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“Delightful B&B”
Review of Le Mas des Cigales

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Le Mas des Cigales
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Reviewed June 26, 2014

This was a great experience. My wife and I used to stay in UK and Ireland B&Bs quite frequently but have preferred hotels of late. We chose Le Mas des Cigales based on the positive reviews here at tripadvisor and are very glad we did.

The home is located just off the main road connecting Vence and Grasse in the hills above Nice. These are winding roads and require some careful driving. Once you've arrived, you will find gated parking for your car. Our room was comfortably sized, with a king sized bed (featuring convenient mini-reading lamps) and a nice bathroom, with combo tub and shower. A pleasant herbal fragrance was always present. A beautiful, spacious swimming pool is the centerpiece of the property and is surrounded by comfortable lounge chairs and umbrellas. There are also covered areas near the pool with seating and tables. The building itself just looks like a French countryside inn should look: rounded tiles roof, soft pink stucco walls, and muted green shutters, with flowers in abundance clinging to the walls. Standing by the pool, with the home at your back, you have a beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea in the distance. It's a glorious place.

And then there are the host and hostess. Stefaan and Veronique are quite something. Stefaan greets you and provides information and assistance with great charm. Veronique is less visible but makes her presence known in the kitchen, with her husband's assistance. They are originally from Belgium but are knowledgeable about the local scene and especially good with driving directions. Their command of the English language is excellent.

The food at Le Mas des Cigales is superb. Breakfasts feature fresh-squeezed orange juice and fresh fruit salad, along with excellently prepared eggs, healthful cereals and yogurts, and delicious rolls and breads. Dinners are offered a few nights a week and we took advantage of this twice. Both experiences were highlights of our entire vacation. We sat at a large, outdoor table and shared delicious meals with the other guests. Most were Belgian, like our hosts, and several were fluent in English. It was truly broadening to learn about the lifestyles of people from a country we really didn't know. Stefaan acted as a sort of cruise director, making sure that the meal and conversations were proceeding smoothly. Just a wonderful couple of evenings.

Our return to a B&B was a total success. The atmosphere here was comfortable and never cloying. It comes with my highest recommendation. (June, 2014 price: 130 euros B&B)

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 9, 2014

Stephan and Veronique were warm and welcoming to their beautiful home high in the hills outside of Tourette sur Loup
Lovely room with comfortable bed clean shower and a great pool area with views of the Cote D'Azure- great introduction to the Nice area

  • Stayed: June 2014
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

We loved this charming B&B when we last visited--9 years ago. To our delight, new owners Veronique and Stefaan have kept it every bit as pristine while improving it with their own touches and hospitality. Each of the chambres are individually decorated, comfortably spacious and spotlessly clean. My wife and I stayed 4 nights in late October, when we enjoy this part of France since the crowds are gone but the days are still warm and the nights wonderfully cool. Since we were the only guests for 2 of the nights, the property was blissfully quiet, yet our hosts were always there to help us with information and tips--and of course, a plentiful breakfast each morning to start our day. The picture-perfect little village of Tourrettes is only a 5 minute drive away and has plenty of little shops to visit by day as well as good restos to sample by night. So while Le Mas makes a great base from which to take day trips to Gourdon or Valbonne, Vence or Antibes or Nice, a day spent in meandering Tourrettes sur Loup and then relaxing on the terrace of Le Mas with a good book is truly delightful. So, thanks to our hosts for a perfect start to our latest French getaway. We will be back!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

My husband, our unborn son and I (7 months pregnant) stayed in this B&B for 10 nights in the month of June 2013. We enjoyed it very much! Veronique and Stefan are the PERFECT HOSTS and they are doing everything to make your stay as pleasant as possible: great breakfast and organized DELICIOUS dinners, clean rooms, nice swimming pool and a GREAT ATMOSPHERE. We often think back at this holiday. Also the location is perfect: the possibility to do a lot of trips (Nice, St Paul de Vence,...) by car but also to have a relaxing day at the swimming pool are the perfect ingredients for a fantastic holiday.

Kristof and Inge

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

I can't say enough about this place. It's located off of a winding road in the beautiful gorges and mountains of the area outside a cute little hill town which has a Wednesday market, and is about a 10 minute drive the other way from a candy and crystallized flower maker which gives a great tour (you can ask for English tours). The rooms are so pretty and comfortable and there is a little table and chairs just outside each door. Everything was spotlessly clean. Breakfast was wonderful with the typical yogurts, cereals and cheeses, but also meats, and eggs made to order - just ask! It was served inside one cool day, but then outside the other days overlooking the pool, flowers and view down to the Mediterranean. Beautiful! We also had fun using the bocce ball court. The best part though was how Veronique and Stefaan made us feel right at home the minute we arrived and how they were always available in case we needed anything (which we didn't!) Nothing would have been too much for them. For example, I said I had never tasted a specific French item, and 10 minutes later, there was Stefaan surprising me with it, presented on a tray! (Merci Stefaan!) One of the best experiences of our 3 days there was the Table d'hotes where anyone who is staying there can have dinner with the hosts. They cooked an amazing dinner and ate with the other 6 of us who had signed up. It was wonderful getting to know them and having an authentic home-style French meal. It was really hard to leave this little paradise! Tip - when you arrive, there is a button to push on the left of the entrance to let them know you are waiting by the gate.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

My new husband and I stayed here for 4 nights in May 2013. What a wonderful place! Peaceful, beautiful, relaxing, comfortable, and great location. You can drive to Nice, Cannes, Monte Carlo, Monaco, and the many charming villages in the mountains within an hour. Perfect day trips! Veronique and Stefan are wonderful hosts...take advantage of signing up for a dinner there. You will have a lovely meal and great company. The breakfasts are full of many options. Absolutely worth staying here.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

Stayed for one week in le mas the cigales ,what a wonderful place------ amazing value , great breakfasts and wonderful hosts, like staying in a friends villa. walking distance to village with a good selection of restaurants Pool will be heated by next year.. great,

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Le Mas des Cigales

Address: 1673 route des Quenieres, 06140 Tourrettes-sur-Loup, France
Location: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > Alpes Maritimes > Tourrettes-sur-Loup
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Tourrettes-sur-Loup
Price Range: $109 - $139 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our Provencal mas with 5 rooms is located in an old olive grove with a garden full of lavender and Rosemary. South-facing "Le Mas des Cigales" bathes the whole day in the sun and from the terrace around the pool you enjoy a wonderful view over the Mediterranean Sea. Le Mas des Cigales is located just outside the authentic village of Tourrettes-sur-Loup. Each room is equipped with safe, flat screen TV, air conditioning and bed linen with light quilts. The pool is South/South-west-oriented and is therefore the whole day in the Sun. It is accessible to everyone because it has a border around on 1.3 M deep, also in the deeper part of it. Our tennis court helps you to maintain your condition (rackets and balls are kindly offered), or if you are looking for an earlier quiet activity, you can enjoy a game "jeu de boules". And above all, let us not forget our sauna in which you can fully relax. For internet users, we offer free WIFI. There is a parking on the closed area. Breakfast is served from the first warm days in the outdoor kitchen or in the patio at the colder temperatures. One or two times per week we will spoil you with a delicious table d ' hotes (without obligation). ... more   less 
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