THE FAMILY VILLA: This is our home and we rent it out from time to time. It is newly built in the local Provençal style with a modern interior. It is light, spacious, all on one level and comes with top quality fittings and appliances. It consists of a 60 m2 open living-dining room with a beautiful fully-fitted modern kitchen with a breakfast bar, extra large fridge/freezer, oven, microwave, dishwasher, induction hob, espresso machine, toaster, kettle and all necessary utensils. The living room has a large flat-screen TV with UK satellite channels and a Wii console. There is also a piano for anyone wanting to tinkle the ivories!
The dining table seats 8 and can be extended to seat 12. The master bedroom has a queen size bed, fitted wardrobes and an en-suite shower room. This consists of a power shower, WC and contemporary washbasin. Bedroom 2 has a double bed and fitted wardrobes.
Bedroom 3 has bunk beds (regular size, can fit adults/teens), a single bed & fitted wardrobes. All rooms have fans. The main family bathroom has a bath with shower and double basin. There is a separate WC. There is a large laundry with washing machine & dryer, plenty of garage space for bikes, beach equipment, rubber boats, canoes etc and an office area with desk. The house receives excellent mobile phone coverage and comes equipped with free WiFi throughout. We provide many toys and games for children and have a large collection of DVDs. We also provide numerous ball games, inflatables for the pool, parasols, a UV tent for the beach and picnic equipment. For families with babies/toddlers we have highchairs, plastic crockery, cups & cutlery, a travel cot, a baby seat for a bike and a changing mat.
THE APARTMENT: The separate apartment is attached to the main house but fully independent making it ideal for a second smaller family, grandparents or a nanny. We rent it out throughout the year but during the summer months if you don't want to take both the house and apartment it will be closed off. It will not be rented out separately to other tenants.
It consists of a double bedroom with wardrobe, a bathroom with shower, WC and washbasin and a living room with kitchenette. The living room has a double sofa bed and dining table for 4. The kitchen comprises a fridge, dishwasher, electric hob, microwave/grill, toaster, kettle and all necessary utensils. There is a flat-screen TV with UK satellite channels, WiFi access, iPod dock and HiFi. The airy, light living room leads onto a sunny south-facing terrace overlooking the garden with sunloungers and another BBQ.
THE AREA: The beautiful garden is ideal for children with a trampoline and bikes available but its separate areas make it perfect for adults to relax in too. Besides the lovely pool (which is fully fenced for your security) there's a hammock for afternoon siestas in the shade and a petanque pitch to enjoy the provencal game of boules over a glass of Pastis! Large lawns can be used to play ball, croquet or badminton (we provide these) and shady rocky areas are perfect for games of hide & seek or imaginary adventures. The garden is planted with many beautifully scented flowers such as a large bank of lavender and rosemary. The trees are home to birds, red squirrels and cicadas. Free use of the village tennis club is also included in the rental.
The villa is located in Roquefort les Pins, a quiet village perfectly situated in the hills away from the coast midway between Nice, Cannes & Grasse, all of which are great for shopping and packed with museums, art galleries and other attractions. It has everything you need on a daily basis with 2 excellent bakeries, a fabulous green grocer, several delis, a supermarket with wet fish counter, 2 butchers, newagents (with foreign daily newspapers), drycleaners, banks, hairdressers, florist, post office, pharmacies, doctors (many of whom speak English) and a cinema/theatre for concerts and shows. It also has 2 weekly markets. There are 8 restaurants/cafés and a snack bar/pizzaria. All of this is walking distance from Lou Messugo. Roquefort is only 25 minutes from Nice International Airport, 15 min from beaches with a wealth of watersports, 10 min from the beautiful medieval village of Valbonne (with its amazing market on Friday mornings) and less than an hour to ski resorts. It is ideally placed from which to explore this stunning part of the south of France. This area offers a wealth of activities for all ages and tastes from world-class galleries and museums, to adventure sports such as canyoning and pargliding in beautiful natural landscape. Whether it's relaxation and rejuvenation, culture, gastronomy or sports you're looking for this area has it all!
Nearby attractions for CHILDREN:
10 mins from the villa in Villeneuve-Loubet there is a wonderful complex of 4 adventure parks for children of all ages consisting of:
A LABYRINTHE with clues in English & French to complete the various challenges. There is also a 'Crazy Village' at the end with outdoor slides, crazy bikes & unusual rides to go on.
LE BOIS DES LUTINS, a low-tech park of netted walks high in the trees with enormous slides, bouncy castles, luge & flying foxes
2 'ACCROBRANCHES', 'Go Ape' adventure zip wires, climbing and pure adrenaline in the trees. From 3 years old to adult.
30 mins away there is MARINELAND the biggest marine park in Europe with Orca, dolphin & seal shows
Also on the same site AQUASPLASH water park with slides of all sizes fun for all ages & MINIGOLF
10 mins away in La Colle sur Loup there's a playpark LUDIPARC with trampolines & various climbing structures.
Children love the old-fashioned sweet factory 'Florian' at Le Pont du Loup and creating their own perfumes at many of the perfume factories in Grasse (20 mins)
PARC PHOENIX in Nice (25 mins) is full of unusual animals and plants in enormous glass houses. Iguanas roam free. Kids love it!
PONY RIDING at various locations 10-20 mins away
The Oceanographic Museum in Monaco has an aquarium and excellent marine museum popular with all ages.
These are just a few of the multitude of things children love about the area not forgetting the obvious atttraction of all the BEACHES.
The French Riviera is famous for it's beautiful light and the many artists it has attracted. As testament to this there are museums representing the work of Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, Leger, Renoir & others within 30 mins. The Fondation Maeght at St Paul de Vence is a wonderful contemporary art gallery full of works by Miro, Giacometti & others. Many of the medieval hill villages have small private art galleries and MAMAC in Nice (Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art) is fabulous. These are just some of the many galleries. The local village of Biot is famous for glass blowing & Vallauris for pottery. The area is full of spectacular perched villages seemingly defying gravity to hang on to the edge of the cliffs. Nice is a gorgeous town full of Italian influences seen in its architecture and food. Grasse is the world centre of perfume making and has many attractions to visit.
SPORT & ADVENTURE:
The proximity of the mountains & the sea make Roquefort an ideal location for a more active holiday. Apart from the obvious attractions of the sea (snorkelling, water sports, diving, swimming), Lou Messugo is also only 10 mins from a well known natural rock climbing area with climbs for beginners to advanced next to the beautiful Loup river. The rivers in the area all offer canyoning, rafting and beautiful walks. The area is well known for paragliding with several schools only 20 mins away. In the winter we are only 50 mins form the nearest ski slopes which in the summer offer excellent hiking. Bungee jumping is available about 1 hour away in the spectacular gorges known as the Colorado of Provence. There are several places to do Via Ferrata within about 1 - 1.5 hours away and plenty of riding stables nearby offering lessons and hacks in the countryside. We can lend you our pass to the local tennis courts and are happy to lend our bikies (3 adult 1 child). There are places to hire further bicycles if required. All along the seafronts particularly in Cagnes s/Mer (20 mins) & Nice (30 mins) there are cycle lanes and wide pavements ideal for rollerblading. Lou Messugo is surrounded by about 15 golf courses from very exclusive clubs to family-friendly placces for beginners. Direct from the villa there are a number of signed walks through the gorgeous countryside lasting anything from an hour to a day.
The GLAMOROUS COTE D'AZUR:
Nice, Cannes, Juan les Pins, Antibes, Monaco - names that sum up the glamour of the French Riviera. These towns are all within easy reach whether by car or even public transport (bus stop 5 mins form the villa, 1€ ticket). Here you can shop till you drop, idle away the hours people/celebrity watching from chic beachside bars & restaurants, hire a sunlounger for the day on a private beach with waiter service for a luxury beach experience and wander around the ports full of superyachts. Then you can retreat back to the calm of Lou Messugo in the evening away from the crowds!
We are surrounded by excellent restaurants for all budgets. There are 6 Michelin starred restaurants within 20 mins and many more further afield. Roquefort has several places to eat including a lovely restaurant 10 mins walk away and Valbonne is full of delightful little places to eat. All the local villages have at least one interesting café. On the coast you'll find every dining experience you could ever want and we are only an hour to Italy if you want to pop over the border for lunch! For more detail on the local food see my Pinterest board http://fr.pinterest.com/loumessugo/food-from-the-south-of-france/