Les Rosees

Mougins, Cote d'Azur, France
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Les Rosees

Mougins, Cote d'Azur, France

Intimate elegance at this peaceful, romantic gastro retreat in the Mougins hills above super-cool Cannes

Intimate elegance at this peaceful, romantic gastro retreat in the Mougins hills above super-cool Cannes

A gravel path leads up through four terraces, past rambling roses, secluded sit-outs, honeysuckle and the pool to the shade of a tamarind tree, where lines of lavender direct you to the front door; at night candles illuminate the path. This 400-year-old mas is a beautifully crafted house, both inside and out, endlessly charming and very homely, a place to escape the coastal crowds and luxuriate in blissful tranquility.

Silks draped over elegant sofas, a candelabra on a grand piano signed by Liza Minnelli (who used to stay for the Cannes Film festival), lime-washed walls, and an open fire in one room with a pane of glass in the bathroom so you can watch the flames flicker while you soak. The five suites are unique and carefully thought out: beamed and warm in colour, with huge baths, ample storage, sublimely comfortable beds, fine Ralph Lauren linen and Bose sound systems. A Breakfast, a classic Provencal affair in keeping with the aesthetic of the guesthouse, is taken on the terrace looking out at the lush garden, or in the cosy dining room. Dinner was the best we had on our trip by a country mile. Made famous by the great and the good including Picasso who spent his last decade here, hilltop town Mougins has a plethora of art galleries, sculptures, fine restaurants, long views and a food market. The perfume factories of Grasse, the fleshpots of Cannes and golf are also nearby. Perfect.

Highs

  • The owners, Kilpérick and wife Jenny, will look after you with great charm; they're a font of local knowledge and pull out all the stops to make your stay special
  • Great home-cooked food with ingredients plucked straight from the mas' organic garden, plus a good selection of restaurants in Mougins
  • Very individual rooms with a real sense of space and comfort
  • Delightful, slightly wild and wonderfully scented gardens, a great spot to top up the tan
  • Hidden in the gardens, shabby chic Suite Gypsy is a great romantic bolthole

Lows

  • Airport transfers can be arranged but we recommend you rent a car – Mougins' historic centre and eateries are a 25-minute uphill walk (or a 5-minute hop in the car)
  • The house is overlooked by a couple of houses across the road
  • Traffic in the Cote d’Azur can be crazy in summer
  • No TV or phone in the rooms

Best time to go

With 300+ days of sun, this area of France is great to visit at any time of year. July and August see the region packed with holiday-makers.

Our top tips

St Paul de Vence is well worth a visit, a picturesque hilltop village packed with expensive art galleries. We loved the famous Fondation Maeght with a large collection of works by Chagall, Braque, Giacometti and others.

Great for...

Foodie
Romantic
  • Boutique Guesthouse
  • 5 rooms
  • Restaurant (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • Beach Nearby
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Car essential
  • Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • WiFi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

There are five suites; four in the main house and a separate garden cabin. We stayed in peaceful ground floor Suite St Honorat whose French windows in the sitting room annexe open onto the garden. Antique wall panels have been lime-washed first in black, then white, orange, finally grey so different hues surface depending on the light. Its bath is so big they had to knock down the wall to get it in!

Romantic Suite Isadora on the first floor has a big ancient beam bisecting the ceiling, and a rather large bed covered in a thick Provencal quilt. The sitting room is wrapped in curving glass – one of the loveliest rooms in the house.

Technically speaking, top floor light-filled Suite Serguey is not a suite, but in our opinion it is the best room. Spark up the stone fireplace, stick on some music, pour a deep bath and watch the flames dance through a pane of glass while bathing. Its roof was made for stargazing, too.

The fourth suite, Suite St Marguerite, is on the ground floor with direct access to a leafy garden (small private terrace). Its walls are distress-painted with natural pigments in rich gold and green.

Romantics can stay in charmingly quirky Suite Gypsy, a cabin parked out in the gardens, which has spacious wood-lined interiors (double/twin room, sitting area, bathroom with big tub) and flower-fringed wooden deck outside.

All five have large double/kingsize or twin beds, good bathrooms with inviting tubs or powerful rainfall showers, air con/heating and a minibar.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Cots available
  • Minibar
  • Radio
  • WiFi

Eating

Sublime food flows from the kitchen. Breakfast (extra cost) is mostly taken on the terrace overlooking the garden: jugs of orange juice, baskets of freshly-baked pastries, home-made jams (they collect the berries from the Murrier tree outside the house and forage for figs in the woods to make preserves), goats cheese and scrambled eggs, Herbes de Provence hams, creamy yoghurts, French coffee or English breakfast tea. If you come in winter and breakfast inside, the candelabra on the grand piano is lit.

If you want to stay around all day, the chef can whisk up something for lunch: salads, sandwiches, a plate of cheese, local mushrooms in season, and a cool glass of wine.

For dinner,Table d'hotes restaurant offers set daily-changing dishes cooked by gastronomic extraordinaire Fabien Morosolli. You might get a surprise amuse bouche, ginger and chicken soup with crème fraiche, confit duck in truffle sauce, and pear tarte tatin. Sometimes a barbecue can be fired up. Thanks to the thriving garden, much of the fresh produce is plucked straight from the plant and into the pot – you can even go along with the chef to pick which vegetables you'd like to eat that evening.

There are plenty of places to eat out should you desire to leave the gardens. In the nearby ancient hilltop village of Mougins (a 5-minute drive) you’ll find the Michelin two-star Le Moulin de Mougins. For good country cooking and friendly service, try Le Petit Fouet, which doubles as a shop selling jars of truffles, fois gras, coq au vin. Our favourite spot was the busy Bistro de Mougins where we ate the most delicious duck breast with ginger and honey.

Features include:

  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Organic produce
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Must-see Mougins, a pretty medieval hilltop village famous for its restaurants, commercial art galleries, long views and famous visitors, is just 5 minutes away. The photography museum has a permanent collection of photos of Picasso taken by Robert Doisneau, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, André Villers and more
  • Visit the beaches of Cannes and Antibes. Hire a lounger on a private beach, be served on hand and foot, saunter down to the clear blue sea and dip in a toe. Try La Garoupe on the Cap d’Antibes for the real Riviera experience, a little like being an extra in a Jean-Luc Goddard movie. Fabulous.
  • Go to the markets at Biot, Tourette-sur-Loup and Valbonne, ancient small towns of impeccable architectural beauty to which the loveliest local produce comes once a week
  • Grasse is famous for its perfume factory, visit and you can make your own scent. Alternatively go to Bar-sur-Loup for the sweet factory and the waterfall
  • Nice is great for Matisse and Chagall; both have museums dedicated to their work here. There’s also the flower market and the old town is worth a peek
  • Cannes is excellent for shopping, for day trips to the local islands in the bay, or for watching the world go by. Cannes is cool, no doubt about it
  • Sit around by the pool and do nothing! You can also indulge in a massage (they have a special treatment room)

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Golf
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Traditional cultures

Kids

Although the house is small, up to 3 children at a time are very welcome and extra beds are available.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Suite St. Honorat is the best as it can accommodate up to 3 extra kids on rollaway beds and the day bed. The other suites can fit either an extra bed or baby cot. We'd recommend St. Honorat or St. Marguerite as they are on the ground floor and have easy access to the gardens, St Marguerite is particularly suited to a couple with 1 child.

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available

Kid Friendly:

Location

Les Rosées is situated in the village of Mougins, which is near Grasse, north of Cannes in the south of France.

By Air:
Nice Airport is very close (25km).

From the Airport
Grab a cab or hire a car.

By Rail:
From London you can take the Eurostar to Lille, then change for direct TGV trains down to Nice Ville. London to Nice takes about 9 hours.

By Car:
Car hire is available at both Nice Ville station and the airport – see our car rental recommendations.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Nice Cote D'Azur 25.0 km NCE

Other:

  • Beach 10.0 km
  • Shops 2.0 km
  • Restaurant 2.0 km

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