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Chateauneuf de Grasse | Bedrooms: 5 | Sleeps: 10

Rates: from £6,483 per week | Special offers available!

This beautifully restored 18th century Bastide is situated in a picturesque area between the old town of Grasse and the market town Valbonne, only a 30 minute drive away from the beaches of the French Riviera. Les Vieux Murs is set amidst one hectare of terraced gardens with olive trees, a boules court, shaded outside dining area and beautiful infinity pool with summer kitchen. Ideal for a quiet and serene escape this charming holiday retreat offers views over olive groves and the nearby village of Plascassier.

This stone-built house from 1720 has been beautifully renovated in a chic yet homely style, mixing modern luxurious touches with old character features such as exposed stone walls and beamed ceilings. The delightful property offers 280 square meters of contemporary living spaces spread over three floors. On the ground floor, the bright entrance hall leads you into an open plan living and dining area with fully equipped modern kitchen. The ground floor is also home to a separate TV room. From the kitchen you can step out onto a shaded dining terrace with barbecue facilities. A few meters up, you will find the heated 11x3.5m swimming pool with infinity edge, ideal to enjoy the country side views and striking sunsets. There is a pool house with summer kitchen, dining table and outside shower. For the more active ones a table tennis and boules court is available. Back inside, the first floor is home to a spacious master bedroom with king size bed, private terrace, air conditioning, TV, large dressing and en-suite bathroom with freestanding bath tub, double sink, shower and WC. On the same floor there are two guest bedrooms, both en-suite with shower rooms. Finally, two more en-suite bedrooms can be found on the second floor. Les Vieux Murs is ideally situated, being only a short drive away from restaurants, local markets, golf courses and tennis courts. The beaches of Cannes and Antibes are a 20-30min drive away. The perfume capital Grasse is within easy reach, as well as the hilltop villages Mougins and St Paul de Vence.

VILLA ACCOMMODATION


Ground Floor

  • Living area with fireplace, library and piano
  • Dining area
  • Modern fully equipped kitchen with central island and TV opening to a shaded outside dining area
  • Laundry
  • TV room
  • Guest WC


First Floor

  • Bedroom 1: Master bedroom with king size bed (180cm), large dressing, TV, AC, private terrace and en-suite bathroom with freestanding bath tub and shower
  • Bedroom 2: Queen size bed (160cm) with beamed ceiling and en-suite shower room
  • Bedroom 3: Queen size bed (160cm) with Italian shower


Second Floor

  • Bedroom 4: Queen size bed (160cm) plus one single bed with en-suite shower room
  • Bedroom 5: Twin beds (80cm each) that can be made up as queen size bed, with en-suite shower room


KINDLY NOTE:

  • There are some drops as well as an unprotected fountain in the garden. Young children need to be supervised.
  • The property is located in a small domaine with neighbours close by.
  • 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 (14km)
  • Airport: Nice Airport (26km), Toulon Hyeres (134km), Marseille Airport (181km)
  • Villages:
    Plascassier (1.2km)
    Chateauneuf Grasse (5.9km)
    Valbonne (4.4km)
    Grasse (6.5km)
    Mougins (8.6km)
  • City: Cannes (14.3km) Antibes (17km),
  • Beach: Cannes (14.3km) Antibes (17km),
  • Golf: Golf de la Grande Bastide (1.4km)
  • Tennis: Tennis Club Plaine Le Vignal (1.4km)

 

 

Please note that the location on this map is an approximate guide, normally to the closest town/village.

 

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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 Concierge 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, gas and electricity.
  • Maid service 2 hours midweek.
  • Arrival set of pool towels, household and bed linen (with weekly change for bookings longer than one week).
  • Final Cleaning.
  • Central Heating.
  • Air-conditioning (in master bedroom only).
  • Fans available (remaining bedrooms).
  • Wireless broadband internet.
  • Private gated/fenced swimming pool (11x3.5m).
  • Pool heating (Included from April until end of October).

Extra Services

  • Extra maid service available on request at EUR 15/hour.
  • Cook service (local cuisine) is available for up to eight guests from EUR 35/hour plus the cost of the groceries.
  • Chef service (professional service) is available for up to eight guests from EUR 78/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).
  • Transfers from Nice Airport to the Villa (one way): Mercedes E class (for two or three passengers) available from EUR 162 or Mercedes Viano (for eight passengers) available from EUR 200.
    (Please note: for services between 7.30pm and 7.00am a supplement of 20% is applied).
  • 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.

Your Villa Rental

Because everyone's concept of a villa holiday is different, we have created a formula to offer flexibility and the freedom to design run your own holiday or call upon us to help open up a world of possibilities.

Our Villa-Only rental option comes as standard and is ideal for those seeking pure independence whilst travelling.

Every A&K Villa Only rental includes:

  • Dedicated Pre-Arrival Concierge service
  • Villa rental on an exclusive basis
  • Utilities (gas, water, electricity), unless otherwise stated
  • Towels, pool towels and bed linen as standard
  • 1 cot & highchair (cot linen not provided)
  • An A&K Local Representative who is on call 24/7 in case of emergency. Your Local Representative will also meet you once during your stay (on your arrival weekend) to help you to settle in, explain Health & Safety and answer any questions you may have regarding the villa.

(In some cases an A&K Representative is not required as the villa will have its own competent, local manager.)

  • A 24 hour A&K Emergency Duty Manager contact service based in the UK
  • Comprehensive information book
  • VAT and administration charges
  • Villa's own services - please check what additional services are provided as standard with a particular property – such as maid service, usage of air-conditioning, central and pool heating, as these can vary from property to property. This information will be available online or via your sales representative.

Should you wish to further enhance your villa experience, our thoughtfully designed A&K Concierge Packages are the perfect solution for those seeking additional support and comfort during your stay. In addition to the amenities offered within the Villa Only rental, a large number of our properties offer the following packages of upgraded services including a knowledgeable local concierge, providing complete piece of mind whilst travelling:

Gold Concierge Package – seamless support throughout your stay...

Includes all of the Villa Only services, as well as:

  • A dedicated local A&K Concierge whose knowledge provides you with invaluable assistance and recommendations

Following on from your pre-arrival Concierge team, upon arrival you will be seamlessly handed over to your local A&K Concierge who will have been briefed about all aspects of your holiday.

Your local A&K Concierge will personally welcome you to your villa and can be called upon at any time to assist you in any way throughout your stay. This can include anything from confirming itinerary arrangements; suggesting, making and booking additional services locally as required, such as restaurant reservations, visits and guided tours; trouble shooting; language assistance; providing a check-out service, and much more.

  • Introductory morning orientation tour of local area with your A&K Concierge on your arrival weekend - the best way to familiarise yourself with the local area (own transport required if villa is not within walking distance)
  • Complimentary pre-arrival grocery shopping service. Simply tell us in advance what groceries you require and your Concierge will pre-stock the villa accordingly (cost of groceries excluded)

Platinum Concierge Package – creating your ultimate stay with complete convenience...

Includes all of the Villa Only services, as well as:

  • A continental buffet-style breakfast provided on your first morning, including a selection of breads and fresh pastries, cheese, meats, fruit, yoghurts and fresh fruit juice
  • A pre-stocked drinks fridge (typically consisting of four bottles of wine, beer, soft drinks, juices, mineral water)
  • Fresh flowers and initial provisions, including jam, sugar, olive oil, tea, coffee, vinegar as well as cleaning provisions
  • Starter pack of luxurious toiletries per bathroom
  • Daily maid service (Monday to Friday and on Saturdays for multiple week bookings
  • Mid-week linen and towel change
  • A light, self-served supper on your arrival evening pre-prepared by your Concierge
  • Complimentary mid-week grocery shopping service (cost of groceries excluded)
  • Complimentary private chef service for a lunch or dinner, once during your stay (pre-booking necessary; cost of groceries excluded)
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  • Air Conditioning (Partial)
  • Barbecue Facilities
  • Coffee Machine (Espresso)
  • Dining Area (Outdoor)
  • Fans Available
  • Internet Access (Wireless Broadband)
  • iPod Docking Station (iPod Not included)
  • Mosquito Nets/Fly Screens
  • Music Sound System
  • Parking
  • Piano
  • Recreation (Petanque/Boccia/Boules)
  • Swimming Pool (Fenced/Gated)
  • Swimming Pool (Heated)
  • Swimming Pool (Infinity Edge)
  • Table Tennis
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Washing Machine & Dryer

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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