“A stylish villa with a cool pool on the magical Cap d’Antibes, close to Keller Beach (sleeps 6-8)”
The 3 rooms upstairs spiral around the staircase. It’s worth remembering that this is a home not a hotel, and if the rooms are fairly simple, they’re also perfectly comfortable and the rest of the house is yours, so you won’t spend much time in them. For the record, you’ll find white walls, low-slung beds and parquet floors.
The 2 at the front have built-in wardrobes and sliding glass doors that open onto a shared balcony which overlooks the pool (you can glimpse the sea between the tall pines). The room at the back has French windows onto a small balcony, but you’ll spurn it for other terraces. All the rooms have shutters, black-out curtains, crisp white linen and extremely good beds. They share a deluge shower room, a separate bathroom and one separate toilet. Downstairs, there is also an outdoor shower at the back of the house, as well as a study/bedroom with a truckle bed, which can be set up as a double or twins - probably best for kids or a nanny.
The kitchen is rather smart and comes with everything you’ll need (this is a house designed to be lived in all year round, not just for a 2-week holiday). You’ll find a huge oven, a gas hob, a fridge/freezer and all sorts of machines to whiz up delicious dinners. There’s a BBQ on the terrace, where you eat at a big dining table; in the unlikely event it gets cold, you retreat to the kitchen table.
You can head into Antibes every day for its excellent covered market (closed on Monday), which will provide everything you’ll need, but there’s a butcher up the road on the Cap, who does rather good sausages. The nearest boulangerie is at Salis beach (2km), where you can also buy English newspapers. Basic ingredients (bin bags, washing up liquid, cooking oil, salt and pepper etc) will be provided at the house.
If you want to eat out, try Keller Beach at La Garoupe on the Cap for lunch. It’s a real Riviera institution, no holiday would be complete without lunch here. For dinner, head west to Juan-Les-Pins and try Bijou Plage for good French food. There’s a huge choice of places to eat here, anything from pizza or omelettes to good brasseries. If you head east into Antibes, you’ll find the same wide choice (French, Italian, Moroccan). There’s a pizza restaurant at Salis Beach, or you can walk to Bacon, a Michelin-starred restaurant less than a km from the house. If you want to splash out, head up to Eden Roc at the Hotel du Cap (where Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was filmed); it’s posh and predictably expensive.
Children are welcome and it's a nice set-up for families, although there are no specific facilities for them, other than a ping-pong table. Parents should be aware that there are no banisters on the stairs, so toddlers will need to be closely watched.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)