|Minimum Stay||14 nights|
This modern and newly furnished villa is set on the side of a hill with views across a small valley towards the mountains. It has two double and one twin bedrooms, with new, comfortable beds. The fully equipped kitchen includes a pizza oven, dishwasher, and there is a utility room with a fridge and washing machine.
The top terrace includes a new patio area, and a terrace below has a private sun deck, heated swimming pool, and outside kitchen with gas BBQ, fridge and hob. This is ideal for self-catering summer holidays. There is parking for 2-3 cars to the front, with large locking gates for security.
The property is securely fenced, making it safe for young children. The house is in a No Through Road, with little traffic. It is a very quiet location and yet the centre of Montauroux is only a short (7 minute) walk away, where there are bakers, a butcher, a bank, a pharmacy, boutique, post office, newsagent, grocery store, bar and restaurants.
The villa is not easy for those who struggle with stairs.
Village location: The villa is situated a short walk ( just over 5 minutes) from the centre of the village of Montauroux. This has restaurants and a range of shops, with stunning views over the Esterel hills from the central square. There is no real need to drive anywhere once you have arrived!
During the summer Montauroux is famous for its music festivals to suit most tastes, often in the central square.
The butcher speaks some English, and will make burgers from fresh beef in front of you. He has excellent sausages, and other meat, for the BBQ.
There is a market in the village every Tuesday selling fresh fish, cheese, meat, fruit, vegetables and clothing.
Several days a week locals play Boules in the square. They attract quite a crowd!
Wandering down to the village in the morning for a croissant and a coffee in the sun really can't be beaten!
For those people who like to keep in touch with home, English and other daily newspapers are printed in France and sold in the newsagent on the current day.
There are two boutiques in the village selling up to the minute French fashion!
The Area: There are a number of old, walled villages from Grasse along the Fayence valley. Fayence is the biggest, with a large selection of restaurants to suit all budgets. Seillan is small, but absolutely charming.
There are a selection of supermarkets and regular shops, with a mixture of opening hours. Leclerc is a short drive from the villa, and has a wide selection of produce, in particular a stunning fish counter.
The Terre Blanche golf and spa centre is also a short drive away. The spa facilities are breathtaking, and the two golf courses are of championship standard. The pricing reflects this! Less expensive golf can be found at St Endreol, or several other courses towards Grasse and Cannes.
Lac St Cassien - a 10 minute drive - is said to be the biggest lake in France, and provides all kinds or water based activities. Many visitors prefer it to the beach! Parking can be a problem in peak season.
Beaches are a half hour's drive away.
Fayence is a major gliding centre for enthusiasts
Children are very welcome. There is a safety gate at the top of the steps leading down to the pool. There are two tiny outdoor chairs for our young visitors. Very small children may find the steps to the pool area difficult.
The elderly may also find the stairs and steps steep.
The toilets are upstairs and in the summer kitchen area.
There is plenty of welcome shade outside, some provided by the many olive trees and some by umbrellas.
We are a retired couple who have come to love this area, and decided to buy a villa here.
We are Londoners, but are now living near Oxford in a 17th century cottage.
Mary Hands purchased this villa in 2007
We spent a year looking around, but finally decided on this property because of its location close to the centre of Montauroux, an easy short walk away.
The other factors were the quiet and private location, the view, the garden, the ease of cleaning, the summer (outside) kitchen, and a selection of sun bathing areas.
This house is so nice that we did not want to leave and go anywhere else. We all loved the pool and the garden, the different outside areas to sit and relax, the peace and quiet and the villa itself is stunning. Montreaux has great bakeries, places to have a drink with panoramic views and a good market twice a week. The huge supermarket was a ten minute drive and there a loads of great places to eat nearby. The owners of the property who live in the UK are also a delight to liaise with. As a family with two children (14 and 12) we would recommend it to anyone.
The villa is absolutely perfect, there was everything there that you needed. In a very quiet location, with lovely views of the countryside. It was difficult to tear ourselves away from the lovely relaxing pool area. We did venture to Monaco and St Tropez, Frejus and Grasse. Weather was stunning. Beds very comfortable, and the most important thing for our teenage kids was the wifi! The pool area summer kitchen and bbq were brilliant, we did not eat out often but preferred to spend our time cooking our meals there and relaxing.
Supermarkets very close by including Aldi! In our opinion a car was needed, although you could walk down into the village for essential items.
Overall all four of us had a great holiday, we all had what we needed, and all agree that we would love to return!
Thank you Mary and Peter for allowing us to stay at your beautiful home, and Henry for his help and advise about the pool and surrounding area. Next time we are definately going to investigate one of the vineyards!
Jacqui & Family
From the outset I knew this was going to be a good holiday.
It was a very last minute booking and the owners were very helpful. I had told the owners that I was hoping to propose to my girlfriend out there and if there was anywhere special to do so.
They went out of their way to ask friends if they could think of any where special and the came back with a view overlooking the lake Cassien in mons.
Although on the second night at the villa, of which the pictures do not do the place justice, there was a full moon and it was so tranquil and peaceful that I decided then, sitting outside having eaten a wonderful bbq, having enjoyed a few glasses of local rose that I would knock the tomato ketchup off the table and on going down to retrieve it, on my way back up I would produce the ring with words of how beautiful she was, I didn't even get to the part of asking her to marry me as she was already in floods of tears,
It was so perfect, in such perfect surroundings.
The rest of the holiday was just great, we wanted a heated pool as our 6 month old was with us and we wanted him to be able to enjoy the water too, which he did every day as the temperature was just right.
For day trips out we made 2 as the villa was too lovely to leave. The coast was very close just 30 mins away and some local hill top medieval villages such as Sellians and Bargemon were good to visit for some great food.
Thank you once again to Mary and Peter for all your help on making an unforgettable holiday truly perfect.
Phil and Gemma and Finley
We had a fantastic week in Villa Lily Rose with our daughters (13 and 10). The villa was perfect for us and exactly as per photos. Well equipped, clean and plenty of space. The outside space in particular was wonderful, with several different areas to sunbathe, dine or relax in shade. Montauroux is lovely with easy access to Cannes - we also squeezed in a day trip to Monaco. Peter and Mary were very helpful throughout the booking process. We shall definitely look to stay again.
Stayed at Villa Lilyrose for the half-term week in October. Easy directions from the airport. Lovely setting, neat, tidy, clean, comfortable, spacious and welcoming property with ample grounds.
Well equipped with a great pizza oven in the kitchen which we tried out with varying degrees of success (our lack of skill rather than the capability of the oven!). Beautiful surroundings and lucky with the weather - mostly 21 degrees and sunny, which can't be bad for mid-October. Even managed to sunbathe a bit!
We had two teenage boys with us (son and friend) who made full use of the outdoor heated pool. Hard to get them out at meal times!
Location also great! A good starting point from which to visit Grasse, Cannes, St Tropez etc. The village of Montauroux was charming, with friendly boulangerie and boucherie and a lovely morning coffee form the local cafe - became a morning habit!
Had a lovely meal at the Marina restaurant in the village and also at Auberge Fleurie a little further away (details supplied by owner)..
All in all a very relaxing break staying in a lovely villa. I would have no hesitation in recommending it.
This was our first family trip to the South of France, but it will not be our last!!
Villa Lilyrose is both the perfect base for a family (we have a 12 year old son and a 9 year old daughter) to explore the region and also a comfortable and relaxing place to stay.
We have stayed in a number of villas in Spain, and Lilyrose is high up the list in terms of facilities, comfort and location. The outdoor kitchen, pool, grassed terrace, olive and walnut trees and beautiful location allow Lilyrose to give you a real taste of the Mediterranean life.
A car is essential to enjoy what the region has to offer. A few of the highlights we visited were;
• Cannes – lunch is not as expensive as you might think if you look for it
• St Cassien Lake – rent an electric motor boat and take a swim
• Feyance – visit the market and pick up a “take away” Paella
• Frejus – nice beach, easy parking, nice marina to daydream about the boats ( we also visited the Zoo on the outskirts of Frejus – watch out for the spitting elephant!!
• Grasse – the centre of the perfume industry (and it has a great Indian Restaurant!!)
• Gonfaron – visit the Tortoise Sanctuary – great couple of hours spent there
Don’t ignore the village on your doorstep – a short walk in the morning brings fresh baguettes and croissants. In the evening, you have the choice of restaurants serving pizzas to steaks and many other things in between, as well as some entertainment in the town square on some evenings.
This is a great villa and a great region – we recommend it and will be back.
There are endless attractions to suit all tastes. Lac St Cassian, a huge freshwater lake is very close by, with water sports,hiking trails and many restaurants with stunning views across the water.
Driving to the north is the massive Gorge du Verdun, with water sports, hiking etc. It's a bit of a hairy drive but worth it when you get there.
For those with a historical bent, Montauroux is one of several fortified villages that are set in the hills, well away from the coast (and pirates in years gone by). These villages have a large range of cultural activities, particularly in the season, and offer an eclectic selection of restaurants, from family pizza parlours to two star Michelin cuisine.
A half hour drive will take you within reach of many beaches and the Riviera with all that it has to offer. Take your credit card!
Italy is only an hour away. Great for a day out. Go for lunch overlooking the sea!
Other Activities: Fun activities on St Cassien lake. Montauroux music festival in the summer.
Golf: Terre Blanche, St Endreol, Grasse and Cannes provide good tests of golf.
Terre Blanche, on the luxury hotel complex some 15 minutes away is the nearest and most stunning, with friendly and experienced staff and practice facilities and a course to die for.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$361|
Balance of rental payable 8 weeks prior to departure
Saturday to Saturday only, unless by special arrangement.
Pool heating, if required, is £50 per week.
No smoking allowed in the villa please.
Arrival not before 16.00 hours to allow time for cleaning
Please check our calendar as we like to book 14 day periods back to back, i.e. with no single weeks in between.
We require a £500 deposit at the time of booking, which is only refundable if we can get another booking to replace the one being cancelled.
The balance owed is payable 8 weeks prior to departure, together with a £300 returnable deposit to cover any damage.