French Riviera villa with large heated pool — Villa des Violettes is ideal for families with children owing to its very spacious enclosed grounds, fantastic pool and an internal layout that lends itself to relaxed indoor-outdoor living. Situated just a mile from the perched village of Tourrettes-sur-Loup, about ten miles inland from the coast, Villa des Violettes is right at the heart of the Cote d'Azur. The village is picturesque with its medieval buildings, arched passages and chateau, and its hilltop location offers impressive views over the surrounding countryside. You will find all the local shops you need here, as well as a weekly market, galleries run by the artists themselves, pleasant pavement cafes and some good restaurants. Do visit the boulangerie to buy the village's traditional speciality — tarte a l'orange (orange cake). The village is also renowned as a major producer of violets: this little flower has been grown and used here for well over a hundred years and is celebrated in the annual flower festival each spring. If you intend to spend time exploring the region you'll be spoilt for choice, with attractive villages such as Vence and Valbonne within easy reach, the fascinating towns of Grasse and Nice nearby, and the old town and ancient harbour of Antibes also ideal for a day out. Your nearest beaches — and a wide range of watersports — are to be found just 20 minutes away at Villeneuve Loubet and at Cagnes sur Mer — do also visit the charming old town of Haut de Cagnes where you can stroll around the narrow streets soaking up the pleasant atmosphere and maybe choosing a restaurant for lunch or dinner.
Tourrettes sur Loup (local shops, restaurants) 1 mile, Vence 4 miles (10 minutes), Cagnes sur Mer & Villeneuve Loubet & beaches 11 miles (20 minutes), Grasse 12 miles, Valbonne 13 miles, Nice airport 13 miles (30 minutes), Nice 17 miles, Antibes 18 miles, Cannes 22 miles (40 minutes).
Nearest golf at Villeneuve Loubet, nearest tennis in Tourettes sur Loup.