Vue Mer

Côte d'Azur, France

  • 8
  • 4
  • 4
  • Stylish contemporary house
  • Views across the Gulf of St Tropez
  • Private heated swimming pool
  • Designer interiors

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 away, where you’ll find a sailing school and 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 seaon.

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’Esterel. The arrière-pays (inland), is a rich tapestry of beautiful hilltop villages: Seillans, Fayence, Bargemon, Mons. Inland, are the valley towns of Draguignan, Lorgues and the beautiful Abbaye du Thoronet.


Accommodation

Layout

  • 4 bedroom house (sleeps 8)
  • Changeover day – Saturday

Lower level

  • Reached by set of steps
  • Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and separate shower unit (no WC)
  • Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room (no WC)
  • 2 WCs
  • Both bedrooms lead onto shared balcony

Middle level 

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

Upper level

  • Double bedroom
  • Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room (no WC)
  • Bathroom (no WC)
  • Separate WC

General

  • Complimentary wifi
  • Simpson Travel telephone representative 
  • Air-conditioning throughout
  • Washing machine and dryer
  • 2 cots (no linen) and 2 highchairs
  • 3 Satellite TVs, CD, Blue Ray, iPod docking station
  • 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 

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.

Services

  • Bed linen, bath and pool towels are provided
  • Weekly linen change for bookings of one week or more
  • 4 hours cleaning per week and end of stay clean included 
  • Additional cleaning €20 per hour (minimum 2 hours)
  • Cook (on request)
  • 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

Location

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

Flights

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.

Toulon 51km/1hr drive

Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London City Cityjet Sunday 8 Apr - 22 Oct
Southampton Flybe Sat/Sun 27 May - 2 Sep (Sat)
28 May - 24 Sep (Sun)

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
Bristol easyJet Saturday 22 Apr - 30 Sep
Manchester easyJet Saturday All season

Nice 95km/1hr 25min drive

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 22 Apr - 7 Oct
Belfast easyJet Saturday 29 Apr - 7 Oct
Edinburgh easyJet Sat/Sun All season
Leeds Bradford Jet2 Saturday 27 May - 30 Sep
Manchester Jet2 Sat/Sun 29 Apr - 30 Sep

Car hire

Although this villa is booked on an accommodation-only basis, we can arrange car hire for you at an additional cost. 

Chose from the car options below:

Car hire prices vary depending on the time of year. The first price shown covers 1 April – 30 June and 26 August – 31 October; the second covers the peak season of 1 July – 25 August.

  • Group B: Opel Corsa 3dr or similar – £189/£231
  • Group C: Citroën C3 or similar – £203/£238
  • Group CA: Peugeot 208 or similar – £378/£406
  • Group D: Opel Astra or similar – £266/£336
  • Group DA: Citroën C4 e-HDi or similar – £469/£533
  • Group E: Lancia Delta or similar – £322/£385
  • Group EA: Citroën C5 e-HDi or similar – £476/£511
  • Group F: Opel Insignia or similar – £259/£329
  • Group FA: Peugeot 508 e-HDi or similar – £469/£553
  • Group CMPV: Nissan Note or similar – £287/£357
  • Group MMPV: Citroën C4 Picasso or similar – £308/£399
  • Group SSUV: Peugeot 3008 or similar – £364/£518
  • Group SSUVA: Peugeot 3008 or similar – £497/£574

All our cars include comprehensive insurance with zero excess. For this particular destination, the undercarriage, tyres and windscreen are not included in the cover.

Car specifications

Group B – 1.1 litre engine, 1 large and 2 small suitcases

Group C – 1.2 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group CA – 1.2 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group D – 1.4 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group DA – 1.4 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group E – 1.8 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group EA – 1.8 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group F – 2 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group FA – 2 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group CMPV – 1.4 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group MMPV – 1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 1 small suitcase

Group SSUV – 1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Group SSUVA – 1.6 litre engine, 2 large and 2 small suitcases

Customer feedback

What I particularly appreciated about the villa was it was also the owners 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 3 weeks we only ventured out to St Tropez 2 days and for dinner out only 2 nights! The rest of the time we enjoyed the villa.
Baker – June 2016

Our choice of French properties is diverse, ranging from simple charm to genuine luxury and style. Much of our portfolio is privately owned, and price alone is therefore not a universal guide. We contract all our accommodation in person, and each property has its individual appeal.

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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.

Discover the best of the Côte d’Azur in our handpicked luxury villas.

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