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Beautiful Villa In Vence With Pool And Panoramic Views Of The Mediterranean Sea

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Villa in Vence, Côte d'Azur, France - Peaceful And Spacious Villa Combining Traditional Provençal Style With Modern Luxury.


You will wake to Mediterranean sunshine pouring into the windows of this elegant stone villa poised between the mountains and the sea, just a few moments from the medieval city of Vence with its lively markets, sunny cafés and fine restaurants. Surrounded by gardens and a stunning open landscape, the exceptionally quiet location is enchanting day and night. Whether you are inside, on the terraces, in the gardens or by the palm-fringed pool you will be unable to take your eyes away from those breathtaking views! Plan your day to relax by the pool in the sunshine or take a trip to Antibes, Nice, Monaco, Cannes or even Italy – all within easy reach. The villa has everything you will need to make your stay truly memorable: fine comfortable furniture with traditional stone floors and painted wooden shutters are complemented by high quality modern facilities throughout. Keep in touch with complimentary wifi internet and international landline telephone calls (Europe and USA).

More Details

Lynda and John Burke
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
29 June, 2017

About Lynda and John Burke

We bought this villa to make it into a wonderful family home which we use for about half the year with our children and grandchildren. We chose this unique location because it feels like living in a rural idyll with no traffic or aircraft noise: just the sweeping landscape of valley, sea and the splendour of the ‘baous’ behind us. However, we are only a few moments away from the bustle of Vence and we have the enormous benefit of Nice airport so close that we can get here as often as possible! For family reasons we now stay here mainly outside the summer months so we like to let others enjoy it as much as we do!

Lynda and John Burke purchased this villa in 2006

Why Lynda and John Burke chose Nice Area

When the time came for us to buy our own villa in the south of France we always knew that it would be in Vence. We had always loved Vence and the surrounding area because it has such a wonderful climate and is so close to all the important places in the region but also has its own rural and urban identity away from the summer crowds and congestion elsewhere. As well as the medieval city with its lively markets, galleries, cafés and restaurants the whole ‘Vençois’ area is steeped in history from ancient times to the modern period when it became famous as the ‘City of Arts’. The airport and railway stations are close by and the delightful markets and small shops are complemented by modern supermarkets and even a shopping mall a short drive away. We really have the best of both worlds!

What makes this villa unique

Even in January it is warm and sunny, the garden is full of life and the house is calm and peaceful. It always amuses us when visitors come for the first time: whether it is the postman or an old friend coming to stay, everyone will break off from their greetings, turn to face the sea and, for a moment, remain silent except for an involuntary “Wow!” On a clear day we can see Corsica. Some days we take our bikes to the coast or take the hardly-known footpath at the end of our garden and walk undisturbed into the hills towards the source of our local river with amazing waterfalls and fish swimming upstream – even salmon! Then back for a dip in the pool and lunch on the terrace with a glass of rosé – heaven! But in five minutes we can be in town buying our bread and oysters …

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in your beautiful and perfectly kept house in those wonderful settings :)" - JW, Denmark


"The villa more than lived up to the promise of the website and was a perfect holiday home for us all to enjoy the area, beautifully presented and well equipped, with many personal touches." - DM, England


“Even better than the impression given on the internet, you have an extremely nice facility to offer, and we hope to be able to visit again before too long.” – GT, Iceland


"Thank you so much for setting us up so well in your gorgeous home for the last three weeks. We have had the most magical time and are so sad to be leaving." - JH, England


"We all had a wonderful stay at Villa le Cougnet. Everyone said how beautiful the villa is and how you had thought of everything! The views from the villa were breathtaking and exceeded our expectations to the extent that we all decided to stay in to eat almost every night." - EF, England and Hong Kong.
Aug 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Vence in Alpes-Maritimes

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Twin handbasins
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Handbasin
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Handbasin
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Handbasin
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Handbasin
  • Each bedroom has its own bath/shower rooms as above and there is a guest-WC in the living area. A complimentary welcome set is provided including luxury-brand soap, bath/shower gel, shampoo/conditioner and hand/body lotion.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Children's travel and baby cots available on request.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Children's travel and baby cots available on request.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , Children's travel and baby cots available on request.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , Children's travel and baby cots available on request.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 4 bedrooms (3 with King-size beds and own terraces) Bed 1: ensuite bath, shower, WC, sea views, A/C. Bed 2: ensuite shower, WC, garden views. Bed 3: ensuite bath/shower, WC, sea views, A/C. Bed 4: twin beds, adjacent shower, bidet, WC, sea views.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • ski
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: - The property is suitable for all ages with the main living area, kitchen, two of the four bedrooms and the pool area on one level. Two bedrooms are on the upper floor level and the lower gardens and parking area are in front of the villa. To the side of the house is the third garden area with boules court and a lilly pond stocked with goldfish. - There is private parking for 6+ cars within the grounds in front of the house. - Outside: The main terrace continues around the villa, linking the kitchen and outside dining area (seats 12), which also includes a ‘summer kitchen’ for barbecues. Two of the gardens are laid to lawn and are ideal children’s play areas, one being equipped with a climbing frame with swings and a slide for smaller children. The third garden area is bordered by vines, fruit trees and lavender, and forms a ‘petanque’ court which leads to an ornamental water-lily and goldfish pond. - The pool (10m x 4.5m) is next to the house. There is a pool alarm fitted (NB: children in the pool area should be supervised at all times) and several sunbeds. Between the house and the pool is a stone-terraced eating and drinking area with recliners, tables and chairs, and a large electric sunblind covering it. During summer months the sun will heat the pool naturally to about 27 degC. There is supplementary pool heating available (please enquire) if higher temperatures are required - Utility Room: Laundry equipment including large sink, separate washing machine and dryer, iron and ironing board, drying racks. - Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bathroom towels, pool towels, bed-linen, bathrobes all supplied. Weekly house cleaning and weekly linen changing with extra services by arrangement. - Other: Office/study area, two travel cots, 1 travel crib, two high chairs. Play equipment in children’s garden area.


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Beautiful Villa In Vence With Pool And Panoramic Views Of The Mediterranean Sea
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Le Cougnet is a very special place.

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from two wonderful weeks at this beautiful villa and it was everything we had hoped for and more. We were three generations of the same family: six adults, a two year old and an eight week old baby and Villa Le Cougnet was perfect for every one of us. John and Lynda’s thoughtful provision of a cot and crib for the two youngest members of our party made sleeping arrangements trouble-free and the box of age appropriate toys was a treasure chest of playing opportunities. The swing and slide were also put to good use, as were the inflatables for the pool – mostly by the adults who wholeheartedly embraced the challenge of the daily water fight tournament.

The villa itself is in a secluded location but close to Vence and other pretty towns with their wide choice of restaurants and shops, large and small. The easy availability of high quality food made self-catering really easy – the cheese counter at LeClerc was explored to the full and yet we didn’t even come close to trying all it had to offer. We tried several of the restaurants recommended in the helpful guide provided at the villa and all were excellent.

There can be nowhere better to enjoy your morning croissants and coffee than from the dining table on the upper terrace – the views are stunning. This is such an exquisite villa and we ended our holiday feeling relaxed, revitalised and privileged to have spent time in this truly beautiful part of the world.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Steve has written a beautiful review (thank you!) and describes Villa Le Cougnet and the facilities in Vence perfectly. We listen hard to what our guests say and we appreciate all their suggestions and comments. Each year we try to introduce small improvements like welcome packs of drinks and toiletries, and useful guidebooks (including our own) to make a stay at Villa Le Cougnet a little bit more special than most other holiday villas. It works because we get great guests like Steve and his family! Lynda and John
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excellent villa with beautiful views

  • 5 of 5

beautiful villa ,situated in the mountains.with views of st Paul de Vence ,the mountains and the sea.

lovely accommodation and very thoughtful owners as everything you need was provided. the grounds were very well kept, enjoyed the butterflies and bee population .enjoyed the pond area and the petanque area.

lots to see around in terms of culture. good food in vence and ST paul de vence. very enjoyable experience .would like to go back .

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a charming review from our first guests of the 2017 season. We know how important it is that reviews like this give to other guests considering our villa. It is difficult to include everything in our descriptions so it is great when our guests add such complimentary comments in their own words. We try our best to provide an elegant and relaxing villa for our guests and it is very rewarding to receive such accolades! All our reviews have been FIVE STAR and this definitely gives future guests confidence that they will enjoy a great holiday at Villa Le Cougnet. We now have repeat bookings for 2019, two years ahead!
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Simply died and gone to heaven

  • 5 of 5

Wow... is about all our party of seven could say when we arrived at this picture perfect Villa. John & Lynda are exceptionally lucky people to own this totally magical property with the best views I have ever experienced.

Our birthday celebratory week was perfect in every way from start to finish, with John and Lynda providing excellent details for our arrival and ensuring that their house manager, Isabelle was on hand from start to finish... What a lovely lady she is too !!

This is more than a 5 Star, with tastefully decorated rooms throughout and so much attention to detail, we wanted for nothing. It's ideal for families with younger children also, even with its own little swing park, slide and toy box. The pool is truly delightful, set in beautiful grounds with views to die for !!

Only a short drive to the centre of town, Vence has such a pretty old town and plenty of supermarkets on the outskirts for stocking up on the essentials. It's a great central place to drive out and explore some of the nearby medieval villages, with a great bus service too.

With Nice only a straightforward 30-40mins away, Villa de Cougnet can't be recommended highly enough if you're looking for a spacious, stylish, magical, tranquil home from home.

Thank you John and Lynda, you made our holiday so perfect.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a wonderful review! We are very grateful to our valued guests for taking the time to tell us and others about their enjoyment of Villa Le Cougnet. We do our best to offer a very special holiday experience and it is great to know that it is so appreciated. Lynda and John
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Glorious villa; the best we have ever stayed in!

  • 5 of 5

We found your villa simply wonderful; state of the art in so many ways - not just Lynda's wonderful art! The pool and the views, of course, were magnificent but the detail you went into with interior design and the little touches (such as tubes of toothpaste and good quality shampoo, sun cream, antiseptic cream) added to the feel that we were staying in top notch accommodation. We all agreed it was, in fact, the best holiday we have ever had. The location, being so close to beautiful villages and restaurants, was another bonus.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We do our best to offer our guests the best possible villa and helpful, friendly service so it is great to know that it is appreciated!
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A beautiful Villa

  • 5 of 5

We were really impressed by Villa le Cougnet from the moment we arrived. As others have commented, it is so well laid out with the kitchen leading onto the balcony/bbq area along to the pool and terrace and back into the spacious living room. The villa is very well equipped, far beyond our expectations, in terms of personal touches such as the children's toys, games and books and the facilities in each room/bathroom. The grounds also contribute a great deal with the play and boules areas. John and Lynda left a great deal of clear helpful information in the bookets/placards and were also on hand to contact. The housekeeper was very efficient and professional. The view is absolutely beautiful. We loved our week long stay and would love to return in future.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your comments and for submitting this review. It is great to hear from exemplary guests like yourselves and especially rewarding to know that you had a good holiday at Villa Le Cougnet. We put a lot of effort into providing an excellent villa with first-class facilities so your kind remarks are very reassuring for us. We look forward to seeing you again!
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Outstanding !

  • 5 of 5

We stayed as a family for 10 days in June 2016 and had a wonderful relaxing holiday , the villa is outstanding in its presentation. It was so well equipped with everything you could possibly require and also extremely clean and comfortable .

There were 2 young children with us and great fun was had in the outdoor play area and also with a selection of toys within the house . An added bonus was the fact that the pool had an alarm system fitted so it offered peace of mind to those responsible for the children.

Views from all areas of the house were stunning , particularly in the evening as the sun was setting and we were well entertained on the terrace by a few local frogs and fireflies going about their business.

The owners were immediately responsive to any questions we had prior to and after arrival and offered useful advice to some in our party who drove from the UK and I thank them for their support .

We have no hesitation in giving this villa the highest recommendation and would happily return again at our earliest opportunity as we had a wonderful time.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a glowing review! We try our best to make sure our guests have everything they could need or want because family holidays are such important times and make such special memories. It is so good to know that our efforts are appreciated!
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Nearest Airport
11 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1.9 Miles
Nearest Ferry
16 Miles
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
Opio / Valbonne
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1.8 Miles
Les Bacchanales, Vence
Nearest Ski
27 Miles
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

The owner is a professional artist and art historian. We are able to provide specialist residential art tours and holidays for groups of 4-6. These would include lectures at the villa and visits to all local art museums and places of interest. These bookings can be made throughout the year. Please ask for further details.


The nearest beach to Vence is at Cagnes-sur-Mer, 15 minutes drive from the villa. This is a pebble beach and has bikes etc to hire. The promenade is part of the cycle route from Antibes to Nice which is very popular and an easy, flat ride for adults and children. Antibes, Juan les Pins and Cannes have sandy beaches and similar facilities. There are beach restaurants at intervals along the coast.


NICE AIRPORT: Regular daily flights from London and other major UK and international airports.

TRAINS: Nice station connects to the TGV network with services to London St Pancras. Cagnes-sur-Mer station has train services to points along the Côte d’Azur.

TAXIS: Available by telephone or on Taxi ranks in Vence.

ROAD: A8 autoroute is 15 minutes away.

CAR RENTALS: Airport, railway station or locally in Vence.

BUSES: To Nice and all parts of the region. Flat fare €1.50 per journey!


By car:

Under 30 minutes:

Nice airport, Nice, Grasse, Cap d’Antibes, Juan les Pins etc.

Children's activities at Marineland, adventure forests (tree-walks etc), glass-making, perfumery, sweets-making, pony-trekking, watersports.

Under 1 hour:

Cannes, Eze, Villefranche, St Jean Cap Ferrat, Monaco, Italy.

St Tropez is about 1.5 hours away, Aix-en-Provence is about 2 hours and Marseilles 2.5 hours.

Further Details:

The local history of Vence is fascinating, with its origins in the pre Gallo-Roman times and you will be surprised to find authentic Roman stone tablets outside the Cathedral (the smallest in France!) alongside the Provençal squares and buildings. By contrast, on the inside is a mosaic mural by Marc Chagall.

There are twice-weekly markets in Vence, lots of small local shops and hairdressers, and modern supermarkets selling everything. You can fill water bottles from the fresh spring water that runs constantly from public taps around the town.

You will need a car to make the most of the area as we are 370m above sea-level (hence the views!) with some steep hills towards the mountains. If you enjoy driving through a spectacular landscape you should not miss the roads up to and around Le Col de Vence, where new car models are frequently seen being filmed against its stunning backdrop.

WALKING / HIKING: A footpath next to the villa leads directly to the hills and mountains above Vence where you will find various trails and some amazing waterfalls. There are many other walking routes close by, including the famous and mysterious Col de Vence.

ARTS: The Matisse Chapel is a short walk from the villa and there is plenty to inspire the art lover in Vence, the ‘City of Arts’, with the Château de Villeneuve (contemporary art museum) in the centre and many local artists showing their work in their studios. The Maeght Foundation at St Paul de Vence has an extensive, world-famous collection featuring Miro and Giacometti. MAMAC is the main contemporary art museum of Nice and there are museums dedicated to Picasso at Antibes and Vallauris, to Matisse and Chagall in Nice, Leger in Biot, Bonnard in Le Cannet and Renoir in Cagnes-sur-Mer, all less than an hour away.

MUSIC: There are jazz clubs in Vence and various concerts in the town and surrounding area. In the summer, Vence hosts the hugely popular ‘Nuits du Sud’ concerts with performers from all over the world.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Vence, Cote d'Azur - Riviera

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 3 2017
8 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 4 2017
26 Aug 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 1 2018
26 May 2018 - 22 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 2 2018
23 Jun 2018 - 6 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 3 2018
7 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 4 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £1,000

Booking Notes:

For 2017 reservations please contact the Owner.

PROTECTED PAYMENT by PayPal or Credit Card is available on all bookings (Direct bank payments at no extra charge).

The rental contract should be completed and returned with 30% deposit for direct bookings.

The 70% balance plus £1000 security deposit should be paid at least 30 days before the start of booking.

Bookings via Owners Direct / Homeaway are payable 100% on booking and are insured up to £10,000.

Unless there are damages or additional telephone charges the security deposit will be returned shortly after the end of the booking.

For any further information please just ask.

Changeover Day:
Normal changeover day is Saturday, departing at 10am and arriving at 4pm.

Notes on prices:
Please enquire for other booking periods and cancellations.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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