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Spacious and beautifully presented villa with a heated swimming pool

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,368 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Sleeps 10, 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 5 WC, heated pool

Recently refurbished, this large villa is located in a calm and quiet area very close to the Old Town of Vence. Views are of the medieval village and the mountains. The property includes 'Open style' indoor Lounge, Dining and Kitchen areas with three separate terraces and gardens and a studio.

1st floor:

1 very large master bedroom with Queen size bed, walk in dressing room, double bath, independent shower and WC.

Ground floor:

1 en-suite bedroom with Queen size bed, walk in dressing room, Shower and WC.

2 bedrooms with 2 single or can make make double beds.

1 bathroom with bath, shower, WC.

1 separate WC.

Ground floor: Large open kitchen with breakfast bar. Lounge/Dining room with fire place opening on to a sheltered terrace. Adjoining is a 2nd lounge with 50 inch plasma TV & Blue Ray DVD player opening on to a large paved terrace for outdoor dinning.

Independent studio with shower room, WC

Garden: Heated swimming pool (powered cover) surrounded by a wooden deck

More Details

Audrey Sabet
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, Italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 May, 2018

About Audrey Sabet

I am French, originally from Marseilles and my husband Ian is Scottish, from St Andrews. I have spent all of my childhood on the French Riviera because my grandmother used to have a house near Monaco on the waterfront. I have always liked the French Riviera very much because it has this very unique characteristic of offering beautiful and preserved areas close to historical sites and busy lively places. I am a nature lover and I spend all of my spare time hiking with my dog Beauty or sailing with Ian and we are both trying to share our passion with our 2 children William and Skye.

We had to move away from Vence in 2015 because of Ian's work and we are now living in Montenegro that we all like a lot. We are returning to France a few times a year to visit family and friends.

Our close friend Cristina is looking after our villa in Vence since. She does a wonderful job of keeping the villa pristine and cosy for the guests. Our goal is to offer to renters a special experience of the French Riviera in a villa they can call 'home'.

Audrey Sabet purchased this villa in 2005

Why Audrey Sabet chose Vence

When I first visited Villa 'Chants d'Oiseaux', I was pregnant with William, we were in Spring. I arrived at the door step and saw the beautiful garden through the the main window. I then walked on to the patio where you can see the medieval village of Vence. It seemed like if you could touch the picturesque stone houses from there. Although the interior of the villa didn't look at all what it looks like now, I loved the arched openings, the traditional layout of old provencal buildings and the charm of the place in general. My husband was at sea at the time and I didn't wait for him to come back. When he arrived ashore one month later, we had already close the deal with the real estate agent. I was lucky, he loved the place instantly.

The renovation works took us 5 years and were completed in 2010.

What makes this villa unique

- Walking distance from downtown Vence

- Heated swimming pool with automatic hard cover

- Offers different privacy areas (patio, terraces, independent studio, master bedroom on the first floor)

- Close to the sea but not on the coast. Vence is relatively quiet even during the high season

- Half way in between Nice and Cannes

- Close to points of interest: museums (in town), restaurants and shops (in town), big shopping center (10 mn drive), motorway (15 mn drive), airport (20 mn drive), train station (15 mn drive), beaches (20 mn drive), hiking trails (from the house)

- Family house


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Vence in Alpes-Maritimes

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2368 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • town
  • village
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Master Bedrooms' Bathroom is very large with a very large bath tub, a separate shower enclosure, Double sinks, enclosed separate WC and large walk in wardrobe.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , walking in dressing room
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed , with shower room and WC
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , walking in dressing room
  • Each bedroom is tastefully decorated in differing themes. Two of the ground floor bedrooms have two single beds that can be pushed together to make doubles.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Child's Swing
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Wood Decking
  • 14 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski lift pass
  • ski pass optional
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Please note that the drive next to the villa is not suitable for low sports cars.


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Spacious and beautifully presented villa with a heated swimming pool
average rating of 4.94 based on 50 reviews

Beautiful villa in a perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Audrey and Cristina for a wonderful stay in Chants d’Oiseaux. The house was very spacious for three retired couples traveling through the Cote d’Azur. The quaint village of Vence was just a short 10-minute walk from the house where each morning we walked to the local boulangerie for fresh croissant and baguettes. We strolled the pedestrian part of the village with its charming shops and restaurants. Vence was perfectly situated for our planned excursions to Nice, Eze, Monaco, and Antibes. We returned from our sightseeing adventures to Chants d’Oiseaux for a peaceful and relaxing evening. Thanks again to our hosts for a memorable holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 22-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable, roomy home for 5 friends. Host could not have been more helpful!

  • 5 of 5

Five good girlfriends spent a week in this home. Being spoiled and "older" Americans, we like our own bedrooms and baths. This home was perfect for us. The kitchen was well equipped. I can imagine the fun for a family, the outdoor area was beautiful. I particularly loved the wisteria blooming over one of the sitting areas. I cannot say enough about how helpful the owner Audrey was with information before our arrival. Christina made us feel so welcome and was very prompt helping us with the few things we needed while we were there. Be sure to visit Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence (Matisse Chapel) while there. We had a wonderful driver and guide from the Frog's House so did not try to drive in the area. I can picture many friend and family gatherings here and hope anyone who stays here has as much fun as we had.

  • Review Submitted: 04-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Christmas & New Year in Vence

  • 4 of 5

The villa was the ideal base for a family group of ten Australians to celebrate Christmas 2017 and New Year 2018 together in Vence, France.

Grandparents, two daughters & son in laws and four grandchildren all enjoyed the amenity of the property which capably catered for the ten of us.

The large kitchen and dining room was an asset. The reading room was well used as were the grounds and outdoor table tennis table.

Bedrooms and bathrooms were comfortable, but the bungalow smelt damp & musty.

Laundry for ten was a struggle, which we overcame with some initiative.

The walk into Vence was achievable, with the last hilly bit slowing down the grandparents.

Overall, we are happy to recommend the Villa as an excellent property to stay at.

John & Wendy Ferris.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear John and Wendy, it was a pleasure to have you stay at our villa and to meet you and your lovely family. In answer to your mentioning about the laundry, it was a conscious decision that we made not to have a tumble dryer at the house. Being an environmentalist myself and teaching sustainability, I am trying to limit my impact on the environment as much as I can. That's why, amongst other things in the house, we have a heating pump as central heating which also heats up the swimming pool, 3 different trash containers to enable our guests to do recycling and no sprinklers outside for the grass to limit unnecessary water consumption. Unfortunately, tumble dryers are not eco-friendly at all and the villa being in the south of France having one seemed redundant. But I have being thinking about your comment and I understand that in winter you would have used one quite happily and future guests would also. I then came to the conclusion that when we replace the washing machine I will choose one that can wash and dry the laundry too if needed. Thank you also for your comment about the studio and as discussed we will put a ventilation system in the bathroom for this season coming to allow more air in and avoid humidity that can be unpleasant in winter. Hope you will keep nice memories of France anyway. Wishing you all the best.
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Wonderful family get together.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely villa situated within an easy stroll to Vence, our group ranged in age from 3 to 60 and everyone managed the walk with ease. We ventured in everyday either for breakfast or supper, a fantastic village. The pool was a star attraction, a little more shade needed at some times of the day and a few more sunbeds would have made it perfect.

The bedrooms were all comfortable and the numerous bathrooms a real bonus. I did not have the pleasure of meeting Audrey but my daughter said she was absolutely lovely and gave us all the information we needed for our stay. All the family agreed it was a great find!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great holiday location and lovely house

  • 5 of 5

The house is roomy and the outdoor space is fantastic. The pool was great and very clean. We loved staying there and would happily return. However, be aware if you have a large vehicle (ours was suitable for 9) as the road up to the house is narrow and quite steep. Christina was very helpful and had supplied basic groceries for our late arrival. Our family felt very at home here and we all had a great holiday. Thank you Audrey & Christina.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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une semaine à Vence

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé une merveilleuse semaine dans cette très belle maison. La maison est équipée de tout le confort et est à distance de marche de Vence. Tout ce qui est promis dans l'annonce est également présent dans la maison. Il faisait 20°C à midi et bien moins les nuits, mais grâce à la piscine chauffée, nous avons profité à volonté du plaisir d'eau!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
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Nearest Airport
16 Kilometres
Nice Cote d'Azur Airport
Nearest Barpub
600 Metres
Nearest Ferry
23 Kilometres
Nice Port
Nearest Golf
22 Kilometres
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Cagnes sur Mer
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Cagnes sur Mer
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Nearest Ski
43 Kilometres
Greolieres les Neiges
Nearest Beach
12 Kilometres
Cagnes sur Mer
Car: not necessary

The property is situated 10 mins walk away from the Old Town of Vence.

Ideally located between the sea and mountains, this medieval village offers all typical charming aspects of the French Riviera destination:

- Splendid food from gastronomic restaurants (2 with Michelin *) to casual Brasseries

- Arts and culture amongst which:

* 'The Matisse Chapel' (directly above the villa)

* XI Century Cathedral

* Distinguished Centre of Modern and Contemporary Art

* Art galleries.

* Music Festival 'Les Nuits du Sud'

* Variety of daily local markets

- Beaches (20 mins) with a complete choice of nautical and diving activities, 1rst class rivers which offer fishing, swimming and canyoning activities.

- Sports: hiking trails starting from the villa, horse ridding at 'Col de Vence', rock climbing, paragliding and cycling. The nearest ski resort "Greoliere les Neiges' is only 45mn away from the villa.

- Shopping: Cagnes sur Mer 5km (10 mins) from the Vence - Brand new prestigious shopping centre Polygone Riviera featuring a cinema, restaurants offering various types of cuisine and more than a hundred shops (http://www.polygone-riviera.fr/) really nice outdoor cafes and gardens - Monaco (40 mins) - Nice (20 mins) and Cannes (45 mins).

- Yachts and jetskis charter: (20 mins)


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £131.74

Additional charges will be applied for the use of the independent studio depending on the period.
Additional charges: 150 Euros for cleaning (compulsory)
Arrival :Saturday 3 - 5 pm Departure : Saturday by 10 am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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