Bastide des Virettes, South of France
Bastide des Virettes
Côte d’Azur, South of France
based on 7 nights
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Essential Scott Dunn Villa Service
per person based on full occupancy for seven nights in a whole villa, including Scott Dunn Essential Villa Service.
At a Glance
Lovely villa with views across Provence to the Mediterranean
Located a short drive or 15 minute walk from the quaint hilltop village of Tourettes-sur-Loup
Spacious garden and terraces for al fresco dining
Good sized private heated pool with 'beach style entry'
Beautifully furnished villa full of antique hand painted wooden furniture and artifacts
Includes your own villa manager and a choice of service options with a private chef.
The option of a fully qualified nanny to take care of children under 13.
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The typical Mediterranean climate of Provence and the Cote d'Azur has long drawn visitors here. Late Spring brings warm temperatures that can reach nearly 30C by July. Sunshine is abundant, with nearly 12 hours a day in mid-summer. The mistral wind can bring a cooler wind in early Spring, but this part of the Riviera is more protected. July is the driest month, and rain showers tend to be infrequent.
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A beautiful villa, full of character, La Bastide des Virettes has views across Provence to the Mediterranean. With quiet gardens fringed by palms, olive and citrus trees and a pool cut into the rock face, it's a truly relaxing haven. Sleeps 8.
Nestling in the hills on the edge of the medieval village of Tourrettes-sur-Loup, La Bastide des Virettes has spectacular views to the coast. Located in a quiet residential area, in established gardens and terraces, it's an ideal Riviera retreat. The bastide has been recently renovated and fitted with every modern convenience. Much loving care and attention to detail has been used, with the villa being uniquely decorated in a beautiful baroque style. Frescos and painted woodwork feature throughout, along with antiques and artwork collected from across the south of France.
Bastide des Virettes is fully south facing with the gardens stretching out in front. All the living areas of the house are on the ground floor, with a large and comfortable open plan living and dining room, children's TV and playroom, and a double kitchen. From the house, french doors open out onto a good sized covered dining area, with views towards the sea.
Upstairs are four sumptuous bedrooms and three bathrooms. Beautifully decorated and furnished, and individual in style, they are each named after a color. The master bedroom has two sets of French doors out on to a balcony with views to the swimming pool and across to the Mediterranean. A good size dressing room is ideal for a cot. Its large, classic designed en suite marble bathroom, includes a bath and a separate shower. The "Blue Room" is another double, with an en suite shower room. Lovely painted features characterize this room, with two sets of French doors opening onto a small balcony. The "Green Room" is arranged as a twin, with views across the garden and the surrounding village, countryside and coast. This room shares a bath with an overhead shower, with the "Turquoise Room", which is at the back of the house and set up as a twin. These rooms also share a separate WC.
To one end of the garden and landscaped within the rock, is a stunning 15 meter free form pool with waterfall and Jacuzzi. There is a shallow beach style entrance to the pool, making it perfect for younger children to paddle in, whilst the middle part reaches 2m in depth. There's also a boules court for a gentle afternoon game or two. There are covered terraces at either side of the pool – one for soft seating and the other outside the house for dining al fresco.
The locals call Tourrettes-sur-Loup the "village of violets", for its cultivation of this little flower. It's a picturesque and historic village, off the beaten track and full of cafés, boutiques and patisseries along its winding cobbled streets and arched passages. It's an easy place to spend a morning, watching a game of boules in the Place de la Liberation, or visiting the market on a Wednesday - the local specialty is tarte à l'orange, which is really worth a try. The beaches of Cagnes are only 8km away, and the glamour of Cannes and Antibes, just 14km. St Paul de Vence is also close, and perfect for those wanting to explore its galleries and boutiques. The hills around Tourrettes are truly beautiful, and offer magnificent walking and cycling country.
Bastide des Virettes is a spacious villa with airy and good sized rooms (total 350m2). There is Wi-Fi and an Apple TV. It has been lovingly restored and beautifully furnished with handpicked antique Baroque style painted wooden furniture and artifacts. All four unique and individually furnished bedrooms are on the first floor. All bedrooms with the exception of the master bedroom have been named after the predominant color of the room. Each has twin/double 'link style' beds, however the rooms will automatically set up as 2 double rooms and 2 twin rooms unless otherwise advised.
All the living areas are on the ground floor and include a double reception room, separated by a double sided fireplace. One side is more formal and the other is home to the children's play area/TV room. There is a separate WC on each floor. No air-conditioning.
The master bedroom is the largest bedroom with two sets of French doors out on to a balcony complete with table and chairs overlooking the gardens and swimming pool and with sea views to the distance. This room has two 4ft beds. It has a large en suite marble bathroom, classical in style including a bath, separate shower and a good sized dressing room beyond. The dressing area would be fine for a cot.
This double bedroom is known as the blue room. It is on the opposite corner of the house to the master bedroom and is flooded with light from the two sets of French doors, one with a small balcony. The palette of pale blues and creams, makes this room feel particularly calm and relaxing. The blues follow through to the en suite marble bathroom.
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This room is known as the 'Green room' and has French doors with Juliet balcony to enjoy the views across garden and surrounding houses/countryside and sea to the distance. The Green room shares a bathroom with the Turquoise room.
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This room is known as the 'Turquoise room'. It is the only bedroom located at the back of house so only has views across the garden and driveway. The turquoise room is the smallest of all the bedrooms and shares a bathroom (bath with shower over) and WC adjacent with the green room.
A fully qualified nanny can take care of all your childcare needs. Our nannies look after children from four months to thirteen years, keeping them entertained and happy with a variety of tailor made, creative and sporting activities. Our villas have dedicated playrooms or areas full of toys, games and creative materials, ensuring our younger guests have endless fun on their vacation. A nanny will ensure that your child’s routine is followed, and your chef will discuss any dietary requirements with you, creating delicious meals for all tastes.
Nannies are available six days a week for 8 hours each day with a choice of three shift patterns to fit in with your family needs. You can liaise with your nanny on arrival to discuss the best option which suits your family. Your nanny’s day off is on Monday and therefore childcare cannot be provided on your arrival or departure day. Babysitting is also available on request and is payable for locally.
Our villas are equipped with families in mind. We can provide stair gates, blackout blinds, baby equipment and cots on request and arrange for nappies and wipes to be purchased in advance so that you have one less thing to worry about.
9am-5pm: Once your children have fuelled themselves with a delicious breakfast, your nanny will organize a fun packed day for your children.
9:30am-12:30pm: Once your children have fuelled themselves with a delicious breakfast, your nanny will organize a fun packed morning before you have lunch, or your children take an afternoon nap.
2:30pm-7:30pm: Your nanny will return ready for an afternoon of stimulating and exciting activities from pool games and treasure hunts to cake making during the heat of the day. Bath and dinner time is then made easy, with an extra pair of hands.
9:30am-12:30pm: Once your children have fuelled themselves with a delicious breakfast, your nanny will organize a fun packed morning before you have lunch, or your children take an afternoon nap.
7:30pm-11pm: You can enjoy an afternoon of family time together before your nanny will return ready for the evening to babysit your children so you can go out and enjoy a childfree dinner.
Bastide des Virettes comes with a choice of our renowned Scott Dunn service: Essential or Flexi. Whether you are looking for a more independent type of villa vacation, you want the full works or somewhere in between you can be assured it will be the same outstanding, personal service from Scott Dunn.
Each villa comes complete with a villa manager on hand to make sure you have everything you need, along with the option of gourmet dining provided by your own private chef with tailor made menus, using the freshest local ingredients.
From the moment you arrive, your villa team is there to make your vacation as seamless as possible and to look after your every need. Our service is discreet and understated, leaving you to relax and enjoy your vacation.
Our villas are fully staffed for 5.5 days of the week.
For all our villas, the check in time is 4pm and the check out time is 10am. Our villa team can make arrangements for you if your arrival or departure times do not correspond with these, for example booking a restaurant for lunch.
Includes a daily breakfast hamper, a welcome drinks hamper, one staffed meal per day (either brunch, lunch or dinner) and daily housekeeping.
Includes a daily breakfast hamper, a welcome drinks hamper and up to two staffed meals per day (brunch or lunch and dinner) and daily housekeeping.
The villa has a 15m freeform swimming pool and Jacuzzi. The terraces are equipped for relaxing al fresco dining, and there is a dedicated children's play area inside and Apple TV.
It is possible for the pool to be heated to a maximum of 26 degrees although this can fluctuate according to day/night time temperatures. The pool is not heated in July and August.
Air-conditioning in bedrooms only.
15m heated freeform swimming pool. The pool is heated in low season only.
Heated outside jacuzzi.
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Covered dining and seating area.
Children's TV and playroom located on the ground floor with a great selection of indoor and outdoor toys and games.
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Large plasma with Satelite TV and DVD player.
There is so much to see and do in this beautiful part of the Cote d'Azur. Close to the historical and picture postcard villages of Tourettes-sur-Loup, St Paul de Vence and the beaches of Cagnes and Cannes there is something for everyone. The larger town of Vence is nearby and offers a great selection of shops, galleries and restaurants. Le Pigeonnier just off the main square, offers a good selection in local recipes and has a fantastic reputation for both ambience and service.
Rees Family - July 2018 (Guest)
Chad and Nadine have been wonderful and have made our stay very special. Nothing has been too much trouble and
they have anticipated all of our needs brilliantly. The Villa is beautiful and very comfortable. The food has been delicious and of a very high standard. The only slight negatives would be internet speed and the pool was slightly too cold which didnt matter on very hot days but on cooler days it would have been nicer if the pool was warmer.
Our chef and villa manager have both been fantastic. We felt very well looked after without them being overly intrusive which is a hard balance to strike. Nadine was very helpful with local knowledge and made helpful suggestions about places for us to visit if we had mentioned we were going somewhere. Chads cooking was exceptional.
McGuire Family - June 2018 (Guest)
Fantastic team, we couldnt of asked for more. Nadine was great, friendly, diligent and always happy to help with any request. Chad is an excellent chef, made us some excellent meals and very friendly and helpful too! Helen our nanny was fantastic and our two girls absolutely loved her and didnt want her to leave.....ever apparently!
The Villa is stunning, the pool with jacuzzi was just fantastic for the girls and the staff faultless. All in all another amazing vacation!
Lagnetoft Family - June 2018 (Guest)
Fantastic villa with a stunning view. Very comfortable way of spending a vacation and a great concept. Staff were great but I think they lack some training if we compare with the service we got last year. Just small details and no big deal for us but area for improvement for you.
Brennan Family - June 2018 (Guest)
This is our third time at Virettes so we know it well and we know the drill! Everything was great, there are always a couple of hiccups but we spoke with the team and Heather and no issues there. Food was delicious. Nadine our host was great, but lacked the experience and knowledge of people who had already done a season, but her confidence grew a lot during our stay.
Hannah (Nana Hannah as she is now known) was the best nanny yet and that is quite a high bar. Lovely girl, great fun with the kids, had lots up her sleeves for all weathers, amazing temperament, just great all round. Only problem was that the girls wanted to spend more time with her than with us!
We had a 10th anniversary dinner, the whole team, especially the chefs, pulled out all the stops. I sent a copy of the menu to Heather and Kate (in bookings) as it was one of the nicest dinners we have ever had. Not only that, but the lengths they went to to make it look so nice, lay the table, flowers etc. Beyond the call of duty and SD at its very, very best. Could not have been better.
Kirsty Harper (Staff)
Nestled in the hills, Bastide Des Virettes is a beautiful retreat that immerses you into a real sense of relaxing in the countryside far from the hustle and bustle of the city. From the stunning views across Provence to the Mediterranean, antiques and painted woodwork throughout the property and an amazing pool landscaped within the rock, the villa offers so much character throughout. The outside space is such a wonderful area to enjoy with the impressive pool with waterfall and jacuzzi, the lawn running the side of the property to the boules court. Should you wish to venture out of the Villa you are also just a 15 mins walk to the hilltop village of Tourettes-sur-Loup. Bastide Des Virettes is a wonderful choice for all the family!
Alice Peal (Staff)
The epitome of Provence in style, Bastide des Virettes fully immerses you in the character and atmosphere of its beautiful surroundings. Each bedroom is uniquely decorated whilst the downstairs is very neutral and classic throughout. The outside space offers as much, if not more, of a WOW factor with an incredible pool with paddling shelf for the little ones, hot tub, lawn, table tennis and boules pitch, it is perfect whether you wish to relax or be a little active. The setting offers beautiful views of the surrounding area and villas as well as the coast in the distance.
Debbie Rainsford (Staff)
From the moment you step into Bastide des Virettes, its hard not to be impressed by the amount of love and attention to detail that is woven into every room. Provencal antiquities and furnishings abound and its easy to see why guests pick this lovely villa for their family vacation. Close to Tourettes-sur-Loup, with its delightful market and shops, its easy to while a few hours watching the locals playing Patanque/Boules from one of the traditional cafes located just off the square. Its an idyllic French villa experience with the added benefit of being on the doorstep of one the regions most beautiful perched villages.
Hannah Fullagar (Staff)
Never before have I seen a villa packed full with so much character! In true Provencal style, a vintage shabby-chic theme runs throughout the villa; from the furniture to the artwork, every little detail makes this villa what it is. Having said that, with the outside space this villa has to offer, Im not sure that youd have much time to appreciate the dcor inside! Theres some great running around space on the lawn for the children, a generous sized pool complete with Jacuzzi, and even a boules pitch overlooking the villa and the town of Tourrettes-sur-loup in the distance. Bastide des Virettes really does have something to keep every age group happy, ideal for the perfect family break.
Dominic Atterton (Staff)
A picture postcard of Provencal style, Bastide des Virettes is an extremely pretty house and ideal for a large family or group of friends. The house has been carefully and thoughtfully styled by its Scandinavian owners and has a really fantastic ambiance. The large living room leads on to a beautiful kitchen and upstairs the airy bedrooms lead out on to balconies with charming shutters in place to keep out the summer sun.
The real star feature of this villa is its wonderful garden and pool area. Crafted from natural stone and surrounded by flowers the large pool is a stunner. If the sun gets too much then there are plenty of shaded areas to retreat into and enjoy some lunch.
Lucy Hunt (Staff)
Bastide des Virettes has a traditional Provencal interior and is bursting with character and charm. The interior is designed by its Danish owners and is full of authenticity and eccentricity.
The large playroom full or indoor activities combined with the huge pool and surrounding area makes it an absolute heaven for children, whilst the hot tub and outdoor dining area also appeal to adults.
Katherine Gotla (Staff)
This amazing property has been lovingly cared for by its owners and beautifully decorated in a traditional and tasteful style. Artwork and antiques have been collected from across the South of France and frescos and painted woodwork feature throughout. Three of the four bedrooms have sea views over the French Riviera and the gardens are well established, fringed with palm trees.
You can sit back and relax while the chef and host tend to your every need and the highly qualified nanny takes care of your little ones leaving you satisfied in the knowledge they are in very safe hands.
If you can tear yourself away from this haven then the local area - with traditional villages such as St Paul de Vence as well as the bright lights of Nice and Cannes - has a lot to offer.
Mike Harlow (Staff)
Bastide des Virettes is a unique property that has the prefect blend of character, charm and luxury. The Villa is styled on a traditional Provence summer villa. Beautiful stone walls, tiled roof, wooden beams, hand painted shutters and doors all add to the understated charm of this property.
The outdoor space is fantastic with ample grass areas a boules pitch and a lagoon pool. Perfect for both children and adults who enjoy spending their days outside making the most of the sun and a competitive game or two of boules.
Terraced gardens and antique stone on the outside. French country house shabby-chich on the inside and far-reaching views clear to the Mediterranean everywhere you look. The fittingly appointed interiors, rife with distressed wooden accents and exposed beams are the old fashhioned foil to a luxurious 15-meter pool cut into a rock face. Adults will enjoy relaxing in the jacuzzi while kids paddle in the shallow, beach style end and both can emjoy the patter of the waterfall. A boules court provides further diversion, but with the charming village of Tourettes-sur-Loup just around the corner, the beach only 8km away and Canne a short drive to the south, guests might have trouble finding time to fit in a game.
Sarah Beecham (Staff)
This villa is perfect for those individuals that enjoy and admire unique and quirky designs and dcor. Right from the first time you set foot into this villa you can tell that the owner has poured her heart and soul into it and has created a real family home.
The outdoor seating area is perfect for making the most of the sunny weather and enables you to enjoying dining outside as a family.
The pool is perfect for children and due to the shallow beach area at one end, little ones will enjoy spending hours splashing around. There's also a hot tub around the pool so ensure you take advantage of this facility, in fact why not enjoy a drink in the hot tub during the evening as the sun goes down?
2CV Treasure Hunt
In your very own vintage 2CV you will follow a personally-designed treasure hunt through the local villages near to the Scott Dunn Villa you are staying.
Beach Day in Juan les Pins
For beach lovers the biggest sandy beach is in Juan les Pins, situated about 30 minutes from the Scott Dunn Villas. Choose from either the public sandy beach or the beach club, Plage Helios just further down from the main beach.
Cannes Day Trip
You may not want to leave the villa, but if you feel like a day out, why not visit Cannes. World renowned and glamorous, it's the place to see and be seen.
Cannes Sailing Experience
A varied day tour of Cannes, starting on foot around Cannes, followed by sailing in the Bay of Cannes to the Lerins Islands, where you will enjoy a gourmet seaside lunch, swimming, snorkeling and exploring the sights these islands have to offer.
Day Trip to the Lérins Islands
A super day trip to the beautiful Lérins Islands, just a short boat ride from Cannes. You can spend the day combining culture by visiting the islands monuments along with some relaxation by the sea.
E-biking in the South of France
E-biking is the perfect way to enjoy biking in the beautiful South of France. It's ideal for older family members too and makes for a great group activity. Take in the incredible views as you explore the beautiful terrain on two wheels.
Encounter with Wolves
A wonderfully unique experience for the whole family to see wolves in their natural habitat in the Mercantour National Park.
Take a delightful walk around Vence, a large town offering a mix of the old versus the new. There's plenty to see and something for everyone.
Family Day in Antibes
For a great day out on the chef's day off, take a tour of Antibes. Visit the beach or wander around the town, marvel at the Picasso Museum or fall in love with the super yachts. For family fun, head to Aquasplash, Marine or Antibes Land on the outskirts.
Grotte de Saint-Cezaire
A magical cave system 50m underground the French Riviera. Located near to Grasse you will be taken on a guided tour to discover the ever changing spectacle of this underground gallery.
Heli Wine Experience
This is the way to tour the wine estates of the Cote d'Azur. You will enjoy a full day discovering the wines of the arrière-pays and all in your very own private helicopter.
In Villa Massage
For the ultimate pamper experience, why not receive your chosen massage in the comfort of your own villa or even better, poolside.
La Colombe d' Or Experience, St Paul de Vence
La Colombe d'Or is the most famous restaurant in St Paul de Vence and the surrounding area. Synonymous with lovers of French art, the walls are littered with beautiful and inspiring creations by renowned artists, including Picasso.
Lady Lockett Garden Experience
This is a truly wonderful opportunity to enjoy a private tour of the gardens and villa 'La Mouissone' with Lady Lockett herself, to explore the gardens and enjoy a sumptuous lunch followed by olive oil tasting and perfume making session.
Make your own perfume in Grasse
Grasse in the Cote d'Azur has been synonymous with perfume production since the 16th century; the scents of which are used by some of the most prestigious perfume houses of France. For a day trip, tour the perfumeries or create your very own scent.
Meal with a View at Alain Llorca, La Colle Sur Loup
For the best in contemporary Mediterranean cuisine, including fresh roasted meats and shellfish on the grill, head to the restaurant of renowned chef, Alain Llorca. An acclaimed restaurant, Alain Llorca's has a fantastic setting with a large terrace.
Olive Oil Tour and Tasting
Spend an hour or so at the Moulin d’Opio, learning how they have made Provencal Olive Oil since 1848.
Private visit to the famous Villa Ephrussi
An exclusive experience to discover the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, one of the most beautiful Renaissance palaces on the Côte d'Azur, built on top of the peninsula of Cap Ferrat.
Riviera Wine Experience
This is an exceptional tour combining wine with culture and gastronomy along the Riviera in Bellet, Nice. Where you can sample many a wine whilst enjoying the stunning views over the Var Valley, and end the day in style with a Michelin-starred dinner.
Sweet Factory Tour
Those with a sweet tooth will love this quaint traditional confectionary factory, in the heart of the south of France.
Gordes is arguably the prettiest village in the Luberon region and seems to cling on to the rock face overlooking the Vaucluse plateau. The village is a mass of winding lanes, terracotta rooftops and church towers.
Visit Lac De Saint Cassien
Visit Lac De Saint Cassien and have a fun day out surrounded by stunning scenery and a great selection of places to eat nearby. Whether you want to hire the pedalos or try stand-up paddle boarding or just relax, its definitely worth a visit.
Visit to the Local Markets in the Cote d'Azur
There is nothing like the sights and smells of a local market to give you a true sense of the gastronomic delights of the region. The local French Provençal markets of Vence, St Paul du Vence and the Cote d'Azur provide the ideal opportunity.
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Other houses and electricity pylons can be seen from the villa, however the villa is not overlooked.
Location & directions
Côte d’Azur, South of France
La Bastide des Virettes is located overlooking the sea along a peaceful semi-rural lane in the heights just outside the village of Tourrettes-sur-Loup. Just 10 minute drive from the town of Vence and the neighboring village of St Paul de Vence. Nearest Village – Tourrettes-sur-Loup 1.5 km. Beaches and coast – Cagnes 8km , Cannes and Antibes 14 km.