- Beach nearby
- Golf nearby
- Sea View
- Child Friendly
- Ideal for honeymoons
Tucked away amongst the olive trees, set within its own little world and yet just a stone’s throw from the vibrant Cote d’Azur, L’Olivette is the perfect holiday hideaway for those who want to combine peace and relaxation with culture and glamour.
L’Olivette does not pretend to be sophisticated and luxurious – instead it is comfortable, characterful and utterly charming. The accommodation is delightfully simple, the grounds are full of olive trees and quiet shady spots, and nearby you will find everything from beaches and mountains to galleries and restaurants. If you’re a couple or a young family looking for a laidback coastal escape then this little chalet could be just the place.
Just 5 minutes away is the fascinating old town of Grasse, with its famous perfumeries, and the hills above Grasse provide some wonderful walks and panoramic views of the coastline. The Alps, where you can walk, climb, swim or ski, are nearby, and Cannes, with its shops, restaurants and annual film festival, is a half hour drive. Nature lovers will adore the various botanical gardens in the area, and there are beaches close by where you can bathe and stroll. St Paul de Vence, which is full of beautiful art galleries, is 19km from the chalet.
Nice is very accessible by car, plane and train, and it provides lots of direct connections and low-cost flights. A car is essential when staying here.
Nearest Train Station:
La Bocca, 18km, or La Croisette, 20km
Moulin de Brun, 2km
The chalet/cabin consists of one main room which is octagonal in shape. There is a comfortable king sized bed, a small bed which is 5ft 8ins long. The separate adjoining kitchen is equipped with all the essentials and has a gas hob and oven and a fridge. The bathroom has a basin and shower and the loo is seperate. There are large windows through which you can watch the sunrise without even having to get out of bed. Air-conditioning keeps the chalet cool during the summer months and warm in the winter months.
Outside there is a covered terrace with a table and chairs. There are chaise-longues and a hammock under the olive trees. The chalet sits in two acres of private grounds, of over a hundred olive trees growing on dry stone wall terraces. There is a track of 300m from the road up through the olive trees, and then a grass path of 50m from the car parking space up to the little chalet.
Conditions of Rental
Prices include gas, electricity, water, linen, taxes and end of stay cleaning. A 25% deposit is required to secure your reservation and the balance is due on arrival. There is usually a three night minimum stay. 10% discount on the second week. Visits of the neighbouring rose plantation and essential oils distillery can be arranged. Also massage and well-being treatment by a qualified professional in Chinese medicine.
The cabin, or little “chalet” which we call l’Olivette was built by the owners 30 years ago when they were living and working there. It was built using new and recycled material. The land and its immediate surroundings consisted of one property, called Domaine de Cantegril. Cantegril in patois means “le chant du grillon” (the cricket’s song.) All the terraces were cultivated with fruit and vegetables, all organically grown, and which we sold ourselves. The family moved to the Pyrenees in 1989 but kept a small part of the land and planted olive trees, which they come back to harvest the olives from each year. . As the family lives far away, the chalet and its guests are looked after by a local French person who lives 15 minutes away. She knows the area well and can give you good ideas of places to go and things to see.