Wednesday, 11 January 2017

The History Of Film!

Part 1.

Cannes is the host of many famous festivals, including Lions, MIPIM, MIPTV, The International Luxury Travel Market & of course the Film Festival - making it a hot spot for celebrities! 
This year we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Film Festival!



Philippe Erlanger (a French writer) wanted to rival the Venice Film Festival and suggested an International film festival in France. He gained support from both the British and American film industries and organised for the first one to take place in Septermber 1939,  however it actually began in 1946 due to the end of the war. 


The event was across 15 days showcasing over 40 feature length films, and more than 50 short films.
Initially there was a jury of 18 people, including representatives all with different nationalities from each country that had entered films, this changed in 1947 when the jury was entirely French, this remained that way until 1953 when they included members from other European countries. 


The festival rapidly gained reputation in the 50's and an increase in media coverage due to the appearance of many stars, including: Grace Kelly, Brigitte Bardot and Sophia Loren. Due to economic reasons the festival didn't take place in 1948 and 1950, but it returned successfully, in the purpose built Palais des Festivals et des Congres. It was then moved to take place in Spring (avoiding clashing with the festival in Venice!)


In 1952, the Palais des Festivals was made the permanent home for the event.
The event remained much the same until 1955 where the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) award for best film of the festival was introduced, replacing the Grand Prix du Festival, which was used in early years. It is regarded as the most prestigious film festival in the world, with an attendance of more than 30,000!



If you are looking for luxury accommodation during the Film Festival contact our award winning specialists

Email:  enquiries@elegant-address.com 
Phone: +44 (0) 1244 629 963 





Monday, 5 December 2016

Elegant Address South of France - Terre Blanche Exclusive Offer!

La Bergerie -A villa that epitomizes style and elegance. 

Elegant Address South of France are delighted to announce the completion of ''La Petite Bergerie'' 

This guest house is set directly in La Bergerie's gardens, this much anticipated addition means the the property now offers accommodation in eight luxurious ensuite bedrooms.


To celebrate this completion to the villa, we are exclusively offering luxury airport transfers and champagne and canapes on arrival for any bookings made by the 31st of December* 


La Bergerie is set within the exclusive Terre Blanche estate and offers guests the chance to relax in beautiful and peaceful surroundings, taking full advantage of the countryside and the warm sun of the Mediterranean. 

With a large triple aspect living room, family room, cinema room, outside summer kitchen, chef and daily housekeeping, the list of amenities that this house offers is endless. 


Contact our Queen's Award winning specialists to discuss this stunning property and offer in more detail. we can guarantee you will not be disappointed. 


Call our experts on - +44 (0) 1244 629963
or email enquiries@elegant-address.com



* when booking a two week minimum stay 





Monday, 31 October 2016

Cannes Best Restaurant Guide

Cannes is one of the best culinary cities in France with a wide range of international influences, Michelin stars and individual restaurants; you can dine in a new restaurant every night of the week!

Below, we have created a guide to our favourite restaurants to try in Cannes for the very best food, ambiance and service on offer.

Le Park 45, Grand Hotel Cannes

One Michelin star restaurant Le Park 45 is situated on the famous la Croisette and boasts one of the best, sun-drenched terraces in Cannes! With beautiful views out to sea and their gardens, Le Park 45 is the Grand Hotel in Cannes' Michelin started restaurant that serves light and creative culinary delights with Mediterranean style.

Palme d’Or, Grand Hyatt Hotel Martinez, Cannes

Everyone has to experience the most famous restaurant in Cannes at least once in a lifetime. Holding 2 Michelin stars since 1991, the restaurant La Palme d’Or has an international reputation for its passion for food and offers a unique sensory and culinary experience. Enjoy fabulous views overlook the Croisette from the elegant white table-tops surrounded by pictures of movie stars that have visited the Palme d’Or.

A taste of the menu begins with asparagus on a bed of cucumber gazpacho, Dublin Bay prawns with beetroot or sweetbreads with a duck foie gras stuffing. Second course options like risotto with mullet roe are best left for heartier mains like Mediterranean Bass with green pea ravioli.

Mantel, Cannes

The legendary chef Noel Mantel began his career at the famous Negresco in Nice before co-running the Louis XV restaurant in Monaco and Residence de la Pinede in St Tropez. In 2002 Noel set up his own restaurant ‘Mantel’ just a few steps away from La Croisette and the Palais des festivals.
Noël Mantel creates sophisticated Mediterranean meals such as an Italian style risotto, perfectly roasted rabbit with thyme or traditional Fried zuchinni flowers, all made with passion and refinement.

Bistrot Gourmand


Bustling, friendly and simply great food. The Bistrot Gourmand is a classic Provencal bistro with bright French windows, modern art dotted on the walls and well-presented dishes of local favourites with a modern twist. The menu changes several times a week so each dining experience here will be delightfully different! We recommend the likes of the fillet of turbot in a lemon sauce with veg from the nearby Forville market which looks and tastes terrific. As do cod in fig leaves or lamb chops in a mustard sauce.

La Tonnelle

Take a gentle, picturesque cruise by boat from Cannes to visit this fantastic on the beach of Iles Saint Horant. La Tonnelle offers a unique dining experience of a relaxed and serene atmosphere whilst enjoying the local homemade wines produced by the islands monks. Serving seasonal produce, gourmet salads, fresh fish, grilled meats and other delectable Mediterranean inspired dishes.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

How to choose your perfect rental property

Finding your perfect villa rental for a holiday can be daunting, especially for a group of people. The array of locations and companies to choose from can get confusing and hard to sort through when trying to find the best choice. What do I need to ask? How do I decide where is best? We have created a helpful checklist to ensure a smooth and simple booking process before arriving at your dream villa. 

Pip-point what most important to you

Beautiful modern villa VF-VB terrace at night
Have a clear vision in your mind of what you want from your holiday experience. Would you prefer a quiet, private hideaway or a villa that is seafront? Are you looking for something with modern interiors and design or traditional features and charm?
If you need staff, drivers or private security it is best to let us know in advance so that they can be easily organised in good time before your holiday. It is important to communicate your needs as clearly as you can to a specialist rental company such as Elegant Address South of France, so that our experts can efficiently match you with your ideal rental property for the perfect holiday experience.

Location, Location, Location

ST-001 is a stunning beachfront villa in St Tropez
You may prefer to be ‘close to a beach’ but there are a few to choose from along the French Riviera coastline so you’ll need to be sure where you would prefer to be. People enjoy visiting particular areas for different reasons, for instance if you want to see the Grand Prix you need to be in, or near Monaco, and if you want to be close to beaches, shopping and glamour you would choose Cannes or St Tropez. Even if you prefer a more quiet and cultural trip there are beautiful medieval towns that will charm you and invite you back each year. There really is a place for every taste on the Cote d’Azur, just try to narrow it down to your top 3 to help rental specialists find your perfect villa.

Have a budget in mind

It can be difficult to create and set a specific budget, especially if this is your first time visiting this region. You don’t have to divulge this information straight away, but it is always a helpful indicator for the specialists to know the limits of what you are willing to spend for the level of villa and lifestyle that you are looking for. A price range will really help narrow down our search, helping us to give you a clear overview of the market and what we can offer.

Pick up the phone

The team viewing properties in May 2016
Browsing villas on an agent’s website can give you a good idea of the property with images and description, but to find out the finer details and inside knowledge it’s best to talk to a specialists – That’s what they are there for! We know the regions inside out. We pride ourselves in our unrivaled level of knowledge of each region on the French Riviera and can recommend villas first-hand and answer questions you might not have thought of such as “Where is the nearest grocery store? What is the best local restaurant? How long is it to drive to the nearest beach?” Our specialist consultants also has access to more rentals that are in our private portfolio or that are new to market that they can offer to you after your ideal property.

Take advantage of extras

Villa ST-VS has its own helicopter
There are many of our rental properties that offer additional services and luxurious extras such as private chef, helicopter transfer, personal driver or even sometimes a boat with the villa. When enquiring about a property it’s always useful to see whether there are any of these services included in the rental price or if the rental has any trusted companies they regularly use or could recommend at a fair price. We have a great team of trusted contacts on the ground, allowing us to organise concierge services or any special requests with ease and discretion, allowing you to sit back and relax, with the arrangements in place to allow you to focus on enjoying the very best of the French Riviera. 

Friday, 9 September 2016

Top 5 private Beaches on the Cote d’Azur

The French Riviera is abundant with beautiful coastline and stunning white beaches. With so many beautiful places to spend the day relaxing in the sun, we have created a list of the top private beaches to enjoy on your visit to the Cote d’Azur.

Carlton Beach Club, Cannes

One of the most famous and sought after private beaches in the South of France, Carlton inter-continental beach in Cannes is high on the ‘must see’ list. Part of the prestigious Carlton Intercontinental Hotel, the Carlton beach club the perfect choice for spending an afternoon relaxing in maximum comfort. Relax under their lovely white and yellow striped parasols on the beautifully groomed sand or book a deck chair on the iconic Carlton pier – This is definitely place to be seen! This beach is open from 1st July until mid-October, visit their website to reserve a sunbed, recommended in advance for a place on the pier.

Les Pecheurs Beach Club, Juan Les Pins

For a quieter, calmer setting to help you unwind in the sunshine; Les Pecheurs in Juan Les Pins in the perfect spot. On the grounds of a 5* hotel, this private beach boast beautiful uninterrupted views over the Lerins islands and the Esterel Mountains. As well as lounging under the parasols and swimming in the sea; you can also indulge in beauty treatments and massages in their ‘Wellness tent’. This beach is open from April until October, visit the Cap d’Antibes Beach hotel website to reserve your lounger and beauty treatments in advance.

Le Plage Barriere Le Majestic, Cannes

Open all year round, this is a fantastic choice for a day on the beach in June or a special lunch on the beach in November! Le Plage Barrier has the perfect location across the road from the ultra-lux Majestic Hotel in Cannes, on the famous La Croisette and just a few minutes’ walk from the Palais des Festivals. Le Plage Barriere boasts wonderful views out to the Lerin islands, the largest jetty on La Croisette, a large array of watersports, incredible food and glamourous music events in the evening. It’s easy to see why the the Plage Barriere is such a popular, upmarket private beach!  It is also popular with famous faces and filmmakers during Cannes Film Festival so this is the best location to people watch and ‘be seen’ whilst you enjoy a relaxing, luxury day at the beach.  

Le Provencal, Juan Les Pins

Just a few steps away from the vibrant heart of the seaside town of Juan les Pins; treat yourself to a day at the fabulous Le Provencal. The white sandy beach enjoys panoramic views of the Bay of Juan les Pins and Golfe Juan and is provides a perfect balance between lively and relaxing atmosphere  with its comfy sun loungers, live DJs and a fabulous restaurant (we highly recommend a pudding!). Visit their website here for more information and to book a table at the restaurant or private loungers on the beach.

Plage Beau Rivage, Nice

Plage Beau Rivage is situated on famous Promenade Des Anglais coastal strip of the beautiful town of Nice. It is also arguably the most fashionable and chic private beaches on the Nice coast. The beach itself is split into two areas: L’Espace Tendance which is a cool beach lounge and bar with music, and the L’Espace Zen which is an elegant and calm setting for tranquillity. Relax under crisp white umbrellas and beautiful decking before having a delicious lunch at the restaurant. Plage Beau Rivage also hold some great parties with DJ sets throughout the summer. Plage Beau Rivage is open from May to October, book online here.

Our South of France specialists can arrange any private beach reservations, luxury beach parties and restaurant reservations in advance alongside your villa booking. Get in touch today to start planning your perfect villa and holiday activities for a truly unforgettable stay in the South of France.  


Friday, 12 August 2016

5 steps of buying property in France


France is one of the most popular countries to buy property abroad, and it's not hard to guess why with the countries fantastic landscapes with coastlines and countryside, rich history, incredible food and of course the world famous wine. 

Whether you are looking for a holiday home or want to relocate; buying a property in France is straight-forward as long as you know the process! Here are our five top things to consider when buying a property in France. 


1. You need a 'Notaire'

Notaires is very similar to UK solicitors, they represent and act on behalf of the buyer and seller during the purchasing process of any piece of land or property in France. They are a mandatory if you are thinking of buying a house as their primary role is to ensure that everything about the sale is legal, follows the correct protocols and the appropriate taxes are paid on purchase of the property. 

Taxes can vary from 2.5% for a new build, up to 8% depending on the property's value. A proportion of the taxes also involve the french equivalent of stamp duty. 

2. Survey the property
Surveys are not common in France but it is possible to arrange one and we would advice you having one done before the inital contract. This is so there can be conditional clauses added into the contract if needed, on completion of the survey. If you do not choose to conduct a survey, sellers are still required by law to provide reports on lead, asbestos, termites, gas, energy efficiency, water drainage and natural/technological risks. 


3. Compromis de Vente

A compris is the preliminary contract between the buyer and the seller which is drawn up by the notaire once an offer has been accepted. There can be 'suspensive' clauses added into this first contract which means there are conditions to the sale, such as the buyer obtaining a mortgage. If the conditional clauses are not met then the seller does not have to accept the offer. 


4. Cooling off period
Once the Compris de Vente is signed by both parties, there is a 10 day cooling off period to allow the buyer to withdraw from the sale if they wish, without loss of their deposit. The deposit is usually 10% of the property price. 


5. Acte de Vente

This is the final contract which is signed by both parties. If the buyer cannot attend for any reason, they can appoint a power of attorney to sign on their behalf. This is then the stage when the final sale price is paid, along with the fees/taxes. 

We are award-winning specialists in the South of France who offer luxury properties for sale and rental. We will happily search the market to find your perfect property and personally assist you in the purchasing process! Contact us today to talk to our dedicated French Riviera specialists today for more information on how we can help. 

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

8 reasons you need to visit France

1. It’s the European favourite
According to official statistics, tourism from within Europe accounts for more than 80 per cent of visitors to France. German’s are the biggest visitors with over 13 million a year, followed by Belgium and Italy. The Brits love it too though with 12.5 million of us jetting over a year!


2. Easy to get to
France shares its borders with eight different nations so it’s easy to ‘country-hop’ and make the make the most of your holiday, even if you just pop over for the day! It’s quick and (fairly) simple to arrive from the UK with the Eurostar and Eurotunnel as well as a fleet of ferries and of course airlines making multiple trips daily. 

3. The Weather
One of the most famous and favourable aspects of visiting the Cote d’Azur is the incredible weather. With bright blue skies, sparkling sunshine, hot summers and even enjoying mild climates during autumn, it’s no surprise that even the head to the sunny south on holiday. “Of the 60 per cent of French people who go away on holiday, some 80 per cent stay within their own country,” points out Anthony Peregrine, author of Telegraph Travel's Le Rosbif


4. The history and heritage
The French have a fantastic reputation for looking after their heritage and proudly promoting their history. They have a talent for keeping historical sites immaculate and interesting; making them relevant and exciting in the present as they were in their heyday. With war sites, historical colourful towns, chateaux’s and castles – You will find a great piece of history everywhere visit.


5. Incredible food
French food…..Enough said! It’s not all ‘escargot’, endless smelly cheese and baguettes (although we will never turn down a warm baguette fresh from the boulangerie) there are plenty of incredible foods to indulge in and dishes to try. Whether you prefer a family ran restaurant tucked away down a side street in a busy town or a Michelin star soiree with finest food imaginable, you will never go hungry – France is famous for its incredible culinary delights!


6. Fine wine 
Ever heard of a wonderful little thing called champagne? How about Claret or burgundy wine? These are all regions and marvelous types of wine that originate from France. There are 27,000 wineries in France and around 110,000 wine growers so there are plenty of famous wines and local ‘bring your own bottle to fill’ vineyards to try. Want to know the best wine bars on the French Riviera? Here is a local’s guide to their favourite wine bars in the region.

7. Perfect pit stop on a European road trip
If you are not one of the millions of people flying over to France then join the other many millions of visitors who pass through the country for a mini holiday on their way to another destination. It is well worth extending your holiday to spend a few nights on the fabulous Cote d’Azur, Paris or wine regions before heading to one of the country’s neighbours such as Spain or Italy. 

8. The mountains are calling
With its varied and incredible mountain ranges, France is one of the World’s biggest destinations for skiing. We love French skiing so much we set up a company that specialises in luxury chalets in the Alps! Whether you are looking for incredible Winter skiing or fantastic summer hiking and activities; there are plenty of stunning, popular resorts to explore and enjoy!