Travel off the beaten track in sun-soaked southern France, and you’ll find a very quaint, very colourful village called Valbonne. It’s a name that, in the local Provençal dialect, translates to ‘the good valley’. And that’s not far wrong. For, amidst the pastel buildings, hazel forests and just a stone’s throw from the French Riviera itself, you’ll find one of the finest, most authentically-appointed villas in the valley.
Just minutes from the heart of the village, this large four-bedroom home sits pretty on a private gated estate called Le Domaine de Vignal. Surrounded by a glade of trees, the property is managed by August — the leading provider of holiday homes in Europe and a brand that specialises in home co-ownership. That means, for just 1/8th of the cost, you could own this very villa. So why not take a look around…
Once past the grand private entrance, you’ll be greeted by a lush Mediterranean garden. Built on a 5,076 square-metre plot, the 205 square-metre holiday home is exceedingly impressive, and features four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a large private swimming pool — ideal for cooling down on any warm Riviera getaways.
In fact, the outdoor living at this Valbonne villa could be the strongest, most alluring pull of the entire property; panoramic views of the hilltop villages can be glimpsed from its various outdoor areas and terraces, the renovated interiors extend effortlessly into the manicured gardens — and the renowned 18-hole Le Golf de la Grande Bastide can be glimpsed just beyond the rough.
Things get even more relaxing once you step inside. With exquisite interiors designed by August itself, the villa is perhaps the best-decorated in Valbonne. Championing the charming, authentic features of the property, expect exposed stone walls, wooden beams and terracotta floors that enhance the provincial, Provençal atmosphere.
But it’s not all homespun, rustic rurality. The villa has also been fitted with high-speed internet access, a slew of smart televisions, a state-of-the-art security system and has cooling air conditioning throughout — ensuring that you’re comfortable, connected and secure from the first moment you step inside.
We particularly like the kitchen set-up. Because, not only will you find a conventional ‘cuisine’ within the walls of the villa — there’s also an open-air ‘summer kitchen’ to be found outside, decked out with barbecue and al fresco seating area.
Move back inside the house, and you’ll discover a generous dining room, living room with log-burning fireplace and a master bedroom complete with ensuite. And all of these welcoming spaces are bathed in the same soft, sun-kissed terracotta tones — deftly accentuated with weathered stone, ceramics and woods.
Homely and relaxing, it’s the perfect place to escape to in a beautiful corner of ‘the good valley’. And, by buying this Valbonne villa with August, everything from legal to notary fees — and all taxes — is included in the price. So, if you’re not quite ready for the endless days of summer to end, why not discover more below…
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