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Vence: La Bastide aux Oliviers

(Cote d'Azur), Phone:

Reviewed by: kaydee from TN, review #1216

When: March 2005

Comfortable B&B in a beautiful and convenient setting near St. Paul de Vence and Vence.

We spent two nights at this B&B. It's a beautiful home on large, well-landscaped grounds -- very private with wonderful views of the mountains. The location is ideal, between Vence, Tourrettes sur Loup, and St. Paul de Vence... about 3 km from each. We booked the spacious two-room suite for our family of three. The couch made into a bed for our daughter. We had plenty of room to spread out, and a terrace that overlooked the swimming pool.

There are three other B&B rooms in the house and also an apartment. The suite and the rooms are all on the second floor and open off of a pleasant guest lounge. We peeked in the other rooms and they are all very attractive.

Our hosts Claude and Laurence were very friendly and speak good English. We enjoyed chatting with them and other guests at breakfast. They served breakfast in their dining room, included in the price of the room. In warmer months, breakfast is served outside.

We recommend this B&B based on its beautiful location, comfortable and attractive rooms, and friendly hosts. The rate for our large suite was economical for an off-season booking and our daughter was included at no extra cost at this time of year.

We especially liked the location. We ate dinner both nights in the old town of Vence and had lunch on the waterfront in Cagnes-sur-Mer. There is a very quick back route into St. Paul de Vence (the hosts will tell you). We suggest visiting St. Paul de Vence EARLY in the morning, as it gets much more crowded later in the day. This is also a convenient location to reach Nice, though we found the traffic in Nice to be horrible. It is about 30 minutes to the Nice airport, which is west of Nice itself.

I only have one caution for possible guests. Claude and Laurence now host weddings, receptions and other events on their property. At time time of our stay in early March, a large tent was being installed on the grounds. I got the feeling that this tent was a permanent fixture in the warmer months. It distracts a bit from the view and environment, but that's not my major caution. Much as I liked the place, I would not want to stay here if there were 100 or more people having a party out on the back lawn, perhaps with music going into the evening. For these reasons, I'd be careful about staying here on a weekend in the high season. You might want to ask if there will be an event on the property during your stay, or stay here only during the week during high season. The info on their receptions business is not on their B&B website, but you will get the idea at this website.

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