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Luxury villa/apart.Private heated pool, close to village and 20 mins Nice/Vence



Updated: 16-Oct-2016
Spacious self-catering apt. 2 bedrooms, sleeps 4 Private entrance and terraces.

* Spacious architect designed apartment of 100m2 facing south and all rooms on one level

* it is the east wing of the stone built villa

* private balconies facing south, overlooking the Var Valley to the sea

* air conditioned main bedroom with en-suite spacious shower-room, and french

windows to a private balcony.

* Luxury linen and towels

* full library of books for all tastes

* free wifi

* satelite TV with English and French programs

* beamed sitting room with ancient glazed terracotta tiled floors, french windows

* original paintings by resident artist

* comfort, and elegance

* fully equipped American kitchen with every facility

* private terraces with olive and lemon trees accessible from either the kitchen or


* private BBQ or principle BBQ and pizza oven adjacent to the pool.

* serenity

* bougainvillea, jasmine, fig, lemon, cherry, orange, and olive trees; terraces covered with dry stone walls and flowers.

* privacy and security with electric gates to secure parking within the grounds

* designed for the discerning traveller seeking more than simply a holiday home

* Children, babies, young or old will find everything here at Le Contadour.


More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Hello, I am Liz and my husband is Quentin. We are both now retired, I trained in art, and was an air hostess, where I met my husband whilst in India. My husband was a ship's-captain on long-haul and fast ferries and worked on passenger ships with the B.I. Company. We have one son, who lives near Paris and one grandson.

We love this corner of the world and enjoy sharing its beauty with our visitors. We have made lots of wonderful friends who return year after year.

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Speaks English, French, Italian
Elizabeth Murphy
651 Route de St. Laurent du Var
06510 Gattieres Cote d'Azur Alpes Maritimes France
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18 Reviews

based on 18 holidaymaker reviews

Co Tyrone Northern Ireland

A Little Piece Of Heaven!

  • 5 of 5

We decided on the South of France for our honeymoon & we were so lucky to find Le Contadour! A Little Piece of Heaven!! Totally breathtaking! You have to be there to totally appreciate what Le Contadour has to offer! You would not be disappointed! We could have stayed there forever! The property is beautiful the description so accurate so very well maintained & clean everything you need is there! You would not get a better couple than Liz & Quentin such a warm heartfelt welcome we received when we arrived and throughout our stay they were the perfect hosts! They were no way intrusive but you knew if there was anything you needed they were always at hand for you. We had a great evening with them good food fine wine and the company excellent! We have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending this property! We are looking forward to visiting Le Contadour again!

  • Review Submitted: May 5, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We felt so proud to have a lovely young couple choose Le Contadour for their honeymoon. Although nervous of such a responsibility, we knew that the choice we had made in coming to live here, in this little paradise, would merit every comment made. Every guest we receive is made to feel special, as a "thank you" for having chosen us. Liz and Quentin.
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Excellent location, great property, fantastic hosts!

  • 5 of 5

It's very difficult to write this review without repeating everything that's already been said but here goes!

Location - Gattieres is a very nice village within a 10 minute walk of the property. It has everything you need including a supermarket and boulangerie. There's also a nice restaurant called Le Manon. It's a great base for sightseeing with the likes of Nice on your doorstep or other little French villages such as Carros where's there's a great restaurant called Creperie du Moment.

Property - faultless! As soon as we walked in we knew we'd chosen well. Spotlessly clean with everything you could possibly need provided, including a generous supply of towels. The outside space is second to none. There are plenty of places to sit and read (or doze!) from the loungers around the glorious (spotlessly clean) pool to your own balcony looking out over the river Var and down to Nice airport. Truly a view we never tired of looking out on.

Hosts - Liz and Quentin. Made us feel very welcome from the minute we arrived which is a great way to start your stay. It was great having them around to help or answers questions but they are very good at making sure you have your privacy.

We certainly wouldn't hesitate in recommending this property!

The only downside was we were only there for a week, a mistake we certainly won't be making next time if we are luckily enough to stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the trouble to write such a great review. I am always thrilled to hear back that guests have appreciated the time and effort we have made to provide a really super environment for their holiday. We certainly love sharing our "little paradise" with you all.
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Great position and friendly hosts

  • 5 of 5

The property is located I the hills above nice - about 30 min drive to the old town. Gattieres is a lovely little village with supermarket and bakery , plus a couple of nice restaurants. The host were lovely and nothing was too much hassle . The pool is fantastic and it is easy to loose yourself amongst the olive and citrus trees! I would definitely reccomend.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write a really lovely review for us. It is much appreciated as it lets us know what guests feel about their stay, and how, if possible, we can improve on anything. We sincerely look forward to seeing you back at Le Contadour one day.
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A tranquil sun kissed oasis within easy reach of the Cote d'Azure

  • 5 of 5

"Will you pick me a lemon from the tree?" asked my wife as she prepared the salad for the barbecue we were about to have

on our sun soaked terrace overlooking the Var valley. A smile lit up my face. I had never been asked to do that before.

You do not get an opportunity to pluck lemons in cloudy Manchester. And yet here in Gattieres, a two hour flight away,

we had a terrace with a lemon tree and a magnificent olive tree. On the Webber charcoal barbecue we cooked tender steaks from the local supermarket, a short walk away. We have always loved France, and here at Liz's attractive villa, it was at its magnificent best. The house boasts a wonderful warm pool surrounded by sun loungers, and umbrellas.

The accommodation is very comfortable with everything you need to prepare a meal.If you want to lounge in the sun for a week a two, you could stay for the entire time in the property, but we love to explore.

And what a region to explore. The bustling port city of Nice with its beautiful Belle Epoque buildings, museums, and galleries

is a short distance away as are the coastal resorts of Antibes and Theole sur Mer with their sandy beaches and lovely warm

Mediterranean swimming. The Grande Corniche and the beautiful village of Eze offered views right along the coast from

across the border in Italy to St Tropez. On a really clear day I am told you can see Corsica nearly 100 miles away.We ventured across the border to the grand Italian coastal resort of San Remo.

We were lucky to stay in Gattieres when the village hosted its annual opera festival with a wonderful production of the

Barber of Seville. Held in the open air at the top of the village by the church, the entertainment was outstanding

with faultless singing, accompanied by a wonderful orchestra. At the interval you could grab a glass of champagne and a

slice of pizza.

The village celebrated Bastille day the previous night with dancing in the village square to a disco.We danced a little

and drank a lot of pichets of rose. What a night.

Liz and Quentin, who live in the adjoining house were magnificent hosts - unobtrusive, but there when needed.

Vive les Murphys, Vive La France

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a wonderful review! I feel so proud to think that we have achieved a "little bit of heaven" for guests who choose to stay here at Le Contadour. We have opened up our home to share the enormous joy we get every day, living here in these beautiful surroundings. It is obvious that guests love it as much as we do and it is our pleasure to invite all to come and share in its beauty and tranquility.
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Pure heaven!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at La Contadour for a week in June and from the moment we arrived it was pure bliss. Liz and Quentin are two of the nicest people we have ever met - they are welcoming, great hosts and delightful company. They were never intrusive but always friendly, happy to chat and share their knowledge of the region. The apartment has absolutely everything you could ask for including a large area to sit outside, a bbq, a balcony and all the kitchen utensils etc you could need. The swimming pool is also an added bonus with plenty of sun loungers. The location of the apartment is great with the centre of Gattieres only a short walk away with a well stocked supermarket and some lovely pubs. It is not far to get anywhere, with St Laurent du Var only a short drive away to be able to get the train to lots of different places and it's also a short drive to Nice. I could not recommend this luxury apartment more highly and will certainly be back in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many, many thanks to all of you. What a lovely family and great fun to have spent time with. We genuinely look forward to meeting them again one day.
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Excellent location, lovely house, friendly owners

  • 5 of 5

Spent an excellent week at Le Contadour. The property was lovely and clean. The views were amazing and Quentin and Liz were perfect hosts - there when you needed them and invisible the rest of the time.

  • Review Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review of our property, Le Contadour here in Gattieres. It is so good to hear back from a client and to know that all went well. It is very satisfying to be able to provide the holiday that someone dreams of making. We try to provide the perfect setting letting nothing mar a lovely time spent here. We hope that we will one day, have the opportunity to meet once more and share further moments with you.
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From the Owner

We chose to live in France, and fell madly in love with this lovely villa at first sight! It is unique in that it is very private, surrounded by beautiful terraces with olive, lemon, and orange trees and yet it is on the doorstep of Nice. We love being able to walk into the village and share a coffee and croissant with our new French friends. Here, at Le Contadour, we are so spoiled to live under the gorgeous blue Mediterranean skies.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Nice International Airport 20 mins. at 11 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Bar Tabac Gattieres at 0.5 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Nice Country Club at 15 Kilometres Nearest Train : St Laurent du Var at 11 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : St Isidore junction 52 on A8 at 8 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Le Manon at 0.5 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Greolieres at 20 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Nice at 11 Kilometres Car: recommended

Gattieres, is an unspoilt, active, very French medieval village, situated 300m above the Var Valley. It is steeped in history, dating from the Middle Ages where its streets still reflect times long ago. Perched on the foothills of the Alpes, the views from the village down the Var river to the Mediterranean sea or beyond to the snowy mountains, are breathtaking!

All the most famous resorts on the Riviera are only a 20 min. drive on easy fast roads. There are many local, scenic train journeys along the coast where a car is not necessary.

Gattieres Opus, hosts a famous open-air opera in July every year, professionally produced with well-know operatic singers from Italy and musicians. It is a performance not to be missed!

Numerous cultural events, concerts, street parties, plus local markets and car boot sales are big attractions in the summer, with bargains galore and great fun for all the family.

Many famous writers and artists have lived in the area, drawn by the quality of the light, such as Monet, Matisse, Picasso, Renoir, and Chagall and their works can be seen in many of the local galleries and museums.

For skiers, it is less than one hours drive to the well-known ski resorts of Greolieres, Isla 2000, Colmiane, and Auron; ski in the morning and party by the pool in the evening-even in November! The pool is heated!!

The Italian border is only 50 mins. drive away with its famous street markets offering copies of designer products and great restaurants. The Piedmonte mountain area is very scenic for day trips.

We are central for visiting the many Medieval, historic, mountain villages such as Eze, La Turbie with its Roman ruins, or famous resorts on the Cote d'Azur, such as Nice, with its international crowds, its famous flower festival in February, and the fantastic Carnival; one of the biggest in Europe! A must for winter months!

Monaco, and its principality including the exciting international Grande Prix, and Cannes, with its famous film festival in May, where you will see many of the famous stars from screen and TV. St.Tropez, the home of Brigitte Bardo, chic boutiques, and super yachts. Vence, for its famous artists, including the fascinating Maecht Museum in St Paul; International Antibes, with its millionaire yachts and international crowds is a must to visit.

Feel part of the jet-set scene by simply sitting with a cocktail at one of the many splendid bars situated all along the coast. All this is available a short drive from the villa.

For nature lovers and those who love walking, we have the well-known GR51 which crosses from east to west across France and is accessible from Gattieres. Many simple and delightful walks can be made from the villa for all levels of competence, promising extraordinary views and quality of air!

Cycling enthusiasts can enjoy participating in the numerous clubs and tracks in the area which is famous for its cycling. It is a national sport here in France. The Iron Man contest passes right through Gattieres.

Other Activities: Botanical walks, Matisse chapel, art galleries, mountain resorts, painting courses, horse races, theatre, concerts, outdoor markets, top restaurants locally, golf, fishing, and rafting, and ferry trips to the islands of Lerin, where the Cistercian monks have created a wonderful vineyard and allow visits to the ancient monastery. Nothing is forgotten in the playground of the Riviera!

Not forgetting Golf: We have 12 golf courses nearby. However, courses tend to be quite pricey. Check them out on the internet before lugging them with you on holiday!

Great tennis clubs are available to guests nearby.

Ski: There are many well-known ski resorts in the area surrounding the Alpes Maritimes. The closest at Isola 2000 is only an hour's drive away, with all facilities, or lovely Colmieres, for both ski du font and Alpine. The scenery is breathtaking, even for simply walking. You can be skiing in the morning and be back to the villa for a BBQ in the evening!

Or for simple indulgence, treat yourself to the numerous spas and beauty centres in the area. Nothing has been spared here on the Cote d'Azur! It really is a wonderful destination - that is why we chose to live here permanently!

Le Contadour Villa is designed for the discerning visitor even in our glorious winter when the crowds have left. Come and enjoy the winter sun where you can still see temperatures of 16+°- escape from the cold, wet weather back home. Swim in a lovely heated pool chez nous! So easy to fly to; in 20 minutes you can be enjoying all the comforts of our villa, sit on the terrace and enjoy a glass or two of bubbly, take in the exotic perfumes of the flowers, and ... relax! Share our little bit of paradise here on the Cote d'Azur!


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
15 Oct 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
24 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
winter 2017
7 Jan 2017 - 24 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Easter 2017
25 Mar 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
spring 2017
8 Apr 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
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for 7 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
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Late Summer
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
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30 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
28 Oct 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £268

*All rates are inclusive of electricity, air conditioning, heating, water, linen and towels . We also offer a free welcome bottle of sparkling wine and a basket of delicious local fruit.
There are no added extras!
Cleaning is included on the final day. Linen changed weekly.
Baby sitting service available.

*A security deposit of €300 will be required in cash on arrival.

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100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

The Contadour (haunt of artists and writers) has hosted guests worldwide for over 15 years and who return frequently. It is perfectly located just 20 mins. drive from Nice, Vence, and the many famous beaches and tourist spots on the Riviera. Highly rated as 5* it maintains its peace and serenity in an area of outstanding natural beauty; perched 300 m above the Var Valley and the foothills of the Alpes. If you can tear yourself away from the beauty of this villa, then visit the famous resorts of Nice, Monaco, Cannes and St Tropez- all a short drive away, or escape to the mountains and visit the ancient perched villages where time stands still. Locally, you can visit a Roman vineyard and sample the delicious wines of the area. Take a walk into the hills for spectacular views. Share the life of a French resident. Participate in village life by joining in a game of boules or sipping a gorgeous coffee with a steaming croissant, while watching the locals greeting one another. The famous institutions such as the Fondation Maechdt and the Matisse Chapel are close by with wonderful exhibitions of art and sculpture. Shop for fresh fruits and vegetables in local markets. Taste the huge varieties of cheese from the mountains. Even in the short winter months, Gattieres is sheltered from the frost and snow and you can sit out most days to enjoy lunch on your terrace. We get 300 days of sunshine a year. Within the grounds of Le Contadour, you will be able to benefit from an exotic, heated pool, surrounded by mediterranean plants and trees. You no longer need wait until the crowds arrive on the Riviera to appreciate the calm surroundings and the beauty of the area. Here at Le Contadour, you are central for everything; the airport being only a 20 minute drive away, and the motorway only 10 minutes drive. You can enjoy all the benefits of life on the Cote d'Azur here at Le Contadour and for those who seek a hideaway different from the masses whether young or old, it is right here

Property Type

  • apartment

Accommodation Type

  • Guest House


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...


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


  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski lift pass
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 100 m²


  • Bathroom - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Modern spacious shower-room with excellent lighting.
  • Large, elegant, modern, white ceramic tiled shower room with toilet and vanity unit with huge mirrors, spotlit. Two pin plugs, (220 v.) Excellent lighting. Hairdryer and free luxury toileteries. Soft large bathrobes and luxury towels. Large spot-lit mirrors. Mirrored shelves. Toilet


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom two - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom one - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • 1 extra large kingsize double bed .Luxury linen. Fitted wardrobes and french windows to a delightful balcony facing south Two single beds in separate room with lamps, and mirror. We have a cot for a baby and bedding, plus a high chair, rocker, and bottle warmer. Double measures 180 x200 m2 Second bedroom: the beds measure 80 x 190 m2 and is quiet and cool in summer months. Opposite main bedroom is the large elegant shower room with toilet. Plus: English library of books. Plenty of hanging/storage space. Bedside lamps for reading. A large mirror and marble wash stand. Paintings by owner Mosquito netting in high season Part Air conditioning Heating French windows to private balcony fans. Second bedroom is very pretty, original, cool in summer and faces east. Both bedrooms have luxury bedding and linen, The second bedroom is separated from the main bedroom by a dressing area and door. Previous guests commented on how very comfortable the beds


  • Balcony ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs


  • Self-catering

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


  • Property would suit elderly but not infirm. Spacious, light, and very comfortable. Colonial ceiling fans +a/c. Mosquito nets. Private. Romantic setting would appeal to honeymoon couples, artists, or those seeking a peaceful location to relax in. 10 min. walking distance of local village with all amenities, restaurants and 20 min. drive to Nice, the sea and beaches. It is also an ideal central location for all major resorts, such as Cannes, Monaco, Vence and St Tropez. Italy is only 50 mins. drive away. A DVD library is available (free). There is also a large selection of English books. The villa/apt is a restored wing of a stone mas, completely private and tastefully furnished, set among olive trees, figs. palms, and exotic flowers. The heated pool is shared with on-site owners usually when guests are out. Private terraces with garden furniture. ARRIVALS between 4.0pm and 7.0pm (If you wish to arrive later, please inform owners). DEPARTURES: 11.0am Cleaning takes place last da

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