Submitted: June 9, 2010
Stayed: May 2010
If you want a dream holiday in your own villa, this is it.
I have returned every year since 2005 for 3 weeks in May. Each time I feel I'm returning to my meticulously maintained home, the house spotless, the ground manicured, the pool sparkling. The views of the Mediterranean and Pre-Alpes to die for.
After a meet and greet with the care-keepers who live nearby, we're on our own. I know they're available if we have any problems, but we never have had any.
Now this may not be important to most guests, but for me, having been a professional chef de cuisine, the kitchen is critical. What I found was a very functional, well appointed modern kitchen; a complete pleasure to create in. It is light and airy with the best views from the window. We always dined in the kitchen, but there is a formal dining room if you are so inclined. With all the wonderful local produce and the fabulously serene location of the villa I think we dined in more than out.
The village of St Jeannet is a charming walled medieval hill village with the best thin crust pizzeria, wonderful bakery, butcher and green grocer. It is only a very pleasant walk away. One could spend their whole holiday between here and the villa if walking, hiking, and drinking coffee on the villa or St Jeannet's terraces is what you want. There are challenging hikes up the Baou de St Jeannet if you're so inclined.
But the south of France.... Picasso, Renoir, Matisse, Chagall, Leger... Each with their own Museums. The flea markets, vegetable markets, flower markets, hill towns, the sea, the mountains, coastal drives, mountain drives, restaurants, gardens, exploring at it finest. Vence, Antibes, St Paul de Vence, Cannes, Monaco, Cap Ferat and everything in between. We want to do it all.
But alas, 3 weeks is over in the blink of an eye. Next year! Same place, same time. If you chose this villa for your holiday, you've chosen wisely.
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