Villa in Opio, Provence-Alpes-Cote- d'Azur, France - Beautiful Villa, Peaceful Location, Few Minutes Walk to Valbonne Village
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About Derek Arnold
I was relocated to Sophia Antipolis (Valbonne) in the autumn of 1997, working for an American IT company. My wife, Gay and son James immediately fell in love with Valbonne. James attended the CIV, international school and Gay started a concierge service for villa owners. During our 20 years living on the Cote d'Azur we are now regarded as locals and this year we took the decision to offer our home for the summer season. We hope that our guests will have a memorable holiday.
Derek Arnold purchased this Villa in 1998
Why Derek Arnold chose Opio
After a year of renting a house we decided in the autumn of 1998 to purchase a plot of land and build a villa to our own specification. Two years later in 2000 we finally moved in and have no regrets at all. What we really like about the area is that we have the best of both worlds; the sea and the mountains, and not least the wonderful warm climate all the year round. Nice international airport is a good hub for the international business traveller, or coming here to holiday.Quality of life has become more important as we become older.
What makes this Villa unique
The key benefit we enjoy is living in a quiet lane but just a few minutes walk to Valbonne village. The fact that we do not need to drive to the local shops or restaurants in the Village is a real bonus.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
Max guests:8 (sleeps up to 8 adults)
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
Wonderful house great location Derek and Gay are very welcoming and do anything for you .
Great all round.
Delighted you and your family enjoyed your stay at our villa. Hope to see you all again in the future.
Derek & Gay
Excellent holiday experience
A family group of eight, including two children, none of whom had previously visited this area of France, descended on this well appointed, well equipped villa. Derek the owner was on hand to greet us and immediately made us feel welcome ( despite a thunderstorm!) The following day the weather was beautiful as it was for all the following days. Derek and Gay were perfect hosts. Not at all intrusive but ready with advice and help should you require it. Derek for instance, found us a really good chef who came to the villa and prepared a lovely celebratory meal for the several significant birthdays that were being celebrated. The pool was in constant use and a thoroughly good time was had by all.
Other commentators have mentioned the walk into Valbonne which is actually very doable....but not in the midday heat! Several of the party were martyrs to the mosquito, so if you are prone to be bitten best come prepared.
The coast is easily reached and some of the hilltop towns in the region are truly beautiful...as is Valbonne itself.
Derek and Gay are to be thanked for allowing us into their villa to experience a small taste of what it must be like to live the dream!
Lovely French Villa close to Valbonne
We were a family of 7 in total - 4 adults and 3 children and the villa can accommodate this number very comfortably. Lots of open plan space on the ground floor for everyone to be sociable or for someone to perhaps find a quiet area to relax. The outdoor eating area is completely covered and provides welcome shade from the hot sun. We had lots of long, lazy lunches here and, in the evenings, we often cooked on the BBQ. From this terrace the pool is in full view making it ideal to keep an eye on the younger ones swimming too! Other than flowering potted plants the garden areas are not watered. This certainly assists with keeping mosquitoes to a minimum. However, because of this, don’t expect lush green lawns to laze around on. The plot is a very generous size and very private. Internally the villa has everything you could possibly need on a holiday. Extremely well equipped kitchen, washer and drier in utility room along with clothes airers. (We came back with absolutely no washing to do!!) There are even hats hanging in the hallway in case you forgot yours! On the upper floor are 4 bedrooms. We found it particularly useful that 2 of the bedrooms are accessed up a couple of steps and through a door. This meant that children could be slightly further away from downstairs noise if they are earlier bedders. The property is very safe and secure and at no time did I feel uncomfortable, even when I stayed alone at the property for the day. Shutters or grilles in every window for maximum security. Ample car parking area at the front of property too. We were there at the tail end of the recent heatwave and the weather was somewhat hotter than the seasonal average. The shutters managed to keep the sun out of the property and, later in the day, opened them up to allow a breeze through. We did use the fans provided to their maximum capacity due to the heat throughout our stay as there is no integrated air conditioning or mobile A/C units. Derek and Gay were excellent hosts, popping up in the morning to clean the pool. This takes no more than 30 minutes although you do not need to wait in for them. The village of Valbonne is approx a 20 minute walk from the villa. It’s a downhill walk into the village but this means it’s an uphill return journey to the villa! It wasn’t an issue for us as we ambled along at the pace of the children...Valbonne is stunning by the way! Lots and lots of local attractions that the children loved. Perfect family holiday!
A wonderful location for a family holiday
We just had 2 weeks at this villa in July. The villa is extremely comfortably and superbly specced. Many holiday villas lack so many of the basic essentials for every day living but everything was already here at your disposal. Derek and Gay, the owners were extremely warm and generous people. Nothing was ever too much of a problem, and they were really helpful making numerous recommendations for places to eat, and things to do in the local area.
The location of the villa was perfect, just a short walk down to central Valbonne, where you'll find a beautiful town square and narrow streets filled with boutiques and restaurants.
The pool was a good size and really well maintained and we spent numerous days relaxing by the pool, and cooking memorable family meals on the barbecue.
A brilliant holiday in a brilliant villa. Thank you so much. We hope to return another year.
Many thanks for your kind comments. We’d be delighted to welcome you and your family back for another stay in the future.
Derek & Gay
We had a lovely week in this house. Everything there that we could have wanted and needed. We felt immediately relaxed and at home. Derek and Gay could not have been more delightful, helpful and friendly. A perfect peaceful situation but not remote and just a few minutes from all of the nearby beautiful villages and towns in the area. I would definitely think about returning again soon.
Gay and I are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay at our villa. Thank you so much for your kind comments and helpful feedback. We hope to see you again soon. Warm Regards
Derek & Gay
Stunning house, beautiful location, great hosts
We spent a perfect week in this beautiful house. The pictures do not do the house justice. It is even more delightful than it looks and incredibly well equipped. We cooked at home most nights and there's not a utensil or appliance found wanting. Derek and Gaye are lovely hosts and have thought of everything. They are also charming and informative guides to the local area and couldn't be more helpful. The pool was checked and cleaned each morning in a friendly but unobtrusive way. The location is perfect peaceful, halfway between the beaches and the mountains and exactly 10 minutes walk from the charming village of Valbonne. It is just a short drive from numerous picturesque perched villages. The children loved it and we will definitely return. Thank you Derek and Gaye
We really enjoyed having you stay at out villa and are delighted that you had a wonderful holiday. Thank you for your feedback and appreciate your positive comments. Hope we see you and your family in 2018. You are always welcome.
Special interest holidays:
Owners can organise vineyard tours in the Var region, and visits to nearby places of interest such as the perfume factory in Grasse.
There are excellent beaches along the coast at Cannes, Golfe Juan and Juan les Pins all within 20 minutes drive from Valbonne. All the beaches are served with beach front restaurants. Beach activities include; water skiing,jet skiing, scuba diving, sailing.
The nearest international airport is nice which is 30 minutes drive to Valbonne along the A8 autoroute. It is recommended to hire or have use of car during your stay to take full advantage of the many places of interest to visit during your holiday. Good bus service to the coast from the village.
Cannes: 13 km, Juan les Pins 13 km, Antibes 12 km
Nice: 23 Km, Grasse: 9 km, Cannes: 13km
Scenic landscapes, azure seas, world-class modern art, perfume from Grasse, amazing food and incredible historical heritage-this is what the french riviera has long been famous for, including of course the Cannes film festival and Monaco grand prix.
The village of Valbonne dating back to 1519, built by Augustin de Grimaldi Bishop of Grasse and is today a key landmark in the region for visitors. During the summer Valbonne is a lively village with many attractions for children. The village boasts several good restaurants, art shops and a weekly Friday morning market selling local produce. There are several major banks in the village, and a post office. Within a few minutes drive is a well stocked Carrefour supermarket in opio.
Among the many places of interest are the nearby villages of Mougin, Biot and St Paul de Vence, all worth a visit.
The owners have prepared a complete guide of local places of interest, leisure activities, medical services, fitness centres, and a list of local restaurants.