Monday, 22 September 2014

320 days of Sun and 45 days of Nature

Explore the beauty of the French Riviera and make the most of the 320 days of sunshine. During spring and autumn there is an infusion of colour that covers the Cote d’Azur from Menton to St Tropez. It is this colour that attracts and inspires artists such as Picasso and Henri Matisse.  

Spring offers blossoming flowers and budding trees with the back drop of winter looming in Antibes on the snow topped mountains.

Autumn in the South of France is quite with a romantic air lingering in the breeze it is a lovely time to take a stroll along La Croisette or to admire the mmarvelousarchitecture. The warm, chic colours provide picturesque scenery and the Riviera cafes the perfect spot to cosy up and warm up. 

At ElegantAddress™ South of France we are passionate about the Cote d’Azur and we have properties available throughout the year. Explore the natural beauty offered to you by the Cote d’Azur in one of our Luxurious villas. Contact our specialist consultants via +(0)1244 62 99 63 or +44 (0) 2037 57 66 09 for your hand picked property portfolio.

Monday, 15 September 2014

The Riviera Way of Life

There are many reasons why there are more tourists visiting France than any other country in the world, but Elegant Address has come up with some of the most enticing reasons for visiting the South of France.

1. The Sunshine

Flying into Nice airport, as the wing of plan slowly dips to turn into the coastline you will glimpse at the sparkling, emerald blue water with Riviera sunshine bouncing off the surface greeting you into the glamorous Cote d’Azur. There are at least 300 marvelous days of sunshine each year so a trip, even if it’s a spontaneous last minute choice, is guaranteed sunshine.

2. The Fresh Food

The French love to eat.  It’s a crucial part of their lifestyle. Whether it’s for a celebration, a lazy afternoon or an important meeting; it is most likely these events will revolve around a meal time, involving wonderful fresh meal on the Croisette. The French very rarely have food with any additives or hidden chemicals and fat, they enjoy the freshness of handmade food and treat each meal as a masterpiece.  A must see on your trip are the local markets, full of vibrant colours from flowers, spices and handmade soaps and fresh fruit and veg. Nice market is a fantastic choice with a busy yet traditional atmosphere filled with delicious smells from the local olives, freshly baked bread and array of bright, juicy fruit.

3. Living on the Riviera

The South of France lives at a slower pace of life, they take 2 hours for lunch every day to fully enjoy their meal and running 10 minutes late for a meeting you’re on time. They like to take time to appreciate their food and would rather work longer into the evening to be able to set time aside to catch up with a friend over coffee or spend an hour on the beach. Maybe this is why French women have the longest life expectancy in all of Europe; they must be doing something right. You will feel yourself going at a slower, more relaxed pace as you take in the warm inviting sunshine as you stroll along the coastline and spending evening’s people watching in Juan Les Pins.

4. The Chic, Sophisticated Coastline

Cannes is famous for lining its golden coastline with private and exclusive beaches, restaurants and most importantly its long, pristine stretch of designer shops and boutiques. These magnificent shops are used to catering to celebrities for the Cannes Film Festival, billionaires heading to dinner on their private yachts in the harbour and fabulous locals who are up to date with the most glamourous and elegant outfits and accessories for this season. With Chanel as your corner shop it would be rude not to. In the summer La Croissette in Cannes is lined with some of the world’s most incredible, prestigious super cars outside the Carlton and famous designer boutiques for everyone to admire.

Monday, 8 September 2014

French Rivera: Celebrity houses

It’s hard for anyone to not fall in love with the FrenchRivera after a sun filled trip with beautiful white sands, busy local markets filled with fresh produce, lush vineyards and stunning sights and views. The South of France has been a fashionable and celebrity filled destination for decades as either a luxurious holiday with friends and family in privacy or to mingle with fellow celebrities at the Cannes Film Festival. Luxury rentals and holidays evolved into investing millions into incredible properties after celebrities got a taste for the wonderful Riviera lifestyle and culture.

Angelina and Brad Pitt, one of the world’s most famous couples have been regular visitors of the Cote d’Azur for the past 7 years and who last week got married in a small, intimate,  family focused ceremony in the chapel of their home; the Chateau Miraval. They initially leased the Chateau Miraval in 2007, whilst expecting their twins Knox and Vivienne and were became instantly hooked. During their lease the following year the couple purchased this incredible traditional estate which includes its own vineyard, a lake, 13 varieties of olives, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, two gyms and a large banqueting room.

Brad and Angelina are not the only ones who are enjoyed renting this property. The chateau also has a state of the art recording studio that has seen the likes of The Cure, Pink Floyd , ACDC and Sting, just to name a few. The most famous recording at the chateau was the huge, worldwide hit of ;The Wall’ by Pink Floyd. 

The incredibly famous, Pirates of the Caribbean actor, Johnny Depp, fell in love with the French Riviera during the filming of ‘The Ninth Gate’ in 1998. Mr.Depp and his former wife Vanessa Paradis, a French born singer, bought a £1 Million property in a small village, Plan De La Tour, just 30 minutes from St.Tropez, which has a number of stunning properties and beautiful local markets and surroundings as well as most importantly being a little retreat with population of only 2000. The property has 3 bedrooms, a private pool and a garden for the children to play but Johnny Depp also reportedly bought a nearby vineyard to celebrate one of Vanessa’s albums. He describes he love of the French way of life ‘I love having a patis at the local bar and talking about whether it will rain tomorrow and not about the box office results on Monday morning.’

Bono, The lead singer of the world famous band U2 owns a fantastic, secluded villa in the seafront village of Eze-sur-mer. This great location is completely private apart for a railway to Nice running behind. The lead guitarist, ‘The Edge’, also bought a property in the same town as the both love the incredible sea views and privacy allowing them to ‘get away from it all’ with the local laidback lifestyle. Bono has often been pictured with his wife on a yacht in the local area and cruising round the coast with their close friend Penelope Cruz.

The Legendary singer, Elton John and his partner David own a breath-taking villa on the top of Mount Boron which has some of the most spectacular views in the area, overlooking all of Nice down to the coast line. Mount Boron is highly exclusive and is filled with the best in luxury properties due to its immense privacy, stunning woodlands and walks. The house has stunning gardens and interiors, all of which were designed by Elton himself and can be seen in his book 'Elton John's Flower Fantasies: An Intimate Tour of His Houses and Gardens'. He can also be spotted with enjoying the Cote d’Azur sunshine with friends such as Liz Hurley and Victoria and David Beckham on a yacht in St Tropez or Cannes.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Holiday fraud must be stopped.

It deeply saddens us to see certain companies and website being allowed to call themselves 'travel companies' giving anyone the opportunity to post any properties, unsupervised; giving false information to potential customers. These companies appear like the ideal way to book a villa with 'no contact required' and seemingly cheap prices leading to an increasing number of people taking huge risks to try and save money, consequently losing it all due to awful fraudulent situations as seen in such article below.

We are proud of our reputation for offering every client, no matter what budget, a highly professional, personal, tailor made service ensuring the client feels confident and secure that issues like this will never happen. We understand that renting a villa is a dream holiday experience and we enjoy making your stay as special as possible.

Our consultants talk to each client directly to make sure we are able to organise the perfect holiday experience for you down to the smallest detail. We know each of our owners personally and are in regular contact to give offer our clients the very best, unrivalled service and information. We only work with owners that we have spoken to directly or have met, that are honest and have something special to offer our clients. 

We have hand picked every single property in our portfolio and we are extremely vigilant with the information and availability of each villa. We assist each client throughout the property search, the booking process, throughout and even after your stay. We have strict owner policies and contracts in place to make sure both owners and clients are safe and happy.

Please feel secure in the knowledge that we only offer the highest luxury, professional service to our highly respected clients. This is why the book with us instead of these unreliable sites.