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Beautiful Family Villa With Private Pool, few minutes walk to Valbonne Village

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,368 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Villa in Opio, Provence-Alpes-Cote- d'Azur, France - Beautiful Villa, Peaceful Location, Few Minutes Walk to Valbonne Village

A beautiful traditional 'mas' style architecture house built to the owners high specification in 2000. The house is set among ancient olive trees in 2,500 sq. metre garden, situated in a quiet lane at the top of Valbonne village. Key features include fantail french windows opening on to the south facing terrance and onto the pool; hand-made oak country style kitchen; decor Provence colours throughout the property.

Derek Arnold
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 June, 2018

About Derek Arnold

I was relocated to Sophia Antipolis (Valbonne) in the autumn of 1997, working for an American IT company. My wife, Gay and son James immediately fell in love with Valbonne. James attended the CIV, international school and Gay started a concierge service for villa owners. During our 20 years living on the Cote d'Azur we are now regarded as locals and this year we took the decision to offer our home for the summer season. We hope that our guests will have a memorable holiday.

Derek Arnold purchased this villa in 1998

Why Derek Arnold chose Opio

After a year of renting a house we decided in the autumn of 1998 to purchase a plot of land and build a villa to our own specification. Two years later in 2000 we finally moved in and have no regrets at all. What we really like about the area is that we have the best of both worlds; the sea and the mountains, and not least the wonderful warm climate all the year round. Nice international airport is a good hub for the international business traveller, or coming here to holiday.Quality of life has become more important as we become older.

What makes this villa unique

The key benefit we enjoy is living in a quiet lane but just a few minutes walk to Valbonne village. The fact that we do not need to drive to the local shops or restaurants in the Village is a real bonus.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Opio in Alpes-Maritimes

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2368 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with bath, shower, twin basins, WC en-suite shower room, WC and sink unit to bedroom 2 separate bathroom,basin, WC for bedrooms 3 & 4 separate WC and hand wash basin on ground floor
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms). All beds fitted with Egyptian top quality cotton sheets.Feather and duck down pillows. (Non-allergic pillows on request). Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 (master bedroom); king-size bed and en-suite bathroom bedroom 2 with twin beds and shower room en-suite bathroom bedroom 3 with double bed bedroom 4 with double bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • 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
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Welcome pack including basic groceries, free change of linen, pool towels provided. Quality beds with Egyptian cotton bed linen, bathrobes, quality hair dryers in bathrooms No Pets allowed Concierge service: catering for dinner parties at the villa. For prices and menu selection contact the owners. A comprehensive information pack (restaurant guides, emergency numbers, maps and places of interest) is provided. Outside: The partially covered terrance at the back of the villa looks onto a large flat enclosed Provence style garden (2,500 sq.metres), with olive trees, exotic plants and a small herb garden. New pool 10Mx5M alarmed in accordance with French regulations. Large 8 seat table, sun loungers with cushions, Weber BBQ and Gas BBQ set set, terrace partially covered and garden lighting. A safe and perfect garden for young children to play. Utility Room: Siemens washing machine front loader, capacity 9kg. Bosch spin drier, iron and ironing board, pantry cupboard. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed Linen and towels changed weekly. Cleaning services provided for stays of 14 days or more. There is an end of stay cleaning fee of €150 to be paid at the end of the stay on check-out. Other: Featured hall opening to living area and kitchen. Downstair


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Beautiful Family Villa With Private Pool, few minutes walk to Valbonne Village
average rating of 4.928571 based on 14 reviews

Stunning house, beautiful location, great hosts

  • 5 of 5

We spent a perfect week in this beautiful house. The pictures do not do the house justice. It is even more delightful than it looks and incredibly well equipped. We cooked at home most nights and there's not a utensil or appliance found wanting. Derek and Gaye are lovely hosts and have thought of everything. They are also charming and informative guides to the local area and couldn't be more helpful. The pool was checked and cleaned each morning in a friendly but unobtrusive way. The location is perfect peaceful, halfway between the beaches and the mountains and exactly 10 minutes walk from the charming village of Valbonne. It is just a short drive from numerous picturesque perched villages. The children loved it and we will definitely return. Thank you Derek and Gaye

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really enjoyed having you stay at out villa and are delighted that you had a wonderful holiday. Thank you for your feedback and appreciate your positive comments. Hope we see you and your family in 2018. You are always welcome.
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Wonderful Hoilday

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week in this house. Everything there that we could have wanted and needed. We felt immediately relaxed and at home. Derek and Gay could not have been more delightful, helpful and friendly. A perfect peaceful situation but not remote and just a few minutes from all of the nearby beautiful villages and towns in the area. I would definitely think about returning again soon.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gay and I are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay at our villa. Thank you so much for your kind comments and helpful feedback. We hope to see you again soon. Warm Regards Derek & Gay
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De beste Provençaalse villa met zwembad

  • 5 of 5

Al jaren huren wij voor een week een villa met zwembad in Zuid Frankrijk.

Deze villa op loopafstand van Valbonne is tot nu toe de allerbeste. Ruime kamers, een heerlijk zwembad, een geweldige keuken direct aan de veranda die uitkeek op het zwembad. Wij waren met 3 volwassenen en 4 pubers (leeftijd 15 t/m 19 jaar) en hebben ons uitstekend vermaakt. De ene in het zwembad en een ander onder de veranda in een licht briesje met een glaasje rosé.

De ligging is heel centraal. Naast Cannes en Monaco zijn Grasse, Antibes (zee) maar ook st Paul des Vence (bergen) prachtige plaatsen om te bezoeken.Wij zijn bij Pont sur Loup zelfs gaan Canyoningen. Een geweldige ervaring!

De eigenaren van de villa, Derek en Gay zijn gezellig en heel behulpzaam. Wij hebben genoten van de villa in Valbonne en kunnen terugkijken op een heerlijke vakantie.

Door de goede indeling van de Provençaalse villa is deze, wat ons betreft, zeer geschikt voor 2 tot 8 personen.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gay and I were really pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay at our villa. We really hope you will return again and have a another great holiday. Best wishes to you and your family, from Derek & Gay in Valbonne
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Perfect villa in lovely french village

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful villa in a great location - private and quiet once through the villa gates, but only a short walk into the lovely village of Valbonne - good choice of restaurants & small shops to browse and great market on a Friday. If you don't fancy the walk, there is ample free parking available. What really makes this villa stand out from others we have stayed in is that it is extremely well furnished and equipped, even down to basic kitchen supplies, pool towels and mosquito repellants in the bedrooms. Derek and Gay are perfect hosts - very responsive to queries before our visit & saw them on a daily basis when they popped in to clean the pool etc - not intrusive, but good to be able to chat through where to visit etc. This really felt like a home from home - perfect for a relaxing holiday with many good places to visit within about half hours drive; Antibes, Nice & Cannes.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gay and I are really pleased you and your family enjoyed your stay at our villa and hope you will come back for another holiday in 2017. Kind Regards Derek & Gay
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Stunning villa in the beautiful village of Valbonne

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this beautiful villa set in the lovely village of Valbonne. The villa was just perfect. i can't say any negatives about it. The owners who were lovely and so helpful catered for all our needs - they have thought of everything you might need. The village itself is just a short walk away max 10 minutes - where it has lovely restaurants and shops. We will definitely stay again and highly recommend it. We had a great holiday. Thanks.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind comments; both Gay and I were delighted you enjoyed your holiday and hope to see you again next year.
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Typical Provencal villa with everything you need

  • 5 of 5

The villa is furnished in keeping with a Provencal style and is very comfortable and clean with everything you need for your stay. We were looking for a restful holiday and this property provided just that. We spent most of our time outside, dipping in and out of the pool and relaxing in the lovely surroundings. The outdoor sofas were great for sitting out in the evening and enjoying a glass of Rose and the dining table under cover was a welcome relief from the sun when needed.

There are plenty of good restaurants in the village along with all you need for self catering - boulangerie, delicatessen, butchers and greengrocers, all of exceptional quality. Although pricier than a supermarket, we felt it was worth the cost to enjoy such good quality and to be able to avoid using up our precious holiday time queuing in supermarkets. The Friday market in Valbonne is well worth a visit but go early as it gets very busy.

We did do one trip out to Antibes but much preferred Valbonne and were happy to get back!

Whilst we chose not to have a car for this trip and enjoyed the walk to and from the village, we recognised that the walk back may be challenging for some especially when you factor in the heat.

The owners were extremely helpful before and during our trip. Derek was kind enough to sort out our taxi rides from/to the airport and rejigged arrangements when our plane landed several hours later than planned - Thank you Derek. The pool was checked early each morning and the owners were only a text away if you needed anything but otherwise they were unobtrusive.

If you are looking for a relaxing break with good food and restaurants within walking distance, this is an excellent place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay at our villa, and thank you for the excellent feedback-much appreciated. I hope that you will come back to Valbonne again for another holiday. Kind Regards, Derek
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Nearest Airport
22 Kilometres
Nice International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Valbonne Village
Nearest Golf
1 Kilometres
Opio Golf Club
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Antibes TGV
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Valbonne Village
Nearest Ski
30 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Antibes & Cannes
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Owners can organise vineyard tours in the Var region, and visits to nearby places of interest such as the perfume factory in Grasse.


There are excellent beaches along the coast at Cannes, Golfe Juan and Juan les Pins all within 20 minutes drive from Valbonne. All the beaches are served with beach front restaurants. Beach activities include; water skiing,jet skiing, scuba diving, sailing.


The nearest international airport is nice which is 30 minutes drive to Valbonne along the A8 autoroute. It is recommended to hire or have use of car during your stay to take full advantage of the many places of interest to visit during your holiday. Good bus service to the coast from the village.



Cannes: 13 km, Juan les Pins 13 km, Antibes 12 km


Nice: 23 Km, Grasse: 9 km, Cannes: 13km

Further Details:

Scenic landscapes, azure seas, world-class modern art, perfume from Grasse, amazing food and incredible historical heritage-this is what the french riviera has long been famous for, including of course the Cannes film festival and Monaco grand prix.

The village of Valbonne dating back to 1519, built by Augustin de Grimaldi Bishop of Grasse and is today a key landmark in the region for visitors. During the summer Valbonne is a lively village with many attractions for children. The village boasts several good restaurants, art shops and a weekly Friday morning market selling local produce. There are several major banks in the village, and a post office. Within a few minutes drive is a well stocked Carrefour supermarket in opio.

Among the many places of interest are the nearby villages of Mougin, Biot and St Paul de Vence, all worth a visit.

The owners have prepared a complete guide of local places of interest, leisure activities, medical services, fitness centres, and a list of local restaurants.


Prices & Availability

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

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer Offer
7 Jul 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
1 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 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
Refundable Damage Deposit £527.06

Booking Notes:
Non-refundable deposit on reservation (25% of the total rent due). Balance of the rent to be paid 6 weeks before arrival at Villa. Security deposit to be paid on arrival €600, either by bank transfer or in cash, refundable on departure less any damage or breakages. An end-of-stay cleaning charge of €150 to be paid on check-out.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day on Saturday: meet & greet; moving in: from 4:00pm (after 8:00pm please call the owner). Moving out by 10:00am.

Notes on prices:
Discounts available on stays of 2 weeks or more.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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