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Lovely Old Stone Bastide With Private Pool, Short Drive To Beach



Updated: 29-Nov-2016
House in Vence, Provence-Alpes-Cote DAzur, France

Set in garden full of old olive and specimen trees, this lovely old house is an easy stroll into the heart of historic Vence with all its treasures. It is a quick 6 mile drive to the beach at Cagnes, and Nice is only 20 mins away, both have lovely proms. Villa Paradou is set in a gated domaine and has full use of the communal pools, gardens and play areas, in addition to its own secluded 16m long pool. It has English Satellite TV + DVD and stereo equipment. The house is approached via an electronic gate into the domaine. It has a very large private parking area. The house is entered through a carved wooden front door which opens into an impressive hallway with its Italian chandelier. The kitchen and living room lead off from this: another hallway leads to the main bedroom and bathroom and the guest loo. The staircase twists away up to the first floor where there are 2 further charming bedrooms and a landing that leads through to the second bathroom and the 4th bedroom.

  • Sleeps 9
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

David, now retired, was in project management in the oil and gas industry designing and building refineries and gas plants all over the world. Elisabeth is a secondary school maths teacher having originally working in the oil and gas industry which is where we met. Elisabeth quit working in engineering in 1981to bring up our son who is now a solicitor in Oxford.

We live in Buckland Commom, one of the hilltops villages in the Chilterns. Elisabeth is a keen horse rider and keeps her horse in stables within 2 minutes walk from the house which we moved into 3 years ago after 33 years in our last house. Our son and his family live 10 minute away so we often get see them. They also love France and have had several holidays with us in Lou Paradou where our grandsons loves playing in the pool.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

Here are some e-mails from guests who have rented Lou Paradou.

Dear Elizabeth and David

I just wanted to thank you for renting your property in Vence to our family. We had a wonderful week and found the property very comfortable and our 2 little girls loved the pool and garden immensely, as did we all! I would highly recommend both Vence and your beautiful 'Lou Paradou' to friends and family as a holiday destination.

Thanks again & kind regards

Hi David

Thanks for your email and we had a wonderful holiday at La Paradou - the weather was perfect and we really settled into life in Vence and could have stayed for much longer had we not had to return to work! We will certainly recommend your home to others.

Thank you for allowing us to rent your property

Kind Regards

Hi David,

We had an amazing time at Lou Paradou. The property was incredible, and there wasn't a day we didn't use the pool. It was ideal for exploring the region and it was the highlight of our trip.
Feb 2009
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2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews


beautiful house in beautiful area

  • 4 of 5

Lou Paradou, a 4 bedroomed house in a gated Domaine in Vence, may be a little hard to find, but its definitely worth it! This is a house more like a main residence than a holiday rental with 4 bedrooms large kitchen and spacious living and dining area. The grounds are fantastic with private pool and a number of terraces to sit out or take in the sun. 5-10 minute walk takes you to the centre of the old town of Vence, an authentic French market town full of interesting nooks and crannies. Welcoming without being too touristy Vence is a great place to relax and let the world go by and a great centre to visit surrounding villages and the nearby Cote d'Azur. Can't recommend the house highly enough......5 star accommodation!

One small request - a welcome pack would be well, welcome, particularly when arriving late on a Saturday.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic house for family holiday.

  • 5 of 5

We were a party of 9 including two young children. The house was perfect for our needs and had all the facilities we needed. The house itself is very attractive, there a lovely gardens and a fabulous, large pool. It is situated within a complex which gives a sense of security, and is only a short walk to the centre of Vence, 10 mins walk for croissants, a restaurant or just a stroll through the old town!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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From the Owner

We bought our first property in Vence in January 2001. This was a 600 year house in the centre of the old town (Cite Historique) which was on 6 floors! It was wonderful living the old town but we wanted a house with a garden and swimming pool. The most important feature however was that it had to be in easy walking distance (5 to 10 minutes) of the old town which we love. In 2004 we found the ideal property which met all our criteria and we moved into Lou Paradou in August 2005. Vence is a beautiful Provencal town with bars, bistros and restaurants weekly markets and festivals. We also love this area because you are in close proximity to the sea. Monaco, Nice and Cannes are all an easy drive away and you can drive to Cagnes sur Mer (our closest beach) in 15 minutes.

Activity and Interests

Car: recommended


The beach at Cagnes is 6 miles away-we rarely miss an evening stroll along its lovely new prom. Nice is 20 mins away and Cannes takes about 30-40 mins. There are many other lovely spots along the coast, we love Villefranche and Golfe Juan. Of course Antibes and Juan les Pins are less than 20min away. Wherever you drive to from Vence, the scenery is stunning. Visit St Paul de Vence and Grasse. Or just drive up the mountain. Another day trip would be to Monte Carlo or San Remo over the border.


Nice airport is about 15-20 mins away. We would definitely recommend a car, although friends have stayed here and used buses to go everywhere. We now go into Nice by bus as it's so cheap, easy and reliable.

If you drive from the UK it is very easy to get to Vence from the A8-10 mins. The house is on the approach to Vence from this direction and very easy to find. The great thing about Villa Paradou's location is that, being so close to the village, there is no need for a 'nominated driver'!


The centre of the wonderful old bustling market town of Vence is only 500m away. The Cite Historic is absolutely charming. There are many restaurants, bars, food shops, clothes shops and a bi-weekly market. There are also many art galleries. Our favourite spot is the terrace of the Brasserie Victoire where you can sit and watch the Real Provence go by over a glass of Provencal rose.

Further Details:

There are many restaurants, bars, patisseries, butchers, grocers, supermarkets, hairdressers, banks, boutiques etc etc. Vence is a thriving community that, however, loses none of its village charm. You are just, literally, spoilt for choice.

We leave several travel guides in the bookshelves in the house, with details of so many places of interest it would not be possible to list them all here.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 5
2 Oct 2016 - 20 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Rate 1
21 May 2017 - 1 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Rate 2
2 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Rate 3
3 Sep 2017 - 7 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Rate 6
8 Oct 2017 - 16 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Rate 4
13 Jan 2018 - 19 May 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £420

Booking Notes:
A deposit of 20% is required when the booking is made. A refundable damage deposit of 20% of the rental will be required. The balance of the full amount will be payable 30 days before the rental starts.

Changeover Day:
This is flexible out of season. July and August it will usually be Saturday.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in euros.
There would be a discount for longer rental periods outside English school holiday periods. Maid/laundry extra.
The rental of the ground-floor apartment, out of season, would be 800 euros per week.

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Updated: 29-Nov-2016
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Property Type

  • villa


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool
  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • village


  • bay
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Large bathroom on ground floor. Bath, bidet, basin, walk-in shower. Chocolate and white colour scheme. Terracotta floor. Separate wc. Guest wc. Upstairs bathroom with bath/shower attachment. bidet. basin. Mosaic tiles. Separate wc.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 9 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1. King size bed. Very pretty. Sunny yellow. Main floor of house. Next to main bathroom. Guest wc across corridor. Bedrm 2. King size bed. Triple aspect. Traditional. Bedrm 3. Twin beds. Double aspect. Very pretty. Bedrm 4. 3 beds. Velux window


  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The main floor is available as an apartment out of season and would be ideal for someone who is not able to manage stairs. There are fans in each bedroom. The central heating is oil-fired and very effective-though once again, we rarely use it in the day time as the sun pouring into the sitting room warms the whole house up even in the middle of winter. Awnings shade the living-room during the summer. The house is ideal for children. The garden is enclosed and there is rarely any traffic moving around the domaine anyway. The communal pools and play areas are very close to the house and would be an ideal way for children to socialise with other youngsters staying in the surrounding properties. Outside: The garden has a large, very gently sloping lawn with specimen trees and shrubs which offer additional shade. The 16m pool is surrounded by a large sun terrace and has a cool, shady pool house. It is only 1.8m deep at its deepest, making it ideal for those who are less confident swimmers, while its length makes it ideal for those who like to do a 'workout'. There is a set of steps at one end of the pool so getting in and out is very easy for the old and young alike. The steps are an ideal area for small toddlers and small children to paddled and play. The pool also has a security fence around it to protect toddlers from entering the pool without adult supervision. This is a legal requirement in France. There is a barbecue(charcoal), sun loungers, chairs and tables are all available. There is also a pool and children's paddling pool on the domaine + table-tennis and children's playground. Utility Room: The washing machine is in the arched area under the house, making hanging out the washing in the garden very convenient. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are supplied. There is a 80 euro charge for laundering these- price depends on party size. Maid service 100 euros for end of rental - potential supplement for longer term rentals or if pets etc have created excessive work. Other: Impressive hallway and staircase. The stone built pool house is ideal for dining as it is cool and shaded even on the hottest sunny days.

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