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Architect Designed Villa

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

Villa, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 3-8)

Les Orangers is an architect-designed villa on two floors in 500 sq meters of garden (olive, citrus, medlar trees, etc.) 50 meters above the sea level with a magnificent panoramic view of the Mediterranean, Beaulieu, St Jean Cap Ferrat, and the Maritime Alps. Off the street parking accesses steps descending to the main entrance on the west facing door. To the immediate left is a full kitchen and to the right stairs descend to the sleeping level. Passing a half bath (WC) the grand salon with 9 door-windows open out to balcony stretching across the eastern ocean facing façade. Three additional door-windows on the south allow exit to a large outdoor living space (lani) covered by a roll down awning to shade from the brutal summer sun. The architect situated the villa perfectly to maximize the natural cooling properties. On the east and south, a gentle sea breeze and pleasant evening land draught keep temperature at a comfortable level because the hill above shades the villa from the west sun. Most of the apartments in area are sited in the plain in the full sun without cross ventilation and thus require air conditioning during the summer months. The natural cooling of site allows visitors optimal temperatures day and night. .

The center of focus is the spacious veranda (lanai) for meals or, according to preference, sun bathing or relaxing in the shade of the awning. A charcoal grill is available for barbecuing.

The sleeping level on the floor below also has another balcony, where you can to relax by exiting from the two eastern bed rooms. In addition a convenient exit opens into the garden from the small 3d bed room with large walk in closet, There is as well as another toilet (WC) and the tub/shower bath room. You have a choice of beaches in Beaulieu (10 minute walk), Villefranche (15 minute walk) or St Jean Cap Ferrat (20 minute walk) to allow a choice of venues to fit your taste.

The bus to Nice or the Nice airport (stop Joffre) or to Monaco/Menton (stop Monte du Reve) are a short walk down the street. A ten minute stroll takes you to the picturesque city square with a daily open air produce market, the train station, the unique Greek museum of Kerylos,a large Marche U supermarket, a variety of shops, the train depot, various cafes and restaurants as well as caterers (traiteurs) offering a wide choice of carry out entrées for those wishing a break from cooking. The 81 bus that stops a few minutes away or a walk brings you to the Rothschild Museum and the Zoo-Park of St Jean. The villages of St Jean and Villefranche as well can be reached by bus or a thirty minute stroll.

Minimum stay one week. Rentals are from Saturday to Saturday

Keywords: Villa, House

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Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French, German
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 July, 2015

About The Owner

Born on a farm in Chickasha OK, formerly Choctaw Nation, Professor of Modern European History at Ohio University, I have made the study of France and Europe a vocation. After studies of political science and history at Harvard, the University of Oklahoma and Ludwig- Maximilian University of Munich, I have spent much of my subsequent life researching European history. The sale of Choctaw tribal lands in Oklahoma that I inherited allowed me to follow a dream. I bought property France and London as a home for my family. Upon retirement from teaching, I retired to paradise of Beaulieu, a uniquely friendly corner of France. I reserve for my own use a studio apartment in France and fly to London to my other home. I enjoy the opportunity to welcome visitors, to answer any questions of first time visitors, and settle them in before leaving to fly to London or by train and bicycle to travel around France, etc.

The Owner purchased this villa in 2002

Why The Owner chose Nice Area

I came here with my family for sabbatical year of 1974 and found heaven on earth. The former headquarters of the US NATO Fleet and residence of Lord Salisbury, this corner of France has long been the spot that warmly welcomed English speakers. Beaulieu/Villefranche/St Jean is uniquely hospitable. The friendly Anglican Church built here in Beaulieu over a century ago says it all. My visitors from across Europe overwhelmingly return to Beaulieu on an annual basis to an area that is a second home for English speaking visitors and year round residents.

I enjoy sharing my home and welcoming new friends to my two homes in London and Beaulieu. where I have wonderful neighbors to deal with problems while I am away. I currently use the income for charity. OK gas wells and Ohio retirement far exceeds my needs. I follow the example of my parents at my age. My father then began to give away to charity all his income from his legal practice and my Mother sold all the 38 units of rental property and put all of the proceeds to a trust, She had give away all of the funds before her death. The greatest disgrace in life is to die rich. I live free and freely give to friends in need. I knew that I could live on renting these properties and share the God given bounty of the excess income. Otherwise I entertain old friends from the past visiting heaven on earth in Beaulieu sur mer.

What makes this villa unique

Between the Alps and the sea, Beaulieu has something for every taste. The weekday trains or the bus open up the attractions of the entire coast without the worries of traffic or parking, For the more vigorous the walking circuit of Cap Ferrat begins at the edge of the Beaulieu beach. The buses also allow access to the entire network of coastal footpaths for active hikers. The attractions of Nice, Monaco, and Menton are too numerous to list. The perched villages of the area are a legion, including Eze, Peille, Peillon, Gorbio, and Sainte Agnes. Any of these perched villages makes an outing a memorable occasion for a stroll and a pleasant meal. Beaulieu has something for everyone from the sedentary who want a welcome escape from daily stress, an excursion among the chic of Nice and Monaco, or an active vacation combining the sea and the mountains.


Good! 3.8/5 -
(10 traveller reviews)

Architect Designed Villa
average rating of 3.8 based on 10 reviews

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  • 2 of 5

This villa is aperfectexample of the problems with VRBO. Itis exactly as described--threebedrooms ,baths etc. two floor, nice views.AC that works mostof the time. BUT an thisis a big Bu.Thehouse was filthy when we arrived--truly disgusting. Theview mighthave beennice but the windows hadn'tbeen cleaned for weeks. The whole house is run-down--to bot say dilapidated. The owner tries--but is veryinvasive,hot-haded at times and too defensive. Unless you aresurethatthe villa is clean, stay away!!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The couple reserved for two weeks, at the last minute cancelled for the second week and later asked to arrive Sunday instead of Saturday. I did not charge for the cancelled week and allowed the change to Sunday. I later realized no one would work on Sunday. I was forced as an exception to do the cleaning myself. I started with the bed rooms, toilet, and the bath on the lower level Saturday night. I mistakenly allowed the previous week's renter to stay to go to the beach and to take a late Saturday night flight. I was aghast to discover the disaster. They had grilled on the terrace all week which was covered with grease. They left the worst miss ever. Grease was tracked into the living room. After finishing the kitchen I began with the living room and the terrace. At about 10 am Sunday the renters showed up in the midst of the clean up. The renter was dissatisfied. I asked what was not in order, asking for directions. She pointed to a smudge in the living room that I tracked in from cleaning the terrace. I asked for further directions. Instead she spent an hour recounted her life. I had the dream job. Mosse at the University of Wisconsin had informed her that she had to learn German to be a history grad student. She changed to be a Government major at Harvard where she met her husband. In retirement they rented ultra expensive villas and proceeded to use the internet to affirm that a deposit had arrived at the bank. Instead of giving any further directions or giving a chance to correct anything amiss in cleaning she said instead that they had to pick up their grand children at the airport. In the afternoon they confronted me—instead of supervising the cleaning, but to get a “professional”. My neighbor confirmed that no one could come until next Saturday at the earliest. Later husband told me that the neighbor had found someone . He affirmed that the house was clean but to please his wife he would play for a cleaning. This was only partially true as I was not allowed to finish the cleaning. I offered to pay half. The cleaning person arrived Monday morning. Instead of supervising her, all spent the day on the beach without telling me. The woman billed for 5 hours which my neighbor paid her. The renter offered to pay half of a hour (enough for the job that she had done) and would not reimburse me for the total payment. I refused the pittance as an insult. She told me I did not charge enough and should clean more and charge.
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Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Lovely place; highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at the villa for four days while touring the eastern Riviera and attending a wedding held on Cap St.-Jean-Ferrat. The villa is accurately described in the listing. It was spacious and clean, with a lovely view over the coast. It's on a quiet street with off-street parking, within easy walking distance of the shops in the village of Beaulieu-sur-Mer. The owner, who stayed in a separate flat while we rented the villa, was unobtrusive but extremely helpful and knowledgeable whenever we needed suggestions or assistance. Nice, Monaco (Monte Carlo), and Menton are within easy distance by car or public transportation: all very interesting, but we were happy to be able to relax in Beaulieu, which lacks their crowds and bustle. At the owner's suggestion, we took a drive up into the Alpes-Maritimes, away from the coast, and are very glad we did: lovely views, interesting historical sites (including well-preserved fortifications that were part of the Maginot line), and charming villages to stop in for lunch.

Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 6, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Renter Beware

  • 1 of 5

Only the view from this 2 story house is spectacular, the rest of the property is described as: RENTER BEWARE. We were unaware that the owner resides in the basement of the 2 story rental home when occupied by renters and takes the liberty to come in & out of the home unannounced, whether the renters are present or not. The home inside is in disrepair and is not clean or well maintained. The back garden is overgrown & laden with rusty bikes & other junk yard throw aways. We left abruptly after 2 nights, 1 day, when we realized the owner had intruded without announcement or explanation.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 3, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Guest left while I was working the garden. The circuits blew. I could hear them leave, so I realized that the villa was empty.The sole electricity panel is on the 2d level. I entered from the top level calling to assure that I disturbed no one. I descended to throw the breaker switch to restore the electricity. This took a minute. When the renters returned they looked in saying only "You are here!". Going to check the mail I found a note from the renter and the key. He at no time allowed me to explain. I sent him a refund by the US Postal Service to the post office box which was returned. I wrote him a 2d time asking for a street since the the PO box number I had was incorrect. This is one of his many insulting emails: . Sent: Saturday, October 05, 2013 5:58 PM To: Chastain, James Subject: Re: Fwd: 5/7 check We don't have time for your paranoiac games ...all we want is our 925 back ...no more !! You obviously have no intention of returning it to us and since you have nothing but time ...you have made this a demented game.... If we don't have a negotiable check by the end of October we will turn the debt over to a collection agency .....Game over...get some help !!!!"Since I was unsuccessful in reaching him at the PO Box I asked for a street address to send the check registered mail. Instead of replying He carried out his threat by sending this absurd "review". They found nothing to complain about for 48 hours. They were fully delighted with the cleanliness, etc upon arrival. My parents owned 38 units of rental properties and a hotel. I was taught cleaning long before serving in the US Army, or Harvard houses where I worked on the dorm crew for 4 years, and not the least by my former German wife. My cleaning can pass a white glove inspection and any fussy tenant. The problem was that the previous tenant left late at 11 AM. and the new tenant arrived early in the midst of the cleaning wanting to occupy. I only left after their inspections affirming that the cleaning was satisfactory. A white glove inspection takes time to complete.
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San Francisco

Stayed here June 2012

  • 5 of 5

What a view!

We had never stayed on the French Riviera before, and we loved this place. It is about 1 km up the hill from the Beaulieu-Sur-Mer train station, tucked between Nice and Monaco. Beaulieu is a small town, with good train and bus service; we found that we did not need a car.

The house is about 1500 sq ft, or 150 sq meters with 2 queen beds and a twin bed, and a futon in the living room. The owner replaced the windows recently, and they work very well. The owner was very helpful, checking in on us every day, making sure that everything was working well for us, and providing helpful suggestions for restaurants, sightseeing, and local shops.

We took day trips by train to Monaco, Nice, and Gorbio, and loved sipping wine on the balcony with sweeping views of the harbor and the Mediterranean. The 20 minute walk back along the water from Saint Jean Cap-Ferrat was fabulous.

It would have been nice if the owner had provided a list of instructions for locks, appliances, garbage routines, etc. - knowing some little details about how the house worked would have saved some trouble in the first couple of days. But his helpful support more than made up for it. We also learned during our trip that house rentals in France don't include toilet paper - so be prepared to buy your own.

This house was clean, comfortable, and generally in good shape, though the shower drain was slow. Staying in a house in France was much better than a hotel - we could cook when we wanted, had more privacy, and could enjoy our time together in the common spaces. I'd recommend it for a medium sized group for friends or a family with older children, but seniors or small children may find the hike up from town to be too much of a challenge.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely home for children and adults

  • 5 of 5

We (me, my husband, and our two elementary school aged children) traveled to Italy and France in March 2012. Our time at Les Orangers was one of the highlights of our trip. I had the best sleep of our entire trip in this house. The house had everything we needed plus many delightful surprises - toys and books for our children, a garden full of oranges and lemons, laundry facilities (important with two active children) and a great location for the bus, nice restaurants and fun beaches. It is the perfect house for children. The view of the ocean was a delight every day. We spent a day playing, walking and eating along the promenade in Beaulieu. We spent a day in Nice. We spent time romping in the ocean. And each day is was lovely to come home to the quiet, rest and beauty of Les Orangers. We will definitely return. Thank you, Jim, for providing such a lovely landing for us.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 23, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sarasota, Florida, USA

An amazing month in Beaulieu Sur Mer

  • 4 of 5

This mid-century modern hillside villa has stunning views of the Med, Cap Ferrat and the Alpes Maritimes and a lovely 'natural' cascading garden with flowers, trees and bushes everywhere.

The price for this view is a pull up a hill and then 48 steps of variable quality, from the bottom gate to the house. This is not for the fainthearted or unfit! A car would solve this problem but then it's not needed locally as transport is so good and parking horrendous. A solution is a 10 euro taxi (flat rate within the town) from the station, which is a lot cheaper than renting a car and paying to park it when out.

The villa itself can be said to be a work in progress. Thus far, there are gorgeous almost floor to ceiling, top quality french windows with electronic blinds in both the salon and the 2 large bedrooms on the lower floor, with new windows in both the kitchen and bathroom. The new heating and cooling system is excellent. Some of the old fixtures have yet to be removed.

There is a very efficient wall radiator/ towel rail in the bathroom which is freshly painted but rather old fashioned with a seemingly permanently disabled bidet. You'll never see a comparable view from a bathroom anywhere!

The kitchen is well equipped but a bit 'tired'. The dishwasher seems new and efficient. The view from one side of the kitchen is a a mass of nasturtiums which were lovely.

The villa is furnished simply but cleanly with 'good' IKEA which fits the style of the house. There is limited comfortable seating as there are only 2 armchairs and the IKEA futon which doubles as a sofa.

There are 2 good bedrooms with the fabulous view and a 3rd small single which has been fashioned from the vestibule of the lower floor. The large mirrored closets help to give it a sense of space and there is a window.

The new and efficient washing machine is in the downstairs WC which is separate from the bathroom.Clothes are dried on a large circular dryer frame in the sun room.

This is an excellent house for 2 couples and a child (there are lots of toddler toys) for example but not for large groups.

Yes it still need some tlc in parts but this is a wonderful house at a very good price compared with what's available in this charming prosperous little town.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 4, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Removed all remaining old electric heaters. Painted walls and woodwork throughout to deal with discolored walls and ceiling. I am most concerned not to clutter the space with too much furniture. I find the number of living room chairs adequate. For more than five persons I supplement with 14 other chairs and by large number of cushions.
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Nearest Airport
7 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Nearest Train
500 Metres
Nearest Motorway
200 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
250 Metres
Nearest Ski
98 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
500 Metres
Car: not necessary


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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Beaulieu-sur-Mer in Cote d'Azur - Riviera

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 100 m²
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • city centre ...
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1.5+
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 Double Bed
  • Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Balcony
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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