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

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
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
Calendar last updated:
6 June, 2017

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 17 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 Cannes - Grasse - Antibes

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
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
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 Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • 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) 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 ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • playground
  • 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
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(11 traveller reviews)

Beautiful Family Villa With Private Pool, few minutes walk to Valbonne Village
average rating of 4.909091 based on 11 reviews
Bristol, United Kingdom

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: Aug 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 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: Aug 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 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: Aug 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 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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Great Villa for 1 or 2 Families

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here for a week in July 16. Overall the Villa was a good size for us and our friends (4 adults and 3 kids). My wife and I shared the smallest double which was quite small and due to the heat - quite stuffy. If the house had AirCon or Mosquito nets over the windows this wouldn't have been an issue. As it was it was bareable with the fan on constantly. We fed this back to the owner who I think will make every effort to improve this.

Everything else about the Villa was great, good size pool, good facilities and appliances. Everything you need is there including towels.

The owners - Derek and Gay are a lovely retired English couple who made us feel welcome in their home, Derek popped around every morning to check and maintain the pool and give any tourist advice required. He wasn't intrusive, in fact he's a really nice friendly guy.

The location in Valbonne is good (lovely and quiet), although you need a car really unless you just want to walk up and down the hill to the village for supplies everyday (expensive but very pretty, and hard work in the heat). We drove down so it wasn't an issue for us (If you are driving down beware of the heavy traffic south of Lyon! we lost 3 hours in Jams, even though they are Toll Roads the traffic was crazy), Derek pointed us to the best supermarket (E.L'Clerke in Grasse - 10mins) so we were able to get supplies inc fuel a lot cheaper than in Valbonne. There is a lot to see nearby, we went to Antibes (20 mins) a few times (lovely old town with good beaches - I would stay there next time I think!). We also went to Mandelieu-La Napoule (25 mins) a few times - to the beaches there - very good beaches, very safe for kids.

This was my first trip to the South of France and its worth noting that it isn't cheap, especially now the UK Pound Sterling is so weak! In fact, I think its probably one of the most expensive areas in Europe for holidaying. Having said that, it wouldn't put me off returning, the area is so beautiful and the weather is hot but not too hot (26-31C). As I mentioned before, although I loved Dereks house and would return, I think I would possibly try an Apartment in Antibe Old Town next time, lovely shops and good beaches and probably cheaper too.

Would I drive down again? Great roads and almost empty until you get to Lyon.

Hmm, not sure, maybe, but its a long way! Perhaps next time I would take 2 weeks and stop halfway for a few days......

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gay and I were delighted to hear the you enjoyed your stay at our villa and thank you for your constructive feedback. Enjoy the rest of your summer.
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Fantastic villa, fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

My family (comprising my husband and I, Mum and Dad, My sister, her husband and two little children) have just come back from our stay at David and Gay's fantastic villa. It really is a gem - four lovely bedrooms, great living space and a gorgeous pool. The location and being genuinely walking distance from Valbonne village is fantastic. David and Gay are wonderful hosts, welcoming and helpful from start to finish. We cannot thank them enough. We look forward to returning!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gay and I were delighted that you and your family enjoyed holidaying at our villa, and appreciate your positive feedback. We look forward to welcoming you again in 2016. Kind Regards to you and your family
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Wonderful property, superb hosts

  • 5 of 5

Our family was so lucky to have selected your home for our family vacation. The home is beautiful and extremely comfortable, with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms ensure. The professional kitchen worked perfectly, the pool was welcoming and we all responded to the portico and tables overlooking the pool. In fact, we lived there every moment, breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or cocktails and dinner. You and Gay were terrific hosts, welcoming on arrival with local suggestions . You followed through for us during the whole stay and did all the little things that count. Pool cleaning, wines, cheese samples, so thanks so much. You also followed up with our bits and pieces left behind. Swimsuit and scarf arrived safely back to us in San Francisco. Thanks again for a terrific stay. We highly recommend your property , not only for its amenities, room layouts and kitchen facilities, but also because of the care and concern you showed us as your guests. Kindest regards, Betty Zlatchin

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much Betty for very positive feedback; Gay and I were delighted that you had enjoyable week at our villa. It was indeed a pleasure having you and your family stay at at our house. We hope that you come back again for your holiday on Côte d'Azur, not least to enjoy our fine weather and chilled Rose! Kind Regards Derek & Gay
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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.


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
18 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
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 £530.97

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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