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Bastide des Virettes, South of France

Bastide des Virettes

Cote d'Azur, South of France

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.

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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

  • Fully staffed with private chef and host

  • A fully qualified nanny can take care of children under 13

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Insider's View

Amazing views, huge pool, 'gin and tonic' terrace, heated outdoor dining area, plenty of space for children to run around... What more could you ask for?

Katherine Gotla

Insider's View

I love the Provencal detail in Virettes - the furniture, fabrics and attention to detail lend this villa so much character.

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

You could easily spend your entire week at Bastide des Virettes without setting foot outside the property. But there's so much to explore and see around, you really must.

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

The pool area has a walk in beach themed entrance, hot tub area and waterfall feature.

Lucy Hunt

Insider's View

Try the famous violet ice cream from Tom's in Tourettes-sur-Loup.

Graham Horner

Insider's View

Make some time to visit the market in nearby Vence, which sells local produce and specialities, such as olives and tapenade, regional cheeses and meat. The market is on every Friday morning in the Cité Historique. Get there early!

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Wander into beautiful Tourettes-sur-Loup from the villa in just 15 minutes

Alice Peal

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Bastide des Virettes

Description

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 speciality 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.

Accommodation

Bastide des Virettes is a spacious villa with airy and good sized rooms (total 350m2). There is Wi-Fi throughout and a good selection of satellite TV channels. 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.

Master bedroom

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.

Double bedroom

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.

Twin/double room

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.

Twin/double room

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.

Childcare

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, creative activities and games consoles for all ages, 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 for 5 days per week, for 8 hours per day with 2 different options to suit your family best. Two hours of childcare is available on both your arrival and departure day. If your flights do not allow for this arrangement, 4 hours in total will be offered on either your arrival or departure day. Additional nannies can be requested (subject to availability) from £750 per week for 1 child.

Our villas are equipped with families in mind. We can provide 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. Babysitting can also be arranged (at an additional cost) if you’d like go out for dinner.

Facilities

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.

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.

Activities

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.

Services

Bastide des Virettes is a fully staffed villa with a chef and host to look after you during your vacation. Guests also have the option of a fully qualified nanny for their stay. 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 not lift a finger. Using the freshest local ingredients, your private chef will serve original and mouth-watering dishes from a menu tailored to your tastes. Whilst your host, with their wealth of local knowledge will manage every aspect of your vacation, whether it’s serving mid-morning snacks or drinks before dinner, or reserving you a restaurant for lunch, or booking a boat trip.

Our villas are fully staffed with a chef and host for 5.5 days of the week.

For all our villas, the check in time is 4pm and the check out time is 11am. Our villa staff can make arrangements for you if your arrival or departure times do not correspond with these, for example booking a restaurant for lunch.

Additional Notes

Other houses and electricity pylons

Other houses and electricity pylons can be seen from the villa, however the villa is not overlooked.

Location & Directions

Cote 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.

When to go

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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Bastide des Virettes, South of France

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