Six of the Best Luxury Villas in France by the Beach

The South of France is lovely wherever you are, but sometimes you have to make a choice between being inland with lovely countryside and good local life and being on the beach.  The areas east of Nice and around St Tropez further west give you the best  of both worlds with lovely views and easy access to the beach.   Here are six choices.

Etoile de Mer, near St Tropez

The Pampelonne Beach is what made St Tropez famous in the first place and this villa is just 500m away from it, with a lovely rose garden and saltwater pool.  This is one of the most sought-after seaside locations in France, with the beach a few minutes’ walk and several restaurants all along it, More details…

Eze, Eze-sur-Mer, South of France

Just below the village and just above the beach, this is a very attractive villa originally built 50 years ago and completely renovated more recently.  Particularly good infinity pool from which to enjoy the 180 degree sea views. More details…

 

L’Ancienne Gare, Gassin, near St Tropez

A lovely pool and private tennis court set in large and very picturesque gardens with private vineyard; yet the beach is only a few minutes drive and the beautiful village of Gassin (one of the ‘Plus Beaux Villages de France’) is a couple of minutes. 5 bedrooms and heated pool.  More details…

 

Chanson de la Mer, Villefranche sur Mer

Villefranche is spectacular, on a hillside overlooking the dramatic coastline that meanders from Nice to Monaco.  Villas here tend to have good views, but this is really special, especially in the evening.  The beach is a couple of minutes drive down the hill, as are many very good restaurants in different price brackets.  More details…

La Lumineuse, near St Tropez

On high ground just across the bay from the village of St Tropez with very good views of the Bay of St Tropez, this villa is  under a mile from the beach with tennis and golf nearby.  The pool is on the roof above the living room for even better views.  More details…

 

La Tosca, near Bordeaux

Right on the beach front in the very picturesque Bassin d’Arcachon, this is a very special house with history going back 100 years, fully restored and refurbished to the highest standard.  The garden gate leads right onto the beach and the 8 bedrooms have big windows, all with sea view.  There is plenty to do in the area: the beautiful vineyards of the Bordeaux region are only a half hour drive away.  Favoured choices for other day trips include a helicopter flight of the Bordeaux vineyards crowned with a wine tasting, the endless beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, a climb up to the highest dune of Europe Dune de Pyla, a boating outing to the Arguin sandbank and the Ile aux Oiseaux, or kayaking over the river the Leyre. More details…

Cadran Solaire

Just a few minutes from the famous Pampelonne Beach, this villa sleeps up to 12 in 7 bedrooms and is air conditioned throughout with heated chlorine-free infinity pool and there is a summer kitchen with sink, fridge and barbecue and very attractive separate outdoor covered dining and seating terraces with a dining table for 10-12. Find out more…

 

 

 

 

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