The Villa

  • Olivade is a one-bedroom Provençal villa situated on a beautiful private gated Domaine with stunning panoramic views to the sea and surrounding mountains.The villa benefits from the sun starting in the early morning and throughout the day until it sets directly in front of the west facing balcony. Throughout the day, you can enjoy the sunshine and views from either the balconies, terrace or sun deck which are on three different levels. All of which offer those essential, amazing views of the Cote d’Azur. Mature pine trees also ensure you can have shade at any time during the day if you prefer to take shelter from the sun. The lower sun deck sits amongst palms, bamboo and grasses and is equipped with sunbeds & parasol. Domaine du Piol was once a hotel frequented by some of the areas most famous artists. It was also used in the Alfred Hitchcock film 'To catch a thief' starring Gary Grant. The Domaine's elevated position gives it unrivalled views to snow capped mountains and the sea.


  • The villa is beautifully appointed and decorated throughout with stylish furnishings, marble bathroom, super-king wooden bateau-lit bed, quality kitchenware, air conditioning and WiFi. You have a choice of areas for dining either inside or out including either our balcony on the top level or beneath the pergola on the terrace. There are many pretty spots to sit outside in the gardens and enjoy a glass of wine all offering different views either to the sea, mountains or surrounding area and villages. There is a large, shared swimming pool on the Domaine with views to the sea.

Saint Paul de Vence

  • Saint Paul in the snow. Click for a larger image.The popular village of St Paul de Vence is a 20 minute walk from the villa but you will need a car if you want to explore further which is recommended in this beautiful area. The Medieval village of St Paul is just a 20 minute walk or a 5 minute drive away. Here you can stroll through the cobbled streets and enjoy some of the finest art available or watch petanque being played by the locals whilst enjoying a drink in the Cafe de la Place. Opposite the Cafe de la Place is the famous Colombe D'or. Voted one of the top 10 restaurants in the world, the Colombe D'or has the largest private collection of artwork in the world from Piccasso as well as work by Matisse and Renoir. Although a regular haunt for the rich and famous, the staff of the Colombe D'or makes everybody feel welcome. An evening walk around the ramparts is recommended to catch the amazing sunset and see the swallows fill the sky. If you prefer, you can enjoy the same sunset from the villa!

The Côte d'Azur

  • Cap Ferrat photographed from EzeThe A8 which runs along the Cote D'Azur is just 10 minutes from Domaine du Piol and is your fast track to the most famous coastline in the world! Destinations such as Nice are just 15 min, Cannes 30 min, Eze 25 min, Monaco 30 min, Menton and the Italian border 35 min, .... the list goes on. Heading out beyond Saint Paul there are many beautiful villages such as Vence, Tourette Sur Loup, Gordon and Grasse as well as famous institutions such as the Maeght Foundation, Ville Emprussi de Rothchild and National Parks like the Mercantour and Massif de l’Esterel.

Property Type:

  • villa (semi-detached)

Floor Area:

  • 77 m²

Garden Area:

  • 166 m²

General information:

  • Activity guides
  • Local maps
  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Linen provided
  • towels provided
  • Robes provided
  • Slippers provided
  • Beach towels provided


  • Wooden decking
  • Gated domaine
  • Parking off street outside of the villa which is covered
  • Private garden
  • Private terrace
  • Private balconies
  • 4 garden chairs (plus spares)
  • 4 Sunbeds

Location Type:

  • Villa near the sea
  • rural setting outside the Ramparts of Saint Paul de Vence

Swimming Pool:

  • Full size communal outdoor swimming pool


  • Pets not allowed
  • Wheelchair inaccessible
  • Not suitable for children
  • Non smoking only (OK outside of course)


  • DVD
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Stereo system
  • CD
  • Audio tape player
  • Books - fiction/non-fiction

Internet Access:

  • Internet access
  • Wireless broadband

Local Activities:

  • diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • walking
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • horse riding
  • ski
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • water skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • roller blading


  • Toaster
  • Iron & board
  • Cooking utensils
  • Blender
  • Grill
  • 4 ring stove
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine


  • Dining area
  • Seating for 4 people

Living Room:

  • Sofabed
  • Comfy seating for 4 people
  • Storage


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • The bathroom has twin basins set in marble, a large walk in shower and bidet. There is plenty of space under the marble top. A hair dryer, tongs and towels are provided.
  • Second toilet.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • The air conditioned bedroom is large and spacious with a super king-size 'bateau-lit' bed. There is ample storage in the large wardrobe, bedside cupboards, dressing table and chest of drawers. The double glazed French windows open onto the balcony and you can enjoy stunning views to the surrounding countryside, the sea and Cap d'Antibes. Red squirrels are a regular sighting in the Pine trees around the villa.

Availability and Pricing

Rental PeriodStart DateEnd DateWeekly RateMinimum Stay
Low Season2 Nov 201428 March 2015£6754 Nights
Mid Season28 March 20142 May 2015£8711 Week
High Season3 May 201513 June 2015£10201 Week
Peak Season14 June 201512 Sept 2015£12211 Week
Late Season13 Sept 20153 Oct 2015£10701 Week
End Season4 Oct 201531 Oct 2015£9561 Week
Low Season1 Nov 201527 Mar 2016£675
Please note that there is a £95 charge for cleaning and linen. We take a £300 security deposit june2015
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Review Submitted by Jenepher : June 19 Date of Stay: June 2014
"Fabulous place to stay for a week"

Stunning views from the balconies and windows - an oven for a home cooked meal from local ingredients - calming walk to the local village - so much history - Lunch at La Colombe d'Or - day trips to the coast and a choice of stunning villages to visit - Art everywhere - The Owner of this Villa was so obliging with our questions
"We enjoyed such a romantic week here in Provence - would highly recommend."
Amicalement - J and R, Sydney, Australia
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Review Submitted by Judith : March 24 Date of Stay: March 2014
"Perfect house, perfect location, perfect service"

If you're looking for a charming, immaculately maintained small house close to the French Riviera but far enough away from its congestion to enjoy the vistas and the nearby mountains and their perched villages, the Olivade at Domaine de piol is the ticket to a perfect holiday. The charming house has every convenience in small, pampering its guests with sumptuous bedlinens, slippers, robes, soft towels. But its best feature is its location perched on a hill above the Riviera, with views of the mountains, the distant sea, the fields and holiday homes in an undulating landscape. Oh, and did I mention the sunsets?

Our host was attentive, informative, responsive to each query, helpful at every turn. There is so much to do in the vicinity. St. Paul de Vence is a 5 minute drive up the road, with restaurants, cafes, shops, and best of all, twisting medieval streets. The drives in the mountains are a bit hair-raising and worth the thrill of spectacular views. More perched villages beckon. And within an hour the other way you can be in Monaco, or grab lunch in Italy. After such rich diversions, it's still a pleasure to come back to the villa, stretch out on the terrace lounge, or cook up a light dinner to eat on the balcony while you watch the sun set.

There is no better view than the one out the French doors of the living room and also the bedroom. The house and environs is everything it is written up to be and perhaps even more. We were there in the spring. The weather was sunny and warm, but not warm enough yet for the pool. Still, it's hard to believe summer could improve upon the time we had. A happy sojourn awaits anyone who stops here.

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Review Submitted on: August 2013 Date of Stay: August 2013

We are just back from our stay at villa olivade. It is in a great location with great views of the coast and a short walk to the picturesque village of St.Paul de Vence. The villa is kept very well. The kitchen is equipped with everything you would need. All the information provided to us before our stay was very useful and informative. The bed was very comfortable and we were very impressed at how charming the villa was. I really enjoyed my stay at villa olivade and would agree with the other reviews that it is in a safe and secure complex with other villas. I hope to return next summer.

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Review Submitted on: August 2013 Date of Stay: August 2013
"Superb villa with stunning views"

An outstanding villa within a private gated community provides an exceptional spot to relax and unwind. Set amid fantastic countryside, the extensive and pleasing scenery is surpassed only by the exquisite backdrop of St Paul de Vence yet a 10-minute drive, and you are at the beach. The owners were particularly helpful prior to and during the holiday and provided detailed knowledge of restaurants and places to visit which were as good as, if not better than, described. I rarely offer feedback as I expect value for money but felt compelled to write about a truly exceptional villa and location. We hired a large scooter to explore the mountains surrounding the villa but felt equally relaxed on the Villa's terraces and balcony. The generous and warranted reviews by former guests proved an accurate description of a villa with commanding views. It was well equipped and was within 2 kilometres of two large supermarkets. A perfect retreat either for those wishing to lose themselves in the serenity of the hills or for a family wanting to be located next to a great pool or within a short drive of the beach. We will be returning next year.

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Review Submitted on: July 2013 Date of Stay: July 2013
"Location, location, location!"

You wont find a better place for a self catering holiday. The villa is so close to the buzz of the Cote d'Azur in Cannes and Nice but in a quiet oasis. The views from Villa Olivade are absolutely stunning and the pictures do not do it justice. The villa has everything you need for a relaxing holiday. We ate in more times here than we usually do because of the views from the terraces.

We are golfers and found some really good golf courses nearby which weren't too extortionate. After a good (and warm) round of golf we loved going back to St Paul de Vence for a beer and glass of rose in the Café de la Place to watch the guys play boules. The walk into St Paul de Vence was as stated in the details as a leisurely 20minute walk and whilst uphill it wasn't too onerous even in the heat. The only warning I would give is that it is quite a tight windy road and the traffic can travel fast but David provided a torch for when its dark which I would definitely recommend you use it so the traffic can see you if you are walking home late.

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Review Submitted on: July 2013 Date of Stay: July 2013
"A lovely villa in a beautiful location - perfect place to unwind and relax"

We stayed at the Villa Olivade for a week in July this year and what a beautiful place it is!. Nestling in the hills with amazing views all the way to Antibes, it has the feeling of being secluded yet not isolated. It is possible to walk to St Pauls de Vence town in 20 minutes, or just relax on the balcony, prepare your own meals and listen to the crickets at night. Its a perfect base for exploring the Cote d'Azur. The villa is extremely clean, comfortable and very well equipped and decorated. Its also very spacious with plenty of living area, with modern bathroom and kitchen. The pool was lovely, and not too busy. We will definitely be going back again.

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Review Submitted on: July 2013 Date of Stay: July 2013
"Perfect in every way!"

My husband and I stayed in this villa for the first week in June and we were thrilled with our choice. It was beautiful and bright and contained everything you would need to make it feel like home. The views from 4 private decks were absolutely spectacular and were situated perfectly for practically every time of day! It was about a 15 minute walk into St. Paul - a charming town with lots of galleries and great restaurants. After walking most days for hours, we often drove to the town for dinner and parking was free after 8. St. Paul de Vence is an excellent base for day trips to Nice (20 minutes), Antibes, Eze, Monaco to name a few. The owner, David, was in contact by email when we had a question and offered us numerous suggestions for restaurants and sightseeing. Everything was perfect and we would highly recommend this accommodation.

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Review Submitted on: Jan 2013 Date of Stay: October 2012
"Relaxing holiday at Olivade"

We spent a very enjoyable few days at Olivade in October, we found the villa easily thanks to David's very good directions, and everywhere was very clean and tidy. The views from the balcony and the lower terrace are spectacular, we could have spent all our days just sitting there with fresh crusty baguettes, cheeses, pate and a bottle of wine, but decided to explore the surrounding area as the weather was still warm and sunny.
St Paul de Vence itself is about a 20 minute walk away with some very nice bars and restaurants, so we were able to eat and drink there some evenings without having to drive (although we took a torch with us for the stroll home again at night). As the kitchen is well equipped, we decided to cook at the villa a couple of times to enjoy the fresh food that we picked up locally. There is also a swimming pool on the domaine, just a couple of minutes walk away from Olivade, which we didn't make use of during our stay but I'm sure would be most welcome in the very hot weather. The domaine itself is a very peaceful place, we hardly saw another person while we were there, it was easy to park the hire car outside the villa, and everywhere felt very safe because of the security gates at the entrance to the domaine. David and Sally-Anne had left information on the local area, plus instructions as to how everything in the villa worked, and also David's phone number if you need to speak to him. All in all a very relaxing break, and we would have no hesitation in going back again for a repeat visit!

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Review Submitted by B Santelli : July 26 Date of Stay: July 2012
"Villa Olivade was fantastic!"

We spent the last week of June here. It was perfect. The owners have paid attention to all the details and genuinely want their guests to enjoy their stay at Villa. This is a comfortable villa, both private and yet open, simultaneously. It has a flexible and expansive living space both inside and outside, with 3 levels outside (upper balcony and two lower areas with chaise lounges, cushions, pergola, table and chairs, lots of plants). But its the views from each area that we loved! The upper balcony was our favorite (but we made good use of them all). It was great to have the outside spaces (because the weather is gorgeous), and each area is private -- we hardly saw a soul during our entire stay.

The interior furnishings were quite nice. The owners have created a very comfortable, tasteful, and liveable space for guests. Posters and artwork on the walls, and a nice overall ambiance. French doors/windows in every room that open up to awesome views, and allow the breezes and light in. There's A/C if you should need it (we didn't), as the villa stays quite cool. Flat screen TV, surround sound stereo (which we were too busy to use). There's also wifi, and David provides directions for how to access/use everything.

The bedroom has a comfortable King-size bed, french windows that open to the balcony and beautiful views, ample space in the closet and dresser, and even a table/desk, allowing a spot to put all our various "stuff" at the end of the day. The bathroom is fabulous, beautifully tiled, with an ingenious shower design.

There's a very nice working kitchen, with all the necessary cooking utensils, new range/cooktop, fridge, etc. to allow for making meals – We enjoyed eating outside, overlooking the distant Mediterranean and surrounding hills.

Great light, breezes, a fabulous panorama from the villa of the Mediterranean, rambling vistas, hills, abrupt stone mountains, stone walls... magnificent views of Saint Paul de Vence from Domain du Piol. Nice pool, and grounds -- you get a sense that you are walking around "history" here.

The villa is in a great location, convenient to supermarket, gas stations, etc. and especially to see historic art. It's very close to the galleries and shops of St. Paul de Vence (visit Cafe de la place to get into the rhythm of the area, over an espresso and baguette for breakfast). Visit Matisse's "Chapel of the Rosary", stunning in its simplicity and beauty. The Foundation Maeght, an excellent collection, with beautiful sculpture gardens and grounds. Within ½ hour are Vence, Antibes, Nice, Cannes, and all they have to offer (Picasso, Chagall, and Matisse Museums, the Modern Art museum and galleries of Nice). Thriving farmers markets, especially in Antibes and Old Town Nice; The Bay de Anglais and Promenade which fronts the Mediterranean and gorgeous beaches -- you can walk, run, rent bikes and go for miles). Visit the scenic towns of St. Jeannet, Tourrette Sur Loup, Biot, and Vallauris, to name a few. David and Sally-Anne provide an interactive "google map" of suggestions of what to do, where to eat, etc. Very helpful.

Villa Olivade was wonderful. We didn't want to leave. It was the perfect place to come back to at the end of the days sightseeing, open a bottle of wine, and relax and soak in the views and sunset.

One last thing -- the photo's the owners have posted are accurate!

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Review Submitted by M Winnik: June 19 Date of Stay: June 2012
"A Beautiful Mediterranean Villa"

We spent the first week of June 2012 at Olivade and could not have been happier. Besides the great weather, the Domaine du Piol development is impressive from first encounter and the grounds very well kept. It has a large swimming pool on a lower terrain level, and good views of the town of St Paul a short distance away. We even walked to St. Paul one evening. It's about 20 minutes away, some slight hills going, but all downhill back.

As for Olivade, it was perfect. The bedroom and living room are ample in size and the fully equipped kitchen more than met our needs for the nights we ate in. But the best was the patio outside, accessible through the living room or bedroom French doors. We had our breakfasts there every day and the sun rose over the roof line every morning at 8am bathing the table in warm early morning sunlight. And the view from the patio was exceptional, all the way to the Mediterranean.

The bathroom was roomy and an ingeniously designed shower stall, with movable glass walls, made the room even bigger.
The terrace below, accessible via a short flight of steps, is tranquil and surrounded by trees and plants that give it a tropical feel as well as a lot of privacy. We spent pleasant late afternoons laying on the chaise lounges, with the Western sun brilliantly warming us.

David, the owner, was also very accessible though he lives in Great Britain. We called him once for a question on the use of the cook top (called a 'hob' to the Brits) and he solved our question quickly. The interior of the house as well as the detailed PDF he supplied showed the care and attention he has lavished on it.

We would recommend Olivade without exception.

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Review Submitted by C Pankhurst: June 11 Date of Stay: May/June 2012

Villa Olivade absolutely met our expectations from the description and photos. It's lovely. The owner couldn't have been more helpful in supplying information and tips on where to go. We spent a week there in May, lucky with the weather so spent hours over breakfasts and our evening bottle of wine on the balcony - just gazing at the amazing view. Lying in bed at night you can look out at this view and the lights across the valley - it's so relaxing. The kitchen is well stocked with utensils - we did quite a bit of cooking and there was nothing we needed that wasn't there. It's a perfect base to explore the coastal towns of the Cote d'Azur and amazing scenery and hilltop villages inland.

Just 20 mins walk to St. Paul de Vence and you've got your perfect lunchtime Plat du Jour and people watching at the Cafe de la Place and we had a wonderful evening at La Colombe d'Or restaurant.

We would definitely go and stay at Villa Olivade again.

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Review Submitted by J McHale: June 08 Date of Stay: May 2012
Hi David, We absolutely loved your villa; it is so beautiful and everything was fantastic; I can not thank you enough for a wonderful vacation; I will recommend it to everyone I know!

I hope some day to be able to afford to go back! You are a very lucky person to be able to go there often. We loved all of your movies, and watch when the weather was bad , which was about 2 days.Thanks again for everything.

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Review Submitted by newlyweds Mr & Mrs Wale: May 23 Date of Stay: April 2012
David, We hope you're well and have managed to enjoy your amazing property in St Paul De Vence!

We just wanted to email to say thank you for allowing us to stay in such an amazing property which made for such a fantasic Honeymoon! We thing the only problem is the photos don't quite tell the whole story of how unbelievable the place is! The rose petals on the bed, the wine in the fridge and the views to the sea were just out of the world so thank you again!

We will definitely be returning again at some point but thank you again for the fantastic hospitality you have shown!

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Review Submitted by J Mattieus: April 18, 2012 Date of Stay: March 2012
"Olivade St. Paul"

We had a wonderful time and were very pleased with the villa, including the exceptionally beautiful view, layout and great location. The villa was clean, comfortable, well maintained and has a lovely decor throughout. In addition the owner was very helpful throughout our booking process. All in all Villa Olivade is highly recommended!

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Review Submitted by JF Ancion: April 10, 2012 Date of Stay: September/October 2011
"Nice, quiet, intimate, ideal if you want a romantic getaway"

La villa des terrasses, aussi agréable en dehors que en dedans, nous a permis de passer deux semaines très agréables. L'intérieur offre une décoration chaleureuse et conviviale. Le mobilier, les bibelots, les éclairages intérieurs et extérieurs permettent de créer une ambiance très " cosy" pour les soirées. L'espace à vivre qui est déjà largement suffisant pour deux personnes est amplifié par de grandes fenêtres ouvertes sur une vue exceptionnelle que l'on peut contempler où que l'on soit dans l'appartement. Peut-être un petit défaut : on n' a pas trouvé le lave-vaisselle.

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Review Submitted by Andrea L : October 10, 2011 Date of Stay: September/October 2011
"An amazing property with outstanding views."

We stayed at Villa Olivade for 6 nights and could happily stayed longer. After seeing the photographs of the property we had high expectations and were not disappointed. This is truly a beautiful place to get away from it all and yet is close enough to local amenities and the lovely St Paul de Vence. The interior and exterior of the property were immaculate and well maintained. We particularly enjoyed using the balcony off the living room and bedroom for breakfast and in the evenings. The views and sunsets were amazing, it was a lovely way to end the day. The information provided by the owners was very useful and accurate and help make our holiday stress free. The shared swimming pool is another advantage to this property and it was always very peaceful. Overall we had an amazing holiday, being able to visit Nice, Monaco, Cannes, Villefranche, Antibes etc from an ideally located base. We recommend Juan les Pins form a lovely sandy beach. We would stay at Villa Olivade again and recommend it to anyone looking for a beautiful location, property, great views and excellent base for exploring.

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Review Submitted by Steven A : October 11, 2011 Date of Stay: October 2011

Hi David, just a brief note to thank you for allowing us to stay in your wonderful villa.

Janet and I had a fabulous week and found it really hard to leave, the villa was very much home from home and had everything you could possibly need for an extremely relaxing holiday in a stunning location. The biggest decision was which terrace to take lunch from! The big let down was of course the Rugby, I gave up at half time! I'm sure we'll be back. Thanks and regards. Steve & Janet

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Review Submitted by David M: August 27, 2011 Date of Stay: August 2011

We stayed at Villa Olivada in St. Paul de Vence for 8 days and enjoyed every one of it. The villa's greatest asset is the magnificent view, overlooking the surrounding valleys and hillsides, offering even a view of the Mediterranean. Inside the house everything is designed with great care and good taste, and the large balcony windows make the villa appear larger than it is. A fairly large pool, shared with the neighbouring villas, is nearby. Luckily, we never found the poolside crowded. Villa Olivada, moreover, is only a 20 minute drive from Nice and a 30 minute drive from Cannes, where we spent most of our days but were always happy to return to St. Paul for the night. Throughout our booking process, the owner was helpful and able to recommend activities in the area. All in all, Villa Olivada is a stylish place for a romantic getaway, highly recommended.

Review Submitted by Jean François A : September 23, 2011 Date of Stay: August/September 2011

La villa des terrasses, aussi agréable en dehors que en dedans, nous a permis de passer deux semaines très agréables. L'intérieur offre une décoration chaleureuse et conviviale. Le mobilier, les bibelots, les éclairages intérieurs et extérieurs permettent de créer une ambiance très " cosy" pour les soirées. L'espace à vivre qui est déjà largement suffisant pour deux personnes est amplifié par de grandes fenêtres ouvertes sur une vue exceptionnelle que l'on peut contempler où que l'on soit dans l'appartement. Peut-être un petit défaut : on n' a pas trouvé le lave-vaisselle.

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If you would like to make an enquiry about Olivade then just click on the link below to send an email and we will get right back to you as soon as we can. Alternatively you can phone on: +44 (0)1883 500 227

We really look forward to hearing from you! David and Sally-Anne