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House on a wonderful plot facing Marseille

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 3 nights


About the property

Former 110-sq.m angler's house: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a pool &sauna

The blue house is south facing on the Côte Bleue in the Vesse Calanque. It is fully screened from the Mistral wind.

The air corner of paradise is scented with rosemary and thyme, cradled by the chirping cicadas.The 100-sq.m blue house is a former angler's house refurbished with high-quality materials for a great lifestyle all year round.

It is on two storeys.

The ground floor offers a spacious living / dining room with a large open plan kitchen. The kitchen features a 5-ring cooker with an oven, a microwave, a dishwasher, a coffee maker, a teapot,a toaster, and an Espresso machine. The living room boasts a sofa bed, a table, and a Swedish insert fireplace. The whole house has electric heating.

The large picture window separates this vast living area from the large garden terrace featuring a 10-seat table, barbecue, deck chairs, and sun umbrellas.

The mid-level has a cosy area with a sofa bed and WC (sink and toilet)

The first floor offers two independent bedrooms each with a private bathroom. The larger bedroom also has a WC.

A terraced garden surrounds the house. This space offers a pool, the length of which border the rock, and a sauna not visible from the outside. There is also a clothesline.

Unusually for inside a calanque, we have a large garage for tow cars and a motorcycle.

The house has Wi-Fi and satellite TV.

Practical side


We provide bed linen, sheets, and bath towels

For an additional fee, we provide a housekeeper. We highly recommend this service as housekeepers are from the calanque area and provide you all you could need (including delicious homemade fish soup...)

Mandatory final cleaning is not included in the rate.


In the village of Rove,3 km away from the house, you can find all shops and let's not forget the well known brousse cheese from Rove.

L'Estaque, an impressionist painters' village, is 6 km away. Here, you can find all shops and a Provencal market. Recently, a shuttle service links l'Estaque with the old harbour.


- walking:

Five minutes from the sea, the foot of the calanque has a pretty pebble beach and stunning views of Marseille. The bar serves small pastis in the shade of the plane trees.

You can also take the well-being trails along the garrigue with small private beaches. Here the water is clean and few people visit. Don't forget to visit the Figuerolles Calanque.

The calanque offers a diving centre and there is one in the Niolon International Centre.

There are abundant places to visit.

- By car:

In Marseille, check out the old harbour and Notre Dame de la Garde, while not forgetting that Marseille is a huge cultural centre with the MUCEM, Vieille Charité,Longchamp Palace, and many others.

We are half an hour from Provencal bourgeois in Aix-en-Provence. Theres Cours Mirabeau for you to stroll down in he eveningsand museums.

Many film stars like to get away to the Alpilles, 40 minutes away. The area includes Baux,St-Remy, and many other traditional Provencal villages

In Camargue, an hour away, don't forget to take the Barcarin ferryboat to feel miles away from it all

Arles and Avignon are great, particularly during festival time.

- By train: the blue train takes you along the Côte Bleue and to Marseille's Gare St Charles in the city centre.

More Details

Jean-Rene Milliet
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About Jean-Rene Milliet

I am an ENT surgeon who is fond of Provence. I remember that the first time I came accross Maison de la Vess in its original style it was love at first sight.

I needed to live there and refurbished it to my taste to call it the blue house...a song of my generation.

I moved from France to Russia for work, where I lived for 12 years. However, in the height of the Russian winter, the blue house is still there.

Jean-Rene Milliet purchased this house in 2004

Why Jean-Rene Milliet chose La Vesse

I decided to rent the blue house for it to be lived in because I only come to France every once in a while.

What makes this house unique

A true oasis of peace in this calanque, the house dominating the valley is a gem. I often forget whether I am in Marseilleor Greece. In short, the entire Mediterranean opens up from this calanque.

In wintertime, the house is snug. In spring, the broom shrub fragrances fill the air. In summer, the cicadas treat us to a concert. In autumn, the hills are adorned with magical colours and its' not unusual to find a pheasant or partridge on a path.


La Vesse House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Il est impératif que le locataire vérifie quotidiennement le niveau d'eau de la piscine et l'état du skimmer.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - shower , There is also a washbasin
    Bathroom 3 -
  • The house offers a large bathroom, a washbasin, a WC, a rain shower A small bathroom comprises a hand basin and shower A WC with a washbasin
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Master suite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Adult and child's trundle bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Cosy area on the mid-level
  • Large bedroom (around 30 sq.m): a bay window for the terrace leading to the pool A bathroom with washbasin, a rain shower, and WC in this suite There is plenty of storage space& a small desk Romantic bedroom 2 with its washbasin and shower opens onto the calanque among the pines On the midlevel there is a sofa bed allowing you to host two adults. There is a WC with a hand basin.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Walking from the house, you come to many paths leading down to small heavenly calanques where the water is still crystal clear. An idea would be to take the blue train from Niolon station (walking distance) to Carry-le-Rouet and follow the dune path back to the house. It is a real joy.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

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House on a wonderful plot facing Marseille
average rating of 4.678571 based on 28 reviews

Lovely Holiday Rental

  • 4 of 5

The Blue House is situated in small commune outside Marseilles. It is situated high up in the valley and has great views towards Marseilles.

The villa has been rennovated really well and despite being a rental property doesnt look at all worn. It has wifi and a smart TV that can connect to netflix/amazon. The kitchen is fully equiped.

The pool is small, more of a dipping pool than a full sized family pool but certainly sufficient for a coastal villa when considering that most days we went to the Beach.

There are 3-4 large supermarkets within 10-15mins drive but no local bakery in La Vesse.

La Vesse istself has little to offer and the waterfront under the viaduct has fallen into a state of ruin with all the shops closed and derelict. Nearby Niolon is lovely however and only a short 20 mins walk over the hill from the villa.

The only downside of this stretch of coast is that it doesn't have many long stretches of beaches and hence the small number of decent clean beaches are very full and busy. Saint Croix is probably the nicest. We didn't do the walk along the coast to Calanque de l'everine because our youngest is only 4yrs old but that looks beautiful and quiet.

I would definitely go back to this villa, it was lovely and peaceful and the views spectacular. But if plentiful beaches is a priority for your kids then I think you should look west (Montpellier to Beziers) or east (Cassis to Nice).

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Durchwegs positiv.

  • 5 of 5

Sehr schönes, geschmackvoll eingerichtetes Haus mit romantischem, terrassiertem Garten.

Inneneinrichtung tadellos. Unkomplizierter, herzlicher Empfang.

Zufahrtsstrasse sehr schmal, wegen parkenden Autos stellenweise nur mit eingeklappten Aussenspiegeln passierbar. Garage für ein 4,6 m langes Auto zu kurz um das Tor zu schliessen. Wenn möglich mit Kleinwagen anreisen!

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Très jolie maison pour un séjour de charme

  • 5 of 5

La maison bleue est située dans une calanque ravissante avec une jolie vue sur la mer. La terrasse est très agréable. La maison est fonctionnelle, confortable, décorée avec goût. On s'y sent bien. Un endroit idéal pour un séjour familial où chacun trouvera son espace. Très bon accueil. Située à environ 1/2 heure de Marseille on peut visiter la région et ses calanques facilement de la Vesse.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Nos vacances furent magnifiques!!

  • 5 of 5

J'attendais impatiemment ces moments de vacances et n'ai pas été déçue!

Vue magnifique, havre de paix , maison et terrasse très agréables, la maison est très agréable, avec piscine et sauna, on n'a pas beaucoup bougé tellement nous étions bien dans cette calanque!!

Espérons pouvoir revenir l'an prochain !!!

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
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Reposant loin de la foule

  • 5 of 5

Tout parfait comme décrit dans l annonce à l exception des cigales pas au rendez-vous

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Séjour début juillet 2017.

Belle maison meublée et équipée avec gout. Cuisine spacieuse et fonctionnelle.Jolie vaisselle.

L'extérieur est très agréable , grande table , barbecue à gaz, piscine dans la roche très appréciée car l'eau reste fraiche dans les calanques!

Pas de porte dans la chambre parentale , cela peut surprendre mais le dressing à l'entrée cloisonne visuellement l'espace. Superbe douche à l'italienne dans la chambre parentale.

La deuxième chambre est un peu petite mais fonctionnelle avec sa salle de bains privée.

Les couchages sont confortables , le linge de maison fourni en quantité suffisante.

Très propre, accueil chaleureux et grande disponibilité.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Marseille Provence
Nearest Ferry
10 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Le Mérou
Nearest Ski
250 Kilometres
Pra Loup / Le Sauze
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Calanque de la Vesse
Car: necessary

A 5-minute walk from the house takes you to the foot of the calanque with a pretty pebble beach. From here, there are stunning views of Marseille. The bar serves small pastis in the shade of the plane trees.

You can also take the well-being trails along the garrigue with small private beaches. Here the water is clean and few people visit. Don't forget to visit the Figuerolles Calanque.

The calanque offers a diving centre and there is one in the Niolon International Centre.

There are abundant places to visit.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $987.41
menage $98.74

la caution devra etre en cheque (non encaisse) ou especes deposees au coffre en presence du locataire

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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