On the Cote d'Azur overlooking Nice, this stylish luxury holiday villa has fabulous views down to the sea, a salt water pool, Air-con and Wi-Fi. Just 15/20 minutes from Nice airport. 400 Euro discount off your second week!
We had a really lovely ten days at the Villa. The owners are really lovely and were very helpful. The actual villa is really lovely and spacious. I cannot fault it at all. Everything you could possibly want in a holiday home, and more….. the gardens were delightful and there were many lovely touches that really made the villa lovely. We are very happy to work with South France... read more
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South of France lovely villa above Nice to sleep 9
2018 Availabilty from Tuesday 15 August
This luxury Cote d'Azur villa with a large private salt-water pool nestles in the hills above Nice and is literally only 15-20 minutes' drive from the airport. The views are fabulous with the river Var winding its way through the valley towards the estuary stretching down to the sea and at night it is simply magical to watch the distant glittering town lights. The owner's jokingly call it 'Cartier Valley'.
The villa is decorated in a sophisticated understated style. Every detail has been thought through to allow for an easy going holiday. Air-conditioned throughout, it has Wi-fi and internet TV. With it's 4 bedrooms and 4 large luxury bathrooms, 12m salt water pool and large pool side terrace, 3500m2. The Mediterranean terraces overlook the 3500m2 grounds full of palm trees and 'parasol' pines.
The property is on two levels - the ground floor level with an open plan kitchen, dining room and living room giving on to the pool terrace and 2 bedrooms and a garden floor level (villa is on a hill) with 2 further bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
In the high season it sleeps 9 people comfortably with plenty of room for everyone to find their own space: from the sleepy double hammock to outdoor ping pong or a game of pétanque with the first aperitif.
(In the Low Season prior to June and after September the villa is available to rent for 2 to 4 people - just using the 2 ground floor bedrooms - see Ref: AM037B).
Villa Minou is ideally located - 3km from the centre of the friendly hamlet of Gattières, which dates back to the 14th century - it has a couple of delightful restaurants, an excellent bakery, a small supermarket, a pharmacy as well as a cafe and a post office, a flower shop and a garage.
The charming town of Vence is only 14km away and it takes only 10 minutes to drive down to Nice and its town beaches, the Promenade des Anglais, its beautiful waterfront art nouveau buildings like the landmark Hotel Negresco, its multitude of fantastic cafes, restaurants, markets and boutiques.
A great location for exploring all this part of the South of France has to offer.
The house has 2 levels - ground floor level with the main living area and 2 bedrooms with bathrooms and garden level with 2 further bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Air-conditioned throughout it has been recently renovated using good quality natural materials like the lovely white stone flooring. Crockery and glasses have been hand-picked. Excellent quality cotton bed sheets are provided as well as fluffy white towels in all bathrooms and colourful beach towels for the pool.
The holiday villa is built on a hill so from the driveway and garage one walks up 5 wide steps to the very large pool terrace, pool, then up another three steps to the wrap around shady terrace with doors leading to open plan dining/kitchen and living room.
The dining room has a large attractive wooden table with enough seating for 10. This goes straight through to the kitchen and the outside terrace overlooking the pool with 'summer living room' furniture.
The kitchen is modern, sleek, with beautiful work surfaces, large American ice-making fridge, espresso machine, induction hob, and catalytic oven.
The living room is decorated simply with good quality sofas and easy chairs. Big plasma TV screen with channels via the Internet and i-Pod dock. A nice stone built fireplace.
The living room also has access to the 'wrap-around' covered 'breakfast terrace' via French doors, with a wonderful mature wisteria climbing up the support post. Here you can enjoy cooking on the extra large gas plancha as you contemplate the river Var meandering its way down the valley towards the glimmering sea.
Beyond the living room a hallway with a wide corridor leads to the 2 ground floor bedrooms. There is also a door (which can be locked) leading down to the 'garden level' bedrooms.
Ground floor accommodation:-
Independent bathroom and WC (1)
To the left an independent bathroom with a Venitian walk-in shower and a wall suspended WC, 2 windows overlooking the back garden, shaver socket and plenty of storage space.
Further right along the corridor is the master bedroom with a king-size double bed (180cm x 200cm) and a large window overlooking the front garden, and plenty of hanging wardrobe space.
A very large en suite bathroom (2) with 2 wash basins, a walk in shower and a wall suspended WC, 2 windows taking in all the morning sun, and again plenty of storage.
Further down the corridor is a smaller bedroom with a single bed (80cm x 190cm) with a second pull out single (80cm x 190cm) underneath. Plenty of space in wardrobe.
Garden level - on lower floor
14 steps lead down to the garden level accommodation.
To the right of the stairs is the 'dortoir/dorm' bedroom with three single beds (90cm x 190cm) and large French windows with direct access to its own garden terrace. Prettily decorated it has ample hanging space in a kind of walk in wardrobe. There is a 3D TV with UK and french channels, a 3D DVD reader and an i-Pod dock.
En suite walk-in shower and WC (3) - again, good materials have been used when the house was completely redesigned so the general feel is that of light, space and ease.
To the left of the stairs is the very large fourth bedroom with a king size double bed (160cm x 200cm). Again, plenty of hanging space in the curtained wardrobe. Windows to the garden.
En suite bathroom (4) - large bathroom comprising of 2 washbasins, a shower over a bath, a wall suspended WC and a window overlooking the front garden.
In the Low Season (prior to June and after September) the downstairs part of the house can be closed off and the house can be rented with only the 2 ground floor bedrooms available, to accommodate 2 to 4 people - see Ref: AM037B
Catalytic Electric Oven
Stove top kettle
Iron and Ironing board
2 TV sets - French and most UK channels received via an Internet TV package
i-Pod dock (2)
Cot and High-chair
Pool-side sun loungers
Covered terrace with table and chairs for 8
Parking for 2 cars inside property gates (automated) the entrace is very steep so not suitable low slung cars.
The villa boasts 3500m2 of grounds full of mature Mediterranean trees and shrubs, as well as palm trees, 'parasol pines' and oleander bushes.
Large free form salt-water pool measure 12m x 5m x 0.7-2.2m, has an alarm and walk-in Roman steps.
The pool side terrace has 6 contemporary sun loungers to work on that tan!
Upper pool terrace next to the dining room has a delightful seating area with a wicker sofa, chairs and coffee table.
Covered wrap around breakfast terrace has a teak table and chairs to seat 8/9 guests. Extra large gas plancha for cooking up a feast and dining alfresco.
Ping pong table on the lower ground terrace.
Garage houses a laundry room with a sink, a washing machine, a tumble dryer. Very good storage for all those inflatable swimming pool toys or a bicycle if you are brave enough to scale the hills.
Off the road 'drive' with remote control gates - one can easily park 2 or 3 cars inside the property gates. The turn on to the drive off the main road is quite sharp and steep so please take care when arriving and leaving making sure the way is clear. It is not suitable for low slung cars.
The garden is laid out on terraces so this may be unsuitable for toddlers.
There is simply a wealth of things to do in Nice – it is one of France’s biggest cities and is only second to Paris in the number of museums and galleries.
Good car park on the east side of Nice with Park and Ride (on A8 going towards Monaco/Genes exit at Nice Nord/Las Planas and park at Las Planas Parcazur and take the tram into Nice).
Promenade des Anglais epitomizes Nice and the French Riviera in general – bordering the rich blue-green sea with the stunning art-deco facades it bustles with life – cafes, pebble beaches often with delightful beach-front restaurants and royal blue sun loungers you can hire for the day to relax in, people cycling, roller-blading, walking and jogging along it. There is an atmosphere of ‘joie de vivre’ and it’s not surprising considering even in late autumn (end of October) temperatures reach 25 degrees!
Nice's beaches – are pebbly – not sandy - Free public sections of beach with lifeguards, first-aid posts and cold showers alternate with 15 private beaches equipped with restaurants, comfy sun-lounges (obligatory; at a fee) parasols (optional, at a fee), warm showers and changing rooms. Plage Publique des Ponchettes is opposite Vieux Nice, and is the busiest beach.
Also the ‘must see’ is the Cours Saleya Flower Market, the Matisse Museum, the Russian Cathedral and the Roman ruins.
The Matisse Museum – the art of Matisse was largely inspired by the stunning and vivid colours in the South of France – the museum shows work from the early period as well as from the end of his career.
Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain (Mamac) - Designed by Yves Bayard and Henri Vidal, Mamac is worth a visit for its stunning architecture alone, but it also houses some fantastic avant-garde art from the 1960s to the present day. Exhibits include iconic pop art from Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol’s 1965 Campbell’s Soup Can. The marbled towers’ glass walkways lead to highlights like Niki de St-Phalle’s papier-mâché sculptures and a shopping trolley wrapped by Christo. An awesome panorama of Vieux Nice unfolds from the rooftop garden/gallery, which features works by Nice-born Yves Klein (1928–62).
The Cours Saleya Flower Market – is one of the finest things to see in Nice – stands which line the streets are stacked with a myriad of flowers and other interesting produce – cafés and souvenir shops operate 6 days a week and are a great place just to ‘people watch’ – on Mondays the flower market is replaced by an antique and flea market.
Theatre de Photographie et de l'Image - This is another museum worth visiting - housed in a lovely renovated building a couple blocks off the busy Boulevard Jean Medicine it hosts photographic exhibitions and have wide appeal – who can resist liking portraits of Hollywood celebrities over the decades! Entry is free.
The Russian Cathedral - quite odd to the see the ‘onion’ domes of a traditional Russian church with palm tress in the foreground. In the 19th Century the Russian Tsars, and aristocracy in general, were very much at home in the Cote d’Azur, where they would take a break from their harsh cold winters, they left an indelible mark on the city.
Visit the ‘Vieux Nice’ or old Nice with its maze of narrow streets where eclectic shops selling anything from housewares, wine, gourmet food, Provençal crockery and books.
Nissa Socca - Socca – is a typical Niçoise dish – it’s a pancake made with chick-pea flour - this inexpensive 'joint' in Nice's ambient old town is a good bet for authentic Niçoise cuisine, from the eponymous socca to a slice of Pissaladière (a thick crust covered with puréed onions and garlic, topped with anchovies and olives) or its Italian ancestor, the pizza.
Nice Port – this is a mix of both commercial and luxury, you can watch the ferries sailing off to Corsica or just admire how the other half live on some of the biggest yachts you will ever see. A few interesting nightclubs too.
Villefranche-sur-Mer - apprx 10 minutes around the headland from Nice Port this is the quintessential Cote d'Azur town - marina, quay, beach, bars, restaurants.
Eze Village - have a coffee at Chateau Eza and enjoy the stunning view or walk up to the Mediterranean garden at the top of the winding streets for an amazing panoramic vista of the coastline.
Cagnes-sur-Mer is located apprx 13 kms away - all amenities, activities and beach, shops, huge choice of restaurants, café bars and night-life entertainment. Traditional market every three days, fresh fish vendors, watersports, harbour, cultural events.
Monaco - the home of the glitterati - the Café de Paris, the Hermitage Hotel, the Grimaldi Palace and of course the famous Casino are a must see - you could even walk the most celebrated race track in the world!
For information on reaching the South of France, please refer to our South France Travel Information Guide
Nice International airport is apprx 16km/15 minutes.
Cheap flights with Easyjet and Flybe from various UK airports.
Nearest train station to the villa - main one in Nice (Park and Ride available).
Train Station in Cagnes-sur-Mer and Nice from where you can go to Cannes, Monaco, Ventimiglia in Italy and every seaside resort in between.
TGV from Paris apprx 5 hrs.
The are several buses that run not too far from the house. Although none of them are very frequent. There is one 200m from the house that runs twice a day to the Pont de la Manda and from there regular buses to Nice. If you drive to La Manda (5 minutes' drive from the house) there is a charming train to Nice as well as several buses.
Train and bus combination to St Tropez - train to Saint Raphael and then bus to St Tropez. Boats from Nice harbour too from 31st May.
Villa Minou is located in the St Michel area of Gattières, apprx 3km from the centre of this friendly village. Gattieres is perched on the western flank of the Var valley and has a couple of delightful restaurants, an excellent bakery, a small supermarket, a pharmacy as well cafes and a post office, a flower shop and a garage.
Baker - appx 3km
Grocer - appx 3km
Super-market - appx 3km
Cafe-bar - appx 3km
Pharmacy - appx 3km
Restaurants - appx 3km
Tennis courts - Private or Municipal apprx 2.5km
River - apprx 4km
St Jeannet apprx 10 minutes.
Nice apprx 20km - Promenade des Anglais, town beaches, beach-side restaurants, multitude of gastronomic, fish, traditional French restaurants and cafes, the fabulous old quarter - Vieux Nice - with it's colourful market and plethora of cafes and eateries.
Nice airport is apprx 16km - literally 15 to 20 minutes from the house
St Paul de Vence apprx 14km
Cagnes-sur-Mer - nearest train station apprx 13km
Antibes apprx 34km
Monaco apprx 38km
Cannes appx 40km
Ventimiglia apprx 57km - you could be in Italy in just 45 minutes buying Italian fare at the famous market.
Valberg (ski) apprx 68km - or on the ski slopes in an hour!
Beaches - town pebbly beaches Nice - apprx 1 km (water sports equipment for hire as well as 'velo-blue' - bicylce hire from Cagnes-sur-Mer to Nice).
Sandy beaches at Antibes including Plage de la Salis close to the old town.
We had a really lovely ten days at the Villa. The owners are really lovely and were very helpful. The actual villa is really lovely and spacious. I cannot fault it at all. Everything you could possibly want in a holiday home, and more….. the gardens were delightful and there were many lovely touches that really made the villa lovely. We are very happy to work with South France Villas, we have only had positive experiences. Wendy, South France Villas Client, August 2016
Truly stunning From the moment we arrived at the Villa we knew we had struck gold. The Villa feels like a home not a rental, is beautifully appointed and has every amenity you could want. In the kitchen unlike most rentals where you are lucky enough to find a tin opener and ample cutlery Minoustan has it all, from top notch food processors to cocktail shakers, pots and pans of every size. Cupboards full of crockery and utensils to meet every cooks need, serving dishes and platters. The sitting room is large very comfortable with a huge range of DVD's and after dinner reading or games. The beds are comfortable and there is good air conditioning/heating in every room. Bathrooms are spotless, lots of towels and power showers that leave the user feeling spotless. Excellent Wi-Fi. Outside is equally lovely, a real sun trap, mature gardens, gorgeous pool, dining and seating areas and a Plancha Grill. This is all lovely but it is the little extra personal touches that makes this villa stand out. Art work, charming furniture, scented candles, soap, tissues, local info and a very comprehensive guide book to how to use everything in the Villa and local amenities. The Villa is within very easy reach of Nice, Cannes, the Italian border and many other places to explore. The villa is the perfect place to relax and we cannot recommend it more highly. We will be going back! The Baxters, South France Villas Client, April 2016
Tom and I wanted to send gushes and kudos and wow's and mille fois mercis - we had such a wonderfully relaxing and elegant and comfortable time in your home. We both loved every minute of it.We will be back!
It was a pleasure for me and my family to stay in Minou over the last couple of weeks and it didn’t seem right to leave it in anything other than the condition we found it in! .....We found our stay very comfortable, relaxing and peaceful. The French Riviera generally is an amazing place to visit and experience. We really would have liked to have stayed for another couple of weeks but with work and school commitments that of course was not possible. We will be keen to come and visit again in the future as we only scratched the surface of what is obviously on offer in the region, as and when we decide to we will definitely consider rebooking. We had a great time in your villa and feel that as a base to explore the region yours will take a lot of beating! Thanks once again. August 2015
Everything that was advertsied and more! This villa was everything that was advertised and more! Nothing prepared me for my first visit in 2013 and I was every bit as impressed this year. The home is immaculate, elegantly yet comfortably furnished and there is room for everyone to have some time to themselves - but lots of lovely conversation spots both poolside and in the house. Maryam is the ultimate manager, though she is rather more like a gracious hostess who welcomes her guests and then lets them get on with it! I cannot recommend Minou highly enough and am already planning the next visit - there are no drawbacks to the villa or to the neighbouring sights and villages. Enjoy!! RC, August 2015
We spent a wonderful 7 weeks in Minoustan during May and June 2015. The weather was a pleasure during these months, getting steadily warmer. We didn’t need the heating and moved from a duvet in May to a blanket in June. Minoustan is a delightful home, garden, and pool. The owner, who was there to meet us, has equipped the house with great taste and practicality. The interior decoration is aligned to the region with flavours of other countries around the world. Each bedroom has a bathroom, well supplied with linen and towels. The kitchen has everything, indeed much more than we had ever come across. The outside pool, seating and eating spaces are well designed and appointed. The Planchet is fabulous, much better than a barbecue. We employed the services of Stephanie each week to housekeep, she is a treasure. There is a brilliantly appointed supply of games, DVD’s and CD’s. We suggest ’To Catch a Thief’, which was filmed locally. We drove and took quite a lot with us in the car. Actually most of what we took we didn’t need as everything is included. The village of Gattieres is about a 7 minute drive away and St Jeannet around 10 minutes. A wonderful stay in a lovely home and area of Nice. Graham and Sue, May/June, South France Villas Client, May/June 2015
|From||Until||Rate Type||Weekly Rate||Minimum Stay|
|17th Feb 2018||14th Apr 2018||Low||€2,000||7 nights|
|14th Apr 2018||19th May 2018||Middle||€3,000||7 nights|
|19th May 2018||30th Jun 2018||High||€3,600||7 nights|
|30th Jun 2018||1st Sep 2018||Peak||€4,400||7 nights|
|1st Sep 2018||13th Oct 2018||High||€3,600||7 nights|
|13th Oct 2018||10th Nov 2018||Middle||€3,000||7 nights|
|10th Nov 2018||15th Dec 2018||Low||€2,000||7 nights|
|15th Dec 2018||5th Jan 2019||High||€3,600||7 nights|
|5th Jan 2019||13th Apr 2019||Low||€2,000||7 nights|
|13th Apr 2019||18th May 2019||Middle||€3,000||7 nights|
|18th May 2019||29th Jun 2019||High||€3,600||7 nights|
|29th Jun 2019||31st Aug 2019||Peak||€4,400||7 nights|
|31st Aug 2019||12th Oct 2019||High||€3,600||7 nights|
|12th Oct 2019||9th Nov 2019||Middle||€3,000||7 nights|
|9th Nov 2019||14th Dec 2019||Low||€2,000||7 nights|
|14th Dec 2019||31st Dec 2018||High||€3,600||7 nights|