Reached via pine scented avenues in the secluded peace of a private domain, this property near Grasse on the Cote D'Azur will comfortably fit a group of up to 10 adults and children.
10 minutes from Mougins, 20 minutes from the centre of Cannes and just 30 minutes from Nice airport, this home offers plenty of open living space including a large, comfortable living area, a modern fully fitted kitchen and open plan dining room, 5 air conditioned bedrooms / 4 bathrooms (3 ensuite) and a separate summer / games room with pool table and babyfoot. Shaded terraces for al fresco dining overlook a large landscaped garden with childrens' play area. There is also a family sized swimming pool of 6 metres by 10 metres with a separate barbeque area.
Nearest shops are just 5 minutes drive where you can get all the provisions you may require, including your morning bread and croissants.
You are ideally situated to be able to enjoy total privacy in an idyllic, peaceful setting with open views across wodded hills, whilst also being within easy reach of the beaches of the Cote d'Azur, the shopping, dining and nightlife of Cannes, Antibes and Nice, the national parks and trails of the Alpes Maritimes or the many regional vineyards.
St Jacques is just a stone's throw from the perfume capital of the world Grasse, where you can visit the many museums and perfume producers or simply spend the day in one of the street cafes people watching.
You can get a true feel for the real Provençal lifestyle, by visiting one of the many nearby historic hilltop villages typical to this region, including Mougins, Gourdon, Tourettes sur Loup all within a short drive.
For those who love action, golf, riding, swimming, sailing, windsurfing, hiking, hangliding, biking and in the winter, skiing.... its all within easy reach!
Or just stay put and enjoy the house - peaceful hours can be whiled away listening to the sound of the cicadas and long evenings spent sipping wine under a warm star-filled sky.
1. Pool cover
We have a safety pool cover that can bear the weight of a child. As I am sure you know with small kids this is a very big thing in France, you should make sure the cover is on when you are not able to monitor the pool area. The pool is heated, so you also need to roll the cover on and off every morning / evening so the heat does not escape overnight. It is electronic so quite easy and should be self-explanatory (it moves onto and off the pool area on rails, there is a slightly tricky last piece where you need to do a bit of shunting so easier with 2 people but I do it on my own and sometimes with the not very helpful participation of Luka, my 5 year old).
There is a main fuse box downstairs in the boiler room. There is another one in the garden that controls some of the points in the garden (eg the games room I think, and the gates and the bbq area). This is located in the garden at the back of the kitchen up a set of steps that lead nowhere (you will see what I mean). In addition, the main fuse of the house is out in the street in the small car park. Sometimes if everything gets overloaded it can trip here, so you need to re-set. Also, just in case, the main house stopcock is there as well.
3. Septic tank
We have a septic tank for the house, not mains sewer, so please do not put items like tampax etc down the loos as these can end up blocking the pipes, resulting in some disturbing backwash in the showers.
Switched on / off by the utility room. There is usually tons of hot water. Each bathroom has a heated rail that you turn on for two hours by pressing the timer button on the controls.
Each bedroom has air conditioning for the summer. Actually the nights generally are quite mild as we are up in the hills a little. If you do use, pls can you make sure they are turned off when you are out of the room as they chew electricity
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7. Television / DVD
We have Freesat (UK) in the house. No French TV I am afraid. It is a bit fiddly getting the right box working. When you are choosing source for the on-screen display, the satellite box connects via the HDMI icon on the TV (one of the onscreen options); the DVD through one of the alternatives. There are a whole load of DVDs in the drawers that are in the cupboard under the stairs. Do not be put off by the Russian fonts, a lot of them also have English language. The DVD works via a universal remote control (ie not same brand as the DVD itself), you just have to make sure you have pressed the DVD button so it works.
8. Condiments / loo paper / cleaning items / bin bags / charcoal for the BBQ Please feel free to use whatever is there, but please, as a courtesy, do replace / top up what you have used for the next lot in.
Generally we live in a very quiet and secure place. If you plan to be out all day, though, it is probably better to make sure the alarm is set and all the shutters are closed. Becky will show you how to arm and de-arm the alarm. This is directly connected to a security service that will arrive if the alarm is activated.
The driveway is quite steep, and you may not be comfortable reversing up it, as the gates start to close again after about 90 seconds. It would be better to reverse down it when you enter. In any case please do not turn the car on the lawn (it has happened!)
11. Wear and Tear
A couple of big things - the indoor dining room chairs are leather, please do not sit on these in wet things; ditto sitting room furniture; if you are all lathered up with sun tan oil, can you put towels / covers on the outdoor cushions as these can stain badly; also PLEASE do not put your suntan lotion on at the terrace as it drips and stains the terracotta tiles very badly; if you have been to the beach, please make sure no sand comes from car to house. If you do break something big, please do let us know. We are not rabid about this and it is better for both sides to point out things that may affect the deposit payment. Also please note, the rental covers handover cleaning but not putting right a bomb site!
12. Garden and gardener
The lawn has a sprinkler system that comes on a couple nights a week, therefore, please make sure that you do not leave any items on the lawns overnight (ie your clothes, cushions etc) and please pull back the furniture on the patio each night so it is out of range. The gardener comes once a week on a Friday so do not be shocked to see a beefy bald man wandering around one early morning. He is very nice and is called Eric.
If you need a cleaner while you are there, we can arrange for this. It is probably a good idea at least at the halfway point especially if you are staying 2 weeks. Please do try to do a basic clean on your departure – this is how we can ensure you get in on time to a nice and clean house on your arrival, and the next guests after you do too.
We have a washing machine and clothes drying machine. Also lots of drying racks, and a washing line at the back of the pool house. For the sake of our electricity bills, if not the environment, please use real sun and air in preference to the dyer!
15. Rubbish collection
We have Rubbish collection early in the morning on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the summer. There are two large wheelie bins in the garage area and you leave these out in front of the gates the night before. You will also see some collection points for glass and other household waste on the way in. Please do try to recycle as much as possible. If you can also make sure the kitchen and bathroom bins are all emptied into the wheelies before you leave the house that would be appreciated.
16. Cots / trestle bed
If needed, we have a cot, feeding chair and a spare trestle bed. Please let us know ahead of time as the mattresses will need to be aired
17. Enjoy yourselves!
Enough said! :-) Anything that is left out is meant to be used. Any comments / feedback during or after your stay gratefully received.