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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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                                                                                                      Superb Spring Holiday

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                                                                                                      We came to celebrate our wedding anniversary with our two sons with their wives and 2 grandchildren and stayed for 10 days. As it was February we were not sure what the weather would be but it was excellent with blue skies most days and a few with light cloud. We loved the village of Tourrette and at least one of us walked up the steep rock path beside the house to get bread and croissants each morning. With ages ranging upwards from 3 years old to over 70, we were well able for this walk but it would not suit everyone. The house itself is really lovely, spacious and well equipped. The central heating kept the house warm when the evenings were very chilly. The beds are comfortable and warm and there is everything you could wish for in the kitchen and much more, including what I would describe as an American style fridge and a large walk-in larder and good laundry facilities. The downstairs ensuite bedroom was a lovely hideaway for the oldies. There were lots of games and a huge collection of books. The garden is large and the children enjoyed running around and loved playing around edge of the pool. Some days were very warm in the shelter of the garden and around the pool. The pool is much more for playing in than swimming as it is irregular in shape and has sloping sides. Perfect for family fun. There is a well equipped exercise room that was used to keep our marathon runners in training. There are many comfortable chairs and loungers outdoors and a swing and trampoline. I imaging the awnings would give great shade in the summer. As some of us are keen on winter sports we took a trip to Gréolières-les-Neiges about 45 minutes drive away. It is a lovely family resort with places to eat, rent ski gear etc and slopes for tobogganing. An afternoon skiing there cost little more that at my local dry slope but was much more fun. It has a good range of slopes and some are challenging enough. Coupling a ski trip with visits to Antibes, Nice and Grasse gave a lovely variety to our stay when added to a few lazy days just enjoying the lovely house and the local town which celebrated its history involving violets the weekend we were there. Vence is also a lovely nearby town to visit. The local towns were open for business and showed few signs of being off season. There are many signposted paths through the local forests which we walked and ran but this is a hilly area.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 02-Mar-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Feb 2017

                                                                                                      Very stylish with great facilities.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Stayed for a month over winter. Beautifully stylish with the owners having a real flair for design. Great for an escape from the worst of the British weather. Enjoyed all the facilities of the villa - efficient heating, wifi, tv and dvd- on inclement days and was lovely to get out and about in the area when it was sunny. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 14-Feb-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jan 2017

                                                                                                      Fantastic!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Charming property. Close to everything.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 05-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Dec 2016