Villa, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6-7)
- english, french, german, spanish, italian
François was born in Switzerland, but was brought to Menton 12 days after birth to be baptized at the Saint Michel basilica. Ever since he considers Menton and the Villa his second home. He now lives in Paris, but tries to escape two or three times a year to rewind at Paraisette, even for a few days.
FRrançois purchased this Villa in 1922
Why FRrançois chose Old Town
This property has belonged to my family for many years, but it was just a place where people woulg go, perhaps on Sunday noon to have some pastis and a bite to eat. There was no road: in order to get there you had to walk straight up, avoiding slippery stones and thorny bushes. Once up there, you had better have your own food and drink. There was no water, no electricity and... no neighbors. But of course the view was there, together with the breeze and the silence (unless the cicadas were in full swing). Then in the late 60's a road was built which, by pure coincidence went exactly past the property. We therefore found an architect who, step by step built the property you can enjoy today.
What makes this Villa unique
One of the features of Paraisette is that it is of course located on the Côte d'Azur with all the beautiful and glamorous amenities associated with the area. It is also very close to Liguria, an interesting region with worthwhile sights, cuisine and wines. We very much encourage our guests to explore that little known corner of Italy. But first and foremost, a stay at the Villa will allow you to savor the charm of Menton. Once one of the most glamorous spots of Europe, Menton was somewhat passed by the huge tourist developments of the Cote d'Azur in the 50's and 60's. Things are changing now, but, as you will look at the scenery of the old town from Paraisette or explore the fabulous gardens and Villas in and around Menton, you will still get a feeling of how it was many years ago.
Pool / Spa
Max guests: 7
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Excellent location, stunning views!!!! Quiet neighborhood and very charming home!
I am so sorry, I am late to write a review but wanted to say thank for sharing your home with us. It is absolutely fantastic. The location was great. We loved the view from the kitchen and master bedroom terrace. We must have taken a ton of pictures of the old town from the terrace. We had dinner outside on the patio every night. The location was great because it provides an easy access to the Italian and French side. Grocery shopping in the nearby village of Latte in Italy was very convenient convenient (a 5 minute drive from the house). The public beach downtown Menton was also only 5 minutes away in the other direction with easy parking available (in late August/early September). The kitchen was fully stocked and Francois was very helpful and responsive to our inquiries. The only downside I could point out is that the windows do not have screens and there were quite a few mosquitos roaming around during our stay. We tried the sprays but they didn't work all that well. Otherwise, everything about this charming home was perfect. It is rustic but very comfortable. We had everything we needed to cook and relax. It is a great value and I highly recommended to anyone who wants to explore the French Riviera. The house is away from the hustle and bustle of the touristy areas, yet a short drive to restaurants and old town Menton. It is less than a 10-minute drive to Monte Carlo, which is a great place to visit.
We loved our vacation and would stay at this house again in the future. Thank you, Francois, for being such a good host. You made our stay very pleasant.
One more thing to add is that the house is provides privacy for multiple couples as two of the bedroom suites can be accessed from the outside and the lay out of the home is such that you have plenty of space to spread out. And a quick word of caution, if you are not used to driving in France, the street signage is not particularly good so we had a tough time locating the house initially. You can have the best mapquest or google instructions, but they are not particularly helpful when the street signs are sparce. There were no street signs at every intersection like you'd normally have in most places in the US and not enough advance notice of streets coming up, so watch out for that as you navigate your way around, and by all means enjoy your stay at the lovely/picturesque town of Menton!!!
Menton, Fall of 09
We recently spent a week at the Villa and had a wonderful time. The property was clean and well appointed. We could not have picked a better location, too. Menton is a lovely city, full of unexpected pleasures, and the Villa is so close to Italy that day trips to the Italian Riviera were easy. Our evenings were spent making dinners in the comfortable kitchen, and enjoying wine on the terrace while gazing at the amazing view of the coastline. We could see all the way to Monaco!
Mr. Boller was an incredible host, we had everything we needed going into the Villa and everything we needed once there. He made sure we were comfortable and gave us very good ideas of things to do in the area.
I would definitely recommend this Villa to my friends and family - actually to anyone who is looking for a beautiful vista, enchanting surroundings, and incredible day trips.
We had a terrific two wee...
We had a terrific two week stay in July at the villa.
Our host provided most helpful information about
the villa and the area. He was responsive to any
questions or concerns. The setting of the villa is
stunning, a panoramic view we will always
remember. The villa is large and well furnished and
equipped. It is close to town but removed enough
so that you feel away from the at times crowded,
busy pace of Cote D'Azur in high season. The hot
tub was enjoyable. We used the wood burning oven
to cook some memorable seafood meals. the villa
is also well priced compared to others in the area
we researched. A bonus for us is that our son and
his French bulldog could stay with us when they
were visiting from Berlin. Overall we would
recommend staying at the Villa Paraisette for those
wanting an excellent location, comfort and
unforgettable vista. Merci bien Francois. John and
Cathy, Hamilton, Ontario
My husband and I recently...
My husband and I recently returned from our second (of what we hope to be many) visit(s) to La Paraisette.
We took advantage of its location, perched on a mountain above Menton and the ocean, to work off some of the lunches in town. It is a perfect hike up wide concrete steps or the road and we always loved returning to the spectacular views of the ocean, harbor and beautiful Menton from every inch of the property. We often used the jacuzzi to untangle our leg muscles after the hike.
M. Boller is a fantastic host. First, the villa has all that one may need. The kitchen is well stocked to prepare lovely meals on site (hopefully using fresh local ingredients), and even a brick barbecue attendant with a comfortable outdoor dining area (could easily accommodate 6-8) under an arbor.
There are too many good things to write about the villa. Suffice it to say, M. Boller willing, we plan to return again and again.
The vista from Villa Par...
The vista from Villa Paraisette is breathtaking and being situated near straddling the French-Italian border offers the cultures and cuisines of both countries.Being "foodies",we chose to by-pass the excellent local restaurants this time and cooked-in every night in the well equipped kitchen and barbecue.Shopping at the Supermercato in the small Italian town of Latte (a ten minute drive from the villa)yielded freshly made pasta and antipasti as well as local garden fresh produce.
Having free and handy internet access is a real bonus.The villa is perfect for families or 3 couples because the 3 bedrooms and adjoining bathrooms have a good measure of individual privacy.We stayed at the villa in February and were comfortable sitting on the terrace in light sweaters which we quickly doffed after several minutes in the Riviera sun.Of the five French properties we've previously rented, Villa Paraisette is,by far,our favorite. We hope to return several times.
A previous renter left th...
A previous renter left the following comment in our Livre d'Or:
May 19-June 2, 2007
Dear Francois and Family,
The end of out two weeks is drawing to a close but we wish we could continue...Would you believe this our first trip to Europe?!! The narrow winding roads frightened me at firrst but thankfully my husband is from the Philippines and is accustomed to this kind of terrain. Soon I relaxed and REALLY enjoyed the view, those winding roads lulling me to sleep on our journey home from neighboring villages of Cote d'Azur.The Monaco Grand Prix was "hair raising"...absolutely thrilling.I hope you will attend some day. It was wonderful to realize that I made such a sound decision opting for a Villa instead of a Hotel. After my experience here, I do not ever see choosing a Hotel over a "home" for a family vacation. Menton is spectacular. All of the Cote d'Azur is amazing and we are convinced that you could not get a bad meal even if you tried.
Arboretum and Gardens, Museums (traditional and modern art), Alpine ski-ing in the Winter