Villa Near Grasse, Cote D'Azur, France - Private Swimming Pool, Tennis Court and Short Walk to Centre of Grasse
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About Lady Lockett
Maggie Lockett studied Practical Horticulture, Plants and Plantsmanship and advanced Plants and Plantsmanship at the English Garden School (Chelsea Physic Garden), gaining a Diploma with Distinction in each. More recently, she has continued to study, including intensive plant tours to South Africa's Cape, China and Japan, in order to to generate a greater understanding of Mediterranean gardening. She has extensive plant knowledge and is available to offer advice on gardens and other botanical sites in the Riviera region. Examples of locations are: close to Menton - Hanbury Gardens at La Mortola, Serre de la Madonne, Clos du Peyronnet; medieval garden at St. Agnes; around Grasse - Plateau de Caussols, Jardin Noailles, and Villa Fort France; around Hyeres - Domaine de Rayol, and Edith Wharton's Garden
Lady Lockett purchased this House in 1998
Why Lady Lockett chose Grasse
We were looking for a typically Provencal style of property, where we could express our own ideas and style. We discovered this property of about three hectares, which had half to two thirds cultivated and the rest wild. Later we became avidly interested in gardening and particularly Mediterranean climate plants and techniques; and so found we had made such a lucky choice in our French home. The grounds are very spacious, allowing plenty of privacy for both a main house and guest villa. It has a feeling of seclusion and yet is not too far from anywhere you'd want to visit. Clients often ask 'why don't you say how peaceful it is on the website?' - It's just difficult to say just how relaxing and peaceful it is!
What makes this House unique
It is always a delight to discover the pleasures of the area outside the high summer season. Spring has gorgeous warm weather - walking, swimming, playing tennis are all very enjoyable, if you can tear yourself away from admiring the gardens and wild flowers! The autumn is a great surprise with gardens still showing a floral displays up to the end of November. An lovely "Indian summer" allows one to lunch outdoors almost until winter. Many of our guests come in the off peak times to enjoy the hills, or just to relax with the odd game of tennis, and then enjoy dinner by an open fire in the evenings. The local villages are more charming than ever in spring and autumn, with a more relaxed feeling in the build-up to summer and a peaceful calm as the families go back to work and school.
Pool / Spa
No pets - two obedient dogs, more would be too much!two obedient dogs, more would be too much!
Parties/events allowed - Yes, if we are hired to organise itYes, if we are hired to organise it
Max guests: 6
Minimum age of primary renter: 25
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Wonderful property, splendid gardens, in a quiet mountainside location with views of the surrounding hills and mountains and the Mediterranean in the distance. My wife, son and I used this as a base to visit the surrounding area (Nice, Cannes, Antibes, St Paul, Gourdon, Grasse). The best part of every day was returning home to our mountainside oasis. Lady Lockett could not have been kinder or more helpful in making our stay a delight.
Thank you for your kind review. You were delightful guests and it was great to know you enjoyed our corner of paradise!
Idyllic Provençal retreat
We were royally received by the lovely Lady Lockett, who was kind to accommodate our exceptional check-in circumstances. The view and the house are both better than the photos, it is so close to the centre of Grasse whilst feeling totally detached. The property is well kept and has beautiful gardens, the kitchen is brilliantly equipped for cooking up a storm, and the outdoor area is perfect for al fresco dining and pool time.
So pleased you enjoyed your stay with us! Hope to see you again someday.
Incredible property. With stunning view for family gathering
Beautiful property settled on a lovely location. Perfect for family meeting or getaway. Property was clean. Pool was lovely. Comes with tennis court, rackets, bikes, and anything you would need to have a great time. If you have elderly family make sure someone can drive Becuase hill driving is a bit intense but phenomenal place to stay
Thanks for your lovely review. We loved that your family enjoyed the property so much and look forward to welcoming you again some time.
A beautiful house and garden
We wanted a peaceful retreat for a week and La Mouissone totally fulfilled our needs. It is a beautifully presented, comfortable house in a glorious position. The immdediate and wider gardens are a delight as are the views. The view from the tennis court is stunning and the pool is nicely placed and refreshing.
It is a pleasure to receive guests who enjoy our gardens within the olive grove, particularly in spring and autumn when the flowers are plentiful!
Special interest holidays:
The property has a beautiful tennis court, newly resurfaced in 2014, which is available for client's use.
The house and court combined would make a wonderful holiday for tennis enthusiasts, particularly in the more temperate months of spring and autumn. Ideally suited to two couples or a family with children. Tennis coach contacts available.
We are within half an hour's drive of six or seven golf courses. The villa makes an ideal autumn, winter and spring location for golfing couples. Golfing challenges all day and a cosy fire place in the evenings.
Cycling: The hills are a wonderful discovery for keen cyclists, and the weather in spring and autumn can be very pleasant for a day's outing from the villa. We have maps and local knowledge to advise enthusiasts.
30 minutes to Cannes, 45 minutes to La Napoule: Theoule sur Mer. Fantastic beaches all along the coast, recommendations available.
Car hire is recommended - so many lovely places to visit. The villa is 45 minutes easy drive from Nice airport. 60/30 minutes from Nice/Cannes train stations. However, Grasse has an excellent rail link with parking to the coast stopping at all stations - Cannes, Juans les Pins and on to Monte Carlo.
15 minute walk to Grasse centre. Half a dozen charming villages within 20 minutes drive - Valbonne, Cabris, Bar sur Loup, Tourettes sur Loup.Nearest nice beach - 45 minutes. Airport - 45 minutes. Organised children's activities - woodland adventure site, Aquasplash, windsurfing lessons - within 45 mins drive.
Recently there has been an increase in good restaurants in the area - several new entries in Michelin Guide, as well as the more famous established ones.
Many hiking trails for country walks in beautiful hillsides and woodland. For example, Nietsche's Path from Gourdon to Bar sur Loup (2 1/2 hours). Walking guides and maps available.
Wonderful art galleries nearby - Fondation Maeght at St. Paul de Vence; Musée Fernand Léger in Biot; Musées Matisse and Chagall in Nice.
Interesting Mediterranean gardens on Cap Ferrat and Menton, also some very beautiful in Grasse to view in spring/early summer - lots of information available.