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
TIME TO START YOUR ENGINES ! Sunday May 27th , 2018 everybody wants to be in Monaco - Monte Carlo. Home to the most spectacular and most exciting Formula 1 circuit in the world.
If you haven’t booked your accommodation yet then wait no longer and have a look at our last minute availabilities NOW
See you in May for the greatest sport event on the French Riviera.
Less than a month away ! A time when Cannes transforms into a glittering city welcoming the world’s most famous actors and producers. This is possibly the most prestigious rendez-vous in the Cannes calendar and this year’s 71st Cannes Film Festival jury is lead by the talented Cate Blanchett.
Time to enjoy the beautiful city of Cannes and 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 street La Croisette.
If you haven’t booked your accommodation yet, please get in touch as we may still have some very last-minute options available for you! Contact our specialists HERE.
It’s almost that time of the year again when the world’s leading brands, the most creative agencies and the most innovative media owners meet for the annual Cannes Lions Festival.
This is where it all happens and where the global agenda for creativity in marketing communications is set for the next year and beyond. It’s all about gaining competitive advantage and growth from creativity as Cannes Lions defines the creative communications during a very busy and exciting five-day programme.
Let’s give you some insider tips to help you make your trip to Cannes as successful as possible:
1. Arrival - 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 - Hopefully 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 till the last minute to realise that you need a cab, you'll be disappointed.
3. Concierge - All our Cannes Lions clients will have access to our dedicated concierge service throughout their stay, whatever the request the team will be happy to help. Make sure your rental agency offers this service, it's vital to the success of your stay here in Cannes.
4. Diary Planning - Have a plan for the event, it will change and evolve as you go through the week and stop you from missing out on the most important events.
5. Timing - Leave time to get from event to event. This is a busy time in Cannes.
If you are attending Cannes Lions and have not booked your Cannes accommodation then please contact our corporate rental specialists urgently to see which villas are still available.
See you all soon for another great Cannes Lions!
A private villa holiday in the South of France is a great way to enjoy family time this summer, but what are they key things to look for when choosing your child friendly villa? Here are our top 5 tips
1. Distance from the Airport - We'd recommend no more than 30 minutes, after your flight then another half an hour in the car is probably enough even for the adults. From Nice Airport there are some great options in and around Valbonne.
2. Pool Security - In France it is a legal requirement that all pools have security, either an alarm, a hard cover, an infa-red barrier..if you come to a villa and there is no pool security then it's illegal. All of our villas confirm to French Pool security laws.
3. Garden - The South of France can be hilly and some gardens are just terraces. Many of our villas have flat lawned areas, idea for the children to play outside when it's not too hot.
4. Be Cool - Look for air-conditioning or fans in the bedrooms. If the children can't sleep because of the heat then everyone suffers. All of our villas have fans or aircon in the bedrooms.
5. Days Out - There are some great days out and attractions in the South of France for all of the family, there is a list of some of the key ones here
Have a great child friendly villa holiday in the South of France
Love the glitz and glamour of St Tropez but worried about the price tag? We have some great options for Summer 2018 including St Tropez villas to rent where you can enjoy an all inclusiuve holiday with meals and drinks included and your own private villa staff.
St Maxime, Grimaud and the private estate of Beauvallon are all within a few minutes drive or boat ride of St Tropez but come without the St Tropez premium rental rates. Our luxury rental villas offer stunning sea views, the cool of an air-conditioned interior and for some a Jacuzzi on the terrace.
Our St Tropez specialists are avilable to help you find your perfect luxury rental villa for summer 2018.
It's time to dust off your evening attire, brush up on the latest movie news and hit the red carpet - well it will be very soon and you need to book your Cannes accommodation in plenty of time. The key villas and apartments which are all within a short walk of the main events always book early and, if you are planning an event as part of your visit to Cannes then you need to make sure that you are easily accessible.
Maison d'Iris is a beautiful period villa which has been finished to an exceptional standard. There are 6 bedrooms, beautiful terraces and you are only a 10 minute stroll into the heart of Cannes.
Call our Cannes accommodation specialists for an update on the villas and apartments that are still available.
MIPIM is one of the larges events in the Cannes congress calendar and is the 'kick off' event which takes place in March each year. This is the event when the global property community visit the South of France to discuss trends, new developments and of course to network on a truly global basis.
If you are attending MIPIM and have not booked your Cannes accommodation then please contact our corporate rental specialists urgently to see which villas are still available.
The South of France is one of the most popular European tourist destinations and many of our villa rental clients come back year after year to enjoy the Cote d'Azur. But if you've not visited before why would you choose the South of France over other holiday destinations?
1. Over 300 days of sunshine each year - Our long summer extends outside of the key July & August months and you can enjoy great weather and sunshine throughout the year.
2. Easy access - With daily direct flights throughout Europe and the US then it's easy to fly into Nice International Cote d'Azur airport. Or, if you prefer arrive by train using the high speed TGV network.
3. Food & Wine - Well of course, it's France. Enjoy amazing cuisine and sample some of the world's finest wines.
4. Out and about - There is so much to see and do in the South of France, for all of the family. From relaxing on the white sandy beaches to visiting wonderful art galleries and museums or perhaps one of the water parks.
5. Snow and Sand - If you visit during the winter months then you are a short drive away from some great skiing. The lower slopes of Greoliers are less than an hour from the Cote d'Azur with the higher resorts easily accessible. Spend one day on the slopes and then enjoy lunch on the beach.
If you are planning a holiday then these are all great reasons to visit the South of France and what better way than to book a private villa with pool, no crowds just simply the time to relax and enjoy.
Many of our rental guests do love it enough to buy a villa here in the South of France and because of our rental connections we often know about villas for sale well ahead of the competition - or, even in some cases a villa tthat is not actively for sale but where we know that the owner would consider selling.
Our unique approach to matching our rental clients (who love the South of France enough to buy) and the owners of our rental villas means that your buying your second home here on the Cote d'Azur is just a pleasure. And, if you'd like to capitalise on your investment then our rentals team are there to ensure a great return on your investment.
If you're thinking of buying or would like to chat to a sales specialist about the process, the costs and how it could work for you then contact our sales team.
No surprises - fix your exchange rate and know exactly what you have to pay. When you book your holiday and need to pay outside of your home country the exchange rate can mean the difference in a significant amout of holiday spending money. When you book with Cote d'Azur Villas you can fix the price of your villa and know exactly what you need to pay.
With our partners at Currencies Direct you can agree an exchange rate and know exactly what you have to pay. No nasty exhange rate surprises, you can budget for your holiday safe in the knowledge that any movement in the currency markets will not affect your South of France holiday this year.
We take the guess work out of the price of your villa holiday. Contact our rentals specialists today.
Thank you to everyone who came and delivered toys for our collection this year. Our best year ever and we'll be taking the toys up to the children a little later in the week. Our collection is now closed for this year.
We are recruiting for our Property Sales Team. If you have some Property Sales experience and would like to join our dynamic team based in Valbonne then please get in touch. http://www.cotedazurvillarentals.com/Info/Recruitment
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Happy Sinterklaas! Each year we welcome many Dutch guests to our villas and today is they day when they celebrate the arrival of Sinterklaas who traditionally leaves presents in their shoes. A legendary figure, based on the patron saint of children, Sinterklaas arives on a white horse and is accompanied by many colourful eleves traditionally dressed in Moorish costumes.
Children tradtionally leave their shoes out and wake up to them filled with sweets and presents.
We wish all our Dutch guests and of course villa owners a very happy Sinterklaas, we hope you have shoes full of seasonal goodies.
It's a great time to invest in property in the South of France and our property sales team have some exceptional villas that will generate excellent return on investment.
Our long history of seasonal and long term rentals means that buying with us gives you access to our database of rental clients, many of whom have trusted us to organise their villa holiday for several years. The South of France is still the preferred choice for many seeking the Mediterranean summer sun with a strong seasonal rental return guaranteed.
Our sales team have a a great investment property for sale, this villa within a short stroll of Mougins village, with private pool and stunning views would be a strong contender for those seeking a 'lock up and leave' rental property in the South of France. Priced competitively and finished to high standard this villa would be an excellent property investment with a strong seasonal rental return. There are 2/3 bedrooms, a modern kitchen and simply stunning sea views from the terrace. The villa is in a sought after and prestigious area, certainly one that deserves serious consideration if you are buying property in the South of France.
Villa Sophie is a great family villa located within walking distance of local shops and set in pretty gardens. The villa has been newly renovated and has 5 air-conditioned bedrooms, spacious living areas and is set in pretty gardens. The pool can be heated and there is lovely outside space ideal for children to play.
If you are planning a holiday in the South of France with friends and family then Villa Sophie will guarantee you a wonderful time here on the French Riviera.
Our annual Charity Toy Collection opens on Monday 27th November and we will be taking donations up until 15th December.
Collection Point: Cote d'Azur Villas Offices, Villa 1, Villantipolis, 473 Route des Dolines, 06560 Valbonne Sophia Antipolis
Opening Hours: 9am - 5pm Monday - Friday
Toys and childrens books that are in good condition.
PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY.
Many of our rental clients (and owners) choose our property sales team when it comes to buying and selling property here in the South of France.
Our rental business is more than well established with many of our clients having chosen us to organise their holiday villa for many years. When they finally decide that it's time to invest in their own property here on the French Riviera then naturally they ask for our help. Couple this together with our portfolio of rental villas with owners thinking of selling then we are uniquely placed to match a keen buyer with an active seller.
Our international sales team are based at our office in Valbonne and offer a great range of properties for sale, many with established rental revenue and a strong history of Return on Investment. This summer, a buyer signed the final contract for the purchase of his villa on the 10th of August and we had his first seasonal rental clients moving in on the 12th.
If you are thinking of buying (or selling) then talk to our sales team about our unique approach to property here in the South of France.
New to our portfolio for next season this stunning villa is located in one of the most exclusive areas of St Jean Cap Ferrat. Villa Quatre Saisons has 4 bedrooms sleeping 8 guests a stunning infinity swimming pool and a private tennis court. There are 2 further bedrooms for use as staff accommodation.
A majestic property that is truly for the discerning traveller, the villa is fully staffed. Simply the height of luxury for those visiting the South of France.
Mougins, just above Cannes is the home of art and gastronomy here on the French Riviera. Home to and frequented by many famous artists including Picasso and Winston Churchill there are galleries and art related boutiques at every turn of the cobbled streets. There is also a host of wonderful restaurants including the celebrated Moulin de Mougins and Paloma to name just two.
Dating from the 11th century, the village was originally home to monks of St Honorat who continued to administer the village until the French revolution. During the 18th and 19th century the village of Mougins became famous for growing lavendar, rose and jasmine for the nearby perfumr factories in Grasse.
Mougins is also the location of many wonderful rental villas several with panoramic sea views and within an easy walk of the village. How lovely to stroll into the vibrancy of the village and enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner.
Call our rental team today who will be able to advise on your perfect Mougins villa for your visit to the South of France.
New to the portfolio for Lions 2018 is Villa Lerina. The villa sleeps up to 8 guests and has stunning sea views with the bonus of being a 5 minute drive down to the Palais des Festivals. The villa has been extensively modernised by the new owners and now has a great pool area with teak decking, wonderful oustide dining terraces and luxury bathrooms throughout.
Nestled in the hills just above Cannes the views are spectacular and give Cannes Lions visitors a litte breathing space away from the hustle and bustle of the events but with easy access to everything that's great about Cannes Lions.
New to our prortfolio for Summer 2018, Villa Jasmine is an elegant and shopisticated villa just a short walk into Mougins village. Finished to a very high standard inside and out there are wonderful terraces, ideal for enjoying the panoramic views. The villa has 5 double bedrooms and sleeps up to 10 guests. The ideal choice for the discerning traveller.
It's the time of the year when all our yachting friends and colleagues are in town. Having just finished at the Cannes Boat Show we move on to the Monaco Yacht Show, which this year opens on the 27th September. Featuring over 120 superyachts and with almost 600 companies exhibiting this is the place to see and hear all about the yachting industry.
If you are visiting Monaco then please call our rentals team for villas to rent in Villefranche , Cap d'Ail or Eze - all offer easy access into Monaco.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Wishing all our clients, villa owners, colleagues and friends a wonderful festive season.
We look forward to seeing you on the Cote d'Azur in 2017.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
'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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the dreadful attack in Nice yesterday evening. The beautiful city of Nice is at the heart of our region and the images filling the news this morning are truly shocking. #PrayforNice
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 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
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.
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.
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
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
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 !
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 !
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.
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!
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.
The world renowned festival returns to Aix en Provence from the 30th June - 20th July. This year the operas include works by Mozart & Debussy and concerts with works from Bach to comtemporary jazz. Definitely one of the highlights of the Provence summer season.
A Day of Music throughout France
The annual festival of free music and entertainment in the streets of France. Mid-summers day is Fete de la Musique when you will find music and entertainment on every street corner. Sit at a cafe, sip a glass of chiled local rose wine and enjoy.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the team at Cote d'Azur Villas.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.
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.
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.....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.