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Stunning Historic Stone Farmhouse with Seaview, Heated Pool, sleeps 10

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

5 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 10

Perched on a hill overlooking Nice, historic stone farmhouse with lovely views of the Mediterranean and surrounding hills. The property faces south & is seated on a very old olive grove on an acre of land. Originally a Roman watchtower, our entirely renovated 'Mas Provençal' was built in several stages over the centuries, and is steeped with character & charm. The house is an ideal family holiday home, with lots of outdoor and indoor space, including a big heatable swimming pool, a swing set, fruit trees (including delicious figs in August), a ping pong table and barbecue. The garden is perfectly safe for children & the land is protected by a wall and intercom for visitors. Tennis courts are 5 minutes away 7 the seaside is just 15 minutes down the road. Lots of mountain hiking and climbing too.

Edgar Montana
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
24 September, 2018

About Edgar Montana

Hi, I'm an american artist, living in France for the past 40 years with my wife and family.

Edgar Montana purchased this villa in 1998

Why Edgar Montana chose Gairaut

Tons of character and charm, in a lovely setting, shaded by hundred year old olive and cypress trees, big heatable pool.

What makes this villa unique

Beautiful setting with view of the sea, pool and covered outdoor dining area, a unique historic stone farmhouse dating back to the roman period, including genuine medieval fireplaces.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa around the Gairaut around the Nice

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • All rubbish and empty bottles must be disposed of, All dishes and cooking materials clean on departure.
  • All sheets and towels removed from beds and placed in laundry room before departure.
  • All furniture must be returned to positions found on arrival
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
  • Cots & high chairs provided if necessary.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 10 garden chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Lovely verandah and wooded garden, many olive and cypress trees, with Teak furniture for dining and relaxing in the garden and around the pool.


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average rating of 4.652174 based on 23 reviews

Poor location, overpriced, mosquitoes, cheaply furnished, some dangerous fittings

  • 1 of 5

A total disappointment for a three-generation celebration of a 70th birthday.

In 40 years, this is the worst accommodation I have ever had!

Location: definitely not the 15 minutes advertised to the sea. It's in Gairaut, not Nice; it was not properly explained on the initial description. It's a 10 minute drive and park at the end of the tram line and a further 30 minutes from there to Nice seaside. By car, other beaches are up to a 40 minute drive. It's on a steep hill, in the middle of nowhere on a relatively busy and narrow road with no pavement, and a car is required for a trip even to the local grocery store.

Garden: half of the garden is dirt. All seating is rickety, old and extremely uncomfortable with very few cushions for the garden chairs.

Interior: children's bedroom- damp room next to utility room with only a curtain to separate. No window. The 2 rooms in the tower are plainly dangerous to get to, very steep stairs, hand rails broken or loose, very hard to access and carry luggage to.

Cracked windows, mosquito nets with big holes flapping in the breeze, light fittings not working, electrical fitting dangerous e.g. could pull oven fully out, some bedside table drawers not possible to open, majority of crockery chipped; the furniture is generally an assembly of mismatched junk.

Mosquitoes: big problem, have seen it on a previous review. Initially owners left us with a box filled with empty bottles of mosquito deterrents until I complained. At times impossible to be outside, all 10 of us including 4 children ended up with big mosquito bites all over our bodies.

Owners: unfriendly. When I mentioned that we were 2 towels short I was questioned on the number of bedrooms we were using.... this for towels that looked beyond use for pets.

Overall, I'd never recommend this property or area! One to avoid, plenty of better places in the area as we experienced in our first week on French Riviera.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A magical holiday

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed in Edgar’s beautiful home to celebrate my 70th birthday. I wanted to go somewhere special and wasn’t disappointed. Five adults and three children enjoyed the many facilities offered including a lovely pool. We were able to visit central Nice and the surrounding countryside returning to Serena Antica for barbecues and meals in the local restaurants.


  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rustic historic stone watch tower on a pleasant property with good access.

  • 3 of 5

The first immediate impression of this property met all our expectations! The large grounds , pool and covered patio allowed our 4 young grand children to have much freedom and fun! The numerous toys were much appreciated! Many a meal was enjoyed outside under the covered patio as well as in the kitchen open plan area! The kitchen was well equipped with a bbq close by! The tv living room was comfortable with large couches! The bedroom on the top floor of the tower was disappointing, as it was inaccessible due to the very steep staircase , for our young children! The access to the second bedroom in the tower is via a narrow staircase which made it impossible to take suitcases up there!

The downstairs 3 bedrooms were adequate but the road noise and ventilation was inadequate when shutters were closed. The mosquito nets were not fit for purpose! Insufficient fans and coils could not keep them at bay!

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing historical home and property!

  • 5 of 5

Antica Serena was a wonderful home base for four friends exploring the region. In the evenings, we came home to relax, cook dinners, eat outside and swim. We made lifetime memories in this eclectic and inviting home. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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beautiful house with great views

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house located in the hills outside nice. Very well set-up for family’s to keep all entertained. Very easy to get into nice once you get the hang of the buses(25,63 and 76) bring you into henri sappia where you can hop on a tram etc. Very happy with the house and facilities

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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What a fantastic get-away

  • 5 of 5

Myself, my family and our best friends rented this property over October had term. And we are so glad we did!

The property easily sleeps 10, with mixtures of kids and adults. The top two bedrooms in the ‘tower’ as the kids called it, gave spectacular views over Nice. The ground floor comprised of a bathroom and toilet room, entrance way with plenty of space to store coats and shoes, then a living room with TV. The best part was the huge kitchen/dining area with its warm golden glow. The kitchen then leads out onto a beautiful patio where we ate most meals and then onto the huge garden and swimming pool (both fenced and with an alarm). The gardens are fantastic for the kids to explore with ping pong, swings, hammocks, plenty of hiding places. The downstairs has three double bedrooms (one en suite), a bathroom and a laundry room. There are washing machines and tumble dryers as well as washing lines outside to dry your swimming stuff. The house is child friendly with baby gate, cots and plenty of toys to keep the littlest happy. There is a large hyper market twenty mins away, glorious beaches and plenty of places to visit. A car is definitely essential as the villa is up a steep hill.

Edgar the owner is an absolute pleasure to deal with and was available to talk to at any time had we needed it- but we didn’t because everything was perfect. We will definitely be returning, thank you so much for making a long-overdue holiday so special.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Nice Cote d'Azur
Nearest Barpub
0.8 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
3 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
Nice Golf Club
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Exit 54
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Kilometres
Chez Simon
Nearest Ski
60 Kilometres
Isola 2000
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Promenade des Anglais
Car: recommended

Our farmhouse is located on a quiet, wooded suburban hill in Nice, overlooking the city and the Mediterranean. Downtown Nice is 10 minutes away and the Beaches 15 minutes away. Easy access to the towns up and down the coast, including Monaco, Cannes, Antibes, St. Paul de Vence, and Italy (35 minutes).

Other Activities: Monaco Gran Prix, Cannes Film Festival, Nice Carnaval, Rolex Masters Tennis Tournament


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa around the Gairaut,

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low Season
7 Sep 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax £1.80 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Please note that our low season rates start at 1500 euros/week for smaller parties comprising only 2 persons, and are calculated upward toward 2500 euros/week depending on the number of persons in your party.

Rental price includes linens, utilities, local telephone and final cleaning of the house.

Shorter stays (3-night minimum) are available during the low season on a pro-rata basis.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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