About the property
- Apartment1076 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 9 nights
Spacious self-catering apt. 2 bedrooms, sleeps 4 Private entrance and terraces.
* The apartment is part of the villa and there are no other units for rental on our property
* Spacious architect designed apartment of 100m2 facing south and all rooms on one level
* it is the east wing of the stone built villa
* private balconies facing south, overlooking the Var Valley to the sea
* air conditioned main bedroom with en-suite spacious shower-room, and
french windows to a private balcony.
* Luxury linen and towels, and free toiletries. All baby linen included, plus cot.
* full library of books for all tastes. Games.
* free wifi with router.
* satelite TV with English and French programs
* beamed sitting room with ancient glazed terracotta tiled floors, colonial ceiling fans,
french windows to balcony. Side window overlooking the olive tree and private
terrace with your own lemon tree! Comfortable seating, with round dining table and chairs,
lamps, Free Sky TV with flat screen in mahogany cabinet. Rugs.
* original paintings by resident artist
* comfort, and elegance
* fully equipped American kitchen with every facility such a microwave, fridge freezer, oven, electric hob, kettle, blender, coffee machine, iron, kitchen aid, toaster, baby bottle warmer, music, CD base, radio, door leading to private terrace with BBQ
* private terraces with olive and lemon trees accessible from either the kitchen
or main bedroom
Bougainvillea covered walls.
* private BBQ or principle BBQ and pizza oven adjacent to the pool. Large sun
outdoor furniture, both on the private terrace and adjacent to the heated pool
Lots of sun loungers and shade under the olive trees. Large bar, fridge and
chimney. Bar stools.
* serenity- very private gardens.
* bougainvillea, jasmine, fig, lemon, cherry, orange, and olive trees; terraces
covered with dry stone walls and flowers. You can pick your own fruit in season.
* privacy and security with electric gates to secure parking within the grounds.
The apartment is on a lower level than the principal entrance to the villa, but with
only 11 natural stone steps for easy access to the private terrace and entrance
to the apartment.
* designed for the discerning traveller seeking more than simply a holiday home.
it was created for peace and comfort; a place of serenity to relax and savour the
beauty of its surroundings.
* Children, babies, young or old will find everything here at Le Contadour
ADDRESS OF THE PROPERTY: 651 ROUTE DE ST LAURENT DU VAR, 06510 GATTIERES, COTE D'AZUR, ALPES MARITIMES
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- English, French, Italian
- Calendar last updated:
- May 26, 2018
Hello, I am Liz and my husband is Quentin. We are both now retired, I trained in art, and was an air hostess, where I met my husband whilst in India. My husband was a ship's-captain on long-haul and fast ferries and worked on passenger ships with the B.I. Company. We have one son, who lives near Paris and one grandson. We love this corner of the world and enjoy sharing its beauty with our visitors. We have made lots of wonderful friends who return year after year.
Liz purchased this Apartment in 2000
Why Liz chose Saint-Jeannet
We chose to live in France, and fell madly in love with this lovely villa at first sight! It is unique in that it is very private, surrounded by beautiful terraces with olive, lemon, and orange trees and yet it is on the doorstep of Nice. We love being able to walk into the village and share a coffee and croissant with our new French friends. Here, at Le Contadour, we are so spoiled to live under the gorgeous blue Mediterranean skies.
What makes this Apartment unique
The Contadour (haunt of artists and writers) has hosted guests worldwide for over 17 years and who return frequently. It is perfectly located just 20 mins. drive from Nice, Vence, and the many famous beaches and tourist spots on the Riviera. Highly rated as 5* it maintains its peace and serenity in an area of outstanding natural beauty; perched 300 m above the Var Valley and the foothills of the Alpes. If you can tear yourself away from the beauty of this villa, then visit the famous resorts of Nice, Monaco, Cannes and St Tropez- all a short drive away, or escape to the mountains and visit the ancient perched villages where time stands still. Locally, you can visit a Roman vineyard and sample the delicious wines of the area. Take a walk into the hills for spectacular views. Share the life of a French resident. Participate in village life by joining in a game of boules or sipping a gorgeous coffee with a steaming croissant, while watching the locals greeting one another. The famous institutions such as the Fondation Maecht and the Matisse Chapel are close by with wonderful exhibitions of art and sculpture. Shop for fresh fruits and vegetables in local markets. Taste the huge varieties of cheese from the mountains. Even in the short winter months, Gattieres is sheltered from the frost and snow and you can sit out most days to enjoy lunch on your terrace. We get 300 days of sunshine a year. Within the grounds of Le Contadour, you will be able to benefit from an exotic, heated pool, surrounded by mediterranean plants and trees. You no longer need wait until the crowds arrive on the Riviera to appreciate the calm surroundings and the beauty of the area. Here at Le Contadour, you are central for everything; the airport being only a 20 minute drive away, and the motorway only 10 minutes drive. You can enjoy all the benefits of life on the Cote d'Azur here at Le Contadour and for those who seek a hideaway different from the masses whether young or old, it is right here
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Loved our spontaneous Getaway at Liz & Quentin‘s beautiful house
We spontaneously decided to spend 1 week in Southern France - and the first contact with our hosts was so friendly and great, as was our welcome and stay!
We loved the apartment, equipped with everything you could want - with the amazing view and the stunning garden.
Liz and Quentin were such welcoming and great hosts - we can only recommend to stay with them, if you’re in the area!
A lovely young couple with their baby girl. It was a lovely surprise to welcome them to our villa over the Xmas and New Year.
We would be delighted to see them again one day.
Thank you both and we wish you a very happy New Year.
A wonderful visit
A beautiful property and a cozy place from which to explore the area. We enjoyed our month spent here but the best feature was Liz and Quentin. The house was complete with all amenities but the friendly attentiveness of our hosts made the trip memorable.
Thank you Liz and Quentin. We truly enjoyed being with you and hope to see you again.
Thank you both so much for your generous comments.
We equally enjoy receiving visitors from America and sharing time together. Spending a month here gives one the opportunity to explore this fascinating and beautiful area of France. It is so diverse and full of history.
We look forward immensely to seeing you again here at Le Contadour.
Private location with a beautiful pool!
Amazing pool and 100% tanning potential. private location but with really close acces to amazing boulangerie and supermarket! Very welcoming hosts that made us feel very well looked after. From help to translation, pronounciation and recommendations for places to visit. Will definitely be returning!
Fantastic villa, lovely location, charming hosts.
We spent a lovely week at Le Contadour in early July 2017. The villa is only a 20 minute drive from Nice Airport and is just a 5 minute or so walk from the beautiful village of Gattieres (Alps-Maritime). The views from the villa are stunning and you can just sit on the south facing balcony and admire the view across the Var valley down into the Nice area. The warm weather was fantastic and there is a good sized private pool for that essential cooling dip. We had full use of the poolside bbq and pizza oven too. Also lots of sun loungers for those who want to chill and sunbathe by the pool.
The interior of the villa is of a high quality, well maintained and there is everything you need to have a relaxing holiday. There is satellite TV (sky freeview channels) if you want to watch some UK TV and free wi-fi of course (which was excellent too). The local Intermache at Gattieres is a decent size and provides everything you would need. We dined at the local restaurant Le Manon and the food was terrific. Nearby is the town Vence which also has a good choice of restaurants, bars and shops too. Liz and Quentin, who are the English owners, are a charming and friendly couple. They were very hospitable and they kept to themselves but were on hand to provide help or advice if we needed it.
Liz and Quentin have put together some useful visitor notes (red book) and we visited some of the remote villages in the mountains (by car) and the views were spectacular – in particular around St Martin Vesubie. Monaco is also only a short drive away and we spent some time there too.
Overall we had a lovely week at Le Contadour – it’s close to Nice but when you drive up into the hills you can indulge in the rustic charm. We would definitely recommend a holiday at Le Contadour!
Warm welcome by Liz and Quentin when we arrived with a tour round the property which is lovely. The villa has everything you need and more with beautiful views down the Var towards Nice. The pool and outside spaces are gorgeous especially the lemon and olive trees! Liz and Quentin were very discreet but there if you needed them and we enjoyed a couple of evenings at the pool bar with them! This was the perfect place to chill out, swim, read and have a G&T with a piece of freshly picked lemon - heaven! We explored the coast and the mountains - all fabulous!
We thoroughly enjoyed the stolen moments with our guests around the pool in the evenings. It is so satisfying to read that guests have appreciated their time at our little oasis here in Gattieres.
There is little to dislike here at Le Contadour and always look forward to seeing familiar faces returning time and time again.
Perfect in Every Way
My husband and I had a wonderful holiday in this beautiful villa, we were there for a week from 29th Oct and enjoyed warm and sunny weather all week. We chose the villa from Owners Direct website, all the information provided is exactly what you have.
Our first few days were spent relaxing around the pool or on our private balcony with fantastic views and we used all the facilities in Gattieres which is only a 10 minute walk.
We then explored the area, visiting some lovely places and had a fabulous day in Nice before returning home with heavy hearts and now missing everything there and struggling with the drop in temperature 20c to 6c!
Liz and Quentin are perfect hosts, there to help you if needed with lots of good tips on where to visit and eat, providing all they can to give you your perfect holiday without intruding on your privacy.
If you are looking to book in this beautiful area then do not hesitate to book Le Contadour, you will not be disappointed. We have enjoyed many villa holidays in Europe and would not hesitate to return to Le Contadour.
Again, a lovely surprise to receive such a glowing report from our seasoned travellers. They were delightful and we too, enjoyed their company during their stay here at Le Contadour.
I was glad that we could advise them on some of our favourite places to visit; even when one knows an area pretty well, there are always corners which remain secret to visitors. There is such a lot to see in the Alpes Maritime and having been living here with my husband for nearly 16 years, we are still discovering interesting places nearby.
We completely understand that what we have here at Le Contadour is perfectly suited to our visitors from all over the world and each and every one that visits is a real pleasure for us.
Once again, many thanks for choosing to stay with us in our "little bit of paradise"!
Liz and Quentin x
Gattieres, is an unspoilt, active, very French medieval village, situated 300m above the Var Valley. It is steeped in history, dating from the Middle Ages where its streets still reflect times long ago. Perched on the foothills of the Alpes, the views from the village down the Var river to the Mediterranean sea or beyond to the snowy mountains, are breathtaking! All the most famous resorts on the Riviera are only a 20 min. drive on easy fast roads. There are many local, scenic train journeys along the coast where a car is not necessary. Gattieres Opus, hosts a famous open-air opera in July every year, professionally produced with well-know operatic singers from Italy and musicians. It is a performance not to be missed! Numerous cultural events, concerts, street parties, plus local markets and car boot sales are big attractions in the summer, with bargains galore and great fun for all the family. Many famous writers and artists have lived in the area, drawn by the quality of the light, such as Monet, Matisse, Picasso, Renoir, and Chagall and their works can be seen in many of the local galleries and museums. For skiers, it is less than one hours drive to the well-known ski resorts of Greolieres, Isla 2000, Colmiane, and Auron; ski in the morning and party by the pool in the evening-even in November! The pool is heated!! The Italian border is only 50 mins. drive away with its famous street markets offering copies of designer products and great restaurants. The Piedmonte mountain area is very scenic for day trips. We are central for visiting the many Medieval, historic, mountain villages such as Eze, La Turbie with its Roman ruins, or famous resorts on the Cote d'Azur, such as Nice, with its international crowds, its famous flower festival in February, and the fantastic Carnival; one of the biggest in Europe! A must for winter months! Monaco, and its principality including the exciting international Grande Prix, and Cannes, with its famous film festival in May, where you will see many of the famous stars from screen and TV. St.Tropez, the home of Brigitte Bardo, chic boutiques, and super yachts. Vence, for its famous artists, including the fascinating Maecht Museum in St Paul; International Antibes, with its millionaire yachts and international crowds is a must to visit. Feel part of the jet-set scene by simply sitting with a cocktail at one of the many splendid bars situated all along the coast. All this is available a short drive from the villa. For nature lovers and those who love walking, we have the well-known GR51 which crosses from east to west across France and is accessible from Gattieres. Many simple and delightful walks can be made from the villa for all levels of competence, promising extraordinary views and quality of air! Cycling enthusiasts can enjoy participating in the numerous clubs and tracks in the area which is famous for its cycling. It is a national sport here in France. The Iron Man contest passes right through Gattieres. Other Activities: Botanical walks, Matisse chapel, art galleries, mountain resorts, painting courses, horse races, theatre, concerts, outdoor markets, top restaurants locally, golf, fishing, and rafting, and ferry trips to the islands of Lerin, where the Cistercian monks have created a wonderful vineyard and allow visits to the ancient monastery. A famous Mitchelin starred restaurant offers cookery classes to small groups on a regular basis. Courses can be arranged for you in advance. Nothing is forgotten in the playground of the Riviera! Not forgetting Golf: We have 12 golf courses nearby. However, courses tend to be quite pricey. Check them out on the internet before lugging them with you on holiday! Great tennis clubs are available to guests nearby. Ski: There are many well-known ski resorts in the area surrounding the Alpes Maritimes. The closest at Isola 2000 is only an hour's drive away, with all facilities, or lovely Colmieres, for both ski du font and Alpine. The scenery is breathtaking, even for simply walking. You can be skiing in the morning and be back to the villa for a BBQ in the evening! Or for simple indulgence, treat yourself to the numerous spas and beauty centres in the area. Nothing has been spared here on the Cote d'Azur! It really is a wonderful destination - that is why we chose to live here permanently! Le Contadour Villa is designed for the discerning visitor even in our glorious winter when the crowds have left. Come and enjoy the winter sun where you can still see temperatures of 16+°- escape from the cold, wet weather back home. Swim in a lovely heated pool chez nous! So easy to fly to; in 20 minutes you can be enjoying all the comforts of our villa, sit on the terrace and enjoy a glass or two of bubbly, take in the exotic perfumes of the flowers, and ... relax! Share our little bit of paradise here on the Cote d'Azur!
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
*All rates are inclusive of electricity, air conditioning, heating, water, linen, towels, and heating of the pool. We also offer a free welcome bottle of sparkling wine and a basket of delicious local fruit. There are no added extras! Cleaning is included on the final day. Linen changed weekly. Accommodation during winter periods can be for a minimum of five days. The property has only one apartment to rent. Baby sitting service available. *A security deposit of €350 will be required when booking PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DEPOSIT IS NON REFUNDABLE; TRAVEL INSURANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.