Gattières, Alpes-Maritimes

Blissful tranquillity - yet an easy drive from St Paul de Vence (legendary haunt of Matisse and Picasso) and 10km from the Riviera


7 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 9

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Think wisteria, wild cherry, gorse and prickly pear, fig trees, olive trees, palms and pines. And you, lying by the pool, surrounded by terraced gardens running up the hill, the scents of the south tickling the senses and the breezes in the trees to unwind to. As for the villa, there at the top of a 20m drive, it’s a marvel: open, airy, and generous in every way, stylish yet original, immaculate yet laid-back. All generations could happily mingle, just as long as they were sprightly (many outdoor levels). Apart from swimming in that 5m x 15m pool, there’s so much on tap: table tennis, boules, TV, WiFi. The wraparound veranda is long and wide, the terrace is drenched in sun all day, and the kitchen is a hedonist’s delight – cocktail shakers and coffee makers a-go-go! If you tire of cooking, hilltop Saint-Jeannet is a four-minute drive, little Gattières is equally close, and there’s a takeaway pizza place to walk to. Then there are the bedrooms, two at garden level, two below (so your party can be four or nine), bright, modern and delightful – deluxe mattresses, ethnic touches, and bathrooms awash with light.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
4pm-6pm Saturday
Check out
By 10am Saturday
Booking restrictions
Parking on-site.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Restaurants 3km.


Nightly price
from £214
Weekly price
from £1500
Damage deposit
1 House for 9
From £2147 beds4 bedrooms


We had a wonderful stay at Minoustan. The villa is lovely and very well equiped ... our children (5 and 7) both loved the pool, ping pong table and petanque (although the rest of the garden is a little wild for 'exploring' by younger ones). the view down the valley to Nice (especially at night) is beautiful and the location in general is great ... very close to a huge hypermarket but also to many lovely little villages for markets and exploring. 20 mins to the centre of Nice great for beach and dinner alike ... what a brilliant place to stay!

Simon, London

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Maryam Kisray

  • Wake up to the sound of birds chirping in 3500 meters of Mediterranean garden. Have an apéritif serenaded by crickets. Go to sleep with lights twinkling in the valley.
  • Go East, cross three countries in 45 minutes: the heart of Nice, bling in Monaco, la dolce vita in Sanremo. Go West, to charming perched villages: Tourette-sur-Loup, Gourdon and breathtaking wild expanses in Préalpes d’Azur.
  • Go South, in 30 minutes you are in Cannes. Meander down through delightful Saint Jeannet, medieval mellow Vence, iconic Saint Paul, to the sandy beaches of Antibes. Go North, and ski in rustic Auron or high-tech Isola.
  • So many great artists have lived on the French Riviera: there is a quality to the light and the life that is truly magical. All of it, an easy day trip from the villa.
  • You choose: gastronomy; international festival; world-class museum; preserved hill-top village; ornate palazzo in exotic gardens; breath-taking scenery; chic private beach or skinny dipping in a waterfall; organic jasmine soap or a diamond bracelet.
  • Tell us what you love and we will create a personalised guide for you to discover this enchanting region.