Le Contadour(haunt of artists)
Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Le Contadour (haunt of artists and writers) is located just 20 minutes drive from Nice, Vence, the many famous beaches and tourist spots. Highly rated as 5* it maintains its peace and serenity in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
The architect designed villa is ideally located for accessing all amenities of the village of Gattieres, just a short walk from the villa. The local markets which provide wonderful fresh produce, and the excellent restaurants and bars in the area, where delicious home made food and local wines can be sampled are on the doorstep! Sip a cup of frothy coffee and be tempted by the aroma of hot croissants, in a local bar and enjoy participating in village life.
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 stood still. Locally you can visit a roman vineyard and sample its delights! The famous institutions such as the Fondation Maeght, and the Matisse Chapel are close by. The Friday markets in Vence are full of wonderful local produces from the mountains.
For those who are more energetic, there are excellent guided walks locally.
Even in the wintertime, the area has so much to offer, such as the well-known ski resorts in the Alpes only a short drive away, such as Greolieres, and also Isola 2000.
Come and participate in the Carnival of Nice in February, with its superb floats and concerts.
Within the grounds of the villa you will be able to benefit from an exotic pool, surrounded by Mediterranean plants and trees. Pick your own oranges, lemons, or figs. Enjoy an al fresco dinner on your private terrace under an ancient olive tree. Wake to the sun streaming through the shutters of your bedroom, and the aroma of wisteria and jasmine.
At Le Contadour, you will enjoy all the benefits of life in France, and for those who seek a hideaway, different from the masses, whether young or old, it is right here, waiting for you. Many of our visitors return year after year, from all corners of the world.
Enjoy tennis, fishing, and cycling, cookery, painting, French lessons, excellent wining and dining. A perfect central place for viewing the exciting Cote d'Azur, but without the crowds!
Whilst staying at Le Contadour, you can avail of babysitting care, and extra help in the apartment with cleaning or ironing. We can also provide you with someone to cook a special Chinese meal outdoors for you if you are tired of cooking!
You will find a little bit of paradise only for discerning travellers whose aim is to relax, enjoy scenic walks, excellent local provencal foods, savour the beauty of one's surroundings, and experience life in a french village.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||St Laurent du Var 9 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Nice International Airport 10 km, Nearest railway: St Laurent du Var 9 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
There are two delightful bedrooms. One with king size bed facing south, with french windows opening on to a terrace overlooking the valley. It is air-conditioned.
The second, equally charming room, has twin beds and fans.
Both bedrooms are linked to a spacious, elegant shower room and toilet. There are plenty of storage areas and hanging wardrobes. Toiletries and bathrobes are provided.
The kitchen area provides all that you would find at home and more! It has been designed with cooks in mind! It opens onto a private terrace with an ancient olive tree and lemon tree. Perfect for outdoor dining.
The spacious apartment measures 100m2. Every comfort has been incorporated to ensure that your stay is peaceful, comfortable and even better than "home from home" where you can indulge yourself in all the luxuries provided.
For your added enjoyment we have a satellite TV system with many of your favourite television programmes in English/German/Italian . Plus a full DVD library with all the latest films. You will also find a large library of English books and games. Included is an IPod/IPhone docking station.
Wi-Fi internet connection is available, free, with a router, for those who can't leave their work behind them.
English, Italian, French and some Spanish is also spoken spoken.
|Further details outdoors|
The pool is shared with the on-site owners, but your privacy is observed at all times. We usually swim when guests decide to go out! There is a private, secure parking area within the electric gates of the villa.
The BBQ, and pizza oven are available for your use, plus the poolside furniture, and sun umbrellas. The large, natural stone summer kitchen has a ceiling fan and spotlights, plus table and chairs. The whole of the area surrounding the pool terrace is spotlit, as is the pool at night, to provide a romantic ambiance.
You are welcome to pick the fruit from the gardens which extend for 2500 2m. There is also an outdoor bar next to the built-in stone BBQ with fridge and cool box.
The private terrace for guests is adjacent to the kitchen and is furnished with table, chairs, sun umbrella, plus loungers, for romantic outdoor dining. An ancient olive tree adds shade and is spotlit at night.
We protect your children with a pool alarm. We also have lots of toys for the children and facilities for babies.
The swimming pool can be used whenever you wish and the villa/apartment is open all the year round.
We are happy to help you choose your daily schedules to include favourite restaurants and trips by car. There is a fully comprehensive book detailing many interesting places to visit, either artistically, or gourmet!
The Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur region
The department of the Alpes Maritimes benefits from over 300 days of sunshine a year. It has one foot in the Mediterranean, and the other in the mountains of the Alpes. There are over 40 kms. of beaches, bays, and innumerable mountain villages, approaching the Italian border. Within the department, there are many beautiful parks, one of which is the Mercatour renouned for its magnificent walks.
The area is also famous for its production of well-known perfumes, and flower growing is especially cultivated in the region. Excellent wine and olive oil are produced locally and the vineyards offer free wine-tasting.
Artists from over the centuries have resided in the area, attracted by the intensity of the light. Many museums, locally, house works by Manet, Monet, Chagall, Picasso, and more. The famous writer, Pagnol, lived and worked in the village adjacent.
In July, Gattieres hosts a well-known operatic group of professional singers and musicians. It is held under the stars on the peak of Gattieres village. See Opus-Opera.
The famous Tour de France and the Iron-Man cycle races pass through Gattieres annually.
Nice Jazz Festival takes place annually during the summer months as do many concerts held in local villages.
Gattieres, is a medieval perched village, which has hardly changed since the 12th century, and only 20 MINS FROM NICE! It has all that one could require whilst on holiday, from a renowned bakery which provides even for the House of Monaco to excellent restaurants with regional, provencal menus.
In July, a well-known professional opera performs in the open squares of the village. Gattieres, is centrally situated to visit the famous coastal resorts of Monaco, Nice, Cannes, or St. Tropez. Numerous festivals take place in the Nice area from famous jazz festivals, in the summer, to carnivals in the winter months. For more details see: www.whatsonwhen.com and look up the Nice area.
For the active, there is sailing, swimming, golf, tennis, fishing, climbing, walking, visiting the many museums and art galleries, showing works from the famous provencal artists. Every pursuit can be found in the playground of the Cote d'Azur.
Including the many activities, courses in painting, pottery making, languages, and cooking are available locally.
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4 Jun 2014
"Superb vacance on the Côte d'Azur"
We arrived at Le Contadour Saturday 24 May 2014 for a week's stay and were welcomed by Liz and Quentin. The apartment, with stunning views of the Var, was completely self-contained, and with a do… More
26 Sep 2013
"Lovely place - lots to see and do"
Thank you for a lovely stay at Le Contador. We thoroughly enjoyed it and found it was the perfect base to travel round the Cote D'Azure. Liz and Quentin are fantastic hosts and the pool and bbq … More
30 Jun 2013
"Tranquility, a short drive from Nice."
Le Contadour is truly a home from home equipped with absolutely all that is needed. The views from the apartment are stunning at all times of day and the beautifully unspoiled village of Gattieres is … More
28 May 2013
"Well equipped apartment, very pretty location."
We found the accommodation to be of a very high standard and exceptionally well equipped - there was nothing we needed which wasn't readily to hand.
We arrived at the apartment, quite late on a Saturday evening and the weather was absolutely horrendous. The welcome we received however from the owners, Liz and Quentin, could not have been warmer - from Quentin standing out in torrential rain to greet us and guide us to the right place, to Liz supplying some basic essentials to make a meal, thereby not having to venture out again on such a dark, wet evening!
24 Sep 2012
"wonderful house, perfect hosts and fantastic position"
We spent a month in Liz and Quentin's well located and wonderfully comfortable Le Contadour apartment. We did not want to leave and cannot wait to go back. The village of Gattieres is less than t… More
22 Sep 2012
"Prime spot to discover Nice surroundings and relax in superb premises."
We spent an absolutely lovely week in Le Contadour. The location was excellent to have daily excursions into the surroundings. Weather was hugging us all the week, view from our dinner table was magnificent and early morning swims in the superb pool was a good day starter but the most enjoyable was our lovely host couple, Liz and Quentin. They tend to have the skill to make their guests really feel at home and get the most of their stay - and all with a delicate touch.
8 Aug 2011
"Cannot recommend highly enough"
What can we say? The only things that outshine the apartment are Liz and Quentin themselves. They could not have been more helpful.
The arrangement works very well indeed. The apartment, its balcony and terraces are totally self-contained. We had complete privacy but knew that Quentin and Liz were available for anything we required. It was a delight each morning to open the shutters in the morning and look down the Var valley. We stayed in late July 2011 – when I am informed the weather was unseasonably cool (26 degrees+ Celsius each day) – but the pool was always warm enough for a dip. The availability and exclusivity suited us and the kids (aged 14 and 16) very well.
Le Contadour gave us easy access to lots of places – we visited friends near St. Tropez one day and still managed to reach them in about an hour and a quarter. We drove to San Remo (Italy) another day and came back via DolceAcqua and Monte Carlo. Most of the time, however, we stayed closer to home. Gattieres itself is charming, St. Jeannet is 5 minutes down the road. Vence is just down the road from there with St. Paul de Vence a little further on. Keep going and you'll land in Cagne-sur-Mer/Antibes. Catherine and I popped into Nice around 9:30pm one evening for a meal in the old town and a quick jaunt down the Route de St. Laurent du Var saw us on the western end of the Promenade des Anglais in Nice in around 15-20 minutes. We walked into Gattieres each morning for fresh bread (took us about 6-7 minutes). We dined as a family at the Hostellerie Provencale in the town one evening and then dandered back in around 10 minutes or so. Spot on.
The fantastic thing about Le Contadour is that it renders the holiday “contract-free”. In other words, you know as soon as you arrive that the bar is set high enough that, if you do nothing else for the remainder of your stay and elect to lounge around the apartment, you'll still have a great holiday. We were surprised at just how often our kids wanted to do just that. Frankly, everything else after Le Contadour is a bonus.
Personally, I loved the fact that the superb wifi coverage throughout the apartment yielded a fantastically strong reception in the patio and pool areas also. This meant that our iPhones and my laptop had full internet access no matter where we were – indoors or out. For someone like me who wants to stay in touch – even when on hols – this is a great boon indeed. It also allowed the kids to sit poolside and do their Facebook etc.
And what about the dynamic duo? Well, Quentin is a true gentleman with a natural charisma and charm that's all too rare in this day and age. Liz is just fantastic – a wonderful lady but also a real “dynamo”. They both enjoy a good giggle and their relaxed competence soon sets you at your ease. At the same time, you need only see as much of them as you need. Frankly, I'm not sure we saw enough of them during our stay.
We cannot recommend Le Contadour highly enough. We “lucked out” (as the Americans say) when Liz and Quentin had a cancellation at just the same time as we decided to book our holiday. We're very happy with that particular piece of serendipity. I'm sure it won't be the last time we see Quentin and Liz. If you're lucky enough to stay here, please accept our envy in advance…
26 Jul 2011
"Peace, quiet, sun and terrific hosts."
Everything you want from the South of France. Superbly located to travel around.
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