About the property
- Villa3767 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights
Peaceful, 4 en-suite Bedrooms, Games Room, Heated pool, Ideal for 2 families
La Sonine is a beautiful stone-built villa, nestled in 5500 sq meters of garden and wood-lands just 1km walk from the walled hill-top village of St. Paul de Vence, one of the world's most beautiful medieval villages. 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 completed a full remodelling of all bathrooms and kitchen in 2013 - all our guest comment on what a pleasure it is to be in a villa so well and beautifully equipped! With 12 years rental experience behind us, we can help make your gathering unique - we even know an opera singer to serenade you. Our garden and terraces make a gorgeous place to host a dinner or special event. Just email us to explore how we can help.
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. Check out a video of the grounds here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgMUQKM8UVA
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. St Paul de Vence 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. Frankly, there is so much to do and mnone 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.
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.
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
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
Many thanks for sharing your absolutely amazing place with us. We have had a fantastic week in beautiful surroundings. Warm Regards - Kazakhstan
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
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
This past week met our expectations in every way. The Villa was just right...comfortable, relaxed and beautiful.
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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About Juliet Fallowfield
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...
Juliet Fallowfield purchased this Villa in 2002
Why Juliet Fallowfield chose Saint Paul de 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.
What makes this Villa unique
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. You will never believe that you are in the heart of the cote-d'azur, such is the quiet at La Sonine. Enjoying our unique position as the last house before the national park begins, we enjoy peace and calm. Our spacious grounds mean that whether you want sun or shade, exercise or rest - there is something for all. We are happy to help you plan a small gathering in our grounds if you so wish and know cooks and entertainers who can add to the celebration.
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Lovely, simply lovely
If you’re struggling to narrow down your property search in this beautiful and fascinating region, please let me help. If what you’re looking for is a beautiful, private villa that combines comfort, style and thoughtful design then you’ve found it. La Sonine is so sensitively appointed and so intelligently equipped that it offers endless possibilities for coming together with family and friends, whatever the season, whatever the time of day, whatever the mood. In the variable temperatures of early May, we had long, leisurely breakfasts al fresco on the kitchen terrace; languished on sunbeds in the upper garden after swimming in the irresistible salt-water pool; enjoyed smart dinners in the simple and intimate dining room, and a glass of red wine beside the roaring fire in the end alcove of the simple but elegant sitting room. All of these spaces we filled with endless conversation, music and laughter, but you might be there at the right time of year to also benefit from the roof terraces off the upper bedrooms, the covered terrace from the sitting room, the TV room…
And for those times when you need a little solitude for your book or your diary or (dare I say it?) your emails, there are similar welcoming places, not least a generous hammock, plentiful seating about the garden, and (if you’re really serious about those emails) a study area with desk.
We balanced our week between luxuriating in the house and gardens and exploring the area both on foot (to St Paul de Vence, La Colombe d’Or, the Fondation Maeght) and by car (Tourrettes-sur-Loup, Nice, Villefranche sur Mer, and the eastern end of the Côte d’Azur). I’ve rarely been more reluctant to leave a holiday home. Enjoy!
P.S. The photos do NOT do the place justice.
Magnificent villa in a perfect location
Located in beautiful, calm woodland, La Sonine is tastefully furnished and fully equipped with everything you could possibly need in the kitchen and garden. There are two fridge-freezers, two ovens, a microwave and an induction hob, along with enough crockery, cutlery, glassware and utensils for a large group. Whatever the season, you will be neither too hot nor too cold due to underfloor heating and air conditioning. There is a maxi-screen TV with satellite channels and a large selection of DVDs, and a good selection of toys, games and books for both indoors and outdoors. The outdoor heated pool is of a good size and the garden provides a beautiful setting for barbecues and meals on the terrace. The villa is 5 minutes from St Paul de Vence, 10 minutes from Vence and a large supermarket, within easy reach of other hilltop villages and 20 minutes from Nice. It couldn't be in a better location. Highly recommended.
Thank you! So glad you had a lovely stay!
La Sonine--a luxurious, peaceful and perfectly situated vacation villa
In September 2016, my spouse, I and four friends/family, celebrated our 50th anniversary at La Sonine. The villa proved to be a perfect choice for this very special occasion. It is a private, spacious place that would comfortably accommodate 8 or, in a pinch, 10. The house, featuring a variety of state-of-the art amenities, including a large, well-equipped kitchen, takes maximum advantage of the greenery that surrounds it. Most memorably, double doors in the master bedroom gave us direct access to the lawn and large swimming pool.
Perhaps the most important asset of the villa is its owner, Juliet, a resident of the UK. Though we never met, it was clear from the outset that she loves the villa (her family uses it at every opportunity) and wants those who pass through to enjoy it to the fullest. Her property managers are first class and readily available to respond patiently, in person and by phone, to any question. Prior to our visit, Juliet sent us a collection of "essays" on local attractions, restaurants, and how to take best advantage of the home's features.
We recommend La Sonine without qualification and hope to return in the near future.
Thank you Mark, it was a pleasure to have you there - thank you for the gorgeous photos and I am delighted that you enjoyed yourself so much. Juliet
Old time character with modern conveniences
This beautiful villa with all the modern conveniences is the perfect place for a holiday!!We spent many hours either before or after our daily jaunt relaxing outside in the lovely garden or inside by the fire.
It is just minutes away from St. Paul de Vence with its many art galleries and fine restaurants.
In addition, it lends itself to the many other medieval villages and beautiful towns along the Cote d' Azur.
It is the perfect place for a special holiday!!
Thank you! So glad that you enjoyed yourselves and hope you will come again!
This is an absolutely gorgeous place. At first appearance it appears charmingly rustic but it comes with all "mod cons". We found no shortcomings in terms of kitchen, bathrooms, laundry etc. In particular, the kitchen is large with tons of fridge space. The bedrooms on the upper floor are high-ceilinged and airy which meant that we were comfortable even in the July heat.
The swimming pool got a lot of use. It is salt water which means no chlorine irritation. There is plenty of lawn space for relaxing and games.
There is a stone patio just off the kitchen which is shaded for much of the day by a large old tree which means that dining outside is comfortable and convenient.
In short, the house and grounds met and exceeded all expectations.
The location is very convenient. It is only 20-25 minutes outside of Nice by car but feels very removed from any urban setting. Before we went we were told that St. Paul-de-Vence was a must-visit and we were pleasantly surprised to find that this charming old town is, in fact, a short (20 minute?) walk from the house. Dinner in St. Paul-de-Vence is a great option as is a simple game of boules (with a beverage from the local bistro) in the square outside the town walls. Remember to bring a flashlight when you walk home.
This is a real gem and is a place that I would recommend to anyone who wants to enjoy a stay in the south of France that mixes local charm with the conveniences of home (if your home is in North America or the UK).
La Sonine is a gorgeous villa inside and out.
The villa was a perfect choice! The grounds and pool were so well kept, and the inside was decorated beautifully. The kitchen and the four bathrooms were all up to date with modern appliances and fixtures. The owner was so informative about the locale, and the manager of the home was always available. The location was perfect in order to visit many nearby sites or even for a beautiful walk to the nearby village of St. Paul de Vence. We hope to some day return and stay at La Sonine.
So delighted that you had a lovely stay and thank you for taking the time to wire this review. Look forward to seeing you again!
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
Additional information about rental rates
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