This was our first time self catering so we were not too sure what to expect for our money especially since we booked very late ie only a month prior to going so most villas in the South of France had long been booked !. The villa we rented was called Noumea and it is one of three semi -detached villas on a plot of land. We were pleasantly surprised upon our arrival to find our villa spotlessly clean , spacious and comfortable , like being "home away from home" which was lovely...The owners Gisele and her husband Mark, who live in a villa on site , are both friendly and seem to work very hard to keep the place well maintained .We had two spacious bathrooms modern and well fitted incl washing machine , showers etc , one double bedroom upstairs ,one double room with two kid beds ,a large dining /sitting room with an open plan kitchen downstairs with all cooking amenities there. The only thing we were disapointed about was that we"expected" ( ie listed in description) a "proper" dishwasher but instead found a "half size" quite old fashion appliance (compaired to the rest of the kitchen)that was just about big enough to wash a couple of plates so not much use really!The terrace outside is lovely and we enjoyed having breakfast there every morning...
The pool area looks lovely and Mark cleans it every day when he is around but we had to point out to Gisele that all the sun loungers, though they look great, do not work as you can only lie flat on them as they will not hold a reclining position.I think we were very lucky when we went as we had the shared pool to ourselves the few days we decided to stay at the villa so we were able to enjoy some relaxing and quiet time!The two other villas were both occupied by families with children , who luckily for us , didnt really use the pool while we were there, as had they done so the pool and its surrounding area wouldnt have been big enough to accomodate everyone!But the main minus point for us was the location of the villas as its too far from any amenities/shops/ restaurants to really walk to and even if you did fancy a long walk you would have to negotiate an extremely steep hill on the way back so you need a car for everything.The village of Montauroux is a lovely traditional French village but not much going on there at all sadly.And to us that was the biggest disappointment as we had to jump in the car every time just to buy croissants from the village bakery in the morning or to find a restaurant (not many and even fewer good ones)in the evening when we wanted to eat out etc...we will return to the south of France but next time we will probably book a villa , preferably detached with its own pool if possible ( mission impossible maybe...lol)and much closer to what the South of France has to offer ie beaches , restaurants and a few bars to watch the world go by !!!Im aware we will need to pay a premium for all that no doubt, but we would rather that .But as far as the villa's comfort , cleanliness and the welcome from the owners are concerned , we couldnt fault that!:-)
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