June 28, 2001
We settled on L''Omnibule, a 6-bedrooms, 5-baths villa with heated pool and "American" kitchen in the small hilltop town of Cabris. The house was listed by www.france-villas.com, a site that offered over 500 villas throughout France. We had to make a 30% deposit at time of reservation and pay the balance 45 days before arrival. Utilities and cleaning were extra.
The house was located right off of D4, the coastal road that linked Cabris with Grasse. At 300m from sea level, it had a gorgeous view of the French Riviera towns. The house had over 300m2 of living space. The front door opened into a large reception area with a beautiful floor-to-ceiling provencal oil painting. The huge living-dining combination which had the very relaxing view of the pool, was decorated with beautiful leather sofa and chairs from the prestigious "Le Courvoisier". The kitchen which was large enough to have a breakfast area, had american-standard appliances and enough dishes and cutlery to throw a big party ! The terrace off of the kitchen offered a nice view of Grasse. Also on the ground floor was a sleeping area that had 3 double bedrooms and 3 baths. Furniture in the bedroom was heavy antiques.
The "piece de resistance" of the house is the very glamorous master suite that occupied most of the first floor and opened to a large terrace that looked down to the pool and the Old Town of Cabris. Also on the first floor was a children''s bedroom with bunk beds and separate access from the hidden away wooden stairs off of the kitchen. Needless to say, this room was a real hit with our children. Stone steps from the pool lead to a cottage that has a game room complete with TV and billiard table, another bedroom and bath.
The lawn was beautifully landscaped with centuries-old olive trees, rose bushes, and other flower and fruit trees.
We enjoyed walking to the bakery in Old Town Cabris every morning for baguettes or the occasional small food supplies. For serious grocery shopping, we had to go to the supermarkets in Grasse or Peymeinade, or other outdoor markets.
We definitely think we made the right choice in renting a house and we enjoyed the beautiful L''Omnibule much better than we thought we would from looking at the pictures posted on the France Villas web. And the best thing was it cost much less than renting 5 rooms at a decent hotel.
From journal The Beautiful Towns on the French Riviera