This charming old villa with sunny gardens is set in the hillside in a quiet area of Vence and is one of my favourites!
Villa Lavande is tastefully furnished, with a large living/dining room, well-equipped kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a lovely sunny terrace bordered by lavender, extensive lawned gardens and private parking.
The villa is located in a quiet neighbourhood to the west of Vence town centre, and is approximately 30 minute walk from the town and all of its amenities.
This is a lovely place in which to base yourselves to relax, enjoy the old town of Vence, go walking or cycling in the hills or explore the many attractions of the Cote d’Azur.
This charming old villa comprises of entrance hall, opening into a spacious dining room with table and chairs, a tastefully furnished living room with fireplace, television, video, DVD & Hi-Fi and French doors opening out onto a dining-terrace with table and 6 chairs.
There is a small, but very well equipped kitchen with oven, gas hob, microwave, dishwasher, fridge and freezer. There is also a washing machine within a downstairs cloakroom.
From the dining room there is a good-sized double bedroom with wardrobes and other antique furniture, and this bedroom has an elegant en-suite shower room with marble fittings and a WC.
From the living room there is an L-shaped bedroom/study, which has a single sofa bed. It is also possible to add a temporary foldaway bed to this room, suitable for children (please request). The downstairs cloakroom, with WC and hand basin, serves this bedroom.
Independent from the main house, there is a twin bedroom accessed via a staircase outside the front door. This room is ideal for those who want to have separate sleeping quarters e.g. teenagers, grandparents, or au pair. This bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with shower over a bath, toilet and hand basin, and it also has views towards the sea.
There are 2 baby-cots and a high chair available at this villa.
Outside, there are beautiful lawned gardens of approximately 1,100 square metres, bordered by lavender and Mediterranean plants and trees. The gardens are private, very peaceful and enclosed for children to play in. There is also a pretty wooden garden house with table and chairs. Please note: the owners do not permit barbeques in the garden here, as they consider them to be too much of a fire risk.
There is a garage and parking for 2 cars.
Internet connection is available here for your laptop via Wi-Fi and ADSL.
End-of-stay cleaning: has been priced separately, so if you are staying for more than 1 week you are not paying in duplicate. It is 50 Euros and is paid directly to the owner.
Bed & bathroom linen: has been priced separately here to give you the option to take your own (or in case the number of people in your party is less than the number of places). If you wish to hire these, they are available for 20 Euros per single bed and 30 Euros per double, paid directly to the owner.
Winter heating is at an additional cost (please ask for details).
Taxe de Séjour: In France it's usually necessary to pay this (tourist tax) and it's calculated based on the number of people in your group and the time of year you stay. Under 18's are exempt. We will advise you of the tax due at the time you make your reservation and how it is to be paid.
The owner requests a damage deposit of 500 Euros on arrival, or in advance by way of a credit card guarantee with JDV, and this will be refunded to you at the end of your stay, less the replacement cost of any breakages.
Pets are permitted at this villa on request.
About the local area
Vence is an artist’s town and along with its equally well-known neighbouring town of Saint Paul de Vence, is situated amidst the beautiful hilly scenery to the west of Nice.
It has drawn artists both well known and amateur, and a special attraction is “Matisse’s Chapel”, just a short walking distance from the beautiful old-town. Another is the “Chagall painting” in the Cathedral.
There is a wide range of shops, restaurants, boulangeries and markets in the town centre of Vence and Villa Lavande is situated approximately 2.5 km away. It is possible to walk from the villa to the town, which takes approximately 30 minutes via a shortcut (please note: this route is unlit and uphill on the return). There is also a 3-screen cinema in the town.
The Mediterranean towns of Nice, Antibes and Cannes are all close by where you can enjoy a day on the beach, or visit the ports.
Tennis, golf, equitation, and water sports are all nearby, as well as a local outdoor swimming pool from May - Sept.
With its close proximity to the surrounding hilly countryside, the villa is an ideal base for those who enjoy the outdoors, walking and cycling. The region is also well served by ski-stations in the winter, some of which can be reached within an hours drive.
The villa is within easy reach of Nice International Airport and all that the Cote d’Azur has to offer.
Excellent, we would return and recommend to friends. Owner and Paul were great to work with. Home is nicely laid out and well taken care of. Beautiful yard - Mr W from USA, Aug 17.
Excellent (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied - Mrs D. from Hertfordshire, July 2016
Lovely (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied - Mr S. from Northampton,  June 2016
Tranquilité, propreté, très belle maison et très beau jardin. Propriétaires très sympathiques. A recommender (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied - Mr & Mrs T. from France, 3 weeks in August 2015.
Excellent. Beautiful house, nicely decorated and well equipped with lovely garden and views (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied - Mrs W. from West Sussex, August 2014.
Nice house, but it seems not much inhabited, therefore with humidity and painful bugs in one room! Too high trees which prohibited any sight. Overall overpriced even in high season (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Satisfied - Mr R. from Switzerland, July 14.
The house, garden and location were perfect, with a stunning view down to the sea. Sonya, the owner, was very helpful and after making sure we were OK, she left us alone, to enjoy the house. (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied - Mrs A. from Norfolk, May 2014.
Very well described in all aspects. (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied, Paul went above and beyond the call of duty to provide an excellent service, on a Sunday morning to help us find changenative accommodation after our initial booking with owners direct failed to meet an acceptable standard. Thank you Paul, and we will definitely recommend your service to our family and friends, you saved our holiday from total disaster!! - Mr M. from Midlothian, April 2014
Very well. It was suitable, comfortable villa decorated with Provance style (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied - Mr A. from Russian Federation, August 2013.
Excellent. Very happy with it (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied - Mr C. from Arizona, June 13. It was verry good (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied - Mr L. from Switzerland, Oct 12.
It was pretty good, further away from Vence than we would have liked, but that was made clear in (other guests) comments (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied - Mr. J from Hope Valley, UK, June 12.
Very quiet, very nice owner, would be good to have fans in the bedrooms and a hair dryer (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Satisfied - Mrs O. from Poland, Aug 11.
A very lovely villa in a great area - perfect for all our needs.(How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied - Ms W. from London, Aug 11.
Excellent. Paul Rhodes was most helpful in answering our queries and ensured the smooth booking of our holiday. Thank you! (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied - Mrs L. from Devon, July 11.
Wonderfully generous and helpful hosts with attention to detail. Easily the best villa we ever stayed in. Fabulous. The walking distance from Villa Lavande into Vence is 30-40 minutes, a car is therefore necessary. From Vence onwards public transport is excellent. (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied - Mrs M. from Warwickshire, Sept 10.
Beautifully decorated and very well maintained. Everything we could have needed was provided, and it was all of a high quality. The children were very well catered for. Would definitely return to this property. (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied - Mrs A. from London, May 2010.
Villa Lavande was superb, and so was the owner who was very service minded and nice! (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied. We would like to use you again! - Mrs H. from Norway, May 09.
Excellent - Villa Lavande met our needs perfectly. (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied - Mrs M. from Belfast, June 08.
A lovely property in a very quiet setting with great views down to the Med. House was well equipped and comfortable - Mr B. from Hants, Mar 08.
A fantastic week living in a fantastic house! Monte Carlo was truly awesome! Mr B. from Hants, Aug 07.
What a beautiful place to stay for our first visit to Provence! We have loved our time at your comfortable and beautifully decorated house &ndash whatever we needed during the week it was there! We loved the experience of exploring the area (starting with the garden for the children!) and the house made for the perfect base &ndash Mr. M from Dublin, Apr 07.
We`ve enjoyed staying here for two weeks, mainly with fine sunny weather. The house is very comfortable and has absolutely everything possible required. It`s a strong possibility that we would return to this area and indeed would very much like to stay here again. Vence has everything you need and has been particularly relaxing. Thank you very much &ndash Mr P. from Stirling, Mar 07.
We have had a most comfortable stay and so enjoyed eating outside in the beautiful weather. Thank you so much &ndash Mrs K. from Leicestershire, Oct 06.
A beautiful house and a beautiful part of France, we have had a superb stay here, best wishes Mrs B. from Edinburgh, Oct 06
Villa Lavande was a lovely property and we enjoyed our stay - Mrs F. from Buckinghamshire, Sept 06