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Make a villa in Vence your home away from home

Vence holiday villas place guests in one of the more historic walled villages of southern France, with parts of its cathedral dating back to the 4th century. Lying slightly inland from Nice, holiday homes in Vence are very close to its beaches, yet still offer convenient access to the Alpine hinterland. Vence is well known as home to many famous artists and writers, including the English author of Lady Chatterley's Lover, D.H. Lawrence, who died here in 1930. The main attraction of Vence is the village square, however, which plays host to a variety of restaurants, cafés and bars.

Shops and galleries line its shaded alleys, and the medieval old town is an essential must-see. If these charms sound appealing, guests will be pleased to hear that holiday accommodation in Vence comprises mainly of villas, typically fully equipped for a modern self-catering holiday: modern kitchen appliances; dishwashers; laundry facilities; satellite television; DVD players; internet access – most amenities are covered. In addition, many accommodations in Vence also come with access to a pool, whether their own or part of a complex, to offset the slight inconvenience of the three-miles-distant beach.

Things to do

Outdoor pursuits: There are numerous walks in the hills and valleys around Vence, and of course the Alps offer an excursion for winter skiing. The proximity to the coast means the attendant watersports are within easy reach, so tourists can make the short trip every day if they wish, only coming home to a quiet dinner as the sun sets.

Beaches: The beaches of Nice (shingle) and the unmissable Cagnes-sur-Mer (more sand than shingle) are a short drive away, and accessible by public transport if desired. Vence is midway between Cannes and Monte Carlo, too, so those seafront options are also convenient. If Vence sounds a little too quiet, guests might wants to consider the glitz and glamour of Cannes holiday apartments.

Nightlife: Tiny Vence isn't much for the party scene, but for restaurants, it's difficult to top these Provencal gems. Prices can be prohibitive, however, and booking is often essential in summer. There's a two-starred Michelin establishment in Jacques Maximin Table d'Amis. For a boogie, Nice is the best bet.

Shopping: Quaint local galleries and shops punctuate the winding town centre boulevards. For self-catering guests, there's a local food market every morning but Monday, and a Provencal market, selling local produce such as olives, cheeses and meats on Tuesdays and Fridays. Further afield, Cannes and Monaco offer the opulent boutique shopping for which they're rightly famous.

Culture: The village cathedral has parts dating back to the 4th century and is open daily from 9am until 6pm. The Chateau de Villeneuve has a continuing revolution of art exhibits, usually modern in scope. Also, every July and August, there are a series of open-air music concerts on Friday and Saturday nights.

Weather in Vence

The slight altitude and inland aspect of Vence means temperatures in the summer usually top out at a comfortable 25°C or so, while the short, mild winters will see highs in the low-teens. Like the rest of the Cote d'Azur, the rain mainly falls in October and November, and even then, it's not enough to dampen spirits.

Travel to Vence

Nice Cote d'Azur Airport is only eight or so miles from Vence, making flying in the most convenient way of getting in. They're pretty much all direct flights, too, as Nice is a major travel hub. Travelling by car is possible, as the south of France is only a couple of days' drive from the south of England, and the journey itself is a pretty one. Trains can shuttle travellers from London in around nine hours.

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                                                        Recent Reviews

                                                        Great villa

                                                        5 of 5
                                                        Amassing views from villa Isabella, most of the bedrooms are first class with walk in wardrobes.We stayed for a week with our family (8 adults and 4children).The hosts were very nice and helpful.Great fun in the swimming pool and games room. Only criticism kitchen could do with update but still a great villa.
                                                        • Review Submitted: 18-Jun-2016
                                                        • Date of Stay: May 2016

                                                        Excellently appointed property with superb views

                                                        5 of 5
                                                        Located less than 30 minutes from Nice airport this very comfortable property is one of several within a domaine on the country road leading to St Paul de Vence. Steps lead down to a courtyard where there is a covered eating area adjacent to a gas-fired BBQ. Around the other side is a lovely terrace with a table and chairs where we dined everyday at some point or other with views across the countryside and sweeping down to the coast. It is an idyll. Below the terrace via steps there is a sheltered garden with sun loungers and another table and chairs. Within the property the rooms are very comfortably appointed with a well-equipped kitchen. There is air conditioning although we did not require it. The domaine occupants share a spacious pool and there is an area to play pétanque. The views from the terrace above the pool are of St Paul itself (about 20 minutes walk away) with a backdrop of the wonderful mountains. We went for a much-needed break; we came back refreshed. We wanted for nothing. We recommend trips by car to Vence, Grasse, Biot, Antibes and via the Corniche Moyenne to Eze and thence to Monaco. A fantastic holiday!
                                                        • Review Submitted: 24-May-2016
                                                        • Date of Stay: May 2016

                                                        Absolutely fabulous.

                                                        5 of 5
                                                        Had a great time . The villa was lovely and exactly as described. We would have loved to live there. The owners were a very nice couple and we are definitely going to return next year for a longer stay.
                                                        • Review Submitted: 11-May-2016
                                                        • Date of Stay: May 2016