Fabulous, family-friendly villa
Villa Aurita is gorgeous, we adored our stay. Quiet and private location, not overlooked, which added to the overall air of exclusivity. The pictures can't convey the full impact of the knock-out vistas in the flesh. Lovely eclectic mix of furnishings. Great layout for socialising/dining indoors and out (one thing to note - you can't light the fire-pit, pictured, between July and Sept due to local fire regulations) with enough space so that a big group like ours had room to spread out. The large main living space, comprising sitting area, dining area and TV/chill-out area, is open-plan and works brilliantly. The kitchen is a joy to cook in, due to the amazing view, the quality of the fittings/appliances and the vast array of equipment provided.
We each had our own favourite ‘spots’, whether it was sun-worshipping on the roof terrace, lounging and swimming by the pool, reading under the dappled shade of the magnificent French Oak tree, taking an outdoor siesta on the cushion-strewn day bed, chatting over a cup of coffee at the marble counter in the kitchen, playing Monopoly around the living room table, or lazing decadently on one of the over-sized sofas in front of the huge flat-screen TV. My personal favourite thing to do was simply to lean on the railings of the balcony/terrace, gazing out over the idyllic pool area, past lush foliage, towards the coast. Heaven.
The part of the village within easy walking distance (Pre du Lac) is not the “chocolate-boxy” bit of Chateauneuf that you see if you search Google images – that part is actually half a mile or so further up the hill. The bit that’s only five/ten mins walk is not as picturesque, but much more convenient, with cafes/restaurants/ local shops. Le Capriccio restaurant (just at the bottom of the hill leading up to the villa), is three minute's walk and has live music outside one night a week - great fun and lots of local people to chat to, plus the pizzas were fab. There is also a fantastic butcher’s shop and a great greengrocer, both with lovely friendly staff. The nearest supermarket is a five-minute drive away for the heavy stuff (the walk back up to the villa from the shops is short, but quite steep!)
We did venture out to sample the glamour of Cannes/Antibes and the beauty of Grasse, but to be honest, Villa Aurita is so wonderful in its own right, it was always a bit of an effort to drag ourselves away! Thanks Wayne and Lucy – I envy you being able to call this place “home”!
Familien mit Teenagern,
Familien mit kleinen Kindern,
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