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Air-conditioned Villa For 2-9, Salt Water Pool, Elevated Position, Stunning View



Updated: 10-Oct-2016
Perched on a hilltop village, a secluded villa with 360º views minutes from Nice, refined decor, extremely well equipped with a luxurious complementary weekly linen change

Minoustan was entirely renovated to a very high standard last year and has air-conditioning throughout the Marmara stone-clad property. The bright 50 m2 living space has 7 French doors opening onto a wraparound terrace overlooking the valley and pool. The sitting area has been elegantly furnished with a four-seater linen sofa and ample armchairs, HD satellite TV, iPod dock, Blue ray, books and DVDs. The dining room table and the old refectory one on the verandah each seat 10/12 people. The kitchen is fully equipped from catalytic oven and induction hob to ultra silent dishwasher and espresso maker. There are 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, 3 en-suite. One of the bedrooms has a 3D wall hung TV with English channels. The wonderful tiered garden is full of Mediterranean essences and provides many different areas for relaxation and entertainment: the large salt water pool, the sheltered ping-pong area, the 'boulodrome', the double hammock. For more information please contact the owner.

  • Sleeps 9
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

We are a cosmopolitan family working hard and travelling extensively. We are curious about other cultures, different people, customs and foods. We work in music, the theatre, publishing, education and hospitality. When on holiday, we tend towards refinement rather than luxury, opting for subtlety over ostentatiousness every time.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Minoustan: a wonderful place to be."

"If you love the dazzling light, weather, food and culture of the Riviera but don't aspire to brand worshiping you will love this place."

"We loved that it was tucked into the hills and so close to a lovely little village and to Nice."

"wonderful condition and very comfortable, offering all of the amenities of home, beautiful views. We will definitely be returning."

"beautiful holiday home done up with class.I have stayed there in the peak of august heat as well as throughout the Christmas break, with a log fire burning away in the living room. It manages to cater beautifully to everyone's needs."

"It sits perfectly between the French Riviera hotspots and the alps! With stunning views, it's difficult to find a box that Minoustan doesn't tick."

"Spotless and beautifully furnished. An ideal location to visit the area. I would definitely go again at any time of the year. Well worth a stay."
Dec 2012
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10 Reviews

based on 10 holidaymaker reviews


Very nice in Nice!

  • 5 of 5

Do not hesitate to book your stay at Minoustan. It was the perfect home base for our group of four couples to explore the south of France. Maryam answered all of our questions promptly before booking and was a delight to work with--she even graciously accommodated our last minute change in arrival plans (beyond our control) and had Stephanie, her housekeeper, greet us personally with vegetables from her garden and a tour of the grounds. The saltwater pool was delightful every morning and evening, the kitchen was nicely equipped, the TV was in English, and the entire place has air conditioning. The plancha and outdoor seating areas were wonderful, and the guys enjoyed the "boulodrome" immensely. Having a washer/dryer was greatly appreciated also. Gattières has a wonderful bakery and the grocery store has everything you need. Saint-Paul-de-Vence is not far away and is a lovely village to visit also. Nice is fun to explore with stunning views, good restaurants and shops; we also visited Cannes, Antibes, Grasse (Molinard perfume), Monaco and Sanremo, Italy. We would definitely stay here again, as it is clean and comfortable with everything you may need supplied. Thanks again, Maryam!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted you had a good time and look forward to having to stay again.
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  • 4 of 5

Minoustan is a homely villa nestled in the hills above Nice. It is very well equipped which makes for a comfortable stay. The villa has an awkward driveway which entails a tight U turn to get into the grounds but once you are up and in the general tranquility of the place prevails. It is clean and modern with four excellently appointed bathrooms. English TV and a great collection on movies on DVD meant that we could catch up on some classics. The pool is in a sheltered spot but it loses the sun behind the hills after 5pm. That was our signal to prepare for dinner or get ready to head down town. Getting into Nice takes around 30 minutes but once there, there is plenty to see and an abundance of restaurants and bars. A lot of care and attention has been afforded to this villa and whilst it feels rustic, it has all the mod cons that you could possible want on a family holiday in the South of France.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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There's no place like......Minostan!

  • 5 of 5

This villa was everything that was advertised and more! Nothing prepared me for my first visit in 2013 and I was every bit as impressed this year. The home is immaculate, elegantly yet comfortably furnished and there is room for everyone to have some time to themselves - but lots of lovely conversation spots both poolside and in the house. Maryam is the ultimate manager, though she is rather more like a gracious hostess who welcomes her guests and then lets them get on with it! I cannot recommend Minoustan highly enough and am already planning the next visit - there are no drawbacks to the villa or to the neighbouring sights and villages. Enjoy!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Minoustan stay

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful 7 weeks in Minoustan during May and June 2015. The weather was a pleasure during these months, getting steadily warmer. We didn’t need the heating and moved from a duvet in May to a blanket in June.

Minoustan is a delightful home, garden, and pool. The owner, who was there to meet us, has equipped the house with great taste and practicality. The interior decoration is aligned to the region with flavours of other countries around the world. Each bedroom has a bathroom, well supplied with linen and towels. The kitchen has everything, indeed much more than we had ever come across. The outside pool, seating and eating spaces are well designed and appointed. The Planchet is fabulous, much better than a barbecue. We employed the services of Stephanie each week to housekeep, she is a treasure. There is a brilliantly appointed supply of games, DVD’s and CD’s. We suggest ’To Catch a Thief’, which was filmed locally. We drove and took quite a lot with us in the car. Actually most of what we took we didn’t need as everything is included.

The village of Gattieres is about a 7 minute drive away and St Jeannet around 10 minutes.

A wonderful stay in a lovely home and area of Nice.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is one of the loveliest villas you can imagine. Inside it is decorated exquisitely and kitted out with everything you could ever require. Outside it is idyllic, with a large eating area, sun loungers, pool, pretty gardens and beautiful views. There is an option to rent (and pay for) only half the villa, which just means closing off the downstairs bedrooms but leaving you with ample space at a reasonable price. The best thing of all, however, was the kind treatment by the owner. This was our first holiday abroad after having a baby, and we had a few questions in advance, all of which were answered fully and promptly by a reassuring and informative series of emails. There were also some lovely touches upon arrival - including the fact that the owner had bought a baby bath especially for our stay, after hearing from us that we were bringing our nine-month-old. The location is perfectly positioned for exploring Nice (15 min drive) and also Cannes and Monaco. It's close to the airport and picking up a car there is easy. You do need a car - even to get into the local village of Gattieres (which is lovely and has a great restaurant and well stocked supermarket). But you can get to the neighbourhood pizza take away by foot- just a couple of doors down! This sorted us out on our first night! We intend to revisit this villa and take the full house with some additional family or friends next time. We would recommend it to families like us but also it's definitely the kind of place we would have loved to have stayed without children too. A perfect mix of style and luxury and homeliness in a fantastic part of France.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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All you can wish for

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a half term Autumn break in Minoustan, and can only say that the house and gardens are truly all that one could wish for - as previous visitors have said, Maryam has really thought of everything to delight the eyes, the soul and the senses of her guests. The house and all its rooms are spacious, the decor fun, chic but restful, and it's all beautifully equipped with everything you could possibly need for the perfect holiday. You could spend your days by the pool, playing ping pong or boules and savouring the views. Or, as we did, you can visit the many nearby iconic villages which include St Paul de Vence, Antibes and Cap Ferrat. Not to mention Nice itself, whose lights sparkle like jewels below the villa at night. A wonderful place to stay - thank you Philippe and Maryam.

R & A, London

  • Review Submitted: Nov 4, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We spent part of our childhood in France: Nice and Paris respectively. We chose this wonderful spot because it encapsulates the best France has to offer: weather, food, sights, culture, not to mention the lovely people of the Arrière Pays. The house itself has a wonderful sense of space and the views are so soothing. It is rural and charming in the friendly hamlet of Gattières while a stone's throw away from the glitz and glamour of the Cote d'Azur.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Nice at 14 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Gattières at 1.9 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Nice at 22 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Golf Country Club de Nice at 10 Kilometres Nearest Train : Saint Laurent du Var at 12 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A8 at 12 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Gattières at 1.9 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Coursegoules at 25 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Nice at 16 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Culture, food, art galeries, museums, historic houses, antique markets, water sports, yachting, cycling, hiking, jazz, film and literature festivals, pottery and painting workshops, cookery courses, shopping.


Pebble beach in sophisticated Nice: 15 minutes by car. Large sandy beach in arty Antibes: 35 minutes by car. All the coast in between is full of private and public beaches too.


Nice airport is a 12 minute drive from Minoustan. The nearest train station is in Saint Laurent du Var, 12 km away. There are several buses and local trains running between Nice, Vence and Saint Laurent du Var to Gattieres. However, the use of a car is essential to fully enjoy all that the region has to offer. The wonderful markets of San Remo and Ventimiglia are only 40 minutes' drive away.


Gattieres 2km, St Jeannet 4 km, Vence 10km, St Paul de Vence, 14km, Nice 15 km, Monaco 38 km, Ventimiglia, Italy 57km, Antibes 30km, Cannes 40km, St Tropez, Mougins 40km, Greolieres les Neiges 50km.

Further Details:

The local village of Gattieres provides all the day to day amenities: a lovely bakery, a couple of cafes and restaurants, an ATM machine, a post office, a small super market, a chemist etc. The road by the villa is a quick link to all major arteries in the region and will get you in no time to all places of interest. Nice is a 10 minute drive. Vence is 5 minutes in the car for quaint restaurants and shops. You will be spoilt for choice here. This is one of the most cultural, sophisticated and beautiful regions of France. At anytime of the year there is something to do and see just minutes drives from Minoustan. What a treat!


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
8 Oct 2016 - 4 Nov 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £37 per night, per additional guest
Cosy Winter
5 Nov 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £26 per night, per additional guest
17 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add £34 per night, per additional guest
8 Jan 2017 - 14 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £33 per night, per additional guest
15 Apr 2017 - 19 May 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £46 per night, per additional guest
20 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £57 per night, per additional guest
High Summer
1 Jul 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Indian Summer
9 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £57 per night, per additional guest
14 Oct 2017 - 10 Nov 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £46 per night, per additional guest
Cosy Winter
11 Nov 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £33 per night, per additional guest
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £57 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £1,500

The prices are set on the basis of 3 people sharing the villa. All additional people are added to the basic rate. The only exception is the High Summer where the whole villa is let on a weekly basis at a set price. The price includes the sole privilege of the villa by the party, including its 3500 meter garden, heating and/or air conditioning, all bedding and towel, the final cleaning of the property and the luxurious complementary change of sheets and towels once a week.

Bookings are secured by a 30% payment of the rental at the time of booking and 70% 8 weeks prior to arrival date. For bookings made less than 8 weeks before the arrival date, the overall balance (100% of the payment) is required at the time of booking. A security deposit of £1500 is mandatory and payable at the time of booking. The deposit, less amounts to cover damages to the property, is refunded after inspection of the property following guests' departure. Bank transfer in UK £ are accepted.

Changeover Day when applicable:
Saturday: arrival 16h-18h, departure 10h.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 10-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

We are very lucky to have Minoustan and love spending time there: from tête-à-tête weekends to a house-full of friends. It is exciting and rejuvenating every time, and always more-ish. Our grand-mothers have fallen in love with it as well as our teenage children and their hoards of friends.

Property Type

  • villa


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • 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


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village


  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 50 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Double sink, walk-in Italian shower, two windows
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Walk-in Italian shower, two windows
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Window overlooking garden
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Window overlooking front garden
  • 4 bathrooms, 3 en-suite, 2 with walk in italian showers. All with wall hung slow close toilets and Hans-Grohe fittings. Fluffy white towels in all of them.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Cot, Egyptian cotton or linen sheets provided, en-suite bathroom
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, Pull out bed, egyptian cotton sheets provided
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Large Double Bed, Egyptian cotton or linen sheets provided, en-suite bathroom
  • Bedroom 4 - 3 Single Bed, Egyptian cotton sheets provided, en-suite bathroom
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 9 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 4 bedrooms: 2 with king size beds and en-suite bathrooms, one single with pullout bed to accommodate 2 people, one with 3 single beds, its en-suite bathroom, 3D TV with English and French channels and its own terrace.


  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: The villa and the grounds are maintained and up-graded regularly to provide the highest level of comfort and enjoyment for the guests. The house accommodate 9 people comfortably. There are two double rooms with king-size beds, a dormitory with three single beds and a single bedroom with a very comfortable pull-out bed that can sleep two. The whole house is air-conditioned and provides wi-fi internet connection throughout. The large sitting room has 4 doubles glazed doors opening onto two terraces. The sociable kitchen has all the amenities to satisfy the most accomplished cook. The decoration throughout is simple and elegant. Every details has been thought of with the enjoyment and relaxation of the guests in mind. As well as DVDs and board games, there is an interesting collection of books on the area as well as guide books and maps. The owners' welcome pack also include local recommendations. Outside: The salt water pool is vast and sun drenched from early morning to late afternoon. The grounds of Minoustan climb up the lovely hill overlooking the Var valley and St Jeannet castle. They are tiered. Little stone steps lead from one level to another. They are full of interesting fauna and flora and each level houses an activity: boules, ping pong, a lazy double hammock, a quiet retreat to admire the view, a shaded table for a game of cards. The main part of the garden in front of the house is taken up by the large salt water pool (15x6x2.5m) surrounded by a stone terrace. Extensive outdoor sofas, armchairs and several deck chairs await the sun lovers. All beach towels are provided. An old refectory table is set in the shaded of the verandah for al fresco lunches and dinners cooked on the professional plancha. There is ample room for 3 cars to park on the grounds. The garage houses the utility room and is full of outdoor games and picnic material. Utility Room: In the garage: washing machine and dryer, next to sink. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen and towels are provided. These are high quality cotton/linen items. Pool towels are available as well. The villa is fully cleaned and linens changed every two weeks. Guests are welcome to have extra cleaning at an extra cost.

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