News and Events from the South of France
The latest news from the South of France, for our previous blog please visit http://francevillas.blogspot.fr
Forest Fires - St Tropez Region
As many of you will have seen there have been some very serious forest fires in and around the St Tropez area this week. Thankfully none of our clients or villas have been affected and today the news is much better as the fire authorities are reporting that the most serious of blazes are under control.
The smaller airport at Toulon Hyeres was shut for a short time but is open and operating normally this morning.
The authorities have issued a 'sever risk' of fire in the upper areas of the Var (Brignoles) and information on the areas of the Var that are high alert can be found HERE on the government website.
The Cote d'Azur is also on high alert but there are currently no incidences of fire.
Nice International Airport has not been affected.
If you are here on holiday or arriving at the weekend then please take care to respect the advice of the authorities during this time of elevated risk which includes the responsible disposal of all finished cigarettes and the closure to the public of the more remote ares of forest. There are also some local restrictions on the use of charcola BBQ's in the areas of highest risk.
We wish you a very happy holiday here on the Cote d'Azur and if you have any concerns please contact us.
Late Availability - Grab a Bargain Holiday in the South of France
We have some great last minute rates available for last minute availability this summer. If you are looking for a late bargain then please take a look at the Summer Specials. page. Or, if you prefer, then contact our sales team who will be able to help and advise you on the perfect villa here in the South of France or Provence.
Beware the Scam Villa Rentals
Sadly we have already had several clients calling our office who have been the victim of scam villa rental websites. Even the well known rental portals are not exempt from offering villas that do not exist.
Did you know:-
When you add a villa to rent on to one of the worldwide rental portals such as Home Away or Airbnb there is no check that you are actually the owner or that you have the right to rent the villa.
Each year in the South of France we see fake websites set up offering amazing villas at exceptional prices and the best advice is that if it looks too good to be true then it probably is.
So how can you be safe?
Do your research. Book using one of the local agencies where you can check that they actually exist. Pick one that speaks your native langauge so that you can ask all those relevant questions. Ask to see testimonials from satisfied clients. Check the terms and conditions. Pay using your credit card through a secure server (such as WorldPay) where if there are any issues you have added insurance.
Cote d'Azur Villas have over 13 years of experience and offer over 250 villas to rent in the South of France and Provence. We work and live in the region and we visit all of our villas personally. We're here from the time you make your first enquiry to the time you leave and go home having had a wonderful holiday.
Don't be the victim of a scam, call our rental team today - be safe and secure this summer.
5 Top Tips for Surviving Cannes Lions 2017
It's nearly upon us - Cannes Lions 2017 when the world of advertising and media arrive in Cannes and take over the town for a week. It's a busy time and if you are attnding the event here are our top 5 insider tips for making the most of your stay on the Cote d'Azur
1. Arrival - Whatever tiem you are arriving it's good to have some basics in the fridge for when you arrive. our Cote d'Azur Villas clients will all arrive to find some groceries in the fridge. Ask your rental agent to stock your kitchen for you.
2. Transport - Hopeofully you're not too far away from the Palais des Festivals but if you are then book your transport before you arrive. Don't leave it til the last minute to realise that you need a cab, you'll be disappointed.
3. Diary Planning - Have a plan for the event, it will change and evolve as you go through the week but some research and basic structure to your week will stop you missing out on the most important events
4. Timing - Leave time to get from event to event. Even walking along the Croisette it's going to be busy and take a little longer than usual.
5. Concierge - All our Cannes Lions clients will have access to our concierge service throughout their stay, whatever the request the team will be happy to help. Make sure your rental agency offer this service, it's vital to the success of your stay here in Cannes.
See you all soon for another great Cannes Lions!
Looking for a last minute summer bargain - then take a look at our SUMMER SPECIALS Some great value for money right across the villa range and on locations througout the South of France. Take a look at what's available, but don't wait too long...and remember, everything can be booked on line.
Cannes Film Festival 2017
We are now just under a month away from the glittering opening of the 70th Cannes Film Festival. This is possibly the most prestigious occasion in the Cannes calendar and the time to experience the thrill of the red carpet, the expectation of the films all competing for the prized Palme d'Or and of course the time for a little 'people' watching on that most famous of streets La Croisette.
Our Cannes Villas and apartments are booked but if you are still looking for accommodation then why choose something a little further afield, perhaps in Mougins, just a 10 minute drive down into Cannes.
La Bergerie du Lac
Luxury Villa to Rent
A stunning property, nestled in one of the most prestigious locations, La Bergerie du Lac offers luxurious accommodation, beautiful outdoor spaces and the promise of a special time spent in Provence. The villa is fully staffed with your personal chef and stewardesses, there is nothing to do except to relax by the pool and enjoy the endless days of summer.
La Bergerie is the perfect choice for families and friends seeking a luxury villa rental in the South of France.
Chateau les Crostes
Wine Chateau in the Heart of Provence
This stunning chateau is nestled among the vineyards, surrounded by sumptious gardens and is the ideal choice for those seeking a true Provencal experience. Dating from the 17th Century, the chateau includes elegnat living areas, a home gym, sauna and 11 bedrooms. Outside there is a large heated pool and boule court.
If you are a large group of family and friends then this is the perfect choice for your South of France summer holiday.
All Inclusive Villa Rentals
From all inclusive hotels to all inclusive villas. New to the portfolio for summer 2017 we have 2 exceptional villas in St Tropez, Villa Alaya and Villa ChenelleVilla Chenelled fully catered including meals and some drinks. Both of the villas are finished to the highest of standards and are within easy reach of the beach and St Tropez. All that is left for you to do is to arrive, unpack and relax by the pool.
The Monaco Motor Show
The first Monaco International Motor Show is a unique open-air event that’s reinventing the traditional motor show. It’s committed to sustainable and responsible development as well as reducing its environmental impact. In the heart of the legendary principality, in three incredible locations, discover innovative, ecofriendly vehicles from prestigious manufacturers. With the electric shuttles, you can easily access all the stands across Monaco.
Prepare to be amazed by a new vision of motoring shaped by futuristic-looking cars and avant-garde technologies, which are available now.
Cannes Lions Accommodation
Palm Beach - New to the portfolio with 8 bedrooms, sleeping 16 guests and with great outside space for an event. This is a wonderful contemporary villa with an exceptional first floor terrace with panoramic sea views. 5 minutes drive to the centre of Cannes or a 20 minute stroll along La Croisette and you'll be in the heart of the Cannes Lions action.
King Cake - Galette des Rois
So if you've not eaten enough over Christmas and New Year, here in France it's time for more! Galette des Rois is a celebration of the three kings and Epiphany and is the excuse to indulge still further.
There are two types of this delicious cake, one is a sweet brioche topped with glace fruits to represent the jewels of the kings crowns the second is a puff pastry filled with sweet almond frangipan, both are equally delicious and both will also include a 'feve', usually a small ceramic representation of one of the characters to be found in the stable. Every galette des Rois comes with a paper crown and the person lucky enough to find the 'feve' in their slice gets to wear the crown and is king for the day.
Christmas Charity Toy Collection
Help Children to Enjoy Christmas
Please give Generously! Our Annual Charity Toy Collection, now in it's 3rd year, opens on Monday 28th November. This year we will again be supporting local children with our donations of games, toys and childrens books.
All donations (in good condition) can be delivered to our offices in Sophia Antipolis Monday - Friday, between 9am and 5pm.
Thank you for your support!
MIPIM 2017 - The World's Leading Property Market
The MIPIM awards are an integral part of the event and entries close for the 2017 competition on 25th November. With categories for real estate projects worldwide there will be entries for commercial projects across the globe and even categories for best future projects.
If you will be coming to MIPIM 2017 then take a look at our Cannes villas and apartments, but book early, it's a busy event.
Le Salon de la Gastronomie
Everything for the foodie in you - the Salon de la Gastronomie is al about food, taste and features demonstrations and workshops from some amazing chefs. Held at Plam Beach in Cannes from 4 - 7 November this is one of the tastiest events in the Cannes calendar. Visit the website for opening hours and ticket details.
Stay at the Made in Chelsea South of France Villas
Earlier this year the cast of Made in Chelsea checked into three of our villas when they filmed their summer series 'Made in Chelsea South of France'. They chose 2 villas in Mougins, La Calade and Villa Cecilia and one in Juan les Pins, Villa des Glycines. They filmed extensively at each villa and also enjoyed realxing around the pool and long lazy summer lunches on the terraces.
So why don't you book into a Made in Chelsea Villa for summer 2017?
La Calade - Mougins - Just a stroll into the old village with beautiful gardens and panoramic sea views.
Villa Cecilia Villa Cecilia - Mougins - Again a stroll into the old village, a larger than average pool and fabulous sea views
Villa des Glycines - Juan les Pins - Nestled in mature gardens and yet just 7 minutes walk in to the heart of the town and the beaches.
Enoy the luxury of one of the Made in Chelsea Villas when you holiday in the South of France with Cote d'Azur Villas.
Your Wedding in the South of France
Blue skies, the dappled shade of an olive tree or your exchange of wedding vows on the white sands of a Cote d'Azur beach. If you are dreaming of a wedding in the South of France then we have some wonderful venues for up to 300 guests. A Provencal chateau or a sleek contemporary villa with panoramic se views, whatever your dream is then we have the perfect South of France wedding venue.
New to the wedding portfolio is Clos Galissa a stunning contemporary property in Chateauneuf. Set in beautiful lawned gardens, with a large terrace, azure blue infinity pool and private tennis court this is a wonderful place to celerbate your wedding.
Contact our wedding ad events team now to discuss your dream wedding her in the South of France,
Cote d'Azur Villas at the Cannes Yacht Show
As part of the Cannes Yacht Show the team at Cote d'Azur Villas took part in the 'Concours d'Elegance' at the invitation of our partners les rues de Cannes.
The sun shone, the skies were blue and we were delighted to be part of this wonderful Cannes Event.
MIPCOM Cannes 2016
'Where Global Hits Come Alive' - MIPCOM 2016 comes to Cannes from 17th - 20th October. This is billed as the global market for entertainment platforms across all platforms and will see the most influential players and participants from the world of entertainment visiting Cannes.
Ths year the featured country is Japan and the programme includes discussions on Trends and Vision and of course screeings of new programmes and movies.
MIPCOM is another key event in the Cannes calendar and Cannes accommodation both villas and rental apartments will be booking early. Talk to our reservations team today to reserve your MIPCOM Cannes accommodation.
Why Use an Independent Car Hire Company
Car Hire South of France
Each year the majority of our rental guests book car hire when they arrive at one of our international airports. Guests will usually book with one of the major car rental companies, possibly using their airline affiliation or a straight search on Google. But what does this mean when you arrive at the airprt and what are the alternatives?
Waiting time - Arrive in high season and your wait can be anything up to 3 or 4 hours for your rental car. The queues are long, the children are fractious and it means that your planned supermarket trip on the way to your villa has to be aborted.
So what is the alternative?
We recomend an independent car hire company - Midi Location- who are based in Antibes. They offer more than competitive rates with the dded bonus of FREE DELIVERY to Nice airport. There's no waiting in long queue, you will be met on arrival and taken directly to your rental car. In under 30 minutes you can be out of the airport and on the way to your villa. you're happy, the kids are still excited and there's time to pop into the supermarket and pick up the essentials for breakfast the next morning.
Great rates - No Waiting time - That's all part of the service with Midi Location
Monaco Yacht Show 2016
September is the month for yachting events here on the French Riviera. having just finished in Cannes then the super yachts all move to Monaco. From the 28th September - 1st October the principality welcomes the yachting community to one of the most glittering events on the yachting calendar. The event is open to the public and you can buy tickets in advance on the website.
Property Management South of France
Peace of Mind for your home in the South of France
Owning a home here in the South of France is a dream come true for many of our villa owners. But who takes care of your home when you're not here? Who has access to trandesmen, who can organise work and repairs and who can make sure that your home is in perfect running order for when you arrive?
Our Property Management service is the ideal solution for second home owners here in the South of France. We offer as little or as much assistance as you need, from a weekly check and picking up the mail to the management of all your utility bills or a big removation project.
We offer a bespoke service, tailor made to each owner and property. To discuss how we can help, please contact our Property Management team today on email@example.com.
Early is the New Late
Why Early is the New Late.... 5 Reasons to Book Early for 2017
1.Save Money: Book before 31st October 2016 and take advantage of the 2016 villa rates
2.Great Choice: Enjoy your pick of over 300 villas, many of our key villas already have bookings for summer 2017, especially those for larger groups.
3. Cheaper Car Hire: 10% reduction on your car hire AND free delivery to Nice Airport - no waiting to collect your car when you book with our partners at Midi Location.
4.No Exchange Rate issues: If you're paying from outside of the Eurozone, fix your exhange rate when you book. No nasty exchange rate surprises. Currencies Direct offer a free service and guarantee a better than bank exchange rate.
5.Cheaper Flights: Early booking of your flights and travel always means that you pay less.
The Most Beautiful Month to Visit the South of France
And breathe....the children have gone back to school, the beaches and beach clubs have space to take reservations and the sun is still shining here on the Cote d'Azur. September is a great time to grab a last minute villa bargain and enjoy some amazing weather in the South of France. September is one of the most beautiful months of the year here on the French Riviera, it's a little quieter but just as beautiful.
Last Minute Villa Bargains
South of France Villas from 400 Euros per person per week
Looking for a last mintue break? We have a few villas with availabilty for arrival this Saturday 30th July 2016
Villa Devinson- Valbonne - Sleeps 12 - 485 Euros per person per week
Villa Lambert- Valbonne - Sleeps 10 - 400 Euros per person per week
Domaine de Hautes Terres - Sleeps 14 - 495 Euros per person per week
Pablo Picasso - Photo Exhibition
Edward Quinn, Jean-Jacques Lartigue and Andre Villers are the photographers who decided to create an amazing and rewarding exhibition about the talented artist.
During this exhibition, you will also be able to discover an unique collection of original ceramics created by Picasso himself.
International Polo Cup
International polo tournament in the beautiful setting of St Tropez
Your chances to see some of the best players from across France, Europe and the rest of the world, in the beautiful setting of the Polo Club Saint Tropez.
See their website for up-to-date information.
Venue: St Tropez polo club
Festival Pantiero - Cannes
Each summer Cannes hosts the Pantiero Music festival over four days. Presenting talented, original and unusual artists to its audience, the Pantiero Festival has established itself as one of the major events in the summer calendar.
As welll as local and regional acts there are some larger international artists invited to perform, giving the public a great selection of live musical performances. The venue will be open late fr the duration of the festival so that the programme of selected artists can be fully appreciated in this great location.
Piknic Electronik - Cannes
A great way to spend a different Sunday listening to electronic music.
Piknic Electronik is now a big event in the Canadian city and also in Barcelona, where it started in 2012. An unpretentious electronic music party.. during the day !
There will also be workshops, games and activities for children.
Open Air Cinema
Each Wednesday evening during the summer in Biot, you can enjoy the pleasures of the open air cinema.
20th July : Sur le chemin de l'ecole
27th July : Selma
3rd August : Le Petit Prince
10th August : Kingsman: Secret Service
17th August : Le Prenom
Venue : Frederic Mistral Garden
Provencal Market - Biot
With traditional and regional products this Provencal market offers everything you could need fo ryour stay in Biot.
From fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese and other regional produce to clothing, fashion, crafts and artisanal products this is a delightful market and the perfect way to enjoy a Tuesday morning !
Venue : Rue St Sebastien and Place des Arcades
Fiesta Flamenca - Cannes
A wonderful weekend of Spanish influenced dance, music and singing to enjoy at the Palais des Festivals in the centre of Cannes
With amazing costumes, rhythmic beats, stunning voices and the very best in international flamenco the performers will delight you with their traditional dances alongside modern twists on this famous Spanish form of entertainment. With passion and flair you will see artists come form across the globe to this famous festival. Served with sides of sangria and paella of course !
Classical music in the beautiful old town of Cannes
For nearly a week, a public square in the heart of the old town is transformed into an open air concert hall. From Mozart to Chopin; piano to strings; the performances vary each night and include orchestras, soloists and a number of talented young musicians. These concerts are a must for lovers of classical and world music.
For a full line up, dates and times then check quickly their website !
Summer night market with arts and crafts
The Quai Saint-Pierre fills up with around 50 stalls selling handmade jewellery, hats, regional produce, toys etc., plus around 10 artists.
From 17.30 to midnight.
It's all Happening in Cannes
The Lions are in Town
Arriving this weekend....Cannes Lions! Now the busiest event in the Cannes calendar this is the time that all the creative, advertising and media agences (together with their clients) are in town, competing for the coveted awards. This year also sees the launch of a celebrity vodka brand from Channing Tatum, much drinking of the Cannes Lions rose who's proceeds go to re-building projects in Cannes and also many industry leaders coming to speak at the event.
All of our Cannes villas and many of those in Mougins, Valbonne and over on to the Cap d'Antibes are already booked and we are looking forward to welcoming all the guests as they start to arrive on Saturday and throughout the weekend.
It's going to be a busy week!
Cannes Firework Festival
One of the MUST SEE events of the summer, the spectacular Firework Festival which takes place in Cannes is a dazzling display pyrotechnics and also a competition where teams from around the world compete for the coveted first prize.
The event takes place throughout July & August on the following dates:
14th, 21st and 29th July
7th, 15th and 24th August
The best advice is to book a great beachfront restaurant, enjoy a great dinner and then sit back and watch the show unfold in front of you.
Starting on the 10th June France hosts the 2016 European Football Championships with matches being played across the country. Here in the South of France matches will be played in Nice at the Alliance Riviera Stadium and at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille. Fans are flying from around the world to support their teams and, of course, to enjoy the best that the South of France has to offer. 10th June - 10th July 2016.
Nice Jazz Festival
Welcome to Summer on the Cote d'Azur
The annual Nice Jazz Festival comes to town from the 16th - 20th July and this year features a star studded line up. Featured artists include Daniel Freedman, Robert Plant & Melody Gardot. One of the highlights of the summer season our advice is to book early and to enjoy a drink or dinner in the heart of Nice before the show starts.
Cannes Lions - Last Villa Available!
Villa Lauder - Available for Cannes Lions 2016
The last remaining Cannes villa - available for Cannes Lions 2016 - Villa Lauder, just 10 minutes walk into the centre of Cannes. Sleeps 6 guests, elegant and sophisticated, luxurious inside and out. Sea views and in a great location for all the Cannes Lions has to offer.
Call us today!
Book Early for MIPIM 2017
MIPIM Villas and Apartments
We are already taking bookings for MIPIM 2017. This is the event that kicks off the Cannes season and next year is from the 14th - 17th March at the Palais des Festivals when the world's property market meet in Cannes.
The message is to book your accommodation early and we have some great villas and apartments available. Click here to see the properties that are available for MIPIM 2017.
Villa Santos Montaroux
New Villa to Rent in the South of France.
This stunning villa is new to the rental portfolio for 2016. With panoramic cuntryside views, this is the ideal location for your family holiday this summer in the South of France. Just 5 minutes to local shops and restaurants and only a 40 minute drive from Nice Cote d'Azur International Airport you are within easy reach of the best that the French Riviera has to offer.
5 bedrooms, spacious open plan living areas and finished to a high standard, Villa Santos is the perfect choice for your summer holiday in 2016.
Cannes Film Festival 2016
Cannes Villa Rentals
So the film selection and the poster have been revealed, that can only mean one thing, that the Cannes Film Festival is coming closer and closer. This year, the Woody Allen film, Café Society will open the festival staring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, hopefully we will see the cast and director on the red carpet.
The Film Festival is a glittering occasion in the Cannes calendar with celebrities and the great and good of the movie industry descending on Cannes from the 11th May for 2 weeks. The famous 'La Croisette' will be blocked night and day with limousines and the press, all wanting to capture that moment which will grace the front pages of newspapers and magazines around the world.
Cannes villas are of course booked years in advance and Cote d'Azur Villas looks forward to welcoming back regular movie clients.
Stunning New Villa to Rent in Vence
Villa des Arts is a stunning and elegant villa with pamoranic sea views, located just outside the vibrant village of Vence.
This is the ideal choice for a group of adults or a fmily with older children who are seeing a realxed and chilled time on the French Riviera but within easy distance of shops, restaurants and the beaches.
The interiors of Villa des Arts are stylish and include a beautiful kitchen, 3 living areas (one of which is a home cinema) and 4 en-suite double bedrooms.
Outside there are beautiful mature gardens, offering shady areas, a private pool with summer kitchen and a stunning dining terrace from which to watch the sun go down over the azure blue of the sea.
New Mougins Villa to Rent
Villa Esterel is a beautiful 5 bedroomed villa situated in the sought after village of Mougins home to art and gastronomy. Vilal Esterel has 5 bedrooms and is ideal for one or 2 families or a larger group travelling together. The villa sleeps 9 guests.
With beautiful sea views, this is the ideal Mougins villa to rent for your summer here in the South of France.
Fete de la Musique
A magical day across France with a true celebration of all things musical. Free concerts in the streets, in venues and throughout the country. Always on the 21st June, the festival this year takes place on a Sunday guaranteeing a weekend of musical celebration.
Fete de la Musique
A magical day across France with a true celebration of all things musical. Free concerts in the streets, in venues and throughout the country. Always on the 21st June, the festival this year takes place on a Sunday guaranteeing a weekend of musical celebration.
Summer in St Tropez
We have some beautiful villas new to the portfolio in t Tropez for 2016.
Villa Infinity - With stunning sea views in Ramatuelle - 5 bedrooms and stunning sea views
La Caponniere - A beautiful property in a prestigious location and just a 5 minute drive into St Tropez
La Madrague - Super contemporary property, just a 15 minute stroll to the beach
We have over 50 villas for rental in and around St Tropez, call our St Tropez rental specialists today.
One of the busiest Cannes events, accommodation for MIPIM is now proving difficult to find. If you have not booked your Cannes Accommodation for MIPIM 2016 then give our rental team a call today.
Early Booking for Cannes Lions 2016
Cannes Lions is one of the busiest times of the year for our Cannes villa rentals, possibly even more so than the Cannes Film Festival. For a week in June Cannes is home to the global creative community, all competing for a sought after Cannes Lions award for their advertisment, campaign or commercial.
Many of our Cannes villas are already booked, however there are still ahandful with availability for this years event taking place from the 18th - 25th June at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes. Call the team now for your Cannes Lions villa 2016.
Seasons Greetings from the South of France & Provence
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the team at Cote d'Azur Villas.
Spring is the perfect time to play golf in the South of France
Here in the South of France and Provence we are lucky enough to be surrounded by a host of excellent golf courses and spring is the perfect time for golfers to visit. The weather is glorious but not too hot, the courses are looking their best and, of course, travel and accommodation are less expensive than in the high summer months.
Some of the key courses such as The Royal Mougins, The Grande Bastide and Terre Blanche are within a few minutes drive of our rental villas here in the South of France and in the spring months you can enjoy some great rates.
Choose Provence for a Peaceful Summer
We have just updated our Provence Portfolio which icludes some beautiful properties, a million miles away from the stresses and strains of everyday life.
Provence is a special corner of France, punctuated with vineyards, olive groves and hidden villages brimming with delicious food and Provencal markets. Here the pace of life is slow, very slow especially in the summer momths when the heat shimmers over the fields and a dip in the pool at your Provence villa is the only way to spend the afternoon.
We have over 60 villas in Provence for rental, please contact our team today for your perfect Summer in Provence.
Christmas Markets on the Cote d'Azur
As soon as the October school holidays are over France begins to prepare for Christmas and this of course means some wonderful Christmas markets on the Cote d'Azur and in Provence. Each village will have a 'Marche de Noel' usually with Father Christmas arriving and with the while family enjoying some seasonal treats of Vin Chaud and Pain d'Epices. In the major cities and towns then there is usually a more permanent Christmas market to be found, some of our more local ones are to be found on the port in Cannes, in Monaco and across to Aix en Provence. Here you will find soe wonderful hand made gifts and decorations, seasonal food an drink and activities for the children.
This is a wonderful time to visit the region and to enjoy some wonderful Christmas shopping.
Charity Christmas Collection Opens 9th November
Our annual Christmas Charity Collection opens on 9th November 2015. This year we are collecting:
Winter clothes for Adults and Children
Blankets & Bed Covers
Childrens toys, games & books
All items should be in good condition and can be delivered to our offices in Sophia Antipolis, Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.
Please Give Generously!
Autumn in Provence
Autumn is the most wonderful season in Provence, truly a time of 'mists and mellow fruitfulness' as the vineyards turn the most wonderful shades of red and orange. It is also the time that the olive trees are bearing fruit and will be ready for harvesting in only a few weeks.
Visiting Provence at this time of the year is perfect, the days are still warm enough for lunch outside, the villages and towns are quieter and of course there are the wonderful Provencal markets that are full of mushrooms and truffles.
Why not book a last minute trip for some Christmas shopping and stay at one of our Villas in Provence?
The Festive Season on the Cote d'Azur
Blue skies, festive drinks on the terrace and a walk along the beach after a celebratory lunch? Why not come and celebrate the Festive Season in the South of France And Provence.
Wander through the Christmas markets in Cannes, Monaco and Aix en Provence. Enjoy a glass of festive 'vin chaud' with a slice of 'pain d'epices' and enter into the uniquely French celebration.
Whether you choose to celebrate the traditional French meal on the 24th December in the evening or on the 25th you should add th French delicacies of a platter of fresh seafood, foie gras and of course the traditional 13 desserts with coffee.
Many of our villas are available for the festive season so contact the team at Cote d'Azur Villas and book your perfect December break in the SOuth of France.
Storms on the Cote d'Azur
This weekend saw devasting storms on the French Riviera. The major areas of damage were centred around Cannes, Antibes, Vallauris and Biot. There is widespread damage to property and many roads. Very sadly 20 people lost their lives and 2 are still missing. A big thank you to all our friends, families and colleagues who have called asking if the team at Cote d'Azur Villas are all well. Thankfully we are all fine but our thoughts are with those who have lost their homes and their businesses.
Some of the coastal roads are still closed and there is a ban on swimming in the sea in case of contamination from the flood water.
Villa Rental Scammers Beware!
This season we have seen so many guests arriving in our villas who have been the victims of villa rental scams here in the South of France and Provence. They find, what they think, is a perfectly respectable website, they e-mail and in many cases speak with the 'owner' of the property. They confirm the rental, pay the full rental amount up front and then.....nothing. The website disappears, the e-mails bounce and the telephone numbers are no longer in service.
So how can you protect yourself against individuals and in some cases groups of people who are set to ruin your family holiday? Cote d'Azur Villas has been in existence on the French Riviera and in Provence for more than 11 years, the majority of our bookings are transacted via our seure website but the difference is that our offices are here in the South of France, our teams are based here and we will be here with you from helping you to choose your villa righ up until you say goodbye at the end of a wonderful holiday.
Our years of experience in the South of France villa rental market means that we are better placed that almost all other agents to offer our help and advice on how to avoid an upsetting and expensive issue when booking your holiday.
1. Use a Verified Rental Website - The 'big boy's of the rental market are Home Away and Holiday Lettings, they in turn have smaller, national sites such as Abritel in France.
2. Length of Time of Advert - Even on these larger sites verify how long the property has been advertised, they will all tell you and will give you a clear indication of a istory of successful retals.
3. Price - If it seems to good to be true then it usually is. If you are looking at a wonderful 6 bedroom St Tropez Villa in the middle of July and it's a 10th of the price of anything else you've seen then think very carefully why....
4. Domaine Names - If you are not using one of the major rental websites then check out who is the owner of the domaine name - that's the website name, so for us it's www.CotedazurVillaRentals.com. Use one of the key registration sites such as Who Is and you will be able to see who owns the domaine and how long they have owned it. If they've been in business for only a few weeks then you should be concerned.
5. Tesimonials - All websites, including ours have testimonals from previous clients, all satisfied customers and all of whom will be very happy to talk to you about their experience. Any agency will be happy to put you in contact with previous clients and a word of mouth recommendation is worth a million web-site listings.
So our advice is to take care, use the key rental websites and talk to your agency very carefully....individuals who pop up with beautiful villas to rent a silly prices are really to good to be true.
We look forward to welcoming you to the South of France.....
Cantorion Gogledd Cymru North Wales Male Chorus
Coming to Valbonne in October are our friends from North Wales bringing their own very special brand of music and humour to the church in Valbonne. This promises to be an evening of sparkling wit and wonderful music.
Wedding Villas in the South of France
We offer a selection of villas that are perfect for your wedding in the South of France. From a traditional chateau with majestic towers to a chic, contemporary property with stunning sea views.
Our selection of wedding & event villas is available on our website and our team will be delighted to work with you to create your perfect wedding here in the South of France. We can also put you in touch with our handpicked list of wedding & event professionals who will help you to organise every aspect of your wedding.
Rugby World Cup 2015
Welcome to the Rugby World Cup 2015 and in the Cote d'Azur Villas office we are a littel torn as we have English and of course French colleagues. Then there's the matter of a visiting Welsh Choir that we are working on during the tournament. Whoever you are supporting it promises to be an amazing event and we wish all of the teams the best of luck.
Villa Eclat - Cannes Events & Weddings
Exclusively available the stunning Villa Eclat is perfect for cocktail parties, dinners and of course weddings. Overlooking the Bay of Cannes the wrap around terraces are built to take full advantage of the views and offer a unique event space. The open plan living spaces draw your eye towards the sparkling azur waters of the Mediterranean and the tinkling lights for later events.
Ideal for Cannes Film Festival, Cannes Lions, MIPIM & MIPCOM.
Ski Season Opens Soon
On the Cote d'Azur we are still enoying long summer days and time on the beach but it's never too early to book your winter holiday with us. We offer a range of Chalets in some of the most beautiful ski resorts including Meribel, Courchevel and Megeve. Most coming fully staffed and catered then take a look at the options as many are already booked up for the key Christmas and New Year weeks.
Snow in the Alps - Lots of it!
Conditions are set to be great with heavy snow falling in the last few days and set to continue. Remember we are just under and hour away from the lowest slopes at Greolieres which are great for a quick day trip or for non-skiers. The higher slopes at Isola 2000 are about a 90 minute drive and offer skiing for all levels. Why not combine sun and snow and w=book a winter break here in the South of France and take a day trip or 2 up to the slopes. Call our South of France villa rental team now.