Four Double Bedrooms
One Twin Bedroom
Located just 30 minutes drive from Nice airport
Local shops, chemist, bank, artisan bakery and post office are a five minute drive away
Located close to Grasse the legendary perfume capital of the World, and surrounded by pine forests, our detached beautiful architect designed Provençal Villa Bastide Les Pins was newly constructed in 1990 as a modern interpretation of a french Bastide style home. The property has also recently been extended with the addition of a self-contained two-storey wing comprising a grand master bedroom with a balcony that overlooks the pool, garden and forest with steps down to the Mediterranean garden. On the ground floor, a further living room with double doors opens up onto the poolside terraces.
(FOUR POSTER DOUBLE BEDROOM)
Historically the four-poster beds of medieval nobility were ornately carved, painted and decorated with custom coats of arms, but as the four poster bed evolved under French influence they became lighter, more narrow and synonymous with the idea of romance.
Our villa is located right in the heart of the romantic French Riviera and it has been mentioned to us on more that one occasion that a four poster bed would be a lovely addition to one of our bedrooms. We have decided therefore that for 2019 this room which although already rather delightful, will be transformed into a decadent room of romance with a beautiful canopied four post bed for our guests to enjoy.
Depending upon villa occupancy, this room can have the exclusive use of the Salle de Bain Bleu.
ROMANCING A FAIRY TALE
This is a very pretty French Provençal themed room that we have affectionately named the “Turret Room” so called because of its unusual five-sided wall aspect where with a little imagination you can picture the imprisoned Rapunzel singing and letting down her golden hair to her Prince Charming rescuer from its private rooftop balcony which has pleasant views of the swimming pool and gardens and from where you can enjoy a pre-dinner drink whilst watching the bats catching their own supper on the wing.
This delightful room has a lovely medieval style chandelier hanging from exposed beams and a bookcase overflowing with poetry and literature for you to dip into if you are so inclined, you may even find a copy of this lovely old classic fairy tale.
Depending on villa occupancy, this room can enjoy the private use of the La Salle de Bain Bleue.
ROMANCING NATURE SUITE
(EN SUITE WITH KING SIZE DOUBLE BED)
Our master suite is a delightful, spacious room that offers wonderful views over the swimming pool, gardens and surrounding forest which may be enjoyed from its cantilevered balcony that has a patio table and chairs for taking that early morning coffee and private steps leading directly to the koi pond area, the art studio and outdoor hot forest facing shower. A private spiral staircase leads to the room from one of the two lounge areas.
The suite which has solid oak wooden floors and beams contains a king-size snuggly bed, a two seater sofa with luxury cushions and throws and its own en-suite shower room.
We have named this room the Nature Suite not just because it looks out over the forest but because due to its dual window aspect, at certain times of the year, you can lie in bed with the windows open and listen to a “surround sound” dawn chorus which is hauntingly beautiful. The little scops owl common to this area can also sometimes be heard calling in the night for a mate.
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A LA CUISINE
DINING AREA /
ROMANCING A LA CUISINE
Our kitchen is most definitely at the heart of our home and the place where when we are running our Retreats we prepare delicious, wholesome food made from fresh and where possible, locally sourced ingredients for our guests. We have two alternative dining areas both of which seat up to12 guests comfortably. We love dining outdoors and take every opportunity to do so. Our Afternoon Tea served on fine bone china and Decadent Dinners are both delightful experiences that we serve outdoors whilst enjoying the beautifully illuminated swimming pool and gardens.
On cooler nights and months of the year, we make use of our indoor dining facility that we light up with soft candlelight and warm with a rustic log burner. After dinner coffee and drinks may then be taken in our separate lounge area that has a piano and an original wind up gramophone player.
ROMANCING THE RIVIERA
This is the Villa’s only twin room. Overlooking the pool and gardens the room is light and airy and perfect for two people happy to share. Drawn by the beautiful sunlight and the way it illuminates the landscape, the French Riviera has always attracted artists such as Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne and Henri Matisse. British artists such as David Hockney and Jack Vettriano have also been enamoured with the area and inspired to paint and so we are currently theming this room with art and books that represent the work of these artists and others.
The French shuttered window enjoys the benefit of early morning light and has views over the swimming pool and garden. Depending on the occupancy of the Villa this room may enjoy the sole use of the Salle de Bain Bleu.
(DOUBLE ROOM WITH ENSUITE)
This charming ground floor double room literally spills out into the garden onto its own terraced area close to the private swimming pool where one can sit and take in the scent of the jasmine hedges and lavender walkway through the garden. The lovely Provençal shuttered patio doors are enveloped by a climbing passion flower shrub that blooms profusely at certain times of year and pots of herbs are close by should you wish to pick some and make yourself an early morning infusion.
The room has its own en-suite bathroom that contains a sunken bath, perfect for taking a scented candlelit soak at the end of the day.
THE LOCAL AREA
The elegant French Riviera with its 300 plus days of sunshine each year along with its amazingly kind climate, often referred to as the Côte d’Azur, is located in the south-east corner of France nestling between the majestic mountain peaks of the Alps and the shimmering azure blue of the Mediterranean sea.
Places such as Monte Carlo, Saint Tropez, Nice and Cannes evoke nostalgic memories of a bygone era that was the epitome of La Belle Époque, luxury and glamour. Steeped in history, artists such as Picasso, Monet, Cézanne and Matisse have all been inspired to paint here, captivated by the wonderfully soft and delicate light.
Still known as the “rich man's playground” the area particularly along the coastline which offers fabulous sailing and views of the Cannes and St Tropez Sailing Regattas, continues to attract the rich and famous who make homes here but there is another lesser-known side of the French Riviera which is in our humble opinion the hidden gem.
Wonderful mountain top medieval villages with their local fresh produce markets such as Gourdon, St Cezaire, Cabris and Biot that literally cling to the hillsides have views to die for and make for picturesque locations for picnics. You will often see paragliders out playing in these mountainous areas literally swooping over the villages like something out of the movie Avtaar. Perfumeries, flower and olive growers grace the town and surrounding areas of Grasse, the perfume capital of the world-famous also for its annual Rose and Jasmine festivals held in the Spring that we take our guests to. The neighbouring town of Menton holds an internationally renowned lemon festival whilst Mandelieu La Napoule adorns its streets with a stunning mimosa festival each year that we also like to visit.
This lesser-known area of the French Riviera is also a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and nature-loving people offering acre after acre of scented pine, mimosa and cork forest paths for hiking and mile upon mile of cycling tracks and routes lined by lavender fields and vineyards. The famous Route Napoleon follows the route taken by Napoleon in 1815 on his march from Elba to Grenoble and is listed as one of the top ten roads to drive in Europe. Made memorable also by Pearce Brosnan as James Bond when he spectacularly raced his Aston Martin along these mountain roads in GoldenEye. The route these days can more often be seen travelled upon by open-topped classic car enthusiasts and Harley Davidson motorbikes who adore the hairpin bends and sheer drop-offs - not for the faint-hearted.
Fresh water lakes, waterfalls and caves provide special and unique places to sail, swim, go canyoning, white water rafting and paddle boarding. Gorges du Verdon is Europe’s answer to the Grand Canyon and is one of the must-see natural wonders of central Provence. The road trip up to the gorge is nothing short of spectacular if not hair raising in parts and being able to stand and watch the wild vultures, eagles and other birds of prey feeding on the wing on the drive up is a very special thing to experience.
We have chosen this area for the hosting of our Romancing the Ordinary Experiences because of its unparalleled natural beauty and stark contrast between mountains and sea (at some times of the year you can actually sail and snow ski on the same day). It offers beautiful unspoilt and carefully tended natural parks and of course the produce that is grown in the area is exceptional which enables us to rustle up some pretty tasty dishes for our guests. With lots of opportunity for getting close to nature and engaging in the five senses this is the perfect location to seek out the ordinary and in doing so discover the hidden treasures of the extraordinary. Why not join us and discover this secret for yourself.