Friday, April 4, 2014

Our Cote D'Azur Villa (rental)

I've told the story of my honeymoon in 1999, 
which my new husband had planned down to the last detail,
including reservations at restaurants.

as we dated,  he had listened to me discuss the things I wanted to do,
& places I wanted to go, but never had.

one of those things was to see Portofino, Italy.

so beginning in Paris, we travelled down to the Riviera coast to Cannes,
his favorite place.  
from there we went to Monte Carlo, then drove around to Portofino,
where we stayed at the Splendido Hotel, my dream place.

following the honeymoon in June, the next Christtmas he asked me what I wanted,
and being the girl I am, I told him I would love to go back to the South of France,
but this time I wanted to rent a villa,  with a view of the sea, where we could invite all our adult kids & our
friends to come & visit.

this is the home we rented for the month of July.

it is located in Juan les Pins, which is quite near Cannes & Antibes

the real estate agent had been the most wonderful woman, putting up with all my requests,
& all the work of finding just the right home.

if you look closely, just above the pool & over the trees you will see the sea.

the master bedroom
thankfully, behind those mirrored doors was enough room to put ALL our clothes,
after all we were going to be there for an entire month.

the master bath

the main salon,
which saw very little use as we were always outside by the pool,
or on the huge patio having dining al fresco.

I brought all our CD's, we moved the stereo speakers outside and had our favorite tunes playing
all the time.

talk about heaven?

just one of the  bedrooms

the villa had 5 bedrooms, so slept 10 people easily.
we invited the family over for one week so they would all be together.
then we invited several couples, and a lovely retired school teacher who lived in Monte Carlo,
  who had helped us find the house.
everyone got a week, then Ned & I had one week to ourselves, that was the plan.

when we didn't go out to some fantastic restaurant,
each couple & the kids too would take turns planning our dinners.
this was the most fun part, with the wines being the most important items on the menu.

we toured around everywhere in the region during the day, always returning home to get gussied up for dinner.

I could go on & on & on about the trials & tribulations of this dream-come-true holiday my
husband gifted to me, but I will save that for another post.

funny thing about finding this home again yesterday while I was reading my email.
Villas of Distinction had listed a few homes available for rental, and as I scrolled
through the list I saw these photos.  I recognized the home instantly.

somewhere in my many plastic bins of photographs I have 100's of pics from
this holiday.  it is legendary among our friends and we often laugh as we recall
some of the things that happened while we were there, like getting lost for HOURS
the 1st night we were there.  Literally HOURS. I think we arrived back home at around 3AM.
Ned was certain he knew the way home.   :)'s

to see the details of this home please click HERE.

believe it or not the price is a fair one for what you are renting and the location.

I know I'll never get to do this again, even though we went on to rent other
homes in both the Riviera & the Amalfi Coast of Italy, (still the absolute best way to
vacation, I think). 

 Once was definitely not enough !!