: Nice only 20 minutes (Toulon 1.5h / Marseille 2h)
: Cagnes sur Mer or Saint Laurent du Var
: A8 / Exit 48 Canes-Sur-Mer
: Cagnes-sur-Mer / Nice / Cap d'Antibes
: Bar Tabac du Peyron
: Auron / Isola 2000
: Country Club de Nice
: Brasserie & Thai Restaurant
SAINT JEANNET / VENCE / SAINT PAUL DE VENCE
The French Riviera needs little description. It's infamous, yet still has many 'undiscovered' and hugely delightful corners. Villa La Colette’s nearest village, mediaeval Saint Jeannet, was the location for Hitchcock's 'To Catch a Thief'. During the shooting of this classic movie leading lady Grace Kelly met Prince Rainier III of Monaco; and became a Princess just a year later. Star Cary Grant’s (aka John Robie) villa’s is below the Baou mountain (see photo) and still exists for a discrete walk or drive-by.
Saint Paul and Vence reflect the classic Riviera but with a more modest twist. More relaxing than the coast yet only a short drive away from some of the most famous holiday spots in the world: Cannes, Juan Les Pins, Antibes, Nice, Monaco and Menton. And not forgetting that Italy is only an hour away. Art 'institutions' such as the Fondation Maeght, the Matisse Chapel and iconic hotel the Colombe d'Or are just a few of the delights that put this area on the map.
The weather is temperate and often ridiculously perfect. And winter holidays can offer the very best of both worlds: skiing and lunch in the sun followed by relaxing in the evening by the open fireplace at La Colette.
Saint Jeannet village is 3 minutes, Vence town centre 7 minutes and Saint Paul de Vence is 12 minutes away by car. A car is recommended but there’s a little bus that leaves from directly below the villa and costs just a Euro a trip.
Nice International airport (very clean and easy - you're usually smelling the sea air within minutes of landing) is only a 20 minute drive away from the villa. But do consider also Toulon and Marseille International airports. They're only 1.5- 2.15 hour drive away and will give you more flight options and deals. EasyJet, BA, BMI and Aerlingus and many other airlines all provide frequent flights to this area.
A taxi from Nice airport costs around 45-60 Euro. A professional taxi driver who knows the house can pick you up. Please call or email me to book this service.
Internationally-renowned ski resorts (Isola 2000 and Auron) are only 83 kms away. Monaco / Monte Carlo is 45 minutes away and the Italian market / seaside town San Remo (great for a day out) is just over an hour away.
NEAREST AMENITIES are a 5 minute walk away:
Hotel / Restaurant
Brasserie - big, good and very reasonable. Local workers all eat there.
Bar / Tabac
Thai Restaurant (excellent food, awful decor)
Pizza Takeout and Delivery
Indian Delivery (the restaurant is in Vence)
Two bakeries (The nearest is divine!)
Supermarket (Marché U with fish counter and butcher)
Petrol Station (sells BBQ charcoal and firewood)
Newsagent (sells foreign newspapers and magazines)
Estate Agent (in case you're inspired to stay!)