Vue Mer

Côte d'Azur, France

  • 8
  • 4
  • 4
  • Stylish contemporary house
  • Designer interiors
  • Private heated swimming pool
  • Views across the Gulf of St Tropez
  • Port Grimaud 10-minute drive

With the designer flourishes that earned it coverage in a French interiors magazine, Vue Mer is a slice of true French exclusivity. Furniture and fittings combine comfort with contemporary elegance and from your infinity pool or the shady terrace overlooking the Gulf of St-Tropez, the expanses of unspoilt countryside all around offer a more relaxed side to the glamorous Côte d’Azur experience – although the shiny beach resort of Ste-Maxime is just a 15-minute drive away.

Built on three levels into a hillside with beautiful landscaped gardens, every floor has direct access to the terraces outside, creating a sense of openness and making it a favourite of older families or groups of friends who prefer to be a little more independent. However, the superb open-plan kitchen, living and dining area provide ample space for sociable evenings, if you don’t venture into nearby Grimaud (6km away) for dinner. There are shops there too, and tennis courts should a competitive streak emerge in the cooler evening air. 

The local area

Medieval Grimaud hosts a music festival in July and August within the ruins of its own historic château. It also offers horse riding and you can stock up your fridge at its weekly market, held every Thursday. Alternatively, there’s an assortment of stalls set up in Port Grimaud on Mondays and Fridays. The port is also the place to hire a boat. For the nearest beach, head to Beauvallon (5km) where you’ll find a sailing school and an 18-hole golf course too. Sophisticated St-Tropez is only 12km away but the time required to drive there in the summer months can be deceptive due to its popularity. So, perhaps arrive in style by boat – an easier and quicker way to visit in the height of the season.

The Mediterranean coastline of the Var region enjoys 430km of sandy beaches, hidden coves sheltered by pine groves, and some of the most enjoyable resorts in the heart of the Côte d’Azur. Although the experience can be somewhat fraught in the summer months, if you can brave the crowds there are delightful towns all along the coast and inland. St-Tropez was a sleepy fishing village until the 1930s when its magical coastal light was discovered by artists, to be followed several decades later by the international jet set. Nowadays it is one of many Côte d’Azur resorts seeing the rich and famous from all over pitching up in their super yachts. Ste-Maxime faces St-Tropez across its harbour, and has a fine beach; Fréjus and St-Raphaël are pleasantly tranquil, overlooked by the lovely rugged scenery of the Massif de l'Estérel. The arrière-pays (inland) is a rich tapestry of beautiful hilltop villages: Seillans, Fayence, Bargemon and Mons. Inland, are the valley towns of Draguignan, Lorgues and the beautiful Abbaye du Thoronet.



  • 4 bedroom house (sleeps 8)

Lower level

  • Reached by set of steps
  • Double bedroom (160cm) with en-suite bathroom and separate shower unit (no WC), leads to shared balcony
  • Twin bedroom (2 x 90cm beds, can be converted into a double on request) with en-suite shower room (no WC), leads to shared balcony
  • 2 WCs

Middle level 

  • Open-plan living/dining/kitchen area opens onto terrace
  • Fully-equipped kitchen with oven, hob, coffee machine, microwave, fridge-freezer, dishwasher
  • WC

Upper level

  • Double bedroom (160cm bed)
  • Twin bedroom (2 x 90cm beds, can be converted into a double on request) with en-suite shower room (no WC)
  • Bathroom (no WC)
  • WC


  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Simpson Travel telephone representative 
  • Air-conditioning throughout
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Pool towels provided
  • 2 cots (no linen) and 2 highchairs
  • UK TV (Freesat), CD, Blue Ray, iPod dock
  • Heating (on a meter) 
  • Alarm
  • Table tennis
  • Plancha
  • Private heated swimming pool 10m x 5m (depth 1.3m throughout), security alarm, heated to 23°C free of charge weather permitting, open April to end October
  • Barbecues and outside fires are officially forbidden in the area during the summer season 
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  • 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.


  • Weekly linen change for bookings of two weeks or more
  • 4 hours cleaning/week 
  • Additional cleaning €20/hour (minimum 2 hours)
  • All services are payable locally
  • Prices quoted are subject to change

Access times

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

Getting there

  • Airports

    Toulon 51km
    Nice 95km
    Marseille 140km
  • TGV stations

    St-Raphaël 36km
    Les Arcs 39km
    Hyeres 50km
    Toulon 67km
    Cannes 80km
    Antibes 91km


  • Restaurants (Grimaud) 12min drive
  • Shops (Port Grimaud) 10min drive
  • Beach (Beauvallon) 10min drive
  • St-Tropez 20-30min drive (dependent on traffic) or short boat trip from Port Grimaud
  • Nice airport 1hr 15min drive


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 100km/1hr 15min

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick British Airways Sat/Sun All season
London Gatwick 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 All season
Bristol easyJet Sat/Sun All season
Liverpool easyJet Sat/Sun All season
Newcastle easyJet Saturday All season
Belfast easyJet Saturday 4 Apr-10 Oct
Edinburgh easyJet Sat/Sun All season
Leeds Bradford Jet2 Saturday 26 May – 26 Sep
Birmingham Jet2 Saturday 23 May – 26 Sep
Manchester Jet2 / British Airways Saturday All season

Marseille 140km/1hr 40min drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Heathrow British Airways Sat/Sun All season
London Stansted Ryanair Sat/Sun All season
London Gatwick easyJet Sat/Sun All season
London Luton easyJet Sunday All season
London Southend Ryanair Saturday All season
Bristol easyJet Saturday 28 Apr – 10 Oct
Manchester easyJet Saturday All season

Customer feedback

We loved our stay in this beautiful home. We enjoyed the beaches; especially the one recommended by François. Even after a fun day at the beach the beautiful garden and pool is a pleasure to come back to. A big compliment to the cleanliness of the house – it shows the owner’s eye for hospitality.
Barbara – August 2019

What I particularly appreciated about the villa was it was also the owner's home so didn't feel like a rental. It had beautiful, very stylish furniture, modern artwork and sculptures. We all have beautiful homes but even still Vue Mer was an absolute treat and hugely appreciated and enjoyed by all. During the three weeks we only ventured out to St Tropez on two days and only 2 nights for dinner out! The rest of the time we enjoyed the villa.
Mrs Baker – June 2016

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Describing the Côte d’Azur as merely glamorous is to undervalue its charms. Of course, resorts such as St-Tropez and Ste-Maxime have enticed decades of glitterati to their sandy shores, but there’s far more behind the glitz and shimmer. 

Traditional villages appear on picturesque coastlines and unspoilt hilltops; there’s Grasse, ‘the perfume capital of the world’, and the waterways of Port Grimaud, while Bandol has long been a seaside retreat for artists and writers. And along with the golden beaches, there are cliffs and mountains that make the Côte d’Azur area a far wilder story.

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