This delightful, Provencal-style one bedroom gîte near Grasse benefits from a lovely large swimming pool and is set within beautiful gardens with views down to the sea. It’s attached to the side of the owner’s home, who are a charming couple, discreetly on hand to help you with any aspect of your holiday.
Approximately 60 sq metres in size, the accommodation comprises a bright, sunny living room, a well-equipped kitchen area, one double bedroom, one shower room, large terrace, large swimming pool, beautifully landscaped gardens and parking for two cars.
It’s in a quiet location near to the old village of Plascassier, and not far from the larger village of Mouans-Sartoux or the town of Grasse.
The owners are very hospitable and have paid very good attention to detail. A welcome pack of essentials like milk, orange juice, coffee, wine and water await you on arrival.
This property would be ideal for 2-4 people looking for well-appointed accommodation with a private pool and easy access to explore the local area.
Living room: is very bright with sliding glazed doors on 2 sides, giving great views over the gardens and pool. There is a wicker sofa and armchairs, a double sofa bed (140x200cm) a dining table and 4 chairs, a TV (Satellite), and a DVD and video player.
Kitchen: is in one corner, open plan to the bedroom, and is very well equipped with a combined microwave/oven, a hob, a fridge, a dishwasher, a coffee machine, and a breakfast bar with 2 stools. The owner even includes the basic ingredients for cooking!
Utility room: in a separate building nearby there are a washing machine, iron and ironing board. A freezer can also be made available for stays of a long duration.
Bedrooms: The bedroom has lovely high ceilings and is beautifully designed in a lilac Provencal style, with a double bed, a chaise longue and a wardrobe (with a safe). There are sliding glazed doors with views to the mountains, and electric sun canopies. No A/C but there’s a fan. For additional sleeping there is also a sofa bed for 2 people (140x200cm) in the living room.
Bathrooms: there is one well-appointed shower room with a shower cubicle, WC, washbasin and hairdryer.
Outside: there is a large terrace around the living room, which continues to the 3000 square metres of south facing, landscaped gardens planted with mimosa, olive trees, palm trees, roses and rosemary. The gîte has its own private part of the gardens, with views down to the sea, and there is a table and 4 chairs under a canopy. There is a barbeque and parking for up to two cars.
Swimming pool: is approximately 13 x 6.5 metres, with safety alarm and private to the villa. It is used by the owners only when it is not being used by the holiday renters.
Internet: connection is available for your laptop via Wi-Fi.
Telephone: is not available here - sorry.
Baby facilities: a cot and high chair are available upon request.
Winter heating: is included in the rental cost.
Gas, electric, & water: are all included in the rental cost.
End-of-stay cleaning: is included in the rental.
Bed & bathroom linen: is included for the double bed and two people – please enquire if there are more.
Taxe de Sejour: in France, it is usually necessary to pay a “Taxe de Séjour” at the end of your stay; however it does not apply to this property.
Extra person supplement: the owner here normally charges 150 Euros per week for any 3rd or 4th person, however she has kindly agreed to waive this for all Joie de Vivre clients.
Damage deposit: The owner requests a damage deposit of 200 euros on arrival. This will be refunded to you at the end of your stay, less the replacement cost of any breakages.
Change over day: is normally a Saturday but the owners may be flexible upon request.
Long weekend stays: are possible at this property – please ask for details.
Pets: small dogs may be considered here – please enquire.
Smoking: is not permitted inside this property – sorry.
About the local area
Local shops, a boulangerie, restaurants and a supermarket can be found just 500 metres away in the lovely old village of Plascassier. A wider range of facilities and restaurants can also be found nearby in the larger village of Mouans-Sartoux.
Local markets are held in Mouans-Sartoux every Tuesday and Thursday mornings and in Valbonne on a Friday morning.
Sporting activities in the area are abundant– there is golf, tennis and horse riding and as you are in very close proximity to the mountains and hills of the Alpes Maritimes, walking and cycling are also very popular.
Beaches can be found not too far away in Cannes and Antibes, approximately 15 km.
The ski stations of Valberg, Isola 2000 and Auron are approximately 1 hour’s drive away if you fancy a couple of days winter sports!
Getting around there is a bus stop approximately 400 metres away from the gite and the train station of Mouans-Sartoux is approx 5km. The owner however insists that a car is essential from here.
Sightseeing is endless; the nearest places of interest are the perfumeries of Grasse, Marineland at Antibes, the Festival of Cannes, the glassmakers at Biot, the potteries of Vallauris, the picturesque villages of Valbonne and Mougins and of course the beautiful countryside all around.
Other entertainment includes the beach, the casinos & nightlife of Cannes, boat trips, cinemas, wine tasting, or just good old relaxing by the pool!
De tuin! Zalige stilte...Uitstekend, gaan zeker nog terug... goede service! (Google translate: The garden! Blissful silence...Excellent, will definitely go back... good service) - Mrs P. from Belgium, June 21.
It is an idyllic setting - we have had several stays here, and the owners are very welcoming. Ideal - we would visit again - Mrs N. from East Dunbartonshire, Sept 18 (4th visit)
We had the most wonderful holiday and we loved our stay in Gite Lily. Lilian, her family and friends were all so welcoming. We loved the gite and the plot too, it really was stunning. - Mrs M. from Buckinghamshire, July 17
The hosts make you feel very welcome and were charming and very helpful throughout our stay.  Never did they show any irritation about being called on during the day or evening if we could not sort out a problem for ourselves.  The swimming pool is very well maintained and the water quality is excellent.  The location is very good and quiet and the surrounding garden is very nice and well maintained.  It is very difficult to find the property for the first time, even with your road directions and our Tom-Tom.  We had to call on a nearby resident who was helpful in showing us the last part of the journey (about 500 metres).  I think that the distance from the main road to the village to the turning into the private road, which leads to about 6 houses, is rather greater than expected and so you run out of confidence in your printed directions.  A local plan would be helpful for some visitors (who can read plans!). The accommodation is OK but is showing signs of wear and tear, in the kitchen and shower room, and we pointed out to the owners several minor electrical repairs which need urgent attention.  They seemed to be serious about dealing with them immediately after our departure. The shopping facilities of nearby Grasse are very good, with a most impressive LeClerc large supermarket only 7 minutes drive away. We would return without hesitation to this gite and may contact you in the new year to make arrangements - Mr B. from North Yorkshire, Sept 15.
Very good - it worked well even though there were four family members (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied - Mr G. from Wiltshire, July 2015.
.....very well appointed and suited our needs perfectly (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied - Mrs P. from Wiltshire, July 2014.
As last year, we found the accommodation ideal. The property is beautifully furnished, with a delightful garden and pool. Our hosts were very kind and welcoming, and we are looking forward to going back in the future.(How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied - Mrs N. from Glasgow, June 14 (2nd visit)
Gite Lily is a beautiful property, tastefully furnished, and the gardens and pool were first class. Our hosts were very friendly and welcoming, and took very good care of us during our stay. (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied - we had an excellent holiday and the quality of the accommodation surpassed all expectations. Mrs N. from East Dunbartonshire, May 2013
Excellent, in fact the description and photographs did not do it anywhere near enough justice. The owners were very nice and extremely accommodating. (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied - Mr S. from Ireland, Sept 12.
Very satisfied. Beautiful interior and garden, clean, furnished with taste, nice location, very nice and helpful owners. Everything was perfect- Mrs P. from Belgium, July 12.
Good standard although closer to owners` accommodation that I had realised - maybe my fault for not reading the description more carefully (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Average - Mr M. from Cambridgeshire, Aug 11.
Gite Lily was in a beautiful and peaceful location. the owners are a lovely couple - extremely helpful. The gite is very pretty and the facilities are excellent. The pool is superb and the garden was lovely. We would thoroughly recommend this gite. (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied. Paul was very helpful and sent all details through including very accurate directions. I would highly recommend using this company and we will definately be using them again. - Ms S. from Kent, Sept 11.
Excellent, spotlessly clean. Owners were delightful and very welcoming. (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied - Mr M. from Manchester, June 11.
Excellent gite-just as described. Owners very friendly and helpful. (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied - Mr B. from Kent, Oct 10.
It was fantastic, lovely and clean and the owners were very friendly and welcoming. (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied - Mrs Y. from West Midlands, Sept 10.
The accomodation was as shown and the owners were delightful despite our lack of French! The pool was beautiful and the whole place a little slice of heaven. (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied - Mrs T. from East Sussex, Sept 10.
A slice of paradise ! Absolutely beautiful garden and pool. The Gite was tastefully decorated.Lovely little touches like vases of fresh flowers from the garden and cocktails and pastries on our arrival! Charming owners. (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied - Mrs D. from Somerset, May 10.
Lovely. It was clean nicely furnished and in a beautiful location. The owners were absolutely delightful. Good place to explore the area. Thanks to Paul who was a great help. (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied - Mrs B. from Australia, Oct 09.
GÎTE LILY - was fine, bright and comfortable. The owners are so helpful and friendly - we received a very warm personal welcome from them - Ms M. from Dublin, May 09
Very good. The location was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.  The owners were extremley hospitable and friendly and were so welcoming.  Whilst I was staying there on my own, it was nice to know that they were on hand in case I needed help with anything. In fact, there was an occasion where the power failed at the gite.  The owner came by immediately and discovered that it was the dishwasher causing the problem.  He wheeled it away to his workshop and in less than 20 minutes it was back in the kitchen and the power was restored.  I wish we could get service like that in the UK !! We have been going to this part of France for some 26/27 years and yet we always find new hidden gems.  We will return ! Thanks for all your help and quick responses to our queries - Mrs F. from West Sussex, Aug 08.
Very good, well kept and to a high standard. (How satisfied were you with the property ?) Very Satisfied - Mrs H. from Warwickshire, Sept 07.