Vence Millhouse is an exquisitely renovated olive mill dating back originally to the 11th century. Inside and out, the property evinces its rich history with stone structures from the original mill, landscaped Provençal gardens, a millstream, and pool with pool house.
Antique furnishings and authentic architectural accents throughout the villa add to its charm and character. The first floor features a large open living/dining room with stone archways, a massive fireplace, and original exposed wood beam ceilings and stone floors. Furnishings include two L-shaped sofas around a large millstone that serves as an impressive coffee table. A long wooden dining table seats up to fourteen guests. A separate den functions as an office complete with DSL line.
The kitchen, large enough for several cooks and a table seating six, has a terracotta tile floor, wood beamed ceiling, tile counters, gas and electric cook tops, refrigerator/freezer, two ovens, and a dishwasher. A separate laundry room just off the kitchen has a large capacity washer and dryer. Independent powder room.
The six tastefully decorated bedrooms, all with en suite baths, are arranged on the first and second floors. The first floor bedroom with a double bed featuring specialty French fabrics and ceramics is located next to the millstream that runs the length of the property; the en-suite bathroom has a bathtub, pedestal sink and toilet. The mill bedroom with a queen size bed is next to the ancient mill room and features a courtyard view; the bathroom is equipped with a bathtub with hand held shower, two sinks and a toilet.
On the second floor, the master bedroom has a plantation style queen-size bed, painted mural on the ceiling, and an adjoining sun deck with table for dining, and its own bathroom. The other bedroom with a double bed has a pleasant view of a grape arbor. There is a separate wing with another bedroom with a queen size bed and bath adjoining a with a light-filled dormitory with three sets of bunk beds, a sofa bed, and several climbing ropes and gymnastic rings for the young and the young at heart with its own bathroom.
Another very private bedroom with a double bed with private entry and private bathroom has a Japanese feel with its décor featuring Japanese prints
Pets are not accepted.
Top quality accommodations for seven couples plus large dorm/play room for children
Pool with pool house and summer kitchen
Walking distance to Vence’s historic town center
Professional kitchen; private chef services available
High-Speed Internet service
Ancient historic atmosphere
21,600 sq foot grounds
Vence Millhouse is a short walk to the Vence town center where winding streets are lined with authentic medieval buildings, restaurants, shops, and galleries. One of the best market streets in Southern France is in Vence’s beautifully preserved "vieux village" still enclosed by the original rampart wall. The extraordinary Chapelle du Rosaire, designed by Matisse, is nearby.
The neighboring town of St. Paul-de-Vence features the Fondation Maeght, one of France’s finest museums of modern art. A short drive takes you to Cabris, Tourrettes-sur-Loup, Mougins, Valbonne, and Grasse with its Musée Fragonard and Musée International de la Parfumerie. Further cultural opportunities abound, including the Musée Fernand Léger in Biot and Musée Matisse in Nice. Nice airport is 30 minutes away. Six miles to the Mediterranean. Three hour drive to Aix.
July & August $15,000 June $12,000 Other Months $9,500
Rates are all inclusive. They are subject to change without notice. Good monthly price; please inquire!