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Need help finding 4-5 bedroom villa close to beach w pool

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Need help finding 4-5 bedroom villa close to beach w pool

We are looking to spend my 40th bday in the South of France next summer with another family. I am having the hardest time finding a decent villa with a pool that sleeps 10 4-5 bedrooms in the south of France. Ideally I would like to be walking distance to beach, shops and restaurants. 5 -10 minutes. I have inquired at a few via VRBO and Homeaway but their version of a 5 minute walk and my version seems much different. Budget up to $700/night 7 nights total. Anyone know of anything good? I found a decent one in Cannes but it look about a mile from the beach not 5 minutes like the owner states. Would really not like to use a car.

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Vancouver, Canada
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1. Re: Need help finding 4-5 bedroom villa close to beach w pool

Sounds like you are looking for a large "country" property in an urban environment. And for what you are looking for, your budget is pretty light. You can find what you are looking for, but you will likely need to move off of the coast and sacrifice a walk to the beach. Or increase your budget.

Destination Expert
for Cannes
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2. Re: Need help finding 4-5 bedroom villa close to beach w pool

Availability for next summer may not have been updated yet, but you should be able to find what you want.

A mile is about 15 minutes walk.

What was the location of the villa in Cannes that you found?

Finland
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3. Re: Need help finding 4-5 bedroom villa close to beach w pool

From my experience, a big villa with a walking distance to the centre of a town/village with good services nearby really requires some work to be found. It is not impossible. I would include homelidays.fr in my search (a part of Homeaway I guess, but not yet merged to it ?)

"Go West Young Man, Go West"

In Saint Cyr sur Mer, there are nice villas with pools to rent, not far from Les Lecques beach area, with reasonably nice restaurants right on seafront. Not Michelin starred ones, but cosy and laid back. The setting is nice I think, and as an important point, the service very near including a good Casino supermarket, high quality specialist shops (fruit&veg, charcuterie, poissonnerie etc.) are great. Bandol and La Ciotat add to the restaurant selection, and the wine region is immaculate also. From Calanque Port d Alon, there is a nice hiking path along the coast etc. etc.

At Sanary sur Mer and Bormes les Mimosas, maybe something similar could be found. In St Mandrier sur Mer south of Toulon, there could be something, but the place itself is a bit remote with a longish access road to most services. In Six Fours Les Plages, there are big villas close to the Le Brusc port area with a few nice restaurants - the supermarkets etc. are some 2-3 miles away, though.

EUR 3.000 for a week is in most cases not enough for a high quality big villa in July - August, but in June, the prices are still reasonable.

A note, just to have all that work while at the house, you really need to have a car, or then hire an active housekeeper. If you hate the rental cost, rent a cheap Peugeot Partner or similar, a 5-seater "family utility vehicle".

I will send you some examples in a private message a bit later, just for you to evaluate.

Antibes, France
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4. Re: Need help finding 4-5 bedroom villa close to beach w pool

Have a look at the Antibes tourist office website where there are many properties including villas..

www.antibesjuanlespins.com

Otherwise it might be a good idea to email local tourist offices, They keep lists of rentable properties that never get near foreign websites.

Lastly local estate agents deal in renting larger villas and this is a good source to try. The Nice Matin ( local newspaper) has a property website ( Nice Matin Immobilier) that will give names of agents by town.

Ed

Fort Collins...
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5. Re: Need help finding 4-5 bedroom villa close to beach w pool

let's up the budget then to 4000Euro do you know of anything good?

Vancouver, Canada
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6. Re: Need help finding 4-5 bedroom villa close to beach w pool

OK....let's look at the math first. Upping the budget by 50 or 60 bucks a night doesn't really change a thing.

And you are still looking for a rural property ( a large mas or villa) in an urban environment. You can look at places like Cap d'Antibes, but you would likely have to double your budget. And more restrictions typically come into play, like longer minimun stays of 14 days or a month.

You are not searching for a unicorn, but it is close. It will be really hard to find with your existing peramaters.

You could look east or more particularly west from the core of the Cote d'Azur to find what you are looking for, but unfortunately, with your budget I think something is going to have to give.

Destination Expert
for Cannes
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7. Re: Need help finding 4-5 bedroom villa close to beach w pool

What dates are you planning to visit?

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