Mas des Oliviers

Côte d'Azur

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  • Ground Floor: Open plan living/dining room (satellite TV, DVD, CD, A/C, WiFi) with doors to dining terrace. Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher) with door to dining terrace. Cloakroom. Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room (no WC) and doors to terrace.
  • First Floor: Double bedroom (A/C). Twin bedroom (A/C,TV, DVD). Bathroom.
  • Outside: Enclosed grounds of lawn and terrace. Barbecue. Table tennis. Covered gym area (TV). Private parking. Utility room (washing machine).
  • Private swimming pool (11m x 5m) with corner Roman steps.

Built into the hillside midway between sea and mountain, this wonderful stone Mas enjoys outstanding views from its secluded grounds and has been lovingly restored in keeping with its typical Provençal exterior.

A noticeable marriage of contemporary furnishings and traditional décor extends throughout the interior, accentuated by plentiful natural light through the south-facing French windows. In the living area, a wrought iron dining set is flanked by an elegant grandfather clock and solid wooden furniture, echoing the dark wood of the beams in the high ceiling. Through the open archway in the dividing wall, a leather corner sofa provides comfortable seating in an arc around a large, decorative feature fireplace. A painted porcelain hand basin dating back to 1854 is one of many other eye-catching features adding authenticity and character to the property. 

Whilst helping to maintain a cool temperature inside, there is also an inherent warmth of colour in the exposed stonework and terracotta floor tiling throughout, perfectly complemented by traditional touches such as earthenware pots and copper pans. Cosy bedrooms and local handcrafted tiles from Salernes in the bathrooms and kitchen further enhance the theme.

A spacious terrace extends the length of the house, with both shaded dining area and open terrace, and affording breathtaking panoramic views over miles of wooded hillside with a glimpse of Lake St Cassien in the west. The attractive tiered garden cascades from a manicured lawn garden beside the house down to the private pool terrace, where a canopy can be unrolled if shade is preferred.

For the more active, if the table tennis and fitness equipment on site are not enough, horse riding and tennis are available in the vicinity and there is a golf course just 6km away. There is a restaurant just 200m down the hill and the small picturesque village centre is only half a kilometre away, offering a local shop for essentials. Further amenities, restaurants and a supermarket can be reached by a short car journey, either in the pretty hilltop village of Cabris (3km) or towards the town of Grasse (7.5km). Known as the perfume capital of France, Grasse’s two main perfume houses Fragonard and Molinard both offer fascinating guided tours of their original premises and a variety of fragrant products are sold in many of the shops lining its cobbled streets. The beaches, marinas and chic boutiques of the Côte d’Azur are easily accessible about half an hour by car, the nearest resort being Mandelieu (20km), from where a scenic drive west along the beautiful Estérel coastline is highly recommended.

  • Terraced grounds mean that young children would need supervision.
  • Access is via steep driveway not suitable for low slung vehicles.
  • The owners respectfully request that guests do not smoke inside the house.

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Great Things to Do Near Mas des Oliviers

Grasse

Only a short drive away, Grasse is a must during your stay. Guided tours are available around its famous perfume houses, or simply wander at will through the maze of cobbled streets in the centre and stop for some lunch and people watching in a pavement café. Head to the Cours Honoré Cresp any Wednesday morning throughout the year to browse the antiques market.

Golf

Choose from three golf courses in Grasse, and three more within 20 minutes drive of the centre of town.

Nice to Monaco

Enjoy breathtaking sea views from the winding hill road between Nice and Monaco, stopping at Eze - perhaps the most famous 'village perché' - and the Trophée dAuguste at La Turbie, where the remains of a roman palace sit atop the hillside above the principality of Monaco.

Gorgeous scenery

Head northwest into the Var region to see the spectacular gorge, 25km long and 700 metres deep, formed by the Verdon river whose mineral deposits turn it a startling turquoise. Take a day to drive around the hairpin bends above the canyon, go walking or climbing in the National Park, or even hire kayaks to explore the waterways.

For the more active...

.... horse riding and tennis are available in close proximity as well as a golf course if the table tennis and fitness equipment at the house is not enough for you.

Cote d'Azur

The beaches, marinas and chic boutiques are easily accessible via car taking around half an hour with the nearest resort being Mandelieu where a scenic drive along the beautiful Estérel coastline is a must do.

Day out in Nice

Explore one of the oldest human settlements in Europe taking in the sights of the old quarter, Place Rossetti, the Russian Orthodox Cathedral and Place Massena which is the main square of the city. Held in the Cours Saleya, the daily morning Marché des Fleurs is a riot of colour and fragrances.

Grasse festival

Visitors in early August can appreciate the annual ‘Fete du Jasmin’ festival held in honour of the flower of the same name. The highlight of the event is the 'bataille de fleurs', where flowers are thrown into the crowd, their fragrance heady in the air.

Artistic trail

Many famous painters and sculptors have been inspired by the light and landscape of this region, so it is no surprise that it is blessed with art galleries and museums. To name a few: the Matisse Museum and the Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art in Nice, the Renoir Museum in Cagnes-sur-Mer, the Fondation Maeght in St-Paul-de-Vence and the Picasso Museum in Antibes.

Lac de Saint-Cassien

Take the Draguignan road south-west from Spéracèdes, then left onto the Route du Lac for a scenic drive along the shore of Lake St Cassien. Stop off for lunch at a lakeside restaurant, and for an active afternoon hire a canoe or pedalo and go out on the water.

Gliding

The adventurous among you may like to try gliding at the nearby Aérodrome just south of Fayence - a unique way to enjoy the mountain and sea views of the Cote d'Azur.

Take cookery lessons

at Les Apprentis Gourmets in Cannes. Learn to cook authentic cuisine française!

Family day out

Espace Marineland is a massive marine park just outside of Antibes has over 4000 animals, including a tropical reef aquarium, a shark tunnel, polar bears and penguins, and shows of sea lions, orcas and dolphins. On the same site, there is also the Aquasplash water park, the ‘Far West’ theme park and Adventure Golf. Plus plenty of play areas, picnic spots and restaurants.

The walled city of Vence

This medieval hilltop village is popular with visitors due to its largely intact city walls. It is also famous for its spring water, which can be collected from numerous fountains in the town. The cathedral was built in the 4th century on the site of a Roman temple, and a mosaic by Marc Chagall in 1911 is a notable later addition.

Chapelle du Rosaire, Vence

This Chapel was designed by renowned artist Henri Matisse and was completed in 1951. Its fairly simple forms and white walls allow the beautiful stained glass windows to take centre stage and vivid yellow, green and blue light streams across the interior. Three large tile murals adorn the walls and the priests' vestments were also designed by Matisse.

Picturesque Cabris

Drive up to the perched village of Cabris for a stroll through the narrow streets which open out onto fantastic viewpoints. There are several cafes and restaurants for refreshments.

Nearby

Towns

Cabris 5 mins
St-Cézaire-sur-Siagne 15 mins
Grasse 15 mins
Cannes 35 mins
Antibes 40 mins
Nice 50 mins

Beaches

Mandelieu-La Napoule 30 mins
Villeneuve-Loubet 35 mins
Théoule-sur-Mer 40 mins
Antibes 40 mins
Juan-les-Pins 45 mins

Airports

Nice 45 mins
Toulon 100 mins
Marseille 110 mins
Times are approximate

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