An extraordinary retreat
Grasse | Villa/House | 10 | 0sq m | 4 WC
Located close to Grasse the legendary perfume capital of the World, and surrounded by pine forests, our detached beautiful architect designed this Provençal Villa Bastide was newly constructed in 1990 as a modern interpretation of a french Bastide style home. You can privatise our authentic Provencal villa for your team offsite or family stay, but if you are looking for an experience truly out of the ordinary we have crafted exceptional experiences and retreats suitable for friends, work groups, team-building trips and off-sites. Some are based on personal wellness where we practise yoga, tai chi, mindfulness, and meditations out in the forests and mountains, whilst other of our retreats focus on engaging with nature and the outdoors and sometimes include visits to world famous fruit and flower festivals and gardens of the French Riviera.
For team-building trips, families and groups of friends, we can tailor a retreat for you based on a number of adventure activities such as canyoning, white water rafting, mountain biking, sailing, horse riding and why not classic car road trips.
In addition to hosting you at our romantic house in nature, we..
...take you to locations of outstanding natural beauty that are not on the tourist map
...make every meal a special occasion and pay exceptional attention to detail
...show you hidden medieval villages and other secret places where time stands still
Our retreats start at 730 euros/person for 4 nights and include among others accommodation, activities, transport, our authentic cuisine..
We have a list of popular retreats but if you are celebrating an anniversary, birthday or reunion, or even a honeymoon, we can create something very special and bespoke for you! Just ask!
WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT US?
So you’ve done the safari, trekked in far flung places and cruised on luxury ocean liners and are wondering what’s next on your bucket list but you also like the idea that your next holiday might additionally enhance your health and well being. We are an increasingly health conscious population that seeks to live longer, look and feel younger than our years as well as achieving a level of health and fitness that enables us to do all of the things we wish to do. The health benefits that can be had from attending a retreat can therefore be a very attractive proposition but not everyone wants to be fed a diet of carrot juice and lettuce leaves, meditate and practise yoga twice a day or embark upon an assault type fitness regime that would leave many a self respecting athlete standing at the starting line. What we offer seeks to tick both boxes - a retreat style holiday that is in many ways potentially health enhancing and definitely different.
Hosted from our delightful Provençal villa located close to Grasse, the perfume capital of the world in the elegant French Riviera, surrounded by tranquil forests and wildflower meadows, we take small groups of no more than eight guests into our home and on a fully and personally escorted journey of wonderful nostalgic and sensory experiences based on the five senses.
We are not tourist guides and we don’t haul you around the glitz and glamour of the French Riviera with hoards of other tourists. Our aim is that you experience the French Riviera steeped in art and history as we do and engage with this stunning area rich in wildlife, beautiful scenery, medieval hilltop villages, forests and mountains, culinary delights, open markets, perfumeries, lavender fields, lakes and mountains. We invite you to experience all of this through engaging intimately with your five senses of taste, touch, smell, listening and sight .... the French Riviera is a sensory dream.
With our guests we get lost in the stillness and timeless beauty of medieval hilltop villages, we savour aromatic and tasting experiences at markets, olive mills and vineyards, delight in enchanting picnics in special places and provide afternoon teas and decadent dinners accompanied by our lovely old 1920’s gramophone and of course seek to engage with nature at every opportunity by walking, cycling and swimming. The choice is yours.
From the moment you step off your aeroplane until the moment you step back on it, we personally attend to you throughout your stay with us. All excursions and experiences are personally escorted by us - there is no waiting for the bus that calls at numerous hotels before picking you up and dropping you off. We take you everywhere door to door.
All of your meals are prepared by us unless of course you dine away from the villa and we can tell you exactly what ingredients go into each and every dish and how we make it.
We think that our holiday serves as a lovely reminder of what is important in life and how pleasure may be gained from noticing the extraordinary in the ordinary as a means of enhancing one’s life. In this troubled world there is nevertheless so much day to day beauty in our lives all around us, particularly as provided by nature, we just need to remind ourselves of this from time to time. We are not aware of any other holiday that offers what we do - please do take time to read our reviews to see what our guests have said about us.
We are personally committed to healthy eating and subscribe to the Nordic philosophy of “lagom” which means “just the right amount” which in practise means that we don’t restrict anything in our diets but neither do we have anything in excess. The Nordic people follow this concept and this is one of the reasons why they are often so healthy and so we have applied this thinking to our retreat food.
We pride ourselves on the quality of the ingredients we use and every dish is prepared fresh in-house and so we can always tell you if you ask us, what ingredients are contained in all of our dishes and how we make them. For your enhanced enjoyment, we are committed to preparing our food in creative ways but not at the expense of it looking like something that should hang on the wall of an art gallery. You can expect food that will be fresh, seasonal and where possible locally sourced such that we may not know what the menu will be on any particular day until we go out shopping for the ingredients, but you can be assured that it will be delicious and satisfying. Perhaps take a moment to read our reviews and look at our gallery of photos.
It is possible for us to cater for certain dietary requirements such as gluten and dairy free but we would need to discuss and agree such arrangements with you before confirming your booking with us.
Standing (Cocktail): 10
Banquet Seating: 10
Theatre Seating: 10
Boardroom Seating: 10
- Disabled access
- Street access
- We have sound equipment (and option to connect with guest music player)
- Lounge Seating
- Screen / TV
- Air conditioning / Ventilation
Five Bedrooms (four double and one twin) equipped with bed linen
Three Bathrooms (two en-suite and one shared) (one with sunken bath)
Air-conditioning, operates hot and cold
Dining area with seating for up to ten people
Two lounges each with a wood burning stove (logs available to purchase) one with a piano
Separate Laundry Room with washing machine
Downstairs WC close to the pool
Exceptionally well equipped kitchen with fridge/freezer, dishwasher, large double oven and hob, microwave/grill, coffee percolator
Three televisions (one Smart TV with inbuilt WIFI) and a skybox
Bluetooth music speaker system
Comprehensive library of books
Hairdryers in all rooms
Swimming Pool (unheated) but in warm months can reach 32 - 35 degrees
Covered terrace with large marble dining area offering seating for up to 10 people
Dedicated yoga and exercise area - a beautifully constructed ‘moment in time’ circular terrace located on the upper garden level
Table Tennis Facilities
Sun loungers with cushions
Outdoor patio corner suite
Rotary washing line
Parking for up to six cars (two of which are sheltered from the sun)
Beautifully landscaped gardens with koi fishpond
Fenced and gated property with alarm system
All heating and lighting (except logs)
Room towels - one large and one smaller one for each guest
Poolside/beach towel - one per guest
Personal meet & greet service
Pool cleaning and end of stay cleaning
We seek to welcome people with disabilities and have one ground floor double bedroom with an en-suite facility and sunken bath. We can provide a temporary ramp to this room which enables access directly from the terrace outside. The swimming pool has built in steps enabling gradual access but does not have supportive hand rails.
We would mention that the nature of our retreat activities, particularly those that take place away from the villa, could restrict an individual’s ability to participate in some of the experiences that we offer. The best thing to do is drop us a line to discuss your personal requirements.
Number of rooms: 5
Number of guests: 10
Average price: Available upon request
Floor Space & Bathrooms
Interior Bathrooms: 4
- Transport / Transfers
- Team building
- Spa, Hair & Beauty
- Event planning
- Wine tasting
Events & Rules
- Meeting (Business meeting, Conference)
- Off-site (Incentive, Retreat)
- Celebration / Party (Birthday, Anniversary)
- Pop-up (Exhibition, Retail Pop-up)
- Production (Film / Photo shoot)
- Product Launch
- Day Event (Garden party, Lunch)
- I allow music, normal party volume (wedding or birthday party style)
- No Smoking inside
Moderate: cancel more than 14 days prior to event to get 50%* refund of the FULL booking amount (not deposit) and more than 30 days prior to get a 100%* refund of the FULL booking amount
Price & Availability
On Booking: 50%