Villa Beauséjour France, Côte d'Azur

Bright, spacious and comfortable, the Provençal-style Villa Beauséjour is just 3km from the world-famous perfume village of Grasse, tucked away in a quiet residential area with delightful views across the valley to the sea in the distance.

Surrounded by a generous terraced garden of mature trees and fragrant shrubs, this hillside accommodation is all about outside living. Two sides of the spacious living/dining room open directly onto a traditional beamed terrace, the perfect spot for that first cappuccino of the day as you drink in the panoramic view. Two of the bedrooms on this floor have their own balconies, again with inspiring views, while the self-contained apartment on the lower ground floor opens onto yet another covered terrace. A few steps across the manicured lawn brings you to the good-sized pool: a vibrant splash of blue against a lush green backdrop.

Inside, the open-plan layout creates a spacious, comfortable feel, though decorative features, such as the large stone fireplace and tiled floors, keep it firmly rooted in its Provençal surroundings.

From here, you are just 25km from the beaches of the Côte d’Azur, with the shops, cafés, restaurants and the lively nightlife of Cannes, Nice, Antibes and St Tropez all accessible. There is also much to explore right on your doorstep. Breathe in the perfume houses in Grasse (crowded but enjoyable) and, for the creatively inclined, there are the ‘artists’ towns’ of Mougins and St Paul-de-Vence. It’s a popular area in high summer, but if you’d like to slip away from the crowds, you can still find towns and villages, blissfully untouched by tourism. With houses hugging deep gorges or sheltered by rugged mountain outcrops, the ancient streets offer stunning views and a study of Provençal life at its most authentic.

Dining in Grasse is short drive away with a good selection of restaurants whilst for the active golf, tennis and horseriding are all within striking distance.


  • 5 bedroom villa (sleeps 10)
  • Changeover day – Sunday
Main house:
  • Living/dining room
  • Kitchen
  • 2 double bedrooms each with a balcony
  • Bathroom
  • 1 shower room with WC 
  • WC
First floor:
  • 2 twin bedrooms
  • Bathroom
  • WC 
Lower ground floor:
  • Self-contained apartment accessed internally
  • Opens out onto a covered terrace to the side of the house
  • Living/dining room with sofabed
  • Kitchen
  • Double bedroom
  • Bathroom with separate shower
  • WC
  • 2 washing machines
  • 2 dishwashers
  • Air-conditioned bedrooms and apartment living area
  • Telephone
  • Satellite TV, DVD and CD players
  • Alarm
  • Cot (linen not included) and highchair
  • Barbecue
  • Boules
  • Private heated swimming pool 11m x 5.5m (depth 1m – 2.5m), security alarm, open mid-May to mid-September
  • Security deposit £1,000
Complimentary wifi:
  • All properties with wifi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails
  • We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected
  • Bed linen, bath and pool towels are provided
  • Weekly linen change for bookings of one week or more
  • Additional cleaning available €15/hour
  • All services payable locally
  • Prices quoted are subject to change

Access times:

  • Check-in time – 4.00-7.00pm
  • Check-out time – 10.00am

Cannes, Nice, Monaco, and Saint-Tropez each has a magnetic atmosphere of its own, and all are noted for the glamourous and immaculate private hotel beaches backed by classy cafes under canvas. The Riviera in fact has plenty of public beaches which are just as, if not more, suitable for families, while a street or two behind the film set façade it is easy to find restaurants that are better value than almost anything back home. On any excursion to the coast by car however, arrive and depart early, to avoid the traffic jams that sometimes build up in high season later in the day.

Behind this exotic shop window lies the ‘arrière pays’, or back-country, within easy reach of the Côte-d’Azur but far less frenetic. Some of the most popular places – Eze, Grasse, Mougins and St Paul-de-Vence – attract large numbers of summer visitors; but only a kilometre or two away are other equally delightful towns and villages, untouched by the mass tourist market. Their ancient streets have breathtaking, distant views of the sea, from houses hugging deep gorges or sheltered by rugged mountain outcrops. Provençal life continues here undisturbed and unthreatened, at its own singular pace.

Shops and Services

  • Villages (shops, services and restaurants)
    • Magagnosc (2.5km)
    • Châteauneuf (4.5km)
    • Cabris (10km)
    • Valbonne (10km)
    • Mougins (17km)
  • Towns
    • Grasse (3km)
    • Cannes (24km)
    • Nice (34km)

Market Days

  • Grasse (3km) – Saturdays
  • Peymeinade (9km) – Mondays
  • St-Vallier-de-Thiey (11km) – Sunday mornings

Recommended Restaurants

  • Grasse centre
    • Côté Place – pizzas, pasta, salads and Provençal specialities
    • La Voûte – pizzas, pasta, salads and Provençal specialities
    • Auberge de l’Alambic – pizzas, Provençal specialities, crêpes
    • Lou Candelou – unsual local Provençal cuisine
    • La Bastide – best restaurant in the area
  • Near Grasse
    • Le Moulin des Paroirs – French/Provençal cuisine
    • Le Bastide St-Antoine – Michelin 2-Star restaurant
  • Cabris (6km)
    • Le Flambeau – pizza, grills and kebabs (good value)
    • Auberge de la Chèvre d’Or – French/Provençal cuisine (more expensive but good)
    • Auberge du Vieux Château – French/Provençal cuisine (more expensive but good)
  • St Paul-de-Vence (20km)
    • The famous ‘Colombe d’Or’ decorated with paintings donated as payment for their meals by Picasso and Miro among others (expensive and book well in advance)

These restaurants have been recommended by our owners and this list is updated as often as possible. Ownership and quality may have changed since the last update.

Places to See

  • Grasse (3km) – a beautiful hilltop town well known for its perfumeries and lavender fields
  • The lovely villages of Cabris (8km) and Châteauneuf-de-Grasse (4.5km)
  • St-Paul-de-Vence (20km) – an exclusive and spectacular village where many famous artists (Matisse, Soutine, Chagall, Renoir, Signac, Modigliani, Dufy), writers and poets (Gide, Giono, Cocteau, Prévert) took up residence in the 20s, followed by film directors and scriptwriters (Clouzot, Cayatte, Audiard) and actors (Yves Montand, Lino Ventura, Simone Signoret, Romy Schneider, Roger Moore, Tony Curtis). The café-restaurant 'La Colombe d'Or' is still a celebrity landmark in the village. In the 60s the Fondation Maeght was inaugurated by André Malraux; it was the joint creation of Aimé and Marguerite Maeght and artists including Giacometti, Chagall, Miró and Calder.
  • Vence (24km) – a charming town with lots of cafés and restaurants
  • The Lac de Saint Cassien (26km) – a beautiful place to spend the afternoon

Local Events

  • Fête de la Musique – 21 June
  • Cannes Film Festival (17km) – 11-22 May 2016
  • Monaco Grand Prix (66km) – 26-29 May 2016
  • Many fêtes and small festivals throughout the summer in local villages

Regional Food and Wine

  • Food
    • Brandade of cod
    • Salade Niçoise (different ingredients but always green beans, black olives, tuna)
    • Pissaladière (onion tart)
    • Pistou soup (vegetable with basil, garlic, tomato)
    • Bouillabaisse (fish stew)
    • Ratatouille (peppers, courgettes, onions, aubergines, tomatoes)
    • Fish soup with rouille (special mayonnaise)
    • Anchoiade (anchovy and garlic paste)
    • Tapenade (crushed olives with capers, anchovies)
  • Wine
    • Côtes de Provence Côteaux d’Aix
    • Bandol


  • Cannes (24km) – sandy
  • La Napoule (31km) – sandy
  • Antibes (31km) – sandy
  • Juan-les-Pins (32km) – sandy


  • Tennis courts in Grasse (3km)
  • Horse riding at St-Vallier-de-Thiey (11km)
  • Bike hire at Mandelieu-la-Napoule (27km)
  • Leisure lake with swimming, canoeing and pedaloes at St-Cassien (26km) 
  • 18-hole golf courses in Grasse (4km), Châteauneuf-de-Grasse (4.5km)
  • 9 and 18-hole golf course at Le Plan-de-Grasse (8.5km)

Getting There

  • Airports
    • Nice 28km
    • Toulon 139km
  • Ferry Ports
    • Le Havre 1,113km
    • Caen-Ouistreham 1,161km
    • Calais 1,219km
    • St-Malo 1,261km
    • Cherbourg 1,272km
  • TGV Station
    • Cannes 23km
    • Antibes 26km
    • Nice 34km
    • St-Raphaël 59km
    • Les Arcs 74km
    • Menton 79km


Although this property is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange your flights for an extra charge of £25 per person, plus the cost of the flights themselves.

Below are the flight options available, including the most convenient airports in France to help you reach your destination as quickly and easily as possible.

Nice 28km/35min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick British Airways & easyJet Sat/Sun All season
London Heathrow British Airways Sat/Sun All season
London City British Airways Sat/Sun All season
London Luton easyJet Sat/Sun All season
London Stansted easyJet Sat & Sun From 12 Mar (Sat)
All season (Sun)
Bristol easyJet Sat/Sun All season (Sat)
From 27 Mar (Sun)
Liverpool easyJet Sat/Sun From 26 Mar (Sat)
All season (Sun)
Newcastle easyJet Saturday 16 Apr - 8 Oct
Belfast easyJet Saturday 8 Apr - 1 Oct
Edinburgh easyJet Saturday All season
Birmingham Monarch Sat/Sun 1 May - 30 Oct
Leeds Bradford Jet2 Saturday 28 May - 24 Sep
Manchester Jet2 Sat/Sun 7 May - 24 Sep (Sat)
All season (Sun)


Toulon 139km/1hr40min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London City Cityjet Sunday 23 Jun - 4 Sep
Bournemouth Ryanair Sat/Sun 23 May - 27 Sep



  3 April 10 April 17 April 24 April
Villa Beauséjour 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
  1 May 8 May 15 May 22 May 29 May
Villa Beauséjour 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
  5 June 12 June 19 June 26 June
Villa Beauséjour 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
  3 July 10 July 17 July 24 July 31 July
Villa Beauséjour 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
  7 August 14 August 21 August 28 August
Villa Beauséjour 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
  4 September 11 September 18 September 25 September
Villa Beauséjour 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14
  2 October 9 October 16 October 23 October 30 October
Villa Beauséjour 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14 7 14

†  Flight availability is limited on your chosen dates.

Please call us for assistance with your holiday on 020 8392 5872.

Please note that some properties are available for a two week duration only during peak summer periods.

Booking Conditions

  • Prices are in pounds sterling and are for the accommodation only for the guests named on your invoice
  • The assistance of the property owner, housekeeper or concierge
  • Information book in your accommodation
  • Any breakages, damage, losses, extra cleaning or outstanding accounts incurred during your stay 
  • Visas 
  • Holiday travel insurance
  • Airfares, car hire or transfers
One cot and one highchair are provided free of charge in our self-catering properties.  Additional cots and highchairs may be available upon request.
In order to allow you to co-ordinate your holiday arrangements with friends and family, in many cases we are able to hold an option for up to 24 hours before confirming your booking.
In order to confirm your booking a deposit of 30% of the accommodation cost is required.  This payment is non-refundable. The balance payment for your holiday should be paid at least 10 weeks prior to your departure. We accept most debit cards and credit cards, and personal cheques. All payments made by credit card will be subject to a 1.25% charge* reflecting our incurred costs. (*American Express is subject to a 2% charge.) 
Please familiarise yourself with our full booking terms including our cancellation policy here.
Most of our self-catering accommodation is privately owned and sometimes it is the owner’s main residence, which they vacate for the summer season. In order to protect the furnishings and fittings, some owners require a security deposit which is collected 3 weeks prior to departure. The deposit will be refunded in full within 7 days of your return provided there is no damage or additional cleaning required and the property remains in the same condition as upon arrival. If a security deposit is applicable, the amount required will be stated in the Details section of the property. Please alert the owner/caretaker to any breakages or damages during your stay.
A Security Form may be presented to you by the owner or caretaker on arrival and on departure for your signature.
It is compulsory that all our guests have comprehensive travel insurance and we will need full details of your policy at the time of booking or before you travel.
Your travel documents are available to download and print 2 weeks prior to departure via our Manage My Booking facility on our website provided you have paid in full.
It is your responsibility to be in possession of a valid passport and any necessary visas. EU citizens do not need a visa to travel to France. If you are a non-EU citizen then you should check with your own embassy for the entry/re-entry requirements necessary for your journey. Children not on an accompanying parent’s passport before October 1998 are now required to hold their own passport if they are under 16 years. If you do not have a passport, it is recommended to apply at least 6 weeks before your holiday. Passports should be valid for 6 months after your return date.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office provides up-to-date travel information to help British travellers make informed decisions about travelling abroad. Should you wish to check their advice or information about the destination you are travelling to, please visit their website: or call 020 7008 1500.
Air-conditioning and heating
We have indicated in the property descriptions which accommodation has air-conditioning included in the holiday price. Heating is available in some of our properties during the low season weeks, which is normally included in the holiday price.
Animals and wildlife
As in all rural communities, indigenous animals are an essential part of the way of life. The braying of a donkey, crow of a cockerel or the barking of a dog is not a complaint that receives much sympathy from the locals! Care should be taken to minimise the presence of insects and animals in your accommodation. Keep surfaces clean, dispose of refuse regularly and ensure that food is not left uncovered. Cats and dogs are often resident where an owner or manager lives on the property. If you are allergic to cats and/or dogs please ensure that you check the suitability of your chosen accommodation with us prior to confirming your booking.
We have specified if a barbecue is available at your accommodation. Please note that often in summer, due to the hot weather, use of your barbecue may not be allowed and/or strict rules for its use may apply. The local or national government reserves the right to introduce new rulings at any time, often with little prior notice, prohibiting the use of barbecues to reduce the risk of fires. Where a barbecue is not provided, it is usually because the surroundings are considered a fire risk or inappropriate for the use of barbecues.
Beach/pool towels
Beach/pool towels are provided in all our self-catering properties and these are normally laundered weekly.
Please note that a double bed could be two single beds placed together. French bed sizes vary and can be 140cm.
Check-in and check-out
You will usually be able to occupy your accommodation between 4-7pm and you should vacate it on the day of departure before 10am. Please refer to specific property details for exact times. 
All our properties are cleaned for your arrival. The details section of each property has further information regarding the cleaning schedule. If additional cleaning is required, please contact us to arrange this in advance of travel. Please note additional charges will apply.
Distances and timings
Please note that all walking and driving times stated are approximate estimates only. Transfer times are also approximate estimates only and do not include any waiting time.
The voltage in France is 220-240v and is compatible with appliances used in the UK but you will need a plug adaptor. These are widely available in high street shops, airports, and on cross-Channel ferries.
French time
The time difference between the UK and France has been standardised and France is always one hour ahead of the UK. Arrival and departure times at villas are given in French time. 
Health and safety
Simpson Travel is committed to raising the standards of health and safety throughout all our destinations. Our guests’ safety and wellbeing is of the highest importance to us. However, please note that since many of our properties are private homes, it is not always possible to meet the same exacting standards as in the UK. In your accommodation we will provide any necessary health and safety information. We ask you to familiarise yourself with this information and the property on arrival, particularly when travelling with children, and to raise any concerns with the Simpson Travel telephone representative.
Internet access and wifi
Internet access and wifi is available when stated in the relevant accommodation description details. Please note there may be restrictions with the availability and speed of the service transmitted by the local provider and technical issues may cause temporary withdrawal of internet facilities. We are unable to accept responsibility for any down time or consequences of using this service and refund/compensation cannot be offered due to circumstances beyond our control such as adverse weather conditions.
Linen and laundry
Bed and bathroom linen is provided weekly. For your convenience all of our properties in France have a washing machine and most have a tumble dryer.
Banking hours vary throughout France. Some banks are open weekdays from 09:00 to 17:00, often with a long lunch break which can be from 12:00 to 14:00; others open on Saturday and close on Mondays. A few banks still close at 15:30. Most Post Offices offer Bureau de Change services and are open for much longer hours, sometimes 08:00 to 19:00 on weekdays, and on Saturdays 08:00 to 12:00. 
Avoid taking large denomination Euro notes as they may not be easily changed due to strict money-laundering regulations. Supermarkets will not accept 500 Euro notes for purchases below 200 Euros. 
Automatic teller machines, available in all towns and some villages, make a charge for international cash withdrawals. Users are allowed only two attempts at entering their correct PIN before the card is retained by the machine and can only be retrieved from the bank. 
Motoring in France
We recommend you check with a motoring organisation in case of any changes or additions to the information below.
Breakdown on a motorway: 
1) Emergency telephones are located every 1.5 miles (2.4km) on the motorway
2) Each phone is linked to the local police station which can automatically locate you and send out an approved repair service
3) The repair service rates are regulated and vary between 70 and 90 but be aware that between 18.00 and 08.00, as well as on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, the service rates go up by an additional 25%.
Children: Children under ten years of age may not travel in the front seat, except babies aged less under nine months and weighing less than 9kg, strapped into an approved rear-facing baby seat. Never fit a rear-facing baby seat in a seat with a front airbag. Children in the rear seats weighing 9-15kg must sit in a child seat and over 15kg on a booster cushion in conjunction with a standard seat belt. 
Drinking and driving: The maximum permitted level of alcohol is 0.05 per cent, lower than the UK limit. The penalties for exceeding the limit reflect the severity of the infringement and range from an on-the-spot fine, confiscation of driving licence, confiscation of vehicle and a term of imprisonment. Random tests are permissible in France.
Driving licence: The minimum age for driving in France is 18 on a full UK licence. European insurance cover is required.
Drugs: Saliva drug tests have been introduced in France, with similar penalties to those for drivers shown to be under the influence of alcohol. 
Fines: French police are authorised to levy on-the-spot fines for a variety of motoring offences and will give a receipt. Credit cards are not accepted. Drivers with insufficient means to pay may have their licences confiscated until they are able to pay.
First aid kit: A vehicle first aid kit, although a wise precaution, is not compulsory in France.
Fuel: Unleaded petrol, 95 and 98 octane, LPG and diesel (known as ‘gazole’) are available in France. 
Mobile phones: The use of hand-held mobile phones while driving is strictly prohibited.
Priority: All roads of any significance have right of way known as 'passage protégé'. In built-up areas, however, for roads of equal importance, France still operates a system of priority for traffic coming from the right, 'priorité à droite'. At the entrances to roundabouts carrying the sign ‘Vous n’avez pas la priorité’, or ‘Cédez le passage’, traffic already on the roundabout has priority. If a French driver flashes his headlights, he is not allowing you to go first but letting you know he has the right of way.
Radars: Radar detection devices are illegal in France and their use may result in a heavy fine. Even devices that are not in use may be confiscated by police and the driver fined. 
Seat belts: Seat belts are compulsory for front and rear seat passengers.
Vehicle Registration Certificate: You must carry your vehicle registration certificate (V5C) or, if the vehicle is not registered in your name, a letter from the registered owner giving you permission to take the vehicle into France.
Noise and building works
Traffic, farm work, roadwork, animals and other sounds form part of everyday life, however, what constitutes ‘noise’ to one person may not be a problem for another. Please let us know if you have any special needs regarding this. Occasionally, building work is unavoidable as we do not control such work and may not know about it in advance. Whenever possible, we will notify you of any work that we believe may affect your holiday.
Only guests named on your invoice are entitled to occupy the accommodation.
Satellite television & DVD players
French satellite broadcast systems and DVD players sometimes operate on a different system to those in the UK. Some DVD players at our properties cannot play UK DVDs. Satellite channels available in the UK may not be available in France, and at some villas programmes may be broadcast in French only.
Seasonal facilities
Some facilities are subject to weather conditions and the general season, for example swimming pools, restaurant terraces and courtyards, pool bars, local restaurants, and they may be limited or unavailable at the beginning or end of the season. Please do not hesitate to check with us, should a particular facility be a necessity to you.
Sewage systems
Most country houses in France have septic tanks to handle the sewage system. It is essential that nothing other than toilet paper and natural waste be put down the toilet. Blockage of the system can lead to unpleasant smells and may take days to clear. A repair charge may also be payable.
Swimming pools
Swimming pool details are given on our website. Pool dimensions are approximate only and, unless specified otherwise, pools are freshwater and unheated. Dates when pools are operational are subject to the prevailing weather conditions at the time of opening and closing and we cannot be held responsible if poor weather means the pool is opened later, or is closed earlier in the season.
Upon arrival at your accommodation, we kindly ask you to acquaint yourselves with the pool’s safety and hygiene rules. All our pools in Corsica and mainland France comply with French law and are fitted with one of the following forms of security: fence, alarm or cover. Some pools are ‘infinity pools’ which have an exposed pool edge with an unprotected drop. This maximises views and is an attractive feature of the pool. We recommend that you do not sit, lean or walk on the unprotected edge. Children must be supervised at all times.
To call the UK from France dial 00 44, the STD code minus the 0 then the number. 
Villa owners
Whilst the owners or staff of some properties may live on site and tend to the grounds, they are aware that you value your privacy, and will do their best not to intrude. We do ask you, however, to allow them reasonable access to the property so that they can maintain the grounds and keep them in good order.
Welcome Pack
We offer a welcome pack in all our self-catering accommodation consisting of a small selection of staple items.