About this listing
La Sonine is beautifully furnished with modern kitchen & bathrooms ensuite for all bedrooms. Walking distance from Le Colombe d'Or & the Fondation Maeght it offers complete privacy and calm, spacious grounds, stunning art, meticulous management. We have high-speed wifi and masses for kids to do: gorgeous heated pool designed for table football, badminton, bikes, pool volleyball, table tennis, trampoline and a library of books and games and a large smart TV for those who have had enough sun.
La Sonine is a beautiful stone-built villa, nestled in 5500 sq meters of
garden and wood-lands just outside the walled hill-top village of St. Paul
de Vence , one of the world's most beautiful medieval villages. Every year,
ov(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) people come and visit St Paul . Statistically, it is the
third most visited historical site in France after the Mont St Michel and
the Chateau de Versailles. St Paul 's landscape, natural site, architecture
and buildings are all protected by law as part of the national heritage. Its
uniquely mild climate, with over 300 days of sunshine a year means that it
is wonderful place to visit summer and winter alike. It also enjoys a unique
geographical position with the Med, the river Loup, wonderful museums,
ancient villages and fantastic dining all within 15 minutes drive and La
Fondation Maeght in walking distance.
La Sonine is located 1km from the village, in a unique position bordered by
protected forest lands. It therefore offers rare peace and privacy in the
heart of Cote d'azur . The grounds are extensive with lawn for croquet and
badminton, forest for shady naps and children's adventures and various sunny
terraces for basking. The villa is typically French in style with ancient
terra-cotta floors, arched windows and simple elegant furnishings. Inside,
there are 4 double bedrooms, all en-suite. Two have spacious private
terraces, one opens onto the garden and tiled pool and the 4th enjoys its
own access from outside. The furniture and furnishings all originate in
France , China , Japan and Indonesia and have been carefully chosen to
create a simple but elegant Asian/French atmosphere.
The cupola-ceilinged dining room seats 8 and the spacious and light
sitting-room has a fabulous fireplace, card table and gorgeous artwork. The
kitchen has a small table which seats 4 and is fully equipped, including
custom cabinetry, Induction hob, 2 Miele Ovens, Dishwasher, Microwave and a light and open feel.
In the basement is a large TV/Games room with flat-screen T.V.,
DVD player, DVDs, Ping Pong, Table Football, books, games and sofa-bed. The
separate Laundry room is also in the basement and has Washer and Dryer.
There are two bedrooms upstairs, both enjoying lovely private terraces and
en-suite bathrooms. The spacious upstairs master bedroom, has a queen-size
bed and walk-in wardrobe while the smaller "blue and white" room has two
single beds which can be pushed together to make a king if required. Both ensuite bathrooms are newly finished with Gessi showers and underfloor heating.
The master bedroom, with its king-size four-poster bed is located on the ground
floor and opens up onto the garden and pool area. This spacious room has a
study area (with fax machine, scanner, printer and monitor, and sofa-bed
should one wish to accommodate a child within the same room. The bathroom
has double sinks, gorgeous Gessi shower and underfloor heating. The fourth bedroom is in the basement
but is light and airy, due to a large glass door than offers independent
access. This "Japanese" room, enjoys a modern bathroom with double sinks in glass
and multi-head shower.
Outside, the dining terrace off the kitchen seats 12 and makes an ideal
place to eat during the day (when the cover of the oak tree provides welcome
shade) and in the evening. The gas barbeque makes for easy al-fresco cooking
and, if you prefer, there is also a charcoal version. The covered terrace
off sitting room makes a lovely place for drinks and a quiet retreat from
sun and pool. The stone and tile pool (4.5m x 11m) is heated, has an
automatic, retractable security cover. The pool is salinated as opposed to
chlorinated - salinsation is much gentler on the eyes and skin, having a PH
level that is the same as one's eyes. It is surrounded by grass which is
lovely under-foot and there are plenty of sun-loungers and chairs.
Bikes, heaters, fans, stroller, cot, highchair and some toys for children
are all provided. Our storage 'chalet' is a wonderful place for children to
play house, have camp-outs etc. La Sonine is a highly secure property. It
can only be accessed by electronically controlled gates covered. All access
points are under 24hr-digital CCTV surveillance, linked to a Response
Centre. Fire and Emergency panic buttons are in place that link directly to
a voice-response centre. There is also a sophisticated burglar/bandit alarm
system and 2 safes. Saying this we have never had any issues with security.
In terms of location, we are 15-20 minutes drive from Nice airport - on a
good day, I can do the drive in about 10 minutes but then I am familiar with
the road and not trying to admire the view. We are about 1km from St Paul de
Vence which is an ancient walled city, made famous as artists such as
Picasso, Chagall and other impressionists settled here. Chagall's house is
just down the road from us and I understand that one of Picasso's daughters
lives locally. It is very much an artists town - to find out more visit:
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Maecht is just down the road - I love this art gallery because it is small
enough to visit with children and lots of it is outside so they can run
We love the location because there is so much to do a stone's throw away.
You can be swimming in the Mediterranean Sea in about 15 minutes drive or
visiting some other stunning local villages such as Tourettes sur Loup,
Vence (where there are some fantastic music festivals), Biot, Valbonne,
Grasse . The river Loup runs through a pretty village called Villneuve
Loubet which is about 10 minutes away and it is nice to take the kids there
with fishing nets and a picnic. There is also a fantastic tree climbing
place here which our kids adore. There are 2 Michelin starred restaurants in
St Paul and others a short drive away. Nice itself is about a 20 minutes
drive and I think a trip is never complete without a stroll down the
promenade and lunch on the beach there. Frankly, there is so much to do and
none of it is difficult because we are so central. Saying this, we are away
from the crowds and traffic on the coast in July and August and as we are
tucked up against the National Park we could be in the middle of nowhere.
Many of our guests say that they don't do half as much exploring as they had
intended as the villa is so comfortable that it is difficult to leave.
You will have access to the whole house and garden.
Interaction with guests
Our property managers will me you at the property at your agreed time and will make sure you are familiar with how the house works. They will also be able to answer any questions you have during your stay.
Other things to note
1.Super-fast wifi all over the house and terrace – this is a unique installation done at great expense but so worth it with all those gadgets
2.Table football, table tennis, badminton, hammock, library of books, poker / blackjack set up and other games, large smart tv
•10 minutes drive to outdoor ropes course - every age catered for including adults in Villneuve Loubet
•5 minutes drive to tennis centre in Vence
•Paint balling within walking distance
•2 minutes drive to butcher – 7 minutes to large shops
•Beaches and airport 15 minutes
•Walking path to St Paul de Vence within 15 minutes at a child’s pace
•Best shopping on the Riviera at Polygon and cap 3000 - 10 minutes away
•Beaches and airport 15 minutes
4.A heated, salinated and secure pool - designed for fun and all ages - pool toys!
5.An extra fridge and freezer so you can stock up for the week
6.We spray against mosquitos!
7.Secure, private and quiet with a spacious house – beautiful for parents, fun for kids
8.A spacious and flat garden great for fun and games at night plus a forest to explore with a trampoline if wanted
9.and for music lovers … we have Sonos
3 night minimum
Smoking is not allowed inside. Outside ashtrays must be used.
Beds for 8 people. Extra mattresses and baby cots are available at a cost of E100 per bed per stay.
Pool Heating is available on request for Euros 100 - 300 per stay.
E2000 Security deposit to be paid
Pets on Request Only
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund. Cancel within 7 days of your trip and the reservation is non-refundable.
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