Unique Luxury, Calm & Privacy, Heated Pool, New Bathrooms/Kitchen

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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
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  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

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. La Sonine is located 1km from the village, an easy walk along a pretty path just outside the gates. We are in a unique position bordered by protected forest lands and therefore offer 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. We are just completing a complete remodelling of all bathrooms and kitchen - do ask for photos of the improvements! Gessi fixtures and beautiful tiling and practical design - very luxurious. Underfloor heating provides comfort to our Christmas and mid-season guests. Two bedrooms 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 just been remodelled\fully equipped, including 2 fridges, Nespresso, Quooker, ice-maker, food processor, micro-wave and lots of cook-books, 2 ovens for our culinary guests and underfloor heating for Christmas and off-season guests.

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 and sink - very practical for large groups and busy families.

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. 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 sofa-bed should one wish to accommodate a child within the same room. 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 - 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. Every year, over 2.500.000 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. I love this art gallery because it is small enough to visit with children and lots of it is outside so they can run around. It is very much an artists town - to find out more visit:

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 andmnone 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.

More photographs: If you'd like to see a further 51 photographs of the property and village, please ask us for link. Here are some comments from the guestbook we keep at the house.

Guest Comments: Mr L Taylor (UK) 2007
The villa more than lived up to its description on the excellent web-site. Very comfortable, very spacious, very comprehensively and tastefully furnished, with everything we could have wished for in terms of extras. I have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone to anyone who, like us, prefers the comfort, convenience and congeniality of a villa, rather than several hotel rooms to meet the needs of a group.

July 2007
Idyllic, peaceful, beautiful and a wonderful place for a family holiday. What a contrast from Doha, Qatar, Manchester, Dubai, Southampton and Scotland. Thank you for all your help, advice and recommendations. This is a very special place and we would love to return. Excellent place to celebrate our 60th birthday. Thanks for the Champagne.

T. Roose (USA) 2007
We greatly enjoyed our stay at La Sonine. What a lovely place! You are indeed fortunate to have it -- I hope you and your family are able to get back and forth to France very frequently to enjoy it --

Aug 2 2008
A beautiful house with absolutely everything you could want to make you feel immediately at home. Perfect environment to just unwind and relax and lovely hot weather all week make this a lovely experience. St paul is a fantastic area with a beautiful town and the main areas of Nice, Monaco, Cannes and St Rafael are all within easy distance. The swimming pool was brilliant. Kent, England

Aug 2008
We have had a lovely time in the Villa and out. It is lovely and big and the forest is very exciting. St Paul is a lovely little walk and we have found a shortcut! We have been to some really nice beaches in Juan les Pins and Antibes. The swimming pool was excellent and all the floats for it were very good. All the bedrooms are very nice and the beds are very comfy. We have had a lovely time. Thank you very much! Liverpool, England

Aug 2008
Many thanks for sharing your absolutely amazing place with us. We have had a fantastic week in beautiful surroundings. Warm Regards - Kazakhstan

May 2009
We had a wonderful stay at La Sonine. The kids had a wonderful time running around the garden and swimming in the pool while the adults enjoyed the peace and quiet of the patio and terrace. We love St Paul de Vence. Thanks for all the helpful suggestions. Looking forward to a return visit in the future. Boston, MA

The house was cool. The pool was warm. The beds were comfortable. We loved our stay here at La Sonine. The home is beautiful and we had a great time. Many memories have been cherished in this house. With thanks The Watenabes

April 2010
Dear Fallowfields
We had a fabulous stay. Your house and suggestions were the foundation for an amazing family getaway. Great Cultural experience for our kids and great relaxation for us. Thanks
Boston MA

June 2011

This past week met our expectations in every way. The Villa was just right...comfortable, relaxed and beautiful.

June 2011
Is the week over already. Darn feels like we've just arrived. Many thanks for sharing your home. It was fabulous. Thanks especially for such a well stocked kitchen and linens. We loved dining outside also laundry access was a great benefit. Thanks for everything. Colorado Springs, USA


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Property Type

  • Villa
  • 300 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10

  • Bedroom: 1 king, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    king 4 poster bed with study area with sofa bed and ensuite...moreless

  • Bedroom: 1 queen

    large private terrace, walk-in cupboard and ensuite...moreless

  • Bedroom: 2 twin/ single

    Private large terrace and ensuite bathroom...moreless

  • Bedroom: 1 queen

    ensuite bathroom and dressing area...moreless

  • The twin-bed blue room is ideal for 2 children (with the possibility of a 3rd on a blow-up mattress) with parents occupying the elegant master bedroom next door. The master bedroom has a large walk-in closet and high-speed internet access. Both upstairs bedroom are en-suite and enjoy private terraces which make wonderful quiet and secluded sun-traps. The ground floor master bedroom with 4 poster bed, also enjoys a large study area with separate sofa-bed. For those on a working holiday, this room is ideal as it has internet access, fax, scanner and printer. This room opens onto a stone terrace and then the pool so one can keep an eye on things while working. The bright and air basement bedroom has private access from the outside in the form of a large glass door, separate dressing area and the larges bathroom. Adult guests can use the bedroom and older children can sleep on the sofas and sofa beds in the adjacent TV/Games room....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom: combination tub/shower

    ensuite to twin bedroom...moreless

  • Bathroom: toilet, shower

    double sinks, ensuite to basement bedroom...moreless

  • Bathroom: toilet


  • Bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower

    double sinks, underfloor heating, hand held shower...moreless

  • Bathroom: toilet, shower

    double sinks, ensuite ground floor master, underfloor heatin...moreless

  • All of our bedrooms have en suite bathrooms which are being renovated Autumn2012 so let me know if you want the most up-to-date photos. Walk-in rain showers, heated floors (for winter guests), practical fixtures and fittings, heated towel rails. The upstairs master bedroom has a bathtub. There is also an independent guest toilet on the ground floor....moreless

Other Amenities

  • We are a family with 3 young children and love to spend our summers at La Sonine. While we are living in Asia, we cannot do this, so are happy to rent out the house to other families. We hope that you and your children will get as much enjoyment from tramping around the forest, swimming in the pool, making daisy chains, playing in the 'Wendy' house etc. as ours do. As tempting as it is to stay at the villa, don't miss the Fondation Maeght, the views from St Paul or Tourettes, lunch in Vence or a walk along the Promenade des Anglais. Each village is different, so don't miss them. For our kids the beach, the river on the way to Villneuve-Loubet and the tree climbing in Villneuve Loubet are essential. If you are there at the height of the season, just make sure you leave early for the beach and read our guest book for suggestions. On a practical note, shopping, doctors and hospitals couldn't be easier with 2 major supermarkets within 7 minutes and local shops on the way....moreless


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room:

    Table football and other toys for grown ups and children...moreless

  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    State of the art smart TV with access to 200 channels in English and in French...moreless

  • Toys
  • Video Library


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Luxury


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Duty Free Shops
  • Forests
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Gambling Casinos
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Near The Ocean
  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountaineering
  • Paragliding
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Cupola ceiling with beautiful round table...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Underfloor heating in bathroom, kitchen and dining room. Fully kitted out for autumn and winter bookings....moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Beautiful 2 part living room with doors opening to covered and open terraces....moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking:

    Parking for 4 cars...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Printer
  • Safe
  • Scanner
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    Pool towels included....moreless

  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet:

    High speed - reaches out to the garden....moreless


  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    ice cream maker, food processor, pasta maker - everything you need to cater as you wish...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    2 miele ovens and microwave, smeg induction hob, miele dishwasher, custom made cabinetry, table for 4, stone counter tops...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio:

    Upstairs bedrooms have private sun terraces with loungers. Ground floor terraces outside of kitchen and ground floor bedroom....moreless

  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden:

    Immaculate and with room for badminton and other games....moreless

  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Terrace

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool:

    Beautiful salinated pool which is great for those who don't like chlorine. New highly efficient pool heater. ...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional

Property Descriptor

  • Detached


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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low Season
Oct 31 - Mar 18, 2016
7 night min stay

Easter 2016
Mar 19 - Apr 22, 2016
7 night min stay

Apr 23 - May 13, 2016
7 night min stay

Film Festival and Grand Prix
May 14 - Jun 3, 2016
7 night min stay

June 2016
Jun 4 - Jul 1, 2016
7 night min stay

Jul 2 - Sep 9, 2016
7 night min stay

Late Summer
Sep 10 - Oct 7, 2016
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit €2,000
  • No additional mandatory fees
  • Taxes Not included
  • Stay Tax *

* This amount will be due to the manager upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 16 years.


We can also arrange for babysitting services, extra housekeeping and other services on your behalf. Bookings outside the months of July and August may be charged a surcharge for pool heating at up to E300 per week, depending on usage. A deposit of 50% of the rental value is requested on booking. We are happy to help you arrange for cooks, additional cleaning, babysitting or other services if you

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20 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Nice, Cote d'Azur
2 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
St Paul de Vence
20 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
15 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Opio / Mougins
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Cagnes sur Mer
10 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Alain Lorca; La Colombe D'Or; Mas de Pierre
95 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
Auron / Isola 2000
15 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Cagnes sur Mer / Antibes

Car: Necessary

La Sonine provides a secure, peaceful and private hide-away in one of the world's most beautiful, exciting and varied landscapes. As wonderful as it is to just stay at the villa, Nice, St Paul de Vence and the Fondation Maeght, known as centres of art for decades are on your doorstep and cannot be missed. Vence and Tourettes, completely different from each other, are lovely places to explore, have lunch or a drink in the evening, and slightly further afield, Valbonne, Biot, Grasse and Mougins. If you have children, you are just 10 minutes from the beach or river and the hundreds of activities that these have to offer. For culinary excellence, you have only to go to St Paul where there are 2 Michelin-starred restaurants. Nice and Cannes (25 minutes) offers a the wilder night-life and Vence is a great center for Festivals and Music. There are excellent walks on the doorstep or you can drive into the back-country to the foot of the Alpes and in Winter, skiing at Isola.

Other Activities: tree climbing; art galleries, Michelin Star Restaurants


Manager info

Year Purchased: 2002

About: We live in London having just returned from 17 years living in Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. We have 3 children aged 13-16 and for them, La Sonine is home. Having owned the house from the time they were infants, we are experts on what do to in the area and are very happy to advise. I send detailed information to help you plan a relaxing stay...ere is a taste: I have created a wonderful kitchen with 2 ovens, a Kooker, Ice Cream maker, Pasta maker, 2 fridges (and a spare one in the chalet) etc., so if you want to cook – the kitchen is designed for this. And … you are on holiday so here are a few short cuts that I have learned over the years. Picard: this is the Frozen food shop on the left on your way to Vence, after the beautiful roundabout but before LeClerk. Use it. They pick their vegetables at their best and flash freeze them retaining all the nutrients and flavour. They can take the time out of cooking as they do things like minced shallots, chopped fresh frozen herbs etc. They have wonderful soups – gazpacho and other European varieties that are delicious. If you are here with babies, they even have pureed veg and fruit. For families, they do family portions and if you are entertaining they have little ‘amuse bouche’ to whet the appetite. Fancy snails or duck – they do these pre-prepared so If you aren’t a chef or interested in trying these from scratch – buy them ready made. I always buy a few things for the freezer from here so that I have a back up when I just don’t feel like producing something from scratch. Make lunch easy: French pate and bread, Serrano ham, Quiche, some cheese and a fresh green salad or grilled asparagus with parmesan cheese, steamed artichokes a glass of gazpacho. Plan a few menus before you come and draw up the shopping list. This will mean you don’t need to think when you are jetlagged and in a foreign supermarket which is vast and not organized as you would expect. I attach my list for the basic shop...

Why Vence:
There are few places left untouched on this planet, and even fewer which are located 15 minutes from an international airport. To walk through the alley ways and around the walls of St Paul de Vence is to step back in time. In more modern times, the town was adopted by many well-known artists and this has only added to the richness of the area and village itself. Tourettes sur Loup, Biot, Valbonne, Grasse, Moujins and Vence all offer different flavours of the region and make wonderful 1/2 day trips for lunch or breakfast. A favourite for us is to nip up to Tourettes for breakfast and the market on a Wednesday morning or to walk to Vence for lunch. With the beaches and the high-life of the Cote d'Azur in view and just 15 minutes drive it is easy to duck in and out of this scene and then retreat to the quiet and tranquility of La Sonine. There are not many houses in the area that offer flat land, or houses that are well laid out for 2 or more families. This is what we love about our home and we hope you will too.

The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
We have a wonderful property manager who speaks several languages including English, a lovely gardener and house keeper who keep everything ship shape. When you rent our property you will know that it will be immaculate and if anything unexpected goes wrong, our support team will be there to fix it as soon as possible.

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Speaks: english, french



  • Pool and Ground Floor Bedroom

    Pool and Ground Floor Bedroom

  • La Sonine - Close-up on Terraces

    La Sonine - Close-up on Terraces

  • View from terraces to pool

    View from terraces to pool

  • Dining Terrace

    Dining Terrace

  • Upstairs master bedroom and private terrace

    Upstairs master bedroom and private terrace

  • New Upstairs Master Bathroom (Almost Finished)

    New Upstairs Master Bathroom (Almost Finished)

  • Ground Floor Master with Study and doors to garden

    Ground Floor Master with Study and doors to garden

  • Lower Ground Floor Bedroom with private entrance and from house

    Lower Ground Floor Bedroom with private entrance and from house

  • Staircase with Calder Mobile

    Staircase with Calder Mobile

  • Custom kitchen with underfloor heating, AC, Miele / Liebherr / Smeg appliances

    Custom kitchen with underfloor heating, AC, Miele / Liebherr / Smeg appliances

  • Twin Blue Room with ensuite bathroom, rain shower, underfloor heating & terrace

    Twin Blue Room with ensuite bathroom, rain shower, underfloor heating & terrace

  • Tiled/Stone 11m Pool w. Retractable Security Cover

    Tiled/Stone 11m Pool w. Retractable Security Cover

  • Garden and driveway

    Garden and driveway

  • Covered Terrace

    Covered Terrace

  • Staircase with Calder Mobile

    Staircase with Calder Mobile

  • Upstairs Master with Queen Bed and Private Terrace

    Upstairs Master with Queen Bed and Private Terrace

  • Ground floor master

    Ground floor master

  • Sitting Room

    Sitting Room

  • Japanese Bathroom ensuite to Lower Ground Floor Bedroom

    Japanese Bathroom ensuite to Lower Ground Floor Bedroom

  • dining to hallway

    dining to hallway

  • Cupola ceilinged dining room.  Underfloor heating & AC open to living & kitchen

    Cupola ceilinged dining room. Underfloor heating & AC open to living & kitchen

  • Blue room bathroom with walk in shower and underfloor heating

    Blue room bathroom with walk in shower and underfloor heating

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