Villa, 4 Bedrooms + Loft, 2.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)
- english, french
About Patrice Bertocco
I am a teacher in Bronx, NY and a lover of the Cote d'Azur. The contact info will lead you to our property manager.
Patrice Bertocco purchased this Villa in 1982
Why Patrice Bertocco chose Vence
My parents summered in Vence and the Cote d'Azur and I fell in love with the area.
What makes this Villa unique
Shopping in the old city of Vence. The local museums. The best restaurants in the world. An unparalleled view and a simple life by the pool. Beautiful river and mountain hikes right outside the door.
Check-in: 5:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Renter responsible for cleaning after event
The villa is great from families, but the ground floor has three levels, so young children and the elderly may need supervision.
The pool has a removable fence (please ask the manager) but small children and adults who cannot swim require supervision.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Beautiful villa, superb location
A wonderful holiday home with the most amazing panoramic views. It was so beautiful and peaceful we came home from our holiday feeling relaxed, refreshed and re-energized. We loved the house, it was quirky, unusual and provided a wonderful sense of space. The house could perhaps benefit from a little TLC - it felt a little tired and dated particularly in the kitchen and bathrooms. But Boris was very responsive and fixed any issues whilst on our holiday. Overall, we absolutely loved it and hope to return.
Very nice house and views to the Riviera and mountains
Very nice house and views to the Riviera and mountains
Quiet neighborhood and, but only a short drive from Vence, shops and restaurants and also the Riviera.
Thank you, Christian, for staying with us. We hope to see you again!
A Bit of Paradise
I have been renting European villas with my family for 35 years and found Villa Le Piol to be at the top of my list. The location is ideal for relaxing by the pool and spending time in a peaceful atmosphere. It is away from the glitz of the Cote de Azur, but close enough to enjoy Cannes, Nice, Monte Carlo within a 10-30 minute drive.
The house is an architectural wonder with all the conveniences and with access to supermarkets, restaurants and shops within a very short drive into Vence center.
Patrice and Boris were extremely helpful in taking the time to explain all the house details and to recommend local landmarks and restaurants.
Thank you, Tom. We very much appreciated your review and hope to see you in Vence again soon.
Superb stay (again)
We have stayed at Le Piol on several occasions in the past 5 years, most recently in June this year. It is accurately described by the owners as a place of great serenity and we have always (even, now, with a young family) found it to be relaxing and invigorating. The outside space is simply spectacular and the villa is cleverly designed to encourage outdoor living. The views are breathtaking; the entirety of the Riviera is on display and the play of light and colour throughout the day, but particularly around sunset, is quite magical. The immediate region is charming; Vence is an appealing place to spend time (a stroll around the old town followed by a coffee and an ice-cream is time well spent) and St Paul de Vence is laughably pretty. Le Piol is well-placed for day trips, including to the coast, which is accessible by car, but we have tended to spend most of our time enjoying the simple pleasures the villa offers. We could not recommend it more highly and look forward to our next visit.
Thank you so much for your generous review. We hope you can join us again soon.
The phrase "exceeded expectations "may be overused in advertising, and we had been to the VRBO website, but there is no other way to describe our reaction and that of our guests as we took in the view from the porch for the first time. And we felt that way with each sunrise and sunset! We were all intrigued by the design and furnishings in the living rooms, and how eight adults could gather together or find individual space.
We did our best at sampling the local cuisine, both at the villa and away. The garden setting (and people watching) at Le Colombe d'Or was wonderful; the food, we felt, did not match that level. Your recommendation of Chateau St. Martin was fulfilled, and the food matched the setting on the terrace.
Dear Stephen, Thank you for your kind review. Our house manager found you to be fantastic guests: gracious and appreciative. I am so glad you enjoyed the villa, and I concur with your assessment of the Colombe d'Or (wonderful atmosphere but overpriced food). Please feel free to return anytime!- Andy
I've been meaning to send you a note - we are back from our trip and had the most amazing time in your beautiful villa, it is paradise. We enjoyed so much in 3 short days - day trips to Nice, Cannes, and even a drive to Monte Carlo - the boys loved looking at all the fancy cars outside the casino. We went to the Matisse and Chagall museums in Nice, and the Matisse chapel in Vence. We also found our way to the river and enjoyed a fabulous hike and swim in the waterfalls - the kids were in heaven! Finally, my favorite - St. Paul de Vence - a journey back in time. Incredible! Thank you so much for everything - the villa is a really special place and we hope to return someday.
Close to some of the Best Restaurants, Beaches, Museums, Water Sports and Galleries in the World.
We are in a nature district, so great hikes up mountain streams or along the foothills of the Maritime Alps are nearby. Vence, a charming hill town is 5 minutes away, with cafés, restaurants and shopping. St. Paul de Vence, with its famous galleries, museum and boule court, is 10 minutes away. Haute cuisine restaurants, including the Chateau St. Martin, are peppered throughout the neighborhood, and both Nice and Cannes, with their famous promenades, hotels, museums, beaches and shopping are 20-30 minute drives.
Enjoy both St. Paul de Vence and the town of Vence itself. St. Paul is a classic hilltop village that was rediscovered by artists in the 1960s. It’s fun to stroll the steep cobblestone streets and visit the art shops and boutiques. There is a lovely church and panoramic view at the top of the town. St. Paul musts: Le Colombe d’Or restaurant, famous for its crudités and artwork; The Fondation Maeght, a beautiful museum designed by José Luis Sert with wonderful Giacomettis, Miros, a sculpture garden and stimulating traveling exhibits; watching boule while sitting at the Café de la Place.
Vence is an unpretentious town with great pizzerias (recommended: Le Clemenceau across from the Mairie) and a museum with visiting exhibits. Sit at the cafés with a Herald Tribune and Café Latté and watch the world go by. Be sure to fill up you water bottles with the water from the Foux at the fountain as you enter the old town. Just past the fountain, turn right up the Rue de Marché and shop the boutique food stores for fantastic bread, cheese, vegetables and meats. Have pizza at the Clemenceau at night and let the kids, if they are of an age to, run around the main square of the old town.
Other recommended activities: Dinner at the 2 star Chateau St. Martin; hiking the trails off of the Route de Coursegoules (just past the Chateau) that will take you up to the Baous de Noir and Blanc, the cliffs behind our house; the trail to the source of the Riou River (walk up a beautiful stream to clear mountain pools between steep cliffs); the old town of Nice on market days; the Matisse chapel, Matisse and Chagall museums; the fireworks in Cannes; beaches on Cap d’Antibes. Scenic drives through gorgeous gorges and hilltowns. There is a great deal more, but that’s a start.