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)
- 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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