Holiday cottages with pools on the Cote d’Azur

Chic resorts, spectacular coastline and sleepy villages amidst stunning scenery there’s so much to see and do whilst staying at one of our holiday cottages with pools on the Cote d’Azur. Here’s our guide to the Top 10 Things To Do in this beautiful region.

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1 Visit bustling Nice
With its colourful markets, Mediterranean climate and fabulous location, Nice has been a popular tourist destination for 250 years. The construction of its famous seafront Promenade des Anglais, on the Bay of the Angels, began in the late 18th century as wealthy visitors from more northerly climes began to arrive, fleeing the winter weather back home. Just a stone’s throw away from here, the city’s Old Town houses a vast array of boutiques and restaurants offering some of the best world foods; at the centre of the pedestrian quarter lies the Place Massena with its striking architecture. Nice also boasts a botanic garden and chateau, with panoramic views available from its cliff-top perch and from nearby Mont Boron.

2 Drive the Corniches
These parallel, cliff-hugging roads twist and turn their way eastwards from Nice towards Monaco and the Italian border, offering stupendous views over the Riviera coastline and Mediterranean sea. The spectacular settings of the Grande Corniche, built along the line of a famous Roman road by Napoleon, and Moyenne Corniche have featured in many film shoots down the years; the lower Corniche Inferieure (Basse) links coastal towns and, like the higher routes, can become congested in the high season.

3 Discover the Calanques
Between Marseille and Cassis, the Riviera coastline is pierced by deep inlets and rugged limestone cliffs known as ‘calanques’. This dramatic scenery, with its unique flora and fauna, enjoys the protection of National Park status. Ideal for exploration on foot, way-marked trails have been created, however during the summer months sections can be closed to the public due to the risk of forest fires. Boat trips provide a great alternative way of discovering the secrets of these turquoise coves.

4 Climb the Massif de l’Esterel
This rocky range of red hills between St Raphael and Cannes offers an opportunity to escape the bustling coastline and appreciate some fine views across the region. The scenery owes its colour to the underlying ancient volcanic rock. At just over 2,000 feet (618 metres), its highest point is Mont Vinaigre which lies slightly inland but is a popular destination for walkers and cyclists. The arid landscape of cork oak and scrub enjoys protected status and there are several way-marked walking routes to follow.

5 Bask on the beach
No holiday on the Riviera would be complete without a visit to the beach, but it’s hard to list a definitive Top Ten of these as people’s criteria differ. Posing on Paloma Plage (Cap Ferrat) below the mansions of millionaires, or basking on one of the public beaches around classy, but crowded, Cap d’Antibes is not to everyone’s taste. While busy Cannes beaches, off the famous La Croisette, have their appeal, quieter spots can usually be found at resorts like nearby Theoule-sur-Mer. The same applies to Nice and St Tropez; smaller neighbours like Villefranche, Port Grimaud and Rayol Canadel-sur-Mer offer less busy alternatives.

6 Embark for the islands
Lying just off the Giens Peninsula, below Hyeres, the ‘Golden Isles’ are well worth a day trip. Ferries make frequent short crossings from Giens and other mainland ports to Porquerolles (the most accessible) and Port Cros (a national nature and marine reserve). The less-frequented third island, Le Levant, was formerly a penal colony and has no electricity supply. Today it is a centre for naturism; visitors are advised that nudism is obligatory on its only accessible beach and along much of its coastline. Most tourists choose Porquerolles, exploring it on foot or by bicycle; restrictions can be imposed to prevent forest fires and dogs are not allowed on its beaches. Port Cros enjoys protected status and visitors are asked not to leave its way-marked paths or smoke during their stay.

7 Savour the past
The Medieval village of Eze enjoys a lofty perch on the Cap Ferrat peninsula offering superb views over the Mediterranean from its exotic cactus gardens. Here, the scents of the local perfume industry can be sampled in boutiques and stalls which line the winding streets. Twelve miles inland, in the hills above Cannes, lies the busy fragrance town of Grasse, with its perfumeries and museums dedicated to floral essences and, more recently, food flavourings. The medieval walled town of St Paul de Vence is another popular tourist destination around half an hour’s drive due west from Nice. Further west still, charming Bargemon is an hour-and-a-half’s drive from Nice along roads winding up through the olive groves.

8 Negotiate the bends
Monaco is an independent principality, sandwiched between France and Italy on the Mediterranean shore and famous for its annual Formula 1 Grand Prix. Ruled by a constitutional monarch, Prince Albert II, this miniature country is one of the world’s smallest, second only to the Vatican City. It is possible to drive the Grand Prix course, twisting and turning through the streets, past the world-famous Monte Carlo Casino which generates much of Monaco’s wealth.

9 Go Italian
Rising steeply from its beaches, the picturesque French border town of Menton has an Italian feel. Famous for its citrus fruit, the town hosts an annual lemon festival and has links with many well-known artists including Jean Cocteau. It’s just a short trip from here into Italy, to the neighbouring town of Ventimiglia with its Roman remains and popular weekly market.

10 Visit the Villa
One of the top tourist attractions on the Riviera is the Villa and Gardens of Ephrussi de Rothschild, at St Jean Cap Ferrat. Oozing Belle Epoque glamour and style this spectacular site overlooking the sea was created by Beatrice de Rothschild, wife of wealthy banker Baron Maurice de Ephrussi, in the early 20th century. Filled with her collections of fine art, antique furniture and porcelain the property was bequeathed to the Institut de France on her death. It offers a rare glimpse of how the ‘other half’ live on this secluded, exclusive peninsula.

Villa Vue d'Azur
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* * Beach 1km
* 4 Bedroom(s) * Sleeps 8 * 4 Bathroom(s)
* Wi-fi * Price guide 4350€-6600€ * Ref: SV191

For all two week bookings, 300€ off second week.
Unique property with outstanding sea views, private heated pool, air conditioned bedrooms. Splendid terraced and enclosed grounds. 15min walk from beach and restaurants. Cannes 15km.

Villa Souchene
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* * Beach 95km
* 4 Bedroom(s) * Sleeps 8 * 2 Bathroom(s)
* Wi-fi * Pets accepted * Price guide 625€-2250€ * Ref: SV145


Pretty villa with large grounds and fenced pool. Located in the gorgeous Verdon region. 1 hour east of Aix en Provence.

Villa Sereine
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* * Beach 29km
* 4 Bedroom(s) * Sleeps 8 * 3 Bathroom(s)
* Wi-fi * Price guide 2500€-3250€ * Ref: SV157


Spacious villa with 2 private pools. Enclosed grounds. 3 en-suite bedrooms. Restaurants and shops in Les Arcs 3 minutes, beaches in Fréjus 30 minutes, Nice airport 1 hour (all driving times).

Villa Riviera
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* * Beach 0.8km
* 4 Bedroom(s) * Sleeps 8 * 4 Bathroom(s)
* Wi-fi * Price guide 2278€-4150€ * Ref: SV154


Modern, high quality villa located in Cagnes Sur Mer. Air conditioning throughout, private heated, fenced pool, enclosed garden. 5-10 min walk to the beach.

Villa Nueva
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* * Beach 0.3km
* 3 Bedroom(s) * Sleeps 6 * 3 Bathroom(s)
* Wi-fi * Pets accepted * Price guide 3795€-4395€ * Ref: SV165


Brand new villa with private heated pool within enclosed grounds, all bedrooms ensuite and air conditioned. 300m from small pebble beach. Marseille airport 1 hour.

Villa Les Palmiers
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* * Beach 4km
* 6 Bedroom(s) * Sleeps 14 * 5 Bathroom(s)
* Wi-fi * Pets accepted * Price guide 3500€-5625€ * Ref: SV152

Book now for 2018 and get 200€ off.
Spacious villa, large pool and huge sun terrace surrounded by palm trees. Enclosed grounds. Sea view from 2nd floor. Reversible air conditioning. Golf 3km. Sandy beach 10min.

Villa Les Oliviers
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* * Beach 25km
* 4 Bedroom(s) * Sleeps 8 * 4 Bathroom(s)
* Wi-fi * Price guide 1500€-3125€ * Ref: SV153


Spacious villa set near St Cassien Lake, Montauroux 1km, Cannes 45min. Private infinity pool. Stunning countryside views. All bedrooms ensuite. Idyllic setting!

Villa Les Arcs
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* * Beach 28km
* 4 Bedroom(s) * Sleeps 10 * 3 Bathroom(s)
* Wi-fi * Pets accepted * Price guide 2935€-4075€ * Ref: SV178

10% discount for 14 night stays (excluding 15/7/17-19/8/17).
20% discount for month long stays (excluding 15/7/17-19/8/17).

Spacious south facing villa with private pool and air conditioning in peaceful countryside just 40 minutes’ drive from the Riviera beaches.

Villa Fayence
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* * Beach 35km
* 4 Bedroom(s) * Sleeps 8 * 3 Bathroom(s)
* Wi-fi * Price guide 1220€-3400€ * Ref: SV149


Attractive villa set in Domaine de Fayence with tennis courts, spa and fitness room. Fayence village: 4km. Lovely flat garden. Reversible air conditioning throughout the villa.

St Endreol 5 bedroom villa
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* , * Beach 20km
* 5 Bedroom(s) * Sleeps 10 * 4 Bathroom(s)
* Wi-fi * Pets accepted * Price guide 1247€-4560€ * Ref: SV185

10% off 14 night stays completed by 21/7/18 or arriving on or after 18/8/17. 5% off 14 nights stays between 21/7/18 and 18/8/18.
Five-bedroom villa with private pool within superb golf and spa complex just 20km from Frejus and the coast.

St Endreol 4 bedroom villa plus
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* , * Beach 20km
* 4 Bedroom(s) * Sleeps 8 * 4 Bathroom(s)
* Wi-fi * Pets accepted * Price guide 1193€-4260€ * Ref: SV184

10% off 14 night stays completed by 21/7/18 or arriving on or after 18/8/17. 5% off 14 nights stays between 21/7/18 and 18/8/18.
Spacious four-bedroom villa with private pool within superb golf and spa complex just 20km from Frejus and the coast.

St Endreol 4 bedroom villa
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* , * Beach 20km
* 4 Bedroom(s) * Sleeps 8 * 3 Bathroom(s)
* Wi-fi * Pets accepted * Price guide 1080€-3825€ * Ref: SV183

10% off 14 night stays completed by 21/7/18 or arriving on or after 18/8/17. 5% off 14 nights stays between 21/7/18 and 18/8/18.
Four-bedroom villa with private pool within superb golf and spa complex just 20km from Frejus and the coast.

St Endreol 3 bedroom villa
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* , * Beach 20km
* 3 Bedroom(s) * Sleeps 6 * 2 Bathroom(s)
* Wi-fi * Pets accepted * Price guide 950€-3625€ * Ref: SV182

10% off 14 night stays completed by 21/7/18 or arriving on or after 18/8/17. 5% off 14 nights stays between 21/7/18 and 18/8/18.
Three-bedroom villa with private pool within superb golf and spa complex just 20km from Frejus and the coast.

St Endreol 3 bedroom town house
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* , * Beach 20km
* 3 Bedroom(s) * Sleeps 6 * 2 Bathroom(s)
* Wi-fi * Pets accepted * Price guide 770€-1925€ * Ref: SV189

10% off 14 night stays completed by 21/7/18 or arriving on or after 18/8/17. 5% off 14 nights stays between 21/7/18 and 18/8/18.
Three-bedroom semi-detached town house with access to an indoor and two outdoor pools within superb golf and spa complex just 20km the coast.

St Endreol 3 bedroom apartment
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* , * Beach 20km
* 3 Bedroom(s) * Sleeps 6 * 2 Bathroom(s)
* Wi-fi * Pets accepted * Price guide 693€-1855€ * Ref: SV187

10% off 14 night stays completed by 21/7/18 or arriving on or after 18/8/17. 5% off 14 nights stays between 21/7/18 and 18/8/18.
Three-bedroom apartment with access to an indoor and two outdoor pools within superb golf and spa complex just 20km from Frejus and the coast.

St Endreol 2 bedroom town house
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* , * Beach 20km
* 2 Bedroom(s) * Sleeps 4 * 2 Bathroom(s)
* Wi-fi * Pets accepted * Price guide 666€-1760€ * Ref: SV188

10% off 14 night stays completed by 21/7/18 or arriving on or after 18/8/17. 5% off 14 nights stays between 21/7/18 and 18/8/18.
Two-bedroom semi-detached town house with access to an indoor and two outdoor pools within superb golf and spa complex just 20km the coast.

St Endreol 2 bedroom apartment
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* , * Beach 20km
* 2 Bedroom(s) * Sleeps 4 * 2 Bathroom(s)
* Wi-fi * Pets accepted * Price guide 567€-1590€ * Ref: SV186

10% off 14 night stays completed by 21/7/18 or arriving on or after 18/8/17. 5% off 14 nights stays between 21/7/18 and 18/8/18.
Two-bedroom apartment with access to an indoor and two outdoor pools within superb golf and spa complex just 20km from Frejus and the coast.

Olive
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* * Beach 95km
* 2 Bedroom(s) * Sleeps 4 * 1 Bathroom(s)
* Wi-fi * Pets accepted * Price guide 625€-1560€ * Ref: SV144


Pretty villa with large grounds set in the Verdon region. 1hr east of Aix en Provence. Ideal for a family of 4.

Les Fusains
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* * Beach 5km
* 4 Bedroom(s) * Sleeps 8 * 3 Bathroom(s)
* Wi-fi * Pets accepted * Price guide £4600-£5370 * Ref: SV126


Spacious holiday villa with enclosed garden, good size pool and air conditioning in all bedrooms. Located in a gated Domain, 3km from Mougins.

Le Chateau des Demoiselles
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* * Beach 28km
* 7 Bedroom(s) * Sleeps 14 * 6 Bathroom(s)
* Wi-fi * Pets accepted * Price guide 4500€-6500€ * Ref: SV121

800€ per week off arrivals in October.
Splendid 18th Century country house set in 300 hectares of wine estate located in the village of La Motte en Provence, 15km south of Draguignan and 40km north of St Tropez.

La Bastide Du Bois
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* * Beach 48km
* 4 Bedroom(s) * Sleeps 8 * 2 Bathroom(s)
* Wi-fi * Price guide £1830-£4230 * Ref: SV124


Very charming and cosy Provencal stone property with a large and private solar heated swimming pool. 5 minutes’ drive from the villages of Fayence and Tourettes.

L'Hippocampe
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* * Beach 2.5km
* 4 Bedroom(s) * Sleeps 10 * 4 Bathroom(s)
* Wi-fi * Pets accepted * Price guide £6090-£7430 * Ref: SV128


Exceptionally elegant and luxurious south of France villa located 2.5km from Theoule sur Mer with shops, restaurants and beach. Cannes is just 13km away.

Domaine du Mont Leuze Le Mas
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* * Beach 5km
* 2 Bedroom(s) * Sleeps 4 * 1 Bathroom(s)
* Wi-fi * Price guide 1140€-1900€ * Ref: SV131


Mont Leuze is a totally unique Domain on the French Riviera. By day or by night you will be astonished at the breathtaking views of Nice bay and St Jean Cap Ferrat from the terrace of the Chateau.

Domaine du Mont Leuze 8P
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* * Beach 5km
* 4 Bedroom(s) * Sleeps 8 * 2 Bathroom(s)
* Wi-fi * Price guide 1270€-2410€ * Ref: SV118


Mont Leuze is a totally unique Domain on the French Riviera. By day or by night you will be astonished at the breathtaking views of Nice bay and St Jean Cap Ferrat from the terrace of the Chateau.

Domaine du Mont Leuze 6P
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* * Beach 5km
* 3 Bedroom(s) * Sleeps 6 * 2 Bathroom(s)
* Wi-fi * Price guide 3300€-3990€ * Ref: SV119


Mont Leuze is a totally unique Domain on the French Riviera. By day or by night you will be astonished at the breathtaking views of Nice bay and St Jean Cap Ferrat from the terrace of the Chateau.

Domaine du Mont Leuze 3 Studio flats
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* * Beach 5km
* 1 Bedroom(s) * Sleeps 2 * 1 Bathroom(s)
* Wi-fi * Price guide 890€-1140€ * Ref: SV132


Mont Leuze is a totally unique Domain on the French Riviera. By day or by night you will be astonished at the breathtaking views of Nice bay and St Jean Cap Ferrat from the terrace of the Chateau.

Domaine du Mont Leuze 10P
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* * Beach 5km
* 5 Bedroom(s) * Sleeps 10 * 2 Bathroom(s)
* Wi-fi * Price guide 1400€-2540€ * Ref: SV120


Domaine du Mont Leuze is set between Nice and Monaco. Ideal for a family reunion or for a group of friends wanting to spend quality time together. Breathtaking views from the terrace of the Chateau.

Constance
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* * Beach 1.9km
* 4 Bedroom(s) * Sleeps 8 * 2 Bathroom(s)
* Wi-fi * Price guide £3660-£3660 * Ref: SV130


Lovely villa with great circular pool and 4 air conditioned bedrooms. Within walking distance of the shops (under 2km) and Fontonne beach. Just 4km from Antibes.