- Sleeps: 10
- Bedrooms: 5 in total of which 1 Double, 3 Double/Twins, 1 Twin
- Bathrooms: 5 in total four of which ensuite
- Rent: £8,000 to £12,000 per week
- Key features: House formerly an Olive Mill
Heated Infinity Pool
3 acres Garden and grounds
Walking distance to village of Cabris
Air conditioning in all bedrooms
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Le Mas des Palmes
A former olive mill of immense charm and appeal renovated and restored to the highest standards of comfort. Great respect has been paid to the origins of the building which incorporate a number of features and elements of the old mill whilst combining contemporary comfort with great good taste.
Beautifully situated in the midst of its own garden and olive groves the House and its heated infinity swimming pool enjoy a superb view to the hills and on to the coast and sea at Antibes.
Conveniently located a short walk into the village of Cabris and only 10 minutes from Grasse its a perfect spot to appreciate the enduring appeal of this ancient part of The French Riviera.
The house sleeps 10 in 5 airconditioned bedrooms with 5 bathrooms (4 ensuite).
The house, formerly an olive mill, is South Easterly facing with an attractive pierre apparent stone façade and blue shutters.
A traditional building with thick walls and numerous period and original mill features the house has been decorated with great style and attention to detail. Light colours and inspired contemporary taste throughout give a sense of harmony with its past and of space, charm and peace.
The Western end of the house has 3 storeys forming the principal accommodation. The Eastern end has two floors with the kitchen on the ground floor and main sitting room/library above it.
The front door leads straight into a generous Entrance Hall with a round table at its centre. White ceilings and exposed timbers, terra cotta or stone floors and sisal/natural fibre carpets blend attractively throughout.
From the Entrance hall lead:
At the Southern end of this room is a dining table capable of seating 8 comfortably. Windows open South to the terrace, gardens and Mediterranean view. At its Northern end is a sitting room/sitting area with large sofa, two armchairs around a coffee table and an attractive stone fireplace. There is a flat screen TV with digibox.
Downstairs WC and small Wine Cave adjoining.
Steps descend right handed to a lower level into The Kitchen. This is a spacious, charming and well equipped kitchen given great character by the retention of the timber workings and stone troughs of the original olive mill. A large working island with units dominates one end of the kitchen. There is a wall mounted Miele electric oven. Also a separate electric cooker with 5 induction hobs, large oven beneath and extractor fans above. There is a large fridge freezer and Krups coffee making facilities. In one corner of the kitchen a circular kitchen table comfortably seats 6+.
Double French doors open onto the South facing Dining Terrace shaded by an attractive pagoda. The Dining Terrace has two dining table a that can be placed together and provide generous seating for 12 or more or if desired for a smaller number on a single table.There is a gas fired barbecue that incorporates a gas ring to the side.
Adjoining the kitchen is a utility/larder/store room with two further full height fridges, microwave oven, a utility sink, washing machine and tumble dryer and a boiler room off.
At the eastern end of the house is a salon d’été which could almost be described as a loggia opening to North and East with generous comfortable seating around a coffee table and a well stocked bar adjoining. There is a built in corner fire for warmth/conviviality in winter spring or autumn.
The salon d’été leads to another open sitting area on the end of the dining terraces partially shaded by a pollarded lime tree and open to the terrace running the full length of the house.
Stairs from the Entrance Hall lead up to a landing on The First Floor off which lead:
Main sitting Room/Library. A delightful room filled with natural light from three French doors enjoying views to the coast. Oak floors and limed oak bookshelves give the theme to this as a library/sitting room with an attractive stone fireplace. There are two sofa’s and armchairs, a bureau/ desk and a flat screen TV.
A further door leads through to an office, (normally closed for lettings which could be incorporated if needed). Similar in style to the sitting Room/Library this has a desk/table, computer screens (x2) and a separate seating/relaxing area. French windows open to Juliet balconies and views to South, East and North.
Bedrooms and Bathrooms
There are in total 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, 2 bedrooms (and bathrooms) on the first floor and 3 bedrooms (and bathrooms) on the second floor.
All bedrooms have airconditioning
In the other direction from the first floor landing:
Bedroom 1 ‘Le Bleu’ Master Bedroom. A spacious double bedroom. Super King size double bed (1.8w x 2m) with ceiling fan. Windows to South East and North West. The bedroom incorporates its own free standing bath (effectively) Ensuite Bathroom 1 . There is also a separate small ensuite shower room with walk in shower and WC.
Bedroom 2 – ‘Le Jaune’ Double bedroom decorated in yellow. Double bed measures 1.8w x 2m which can be split to form a twin bedroom (beds .9w x 2m). Two windows face South East. There is a ceiling fan.
Ensuite Bathroom 2 with bath and shower over, twin washbasins and WC.
Stairs ascend to the Second Floor:
Bedroom 3 ‘La Boite a sardines’ A twin bedroom (beds .9w x 2m) with window to North West
Bathroom 3 – for Bedroom 3 but accessed across the passage, not strictly ensuite. With bath (and shower over) WC and washbasin.
Bedroom 4 ‘Le Pigeonnier’ with superking double bed (1.8w x 2) which can be divided to form two singles to make a twin bedroom and Ensuite Bathroom 4 with washbasin, WC and walk in shower
Bedroom 5 ‘La Rouge’ with superking double bed (1.8w x 2m) which can be divided to form two singles to make a twin bedroom.
Ensuite Bathroom 5 with walk in shower, WC and washbasin.
Garden & Grounds
The house is situated in the middle of its own terraced gardens and grounds of 3 acres. Gates from a quiet single track road open straight into a shaded parking area (sufficient for 3 cars). From here a wide gravel walkway under the shade of a line of mature Palm trees leads invitingly down to the house. A series of terraces ascend to the left of the drive on the last level of which are a row of olives.
The garden is quintessentially Provencal in nature with its terraces, banks of lavender, palms, cypresses and olives and a south easterly aspect towards the Mediterranean.
The terraces adjoining the house to South and East are perfectly designed and arranged to allow easy access to and from the house, with a choice of natural shade or sun and enabling their wonderful situation and views to be enjoyed to the full. The shaded dining terrace (adjoining the kitchen and equipped with gas barbecue) on the Southern side merge into the cuisine d’été and loggia on the eastern end of the house.
On an impressive raised terrace of its own the perfectly sited swimming pool is located just above and to the eastern end of the house. The heated and alarmed swimming pool measures 6m x 12m with Roman steps into a shallow end 1m deep and on to a deep end of 2.1m
The natural wooded hills form the natural protective boundary and shade behind the pool. Its southern side, with an infinity edge to the pool, is open to the long Mediterranean view towards Antibes and the sea. Sunloungers, deckchairs and sun umbrellas surround the pool. There is a gazebo providing additional shade and a larger terrace area forms another seating or dining area nearest to the house.
There are numerous seating and relaxing areas in shade or sun to be enjoyed around the house pool and gardens.
Le Mas des Palmes is perfectly located in a classic Riviera location within an hour from Nice, Cannes, Antibes and the beaches of the Côtes d'Azur.
The villa is within easy walking distance of the hilltop village of Cabris which makes for a very agreeable evening walk to eat out. Here there are a choice of restaurants, bars and café’s and basic shopping facilities.
Its closest town is Grasse. A drive of less than 10 minutes Grasse is a landmark on the French Riviera well known for its long established perfume industry and its former Roman Catholic cathedral.
It is an easy drive to the beautiful villages of Valbonne (30 minutes/10 miles) and the famous St Paul de Vence (35 minutes/17 miles). It sits on a hillside with views across to the wooded hillsides running away from Grasse toward Antibes and the sea.
The villa is 40 minutes (25 miles) drive from Nice international Airport.
The superfast TGV train stops at Nice and Cannes and the nearest junction to the A8 auto route is Junction/Exit 39 (but will vary depending on a westerly or Easterly approach).
Tenants will be met on arrival, and will be shown how everything works, both inside and out
There is a telephone system and broadband internet access throughout the main house beside the pool and within proximity of the house.
Bed linen, bath and pool towels are provided free of charge and will be changed on a weekly basis
A femme de menage visits each morning from 8am to 1pm (included in the rental). This to include the preparation of continental breakfast each morning. Swimming pool and garden maintenance is also included.
Provided sufficient notice is given, a part time cook or chef can probably be found. His/her/their wage will be the tenants responsibility and can be ascertained in advance should tenants so wish.
There is a travel cot and high chair
All bedrooms are air conditioned and all have fans.
This is an all year round property and is centrally heated throughout
There are a number of English language books for the use and enjoyment of guests.
Things to See & Do near Le Mas des Palmes
The House Information Book provides information in more detail on all of the following
The ancient villages of Valbonne and Mougins are within easy reach and the iconic resorts of Cannes, Antibes and Nice are all accessible. The casinos and bright lights of Monaco are only an hour away.
The lovely little town of Valbonne was formally founded in the early 16th century though there is evidence of a settlement there as early as the 12th century. Interesting little shops and restaurants are tucked into the picturesque cobbled alleys off the main square where you can sit and soak up the sun in an open air café or visit the bustling market that takes place every Friday morning.
The old town of Mougins (11 miles/20 minutes), dates back to pre-Roman times, and has been the home of many famous artists, intellectuals and foodies. Picasso lived here for the last 12 years of his life and many world famous chefs including Alain Ducasse and Roger Vergé have owned restaurants here. It remains a very ‘arty’ place and has many galleries and fine restaurants. There is a car park at the bottom of hill leading up to the old town.
The ancient little village of Gourdon (13 miles/30 minutes) is perched on a rock above the valley of the River Loup. It is about half an hour’s drive up a good (if steep) road and the views are fantastic. There are a number of tourist shops and cafés and the castle is open to the public.
Saint-Paul-de-Vence is one of the oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera and has long been the haunt of the rich and famous. Yves Montant and Simone Signoret spent a lot of time in the town, the artist Marc Chagal lived here and, a little further down the intellectual scale, Rolling Stone Bill Wyman has a house here. The chapel in Vence, which Matisse designed and decorated, is also not to be missed. Just outside the town is the Fondation Maeght museum of modern art which has a world famous collection of works by Giacometti, Chagal, Miro and many others dotted around a garden and gallery. It is a 35 minute drive from the villa and an excellent day out.
The Gorge de Verdon, Europe’s ‘Grand Canyon’ is one of the most spectacular and beautiful gorges in Europe. It is some 25 km long and over 700 metres deep and it is possible to drive much of the way along its rim. Its possible to kayak down the Verdon River and there are some spectacular hiking routes or, if you are into technical rock climbing, some 1500 recognised climbs. We suggest you allow the best part of a day for the trip and have lunch in one of the restaurants in the lovely little town of Castellane.
Tourrettes-sur-Loup, about half an hour’s drive from the villa. A medieval village perched on the top of a rocky outcrop overlooking the dramatic valley of the River Loup. It is a very popular tourist destination renowned for its arts and crafts which include weaving, painting, pottery, jewellery and sculptures, all of which are created in the village. It is home to many historically significant monuments and has many highly recommended restaurants.
The old town of Nice (or Vieille Nice as the locals call it) is a delightful place to spend a day. It is a hive of activity by day and night and a wonderful place to wander around, get lost and have a drink, eat an ice cream or have a traditional meal in one of the many cafés and restaurants. There are colourful markets selling flowers, artisanal produce, fruit and vegetables, a big fish market and lots of shops selling souvenirs, chocolates, antiques and clothing. It is about a three quarter hour drive to the old town.
There are a vast number of cultural attractions throughout the Côte d'Azur. Nice, for instance, has more museums and art galleries than any French city other than Paris and also has an Opera House, as well as hosting many other musical events.
There are a number of semi-tropical gardens on the Côte d'Azur that are open to the public. Particularly recommended is the Ephrussi at St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, a Rothschild villa and garden.
If the traffic is not too heavy, Antibes is less than half an hour’s drive away. There is lots to see including the Picasso Museum (closed lunchtime), an excellent market, lots of trendy shops and many good street cafés and restaurants. A wander around the port to ogle at the billionaires’ super yachts makes for an interesting half an hour, or there is a small beach on the other side of the harbour wall. There is a lovely two- hour walk along the footpath around the Cap d’Antibes if you are feeling energetic. Park at Plage de la Garoupe and take the path from the far end of the beach.
Two events of world importance each year are the Cannes Film Festival (mid-May) and, in the Film Festival's last week, the Monaco Grand Prix (motor racing, of course!).
Many of the world-renowned scent factories in Grasse encourage visits and on-the- spot purchases, as do the glass-makers in Biot.
Restaurants and eating out: There are so many restaurants in the area that you will be spoiled for choice. They range from the Michelin starred Bastide Saint Antoine in Grasse to something more modest a shot walk into Cabris. A number of local ‘favourites’ are listed in The House Information Book with the owners’ very helpful comments. Details can be provided in advance on request.
Markets and Shopping Cannes and Antibes are, of course, famous for their up- market shops but at the other end of the scale is the bustling Rue Meynadier in Cannes with its market atmosphere, affordable clothes shops and artisan food stores.
There is an excellent market in Grasse on Wednesday and Saturday and in Valbonne every Friday morning and in Mouans Sartoux (30 minutes/9 miles) every Thursday morning.
There are many high quality golf courses in the area. (See the list provided in the House Information manual) and there are public tennis courts at the tennis club in Cabris and others in surrounding towns. There are also Padel courts on Grasse.
There are lots of spectacular walks and hiking trails in the region (Google ‘Walks near Grasse’) and a number of horse riding centres in the region – Google ‘Horse Riding Grasse’ for details.
Beaches There are countless beaches up and down the coast to explore. There are suggestions in The House Book.
Cagnes-sur-Mer also has a race course which holds meetings, mainly trotting, throughout July and August.
Rents & Terms
RENTS AND TERMS
2024 Rental prices per week are as follows:
July and August £12,000
June and Sept £8,000
All other months £POA
Unless otherwise agreed, all rentals will be for a minimum of one week and will begin and end on a Saturday.
Tenants should arrive as soon as possible after 5pm on the commencement day and should leave by 10am on the agreed day of departure.
A deposit of 25% of the rent will be payable to Anglo French Properties Ltd on signing the Rental Agreement, with the 75% balance to be paid 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the tenancy.
A Booking and Security Deposit of £1500 will also be payable to Anglo French Properties Ltd on signing this Rental Agreement. This will secure the booking and will cover (a) the cost of telephone calls made on the landline during the tenancy, (b) the cost of replacing/making good any losses, breakages and/or damages incurred during the rental, (c) the cost of pool heating (if required) @ £200 per week, and (d) any exceptional cleaning work which may be required at the end of the tenancy. It will be refunded (less any deductions as outlined above) within 4 weeks of the conclusion of the tenancy.
Unless otherwise agreed, there should not be more than 10 people staying in the property at any one time.
Tenants should advise Anglo French Properties Ltd at the end of each rental of any breakages, losses and/or damages. This is in lieu of an inventory.
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