Photos and Description of this holiday studio in Le Trayas - Le Trayas Studio
Studio, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)
Welcome to our studio in Le Trayas, where a gorgeous sunrise over the Mediterranean seems to be the rule and preludes a lazy, sun-drenched day under cerulean skies. Imagine breakfast on the deck with fresh coffee and croissants to fuel your sun- and fun-filled day in Provence/Cote d'Azur, the air redolent with the scent of rosemary, lavender, thyme and bayleaf.
The studio apartment is adjacent to and attached to our villa. About 40m2 with soaring ceilings and a wall of french doors to a large balcony with stunning views over the Med and the garden, it is fully equipped to provide all you need for a relaxing vacation. The kitchen has all of the utensils and appliances you could wish for, from fridge, cooktop, microwave/grill, dishwasher to tablecloths, candle-holders and wineglasses. Luxuriate in the large walk-in shower with rainhead and the large fluffy egyptian cotton towels. Double sinks, vanity and medicine cabinets with plenty of storage space, hair dryer and a washing machine complete the bathroom. The european king-size bed (160cm) is beautifully appointed with luxurious linens. Reversible heating and air conditioning keep you comfy all year round and there is plenty of onsite parking.
There are a variety of local beaches within a short walk- from sandy to rocky, from large to quite tiny and private, there is something for everyone. Hikes of all levels and lengths in the adjacent Esterels are a great way to get some exercise and enjoy some of the most stunning scenery anywhere. Mountain biking and road biking are both extremely popular here, thanks to the varied and striking terrain. A game of petanque anyone? The town hall (5 min. walk) has several courts...
Dining is one of life's pleasures here in France. There are a number of good restaurants within walking distance. And the wine... unbelievably good and very inexpensive.
While having a car is preferable, we have spent most of our time here without one and have been able to enjoy most of what the area has to offer. The Le Trayas train station is serviced by 10 trains per day in either direction. The 2 buses run to Theoule/Mandelieu/Cannes in the east, and St. Raphael in the west. The train from the airport (Nice St. Augustin station, about a 15 min walk from the airport) takes less than an hour to Le Trayas.
Your private balcony is separated from the main house's private terrace by a tall screen of bamboo plants.
Detailed maps, site information, food basics, instructions for appliances, dishwasher and laundry detergent are provided.
You can find several photo albums on our facebook page- Trayas Provence.
Please note that this region is very hilly. We love it- walking anywhere is a great workout. When we come from Toronto, we fly into Nice, walk to the train, ride the train to Le Trayas, then trudge up the hill with all of our luggage. It is not easy after a long flight. We spent our first 2 years here without a car and used the buses and trains. It is definitely preferable to have a car while here- you can go anywhere, anytime and it is much easier to carry luggage and groceries.
Provence consists of 6 departments- Bouches du Rhone, Var, Alpes Maritimes, Alpes de Haute Provence, Vaucluse, Hautes Alpes. Our home is on the border between the Var and Alpes Maritimes (we are actually about 2 houses into the Var). Our bay has its own little micro-climate which happily supports plants which don't survive well just a bit further inland- lemons, oranges, cacti, bougainvillea etc. It is truly a little piece of heaven!
Keywords: Spacious, airy studio apartment in our villa, with amazing seaview, large balcony, walking distance to beaches, restaurants, store, train and bus, adjacent to Esterel hills for hiking and biking, large balcony with seaview, parking, fully equipped with kitchenette, washing machine and dishwasher. Beautiful Provence!
- non smoking only
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- not suitable for children
- pets not allowed
We are a couple from Toronto who have recently 'semi-retired'. Our family has always loved sports, cooking and travelling.
Now that we are 'semi-retired' and our 2 sons are grown up we spend about half of the year here in the south of France and are always sorry to leave, even though we are going home to work at jobs we love. So, about half of the time, we will be here to greet you, help you with your planning, and otherwise be available. The rest of the time this will be entrusted to a propery manager.
Richard purchased this studio in 2010
Why Richard chose Le Trayas
When it came time to semi-retire there was a conundrum. Where was the weather good, health care excellent, great food and wine easily available, the sea nearby, museums/art galleries/shopping/gorgeous towns/wineries close by? Great skiing within a couple of hours would be good too. And we hoped for a seaview. The south of France won, hands down. We feel so at home here, despite our imperfect french language skills. We hope you will too. And the view over the Mediterranean is heaven!!
What makes this studio unique
It is quiet, peaceful and very beautiful here, yet it is very close to bustling towns, glitz if that is what you wish, history, culture, sporting activities of all kinds (swimming, hiking, biking, kayaking, boules, boating etc etc). There is the setting and the time for quiet contemplation and introspection, for reading and cooking. There is great wine and there are great chefs nearby. Provence/Cote d'Azur provides a surfeit of nourishment for the mind, the body and the soul. It is everything a vacation should be.
Guestbook comments from the owner
This studio was perfect for the two of us. We had trouble finding accommodation for just two people and didn't want to pay for a whole house. The hosts were terrific, providing information about everything we could ask for. We were in France to househunt and the location was good for us- Le Trayas is close to the towns of Theoule and Mandelieu to the east and St. Raphael and Frejus to the west. Feb. is not the best month weather-wise, but the studio was nice and warm and big enough to spend some time in. I really appreciated the heated towel bar! We had some really good days and were able to go on long walks along the coast and up into the hills- just lovely. We visited a handful of wineries recommended by Richard- so picturesque and the wine was delicious. Unfortunately, we didn't find our 'house'- maybe next time! Would definitely stay here again.