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Superb accommodation with wonderful views within walking distance of the village

VILLA OLEANDER is a luxury villa with 3 bedrooms (all with en suite bathrooms) in Mougins, sleeping 6-7.

Set within a mature, south-facing Mediterranean garden with breath-taking views over the Old Village (15 mins walk) and the Bay of Cannes. Just 20 minutes from Nice Airport and 6km from Cannes.

The villa has been recently renovated to a superb standard with luxury bathrooms and a designer kitchen.

It is air-conditioned throughout.

The accommodation is arranged over two levels. At ground level we have an open plan kitchen, living room and dining room, and also the first master bedroom from which French doors open out to a large terrace linking to the living areas. Upstairs there is a second master bedroom with two private balconies, and also a third double bedroom.

There is a separate laundry room and also a well equipped games room.

The terraced gardens are beautifully secluded and landscaped including a private heated swimming pool, pool house and full sized boules court.

The views from the house and gardens to the Old Village with the Mediterranean Sea and the Esterel Mountains in the background are truly stunning.

It is this wonderful view that has defined the standard for which we have tried to follow in all that we have done at the villa. ====================================================================================

The villa has undergone complete renovation in recent years including, of course, new bathrooms and kitchen and also new air conditioning.

Most recently our attention turned to upgrading the gardens around our existing mature trees which include olive, eucalyptus, oleander, pine, cedar, apricot, palm and cypress trees.

This started with the laying of our full sized boules court on the lower garden terrace, which is great afternoon fun! Then the creation of a large decked area with a viewing gallery overlooking the boules court for the non-players. The inspiration for the deck is our fabulous palm tree, which makes it the perfect place for relaxing in dappled sunshine on our outdoor lounge furniture.

Next, a Chelsea Flower Showing and Tatton Park gold medal winning team of design and landscapers came over and redesigned, extended and rebuilt the sun and pool terracing. The pool itself was also refurbished and pool heating added. The pool has a safety alarm. At the same time, the main flowerbeds were replanted and incorporated a fully automated, underground irrigation system.

By the pool there is an outdoor shower and a pool house (equipped with WiFi, drinks fridge, sink, music player and seating). The pool house and adjacent area get late sunshine and is wonderfully sheltered making sunbathing still possible in cooler months.

The landscaping team returned the following year to create an area by the boules court to enjoy a game of outdoor table tennis amongst other games. They also added new flowerbeds and linking paths, completing the look with a formal garden in the top corner featuring a semi circular teak bench. This is a perfect area for a quiet moment or coffee and newspapers in the morning sun.

The pool and garden are beautifully lit at night time and all these areas can be viewed from a large terrace which wraps around the house where we have an outdoor dining table adjacent to our climbing bougainvillea. There is a patio heater for cooler months and a choice of gas or conventional charcoal Weber barbeques. Dining here on the terrace with the sun going down and the lights coming on in Mougins Village is always a delight.

There is high hedging on all sides for excellent privacy.

The villa has private parking for 3 cars and is secured by remote controlled electric gates. ====================================================================================

Children are very welcome at Villa Oleander and we have plastic boules for the boules court and plenty of inflatables for the heated pool. The children (and young at heart adults!) will enjoy the renovation of our games room, featuring a slate bed pool table and lounge area with large flatscreen TV and Xbox 360 games console (with Kinect and DVD player) and seating area for books and board games. ==================================================================================== Recognition: AS FEATURED in `SHE` MAGAZINE! (July 2008), `BELLA` (Feb 2009), `LIVING ABROAD` (Aug 2010) and also listed in HOLIDAY RENTALS very own `Top 10 Villas with Pools in Europe.` ====================================================================================

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  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Guestbook comments from the owner
It was our son Frederik who wanted to go to cote d'Azur for holiday as he loves France, and this not only because he has a French girlfriend. He got the task to look for a house to rent by internet and he found.....Villa Oleander in Mougins! The presentation of Villa Oleander in the internet was really good but what we saw when we went there for the first time was even much more than we expected. It is a marvellous place and it was perfect for our family holiday. The view over Mougins and the hills as far as to the sea is spectacular and at any time of the day really brilliant. You are nearby to the great places of Cannes, Nice and Monaco and to all the other lovely villages in the region. There is so much you can do in this region: strolling along the market of Valbonne, eating great seafood by Brune in Cannes, relaxing in the sun in one of the beach clubs, and so on and on.....But also just staying at the Villa will guarantee you a perfect day because it offers everything you need: the swimming pool area is great ,the pool-house with refrigerator guaranties cold wine at any time without moving and the sitting area under the big palm is a good place for reading or having a break from the sun. The little terrace in front of the sleeping room upstairs is the best place to start in the day with a cup of coffee and a croissant in the morning. At the terrace in front of the living room we spent lovely evenings having dinner and having interesting discussions by candlelight with our children. Villa Oleander not only offers you everything you need for a perfect holiday in a house. It is furthermore the spirit of the house which makes you feel that everything to the smallest detail is arranged with enthusiasm and love. We all hope to come back to Villa Oleander one time.......

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Aug 2013
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Alastair Walmsley

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Hi! I`m Alastair. My wife, Sue, and I bought Villa Oleander in Mougins with Paul and his wife, Leony, in 2007. I have known Paul since I was 4 years old, and he and I manage all the issues involved in renting our villa out to others. I am a chartered accountant and he is a general dental practitioner.

Alastair Walmsley purchased this villa in 2007

We wanted to find a location and villa that we would never tire of revisiting. That location had to be the South of France because of its year round appeal - there is so much more to do than just sunbathe. Mougins, I think, has the perfect location on the Riviera - centrally placed for Monaco, Cannes, St Tropez and everywhere in between. Our villa feels like it is in the heart of Provence, yet it is only 10 minutes from the Med and 20 minutes from Nice International Airport. Oh, and it just happens to have a picture perfect medieval village famed for its excellent restaurants! Not to mention the golf courses!

Equally, Villa Oleander has the perfect position in Mougins. It is within easy walking distance of the Old Village yet perched up to have the perfect view over the village with the Mediterranean Sea in the background and the Esterel mountains to the west. All the main rooms open to this south facing view, and there is nothing quite like watching the sun going down and the village light up at night whilst drinking a glass of wine on the balcony. I will gladly email a panoramic picture of our view - it really is exceptional! We are very proud of our villa and love to stay there with our families, but take pleasure from the fact that when we can`t be there, others are enjoying it too. I am more than happy to chat with anyone who thinks they may be interested in staying there.

Bedrooms 3
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Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
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Mougins luxury 3 bedroom villa with private heated pool in secluded gardens
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Mougins luxury 3 bedroom villa with private heated pool in secluded gardens
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Mougins Cannes - Grasse - Antibes


  • 5 of 5
Our family has just returned from Easter week at Oleander. The villa was ideal as a base to explore the Cote D'Azur region, and then return to relax in tranquillity. The airport is minutes away, the old village of Mougins lingers in the view of the hills, and Cannes is close enough to see the sea, but far enough to feel worlds away from the bustle of La Croisette.
The property is very well equipped, and understatedly elegant inside and out. Our teenagers were even so well occupied with the amenities - boules, billiards, pool & ping pong - they forgot there was a great WIFI signal and SKY TV. It is evident the property has an abundance of TLC and feels like a 'home', and not a rental villa. If you are considering a move to the South of France, a stay in Oleander will give you a refreshing taste of life as a local and not a tourist. We would thoroughly recommend Oleander as a wonderful foundation to build memories of France with family and friends.
  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for these lovely comments. We're delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay at Villa Oleander. I'm particularly glad that you noticed the special touches and that you had plenty of options to keep the children away from their computers!
I agree that we have the perfect base for exploring - Mougins is not only such a beautiful, atmospheric village, but it is superbly located - so central to visit anywhere from the Italian border to Aix-en-Provence, and from the coastal gems to peaceful mountain villages. And yes, Villa Oleander has the best view in Mougins!
Thanks again for taking the time to leave a review and we hope to welcome you back again soon.
Mougins luxury 3 bedroom villa with private heated pool in secluded gardens
+44 07785337863
Mougins Cannes - Grasse - Antibes


  • 5 of 5
We stayed with family and friends at the fantastic Villa Oleander in July 2013; it was our third stay so I guess that sums up exactly what we feel about the place! Villa Oleander just gets better and better each year, the gardens are beautiful and are lovingly maintained, the Villa itself is constantly being updated and we love all the little extra touches such as dressing gowns, information re the area etc, the owners haven’t just bought a villa in the south of France to rent out to make money, you can see it is a definite passion for them. After holidaying in the South of France for many years now, we can honestly say you will be extremely hard pressed to find a villa with such a fantastic location, it is on the door step to Mougins old village with all its fabulous restaurants and art shops, a short drive into Cannes and Antibes, and also an easy commute of under 30 mins to Nice, St Tropez, Grasse, and the pretty villages of Eze and St Paul de Vence. The actual positioning of the villa cannot be beaten; you are in a private quiet area with amazing views towards Mougins and the bay of Cannes in the distance. We spent many a balmy evening eating alfresco watching the firework displays of both Cannes and Mougins. Local amenities are great, there is a supermarket a short 5 minute drive away, bakers, pharmacy etc just 2 minutes drive or 10 minute walk away and then for a lovely family lunch and mooch about there is the very English village of Valbonne, we loved the little shops and boutiques there. Claire and her team make arrival and anything during your stay extra easy, we had our 5 year old son with us and he was well catered for with regards little people’s needs, I cannot say how fantastic the games room addition is both for parents and children, he spent , many an afternoon playing in there. Villa Oleander is a special place, fantastic location, superb interior including beds, linens, fully equipped kitchen, SKY TV etc and an equally amazing exterior. We love the place so much that we have now booked our fourth stay there next year; I really think that anyone would struggle to find a 5 star villa of equal standard.
  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Eve. Lovely words and glad you like the new games room. It means a lot to hear our efforts have been noticed and inspires us to do much more! It is so rewarding when we take a repeat booking - when we can't be there ourselves, we take pleasure from knowing others are in Mougins enjoying our villa as much as we do. Have a great summer 2014!
Mougins luxury 3 bedroom villa with private heated pool in secluded gardens
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Mougins Cannes - Grasse - Antibes
Hobbs, NM


  • 5 of 5
Thank you for sharing your beautiful villa with us for the past ten days. Our experience in the South of France was nothing less than magical! The villa was the perfect home for our travels to Italy, Avignon, Monte Carlo, and all over.

We fell in love with Mougins, which was wonderfully convenient - especially for dinner. The accommodations were lovely - the amenities and special touches truly made us feel at home. If only we could take the magnificent vista with us back to our very flat landscape in New Mexico. C`est la vie!

Our only regret is that we must leave, but we hope to be back again soon…

Best Wishes,
Julie and Bill
May 2009
  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2009
  • Stayed: May 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Mougins luxury 3 bedroom villa with private heated pool in secluded gardens
+44 07785337863
Mougins Cannes - Grasse - Antibes


  • 5 of 5
Just looking at Villa Oleander to book again with the family for next year, and thought I would add a note.
We visited in June with friends to celebrate my 40th birthday. Absolutely beautiful!
The villa is stunning, and furnished in style, yet very comfortable - we felt instantly at home. The location couldn`t be better - very peaceful but close to all the Cote d`Azur attractions. Mougins itself, for those who don`t know it, is a fabulous medieval village – great restaurants within walking distance, and the view from the villa to the old village.… the photographs just don`t do it justice! We sat for hours on the balcony drinking wine and admiring the view.
The communication with the owner was excellent and very professional.
Probably not the cheapest villa, but there is quality throughout, and worth every penny to make a superb upmarket holiday.
Would recommend to a family or group of friends.

Denise and Derek. June 2008
  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2009
  • Stayed: Jun 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Nice International
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
6 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.6 Kilometres
Piano Bar
Nearest Ski
50 Kilometres
Gréolières Les Neiges
Nearest Golf
1.5 Kilometres
The Golf Country Club de Cannes-Mougins
Nearest Restaurant
0.7 Kilometres
restaurants from
Car: recommended

The villa is in the picture-postcard, 11th century medieval village of Mougins, famous in the French Riviera for its superb restaurants, art galleries and surrounding golf courses.

Thanks to superb road links, it is only 20 minutes from Nice Airport, yet retains its peaceful village charm. And whilst only 6km from Cannes and the Mediterranean Sea, it has the feel of being in the Provence countryside.

Mougins is centrally placed to explore the Cote d`Azur highlights of St Tropez, Cannes, Antibes, Nice and Monaco, not to mention the charming neighbouring villages of Grasse, Valbonne, St Paul de Vence, and Biot to name just a few close to our villa.

Our in house iPad is loaded with lots of suggestions for days out.

Mougins is also home to the 427 hectare National Parc de La Valmasque and Lake Fontemerle.

At a height of 260 metres, Mougins is beautifully maintained, its winding pedestrian streets filled with art galleries and over a dozen excellent restaurants. Pablo Picasso chose to spend his last 15 years here, and in more recent times, the michelin starred Moulin de Mougins and the 5 star Mas Candille have cemented Mougins` reputation.

Mougins is fortunate to have the excellent Musée de la Photographie, Musée de l`Automobiliste, and Musée d`Art Classique, and each year hosts the International Gastronomy Festival of Mougins.



There are a dozen golf courses within 45 minutes of Mougins and within 5km of the villa there are three excellent courses which can compete with anything in Europe.

There are courses to suit all budgets.

The closest course to the villa (5 minutes' drive) and one of the best around, is Cannes Mougins, which has hosted European Tour events 14 times with winners including the late, great Seve Ballesteros. Green fees are €100- €120 per round and it is worth every cent!

Just the other side of the village is Royal Mougins, which is a very exclusive golf club with a course to match. Fees are €150-€175, but be sure to book well in advance as the club only allows limited numbers of non-members per day.

Only a ten minute drive from the villa, is Saint Donat, on the road between Mouans Sartoux and Grasse. The green fees are only €79 which is fantastic value for money. The course is not long, but intricate and testing; it always seems to be in great condition. Others a little further away but well worth a mention include the famous Four Seasons golf resort of Terre Blanche, which has two championship standard courses; le Riou is the shorter, but tighter; le Château is over 7,000 yards and is a true test for any standard of player.

Also Château de Taulane, beyond Grasse into the mountains- a stunning Gary Player designed course (green fees are €100 per round), and then Monte Carlo golf club- set high above the principality of Monaco with the most breathtaking views of the area.


We have a short video (which can`t be viewed on mobile devices) of a typical day at Villa Oleander.

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Availability & Rates


Mougins Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 28 2014 - Aug 29 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Aug 30 2014 - Sep 26 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 27 2014 - Oct 31 2014
7 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2014 - Dec 19 2014
4 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 2 2015
7 night minimum stay
Jan 3 2015 - Mar 27 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
Mar 28 2015 - May 8 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
May 9 2015 - Jun 26 2015
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit €1,000.00
Notes Prices include a mid week and an end of week cleaning, and all linen which is changed weekly. Pool towels, bathrobes and slippers are provided. Complimentary WiFi.
Pool heating is optional at €100 per week.
We have an excellent property management team, who will meet you on arrival and be available to you at any time if required.
Additional maid service, if desired, can be paid for locally.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Mougins Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 210 m²
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Luxury
  • Family
  • Heating
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Living Room
  • Security System
  • Parking Off Street
  • Iron & Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Safe
  • Wireless Internet
  • Telephone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Linens Provided
  • Fireplace
  • Sofa Bed
  • Parking
  • Microwave
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • Dining
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
    Pool house - outdoor shower
  • The elegant bathrooms feature high quality units (for example, Villeroy & Boch). Each bedroom has an en suite bathroom. Bathroom 1 has an oversized bath for luxurious bathing, and a walk in shower. Bathroom 2 has a walk in shower. Bathroom 3 has a shower cubicle and a bidet. Separate downstairs guest toilet facilities.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , (can be made up as either a double or 2 singles)
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • The upstairs master bedroom has an en suite bathroom and French doors opening onto two private balconies with superb views across to Mougins village and beyond to the Mediterranean Sea. It has a breakfasting table on the east facing balcony to catch the morning sun. Also upstairs is a further double bedroom, again with en suite bathroom. Adjacent to this bedroom there is a charming private dressing room. The ground level master bedroom also has an en suite bathroom, again with French doors which open straight out onto the terrace overlooking the pool and gardens. This room can be made up either as a double or 2 singles. A high quality sofa bed can be made up in the living room as an additional double bed, allowing us to accommodate any arrangement of friends or family. There is plenty of space for a cot in either of the two master bedrooms. We also have a fold away child bed. A cot and high chair can be provided.
  • Video Library
  • Books for Kids
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Books for Adults
  • Game Room
  • Pool Table
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Books
  • Toys
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Wood Deck
  • Patio
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Heated Pool
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • horseback riding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • skiing
  • tennis
In addition to our heated swimming pool, outdoor table tennis table and boules court, we also have a well equipped games room, featuring a slate bedded pool table and lounge area which has a large flatscreen T.V. with Xbox 360 games console (with Kinect and DVD player) and seating area for books and board games. We would like to think that we have provided everything to make your stay comfortable- such as quality beds and bedding, Egyptian cotton towels, bathrobes and slippers, good quality hair driers, iPod docking speakers, well equipped kitchen including Lacanche cooker, Le Creuset pans and coffee machine. We have Sky HD T.V. including sports channels. We also provide an in house iPad which is loaded with suggestions for days out. And the helpful extras, from beach bag to shopping bags, from comprehensive information pack (restaurant guide, opening hours, bus timetable, map etc.) to the rules of boules! Looking forward to hearing from you. Alastair, Sue, Paul and Leony
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