K Travel Consultant on 0845 618 2205.

The finishing touches

Ever dreamt of driving through the Chianti hills in a red Ferrari, or along the Moyenne Corniche to Monaco in a Bentley? How about sailing along the Cote d'Azur to St Tropez in a private yacht or speed boat? Sometimes the home is all that you need, but if you're lured into culture, excitement, activity, improving your cooking or simply dabbling in landscapes, then speak to one of our Villa Specialists for an insight into what we can arrange. These are what we call our ‘Finishing Touches’.

The list is by no means exhaustive and we always welcome requests, however obscure you may think they are! Our local offices enable us to control the quality of the services on offer and the depth of knowledge our local teams have is impressive. Our aim is to provide guests with the authentic sights, flavours and experiences of the region they are staying in.

If you would prefer to discuss your specific requirements, whether it’s in relation to the property or about your stay in general, please do contact us using the Enquire page or please do give us a call for a chat.


  • Air Conditioning
  • Barbecue Facilities
  • CD Player
  • Central Heating
  • Children's Play Area
  • Dining Area (Outdoor)
  • DVD Player
  • Internet Access (Wireless Broadband)
  • iPod Docking Station (iPod Not included)
  • Library (CD's/DVD's)
  • Parking
  • Piano
  • Recreation (Petanque/Boccia/Boules)
  • Swimming Pool (with Pool Alarm)
  • Table Tennis
  • Trampoline
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Washing Machine & Dryer

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Reasons to book your holiday with us

  • Over 50 years' experience
  • 24/7 support before, during and after your stay
  • All of our properties have been hand-picked and visited by a member of the team
  • Travel Consultants are based in the UK with local offices to assist with planning every detail of your stay
  • Option to upgrade to a Concierge stay to make the most of your visit
  • Option to book additional trips and services via our local offices

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