House in Vence, Provence-Alpes-Cote DAzur, France
David and Elisabeth Hulme
- english, french
About David and Elisabeth Hulme
David, now retired, was in project management in the oil and gas industry designing and building refineries and gas plants all over the world. Elisabeth is a secondary school maths teacher having originally working in the oil and gas industry which is where we met. Elisabeth quit working in engineering in 1981to bring up our son who is now a solicitor in Oxford. We live in Buckland Commom, one of the hilltops villages in the Chilterns. Elisabeth is a keen horse rider and keeps her horse in stables within 2 minutes walk from the house which we moved into 3 years ago after 33 years in our last house. Our son and his family live 10 minute away so we often get see them. They also love France and have had several holidays with us in Lou Paradou where our grandsons loves playing in the pool.
David and Elisabeth Hulme purchased this Villa in 2005
Why David and Elisabeth Hulme chose Vence
We bought our first property in Vence in January 2001. This was a 600 year house in the centre of the old town (Cite Historique) which was on 6 floors! It was wonderful living the old town but we wanted a house with a garden and swimming pool. The most important feature however was that it had to be in easy walking distance (5 to 10 minutes) of the old town which we love. In 2004 we found the ideal property which met all our criteria and we moved into Lou Paradou in August 2005. Vence is a beautiful Provencal town with bars, bistros and restaurants weekly markets and festivals. We also love this area because you are in close proximity to the sea. Monaco, Nice and Cannes are all an easy drive away and you can drive to Cagnes sur Mer (our closest beach) in 15 minutes.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out: 10:00 a.m.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
FABULOUS PROPERTY IN A WONDERFUL LOCATION
We had a simply fantastic time in this utterly charming villa! The property is maintained to a very high standard, with a fully equipped kitchen and extensive swimming pool. It's close proximity ( easy and pleasant walk) to Vence and other surrounding areas make this house a real gem! Clearly a property much loved by it's owners, whom we found almost as charming as their villa! We really do hope to return. Thank you again.
We are absolutely delighted that you enjoyed your holiday at Lou Paradou so much. This is all we want! We know how important this is - working hard year.
You are right, we love our home and there is nowhere more lovely than Vence.
Please do come back again and maybe next time we will actially meet. I would love that!!
July Vence trip
Beautiful home with a wonderful pool and great living spaces. A very nice walk into Vence from the property. It was a great place for us to spend a short week.
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Very glad you had an enjoyable stay.
Yes, it's great to be able to walk up into the village.
Beautiful house in Vence
We absolutely loved our stay in Vence. The house was spacious and cool, even in the summer heat. The pool especially was a highlight of our trip for my teenage kids. The town of Vence was a short walk away for morning coffee and croissants, exploring the food markets and eating great meals at any of the restaurants. We hope we can visit again someday.
Thank you so much for taking the time to review your stay. We are delighted that you so enjoyed your stay at Lou Paradou.
I'm sure you all appreciated the pool because you were there in that heatwave!!! Well done you survived.
So glad that you'll be taking such lovely memories of Vence back to the States.
I hope you do return.
Perfect family house near town
We had a relaxing stay at the Old Stone Bastide. The house is large and had plenty of rooms for us and our two kids. We were even able to use the pool a little in late Oct. The house is located on a grounds of a large condo complex, but we never noticed it. The furnishings are quaint and as the owner describes. Their property manager was very helpful too. Beautiful garden and patio to sip coffee or wine on.
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. So glad you enjoyed your time at Lou Paradou. You were great guests. You'd be welcome back anytime. We think you were very brave travelling all the way from the USA with a three month old baby- intrepid!!
Idyllic stone farmhouse near Nice
Beautiful old house with lovely garden and pool.
All facilities included.
I'd definitely visit again.
So glad you had such a lovely holiday in our home.
You were great guests and would be welcome back anytime!
Home away from home,with the added bonus of a pool..
The house Is situated about a15 minute walk away from centre of Vence, perfect for us as we didn’t use the car once. the house was large and very comfortable and extremely well equipped. The pool area was ideal as the pool house provided shade & there was also a good selection of garden furniture and a BBQ provided. The garden was enclosed so our dogs were safe too. We had a very pleasant stay.
So pleased you had such an enjoyable stay.
The beach at Cagnes is 6 miles away-we rarely miss an evening stroll along its lovely new prom. Nice is 20 mins away and Cannes takes about 30-40 mins. There are many other lovely spots along the coast, we love Villefranche and Golfe Juan. Of course Antibes and Juan les Pins are less than 20min away. Wherever you drive to from Vence, the scenery is stunning. Visit St Paul de Vence and Grasse. Or just drive up the mountain. Another day trip would be to Monte Carlo or San Remo over the border.
Nice airport is about 15-20 mins away. We would definitely recommend a car, although friends have stayed here and used buses to go everywhere. We now go into Nice by bus as it's so cheap, easy and reliable.
If you drive from the UK it is very easy to get to Vence from the A8-10 mins. The house is on the approach to Vence from this direction and very easy to find. The great thing about Villa Paradou's location is that, being so close to the village, there is no need for a 'nominated driver'!
The centre of the wonderful old bustling market town of Vence is only 500m away. The Cite Historic is absolutely charming. There are many restaurants, bars, food shops, clothes shops and a bi-weekly market. There are also many art galleries. Our favourite spot is the terrace of the Brasserie Victoire where you can sit and watch the Real Provence go by over a glass of Provencal rose.
There are many restaurants, bars, patisseries, butchers, grocers, supermarkets, hairdressers, banks, boutiques etc etc. Vence is a thriving community that, however, loses none of its village charm. You are just, literally, spoilt for choice.
We leave several travel guides in the bookshelves in the house, with details of so many places of interest it would not be possible to list them all here.