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Carmela Blackman

Advertiser since: 2008
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Speaks English, French, A little Italian.
Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Carmela Blackman

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Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday villa in St-Paul-de-Vence - LE COTTAGE DU LOUP

Air conditioned 3 dbl bedrooms 3 bathrooms sleeps 6 close to the sea & St Paul

Nestled in the hillside within its own gated grounds in a conservation area sits our lovingly restored luxurious south facing villa retaining original character and charm.The exterior dining terrace with BBQ is perfect for alfresco dining for those warm evenings. Sunloungers and parasols overlook and lead to a private pool with views across a valley of pine forests were you can watch the sunrise and set with a good novel & a glass of rose. Our villa sleeps 6 with 3 dbl bedrooms, 2 kitchens, 2 living areas so the ground floor can be self contained to give additional privacy. The interiors with marble floors have been beautifully restored to create a romantic hideaway with crystal chandeliers and carefully chosen furnishings. The village has all you need with St Paul a few minutes drive. The River loup is a stroll down the road. Tennis,golf and beaches are nearby. Ideal for a romantic getaway,families with older children & friends sharing. Please see our guest reviews.

PROPERTY LOCATION/REVIEWS: Le Cottage du Loup villa is on the edge of the charming ancient village of La Colle sur Loup with full amenities yet only a 5 min drive to the medieval walled village of St Paul de Vence. Both villages offer an array of restaurants and markets. St Paul has many art galleries and the foundation Maeght is a must for art lovers. A short 5 minute walk from the villa takes you down to the River Loup carved through a beautiful leafy revine.

The nearest beach is 10-15 mins drive but the choice along the coast is vast. Golf courses and tennis nearby. A great area for cycling enthusiasts too. With plenty of watersports along the coast. Nice is only 15 mins, Antibes 20, Cannes 35, Monaco 40 or a train runs along the coast from Cagnes sur mer if you prefer a break from driving only 10 mins away with parking. If you have some time left there's an immense choice of shops and boutiques for shopping of all kinds.


GOLF INFORMATION: the nearest course with club house and pro shop is at Villeneuve Loubet approx 6kms from the villa go to www.golfdevilleneuveloubet.com or there are 13 other courses close by go to www.en.leadinggolfcourses.com then type in France then La Colle sur Loup it will bring up all the golf courses with information. If we can help further just get n touch

LOCAL TENNIS INFORMATION: There are two tennis clubs in the area. The first in la Colle sur Loup village a 3 minute drive or very walkable. There are 4 courts 1 clay and 3 synthetic managed by a small association. Anyone can book a court. The price is very reasonable.

The second a bigger club in Vence approx 15 minute drive with approx 10 courts all in clay a club house and small restaurant. You can book a court as a non member. Prices are a little higher.

RIVER LOUP: Just a short walk down the bottom of the road is the River Loup. A lovely walk whatever time of year not too far but shaded and cool in Summer ideal for a picnic or wrap up in Autumn and Winter to watch the water racing down from the mountains.

Our welcome lady will be happy to assist with information on bookings.

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Details for holiday villa Unit 88604, 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 3 Bathrooms

South facing self catering villa with private pool in secluded gated private grounds with 3 dbl bedrooms sleeps 6. With 2 kitchens & 2 living areas. The villa has been lovingly restored and furnished with chandeliers and carefully chosen furnishings throughout. The first romantic dbl bedroom has an antique 4 poster bed leading to a balcony with adjoining bathroom and slipper bath. The decoratively furnished 2nd bedroom leads onto a terrace also with its own bathroom. 3rd dbl bedroom with ensuite on the ground floor has its own lounge with TV,DVD,CD player & additional kitchen leading to another exterior dining terrace. The main hand painted kitchen boasts a large range cooker with large halogen hob. Or cook & dine alfresco on the gas BBQ. The Main Living area has 2 double sofas TV, DVD, CD Player with separate dining area. The exterior dining and salt water pool have breathtaking views across the valley with sunbeds, parasols and electronic blinds. Please read our guest reviews.
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Carmela Blackman (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2008
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Speaks English, French, A little Italian.

About Carmela Blackman

We live in the UK with our two daughters.We fell in love with Le Cottage from the moment we walked up the drive as she is hidden. After purchasing in 2003 it then took us a further 5 years to renovate including the addition of a pool which overlooks a magnificent view down a conservation valley of pine trees. We wanted to create somewhere really special to go, full of beautiful things. Each time we arrive we all still feel excited and have had some wonderful times with family and friends. We now have regular guests who revisit each year and they also feel like its their home from home.

Carmela Blackman purchased this villa in 2003

Why Carmela Blackman chose St-Paul-de-Vence

We love the area with its diversity from historic towns, beautiful walled villages, mountains and having the sea close by. Also the way of life, food, wine and of course the sunshine. It has great access to the airport 15 mins, trains 10 mins, motorway 7 mins. Its close to Nice, Cannes, Antibes and only 40 mins to Monaco. It has great links to pretty much anywhere along the coast or inland. The area is so diverse being close to beaches, mountains, river walks and all amenities whether you want to play golf, tennis or visit one of the beautiful hill top villages like St Paul only a 5 minute drive away. There is so much to do and never enough time. Although it is close for accessibility it is tucked away for when you want to enjoy some relaxing time out with magnificent views.

What makes this villa unique

Le Cottage du Loup is on the edge of the beautiful historic La Colle Sur Loup village.You have all you need in the village Bakery, butchers, Grocers, Cafes, restaurants, banks, chemist and an open market on Saturday mornings. Many of our guests intend on visiting so many places but say once they arrive they stock up on food and wine and spend most of their days by the pool and cook on the big range gas BBQ. Or go for a stroll down to the River Loup which is a lovely tree lined walk where you can also rock climb.

La Colle Sur Loup is a short 10 minute drive from St Paul de Vence which is one of the most visited and oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera and the second most visited in France, it is well known for its modern and contemporary art museums and galleries such as Fondation Maeght which is located nearby.

Saint-Paul de Vence has long been a haven of the famous. During the 1960s, it was frequented by French actors Yves Montand, Simone Signoret and Lino Ventura, and poet Jacques Prévert.

Saint-Paul is also well known for the artists who have lived there, such as Marc Chagall, Samivel and more recently the couple Bernard-Henri Lévy and Arielle Dombasle. Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman has a home there.

Making this not only the perfect romantic getaway, but you never know who you may bump into.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have spent a lovely six days here - beautiful villa with a lovely feeling.

We loved St Paul. what a very special little place.

We managed to relax and also visit Nice, Monaco & Cannes and of course St Paul twice.

We just wish it could have been longer

Thank you for our lovely welcome. Carmela you have a beautiful home here - thank you for fascilitating our last minute stay.

S Family Lancs
Oct 2011
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Bedrooms 3
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based on 22 holidaymaker reviews

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Luxurious Romantic Villa with private pool/aircon breathtaking views nr St Paul
average rating of 4.8636365 based on 32 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We were fortunate to stay at the villa for 3 weeks.

The location is excellent for all the surrounding attractions yet is so peaceful and " away from it all " we have no complaints at all. The cleaner Maria is lovely and Michele, who manages things extremely efficient and helpful. The pools is perfect for cooling off, if not Olympic lengths. We especially appreciated the two automatic sun blinds for shade during the heat of the day. All in all a wonderful place that feels more like someone's home than the traditional minimally equipped rental villa.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Wilmington, NC USA

A dream come true

  • 5 of 5

I have always wanted to immerse myself into French lifestyle and spent many hours researching villas. I had wanted to rent in Villefrance sur Ner or Beaulieu but the prices for a two month rental were much more than I wanted to spend. I decided to look west of Nice and after talking with the owners of several villas we decided on Le Cottage. It was exactly as described and the pictures were very accurate. The only picture not as represented was the dining room which is actually much better tan shown as it now has a lovely antique round table with beautiful Provençal chairs for 6.

We loved being away from the traffic of Nice and enjoyed the small villages and hilltop towns in the area. Our favorite was Gourdon. Having spent many vacations in Villefranche, it was wonderful to explore the villages that are off the tourist route. We loved the La Colle sur Loup and the small family restaurants there. We enjoyed shopping at the small grocery stores, the boulangerie, Poulet a GoGo in Cagnes. We loved cooking at home and eating by the pool..

The only thing we missed was not having a local phone line as using our cell phones from the US even with our international service was expensive. I would recommend you buy a local phone if you are here for several weeks.

We had a few maintenance issues like no AC in the downstairs apt., but they did get a portable unit that helped. The only problem was you had to leave the window open to vent it and the mosquitoes were a problem. Luckily after the first two weeks we didn't need air at night. The outside motion light for the barbecue did not work and they were not able to get it to work so this was a problem when we wanted to use the grill as the days got shorter. All other problems were addressed in a timely manner. These were very minor, lights that were burned out etc.

Overall, the house is very comfortable, lots of private spaces, housekeeping is very good and location is great. With the gates you feel very secure.

We loved our stay and really hated to leave early due to a death in the family. Carmela's advice to take trip insurance is spot on ad you never know what could happen. We always do this and for the first time we needed it. Luckily we only missed a week of our stay. We look forward to returning in the near future.

Thank you again Carmela for all your assistance and Michele for coming so early to check us out so we could make an early flight home. We are happy to recommend your home.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 15, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

A slice of heaven on the French Riviera

  • 5 of 5

The villa was lovely, well appointed and very comfortable. The location is superb if you want to travel around the Riviera or simply relax in ideal surroundings. I would return in a heartbeat and bring my entire family.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

The perfect place for a special occasion!!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at La Cottage at the end of May and had a lovely week of sunshine in fantastic accommodation... Fresh flowers in every room, a welcome pack and our own market stall in the basement; what more could we ask for? This was just the start! Luxury bedding and beautiful furniture complimented by a kitchen equipped with everything we needed... The plan was to visit all of those places you talk about but in reality La Cottage was so relaxing the only time we opened the gates for the first 4 days was to go to the shops to restock on supplies!!! This said; we did venture to St.Paul de Vence which was beautiful and on our final day we visited Nice which is a must... we would definitely recommend a stay here and sincerely hope to come back again in the future... Carmela, apologies for the delay in adding the review but thanks again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Comfortable house with a great terrace/pool

  • 4 of 5

Comfortable, clean, and well maintained 3 bed house which is well equipped. It has a great south facing patio and pool, and an uninterrupted scenic view. The house is spacious and light, and the side terrace is excellent for dining with plenty of shade provided by means of an awning (and there is one pool side too). La Colle sur Loup is a pretty village with good amenities just 10 mins walk away.The third bedroom is downstairs and the double bed itself is small but the room does open out into a large sitting area. Small disappointments were the downstairs bedroom air conditioning was not working (awaiting an engineer so not the owner's fault), and that one bath towel per person for a week in high temperatures isn't sufficient - apparently more are available on request at a small charge but this wasn't made clear. Suggest renters bring an extra towel each. In summary, nice house in a great location with very good outdoor facilities and well equipped inside, but third bedroom may not suit everyone and attention to detail in avoiding the disappointments mentioned above would make it a 5 star rather than 4 star holiday villa.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Great stay

  • 4 of 5

Together with our parents my husband and I spent a week at Cottage de Loup and found both the house and it's location fantastic. Half way between Nice and Cannes the location gave us great access to explore the region and the towns of Vence and St Paul de Vence were both incredibly sweet and just a short drive away. We were a party of 5 and found the house both well equipped and comfortable. Although cool in mid May we were able to enjoy the pool and the welcome pack of champagne (most important for us honeymooners) plus basics like bread, milk, cheese, juice and fruit was a lovely touch. There is a small makeshift 'shop' set up in the garage where you can get the basic ingredients for a simple meal on the nights you'd prefer to stay in but there are any number of great spots to eat nearby too.

We found the owner and guest manager great to deal with and although I would recommend hiring a car to make the most if the surrounding towns and activities, if you wanted a private escape you could go without it.

The house is set on three levels with a room and bathroom per level, the downstairs Poets Retreat is almost a seperate apartment with kitchenette and living room. We found the furnishings to be perfect for the south of France and there are three seperate dining areas and a great kitchen if you wish to stay in and cook as we did on occasion.

Overall a great stay and highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 3, 2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
La Colle sur loup
Nearest Ferry
8 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Villeneuve Loubet
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Cagnes Sur Mer
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
A8 autoroute
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
La colle sur Loup village
Nearest Ski
80 Kilometres
Isola 2000 or La Colmiane ski resorts approx 1hr
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Cagnes sur Mer
Car: recommended

Le Cottage Du Loup/Poets Retreat is a couple of minutes from La Colle Sur Loup Village with restaurants, cafes, bakers, butcher, supermarket and a short stroll down to the River Loup for a lovely tree lined walk along the river bank with kayaking and rock climbing . St Paul De Vence the 2nd most visited village in France is only a 5 min drive with the world renowned Colombe D'or Restaurant visited by many celebrities and some of the finest art galleries in the country including Foundation Maeght. Other picturesque villages close by include Vence, Tourrettes Sur Loup, Mougin, Grasse, Biot. With easy access all along the coast whether to Monaco and the Grand Prix , Antibes and its yachts, Cannes for the music and film festivals, Nice for its wonderful market in Cours Saleya. Italy, St. Tropez.. In Winter skiing is approx 50 mins to Greolieres or slightly further to Isola 2000. Golf nearby in Villeneuve Loubet and tennis courts in the village and Vence.

Other Activities: rock climbing, 5 minute walk down to the River Loup. Also local tennis clubs one a 3 minute drive in the village or a larger one in Vence named Cayron

Golf: The nearest golf course is at Villeneuve Loubet 5.3 kms from the villa. It has a Club house and Pro shop and has 9 holes.

If you visit www.golfdevilleneuveloubet.com for more information

However there are 13 golf clubs within easy reach for information please go to www.en.leadingcourses.com then click on France then type in La Colle sur loup it will bring them all up with all the info on them. Or get in touch with us by email if we can help further.

Ski: The nearest ski resorts are Isola 2000, Valberg, Auron, Greolieres. There is also a ski bus which departs from Nice, Cannes and Antibes but for up to date information log onto www.allaboutnice.com then link onto ski from Nice.


Prices & Availability

From £1,995 Weekly

Prices for this holiday villa in St-Paul-de-Vence, Nice Area

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season/early Spring
13 Dec 2014 - 24 Apr 2015
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Grand Prix/Cannes Film Festiv
25 Apr 2015 - 29 May 2015
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 May 2015 - 26 Jun 2015
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Summer
27 Jun 2015 - 28 Aug 2015
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
29 Aug 2015 - 25 Sep 2015
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
26 Sep 2015 - 30 Oct 2015
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £750
Notes There is a £35.00 bank fee for deposit returns in Europe and £35 internationally, your bank may charge an incoming fee.

If you prefer to pay by credit card a fee will be due dependent upon your country of residence as it varies which is paid directly to the credit card provider. We will advise you of this fee which can be added to your rental payment prior to your booking.

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Policy available by contacting owner when booking.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in St-Paul-de-Vence in Nice Area

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 150 m²
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Toilet is seperate opposite bathroom
    Bathroom 2 - Bath with Shower , Bidet , Toilet is seperate to bathroom
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , With storage and wash hand basin
  • Bathroom 1 has a Victorian style ball and claw slipper bath perfect by candlelight. Marble topped wash hand basin in provencal unit with large gilt mirror over. Heated towel rail. The toilet is in a separate room opposite. Bathroom 2 has twin sinks in a double marble topped unit. There is also a shower over the bath and a bidet. The toilet is in a separate room to the bathroom. Shower room to Bedroom 3 with great chrome dome shower, wash hand basin w.c and bidet. Marble floors to all bathrooms with towels provided for bathing and additional towels for swimming or sunbathing but please bring your own beach towels.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Romantic four poster bed with private balcony great views
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Queen size provencal bed onto terrace with views
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , Romantic Double bed
  • 3 Bedrooms sleeps maximum of 6 Bed 1 Top Floor with fantastic views. Very romantic antique Queen size bed has a hand made mattress with double French doors leading onto a private balcony. With double French style wardrobe and matching chests of drawers and lamps. Bed 2 1st Floor Has a Queen size bed with provencal style furnishings and lots of original built in wardrobe space bedside cabinets and lamps. Leads onto terrace with wonderful views. Bed 3 has a romantic double bed with bedside cabinets lamps and built in wardrobe on ground floor with a private terrace.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
If you wish to pay by credit card a fee is payable dependant upon country of residenceas charged by homeaway.We will advise you of this cost before booking. On arrival you will be greeted by our welcome lady who speaks English, French and some German. A welcome pack to help you through your first evening including something chilled for supper and some bottled water. Also for arrival toilet rolls, soap, washing up liquid, first laundry powder. Remote controlled air-conditioning is in all bedrooms and the living area. Ample off road parking is within the gated grounds of the property. The property is not suitable for young children or the infirm due to steep stone steps and terracing of some areas of the grounds. Visiting guests with toddlers and young children would need supervision at all times.

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