Villa Zen

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Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3
Oliver Approved


Wedding Venue Recommended Pool Modern Ideal for Kids Walk to Village Ideal for Parties Stag/Hen Allowed


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Villas which evoke such a feeling of calm, aesthetic harmony, beauty and sheer perfection are rare – Villa Zen is one of those villas.

It sits on a hillside amidst pretty landscaped gardens overlooking woodland, with views up to the ancient village of Châteauneuf de Grasse, and just below its sister villa, Villa Jolie. Each villa has been designed to feel quite private and independent from the other, and larger parties benefit from the possibility of booking both villas together and sharing the whole estate (Villas Jolie and Zen).

The magic is everywhere you look, whether indoors or outdoors - high quality furnishings, meticulous attention to detail, soothing colour schemes, original artwork…everything has received complete care and attention. The spaces are vast and light and offer plenty of creature comforts like air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms, high quality equipment, a TV den, a wood-fired pizza oven and a built-in barbecue. The gardens are filled with lavender, rosemary, olive trees and fruit trees and even a vegetable garden, providing a stunning frame for the sleek swimming pool with jet stream for serious swimmers.

If you can drag yourself away from all the comfort and beauty, everything here is at your doorstep. The village is a short walk away via country lanes. Markets are held in Valbonne and Mouans Sartoux only minutes away, Antibes (with its Aquapark) and Cannes are only 18-22km away, the pretty artists village of Saint Paul de Vence is an easy 30-minute drive and Nice is just 35km away.

Villa Zen is the perfect blend of both natural and man-made beauty with all the best that the French Riviera has to offer.

Good news! For a little extra, this property can be booked as a Vill’otel

Yey! Wait… what is that?
It’s the perfect combo of the privacy of your own personal villa, with all the luxury and convenience of a hotel.

What can be arranged?
Breakfast, cleaning, welcome drinks and hamper, plus more! Check the Extras tab for all the details.

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

Property Features

Private Pool Heated Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con BBQ Ground Floor Bed & Bath Satellite TV TV Indoor Games Outdoor Games DVD

Villa Interior

Ground Floor

- Open-plan fully equipped kitchen with breakfast bar, oven, hobs, dishwasher, microwave, fridge/freezer, coffee machine and toaster. Sliding doors opening up onto a covered dining terrace.
- Open-plan living area with comfortable sofas and a large wall-mounted plasma screen TV.
- Open-plan dining area with large dining table for 8 guests
- Bedroom 1: king-sized double bed (1.8m) with air conditioning, double door leading onto the gardens and en-suite bathroom with shower, bath, basin and WC.
- Separate TV room with large sofa and plasma screen TV
- Guest WC and cloakroom
- Utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer, iron and ironing board

First Floor

- Master Bedroom: double bed (1.6m) with air conditioning and en-suite bathroom with shower, basin and WC. The bedroom has access to a private balcony with steps leading down to the lawns and pool area
- Bedroom 2: king-sized double bed (or two twin beds) with air conditioning and shared bathroom
- Bedroom 3: double bed (1.6m) with air conditioning and shared bathroom
- Family bathroom with shower, basin and WC

Lower Ground Floor

- Cosy TV room with TV, DVD player and sofa bed

Outside Grounds

- Private rectangular-shaped salt-water swimming pool (size: 8x4m / depth: 15cm-1.4m) with jet stream, safety electric cover, roman steps for easy access and optional heating.
- Poolside reclining sun loungers and parasols
- Poolside terrace
- Boules pitch
- Built-in barbecue and built-in pizza oven
- Covered dining area
- Private parking for 6 cars
- Lawned gardens
- Children's play area


- Super-Fast Wi-Fi
- Air conditioning
- Underfloor heating
- SONOS Music System
- Sat TV with International/English channels
- Netflix
- Hairdryer in each bathroom
- Electronic gates
- Electronic pool cover
- Private parking (note: the driveway is shared with Villa Jolie house)
- IPTV and DVD player
- Board games
- Badminton
- Pool inflatables
- Washing machine
- Tumble dryer
- Iron and ironing board


About the surrounding area of Villa Zen
Walk to Village <1hr to Airport Watersports Canoeing/Kayaking Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Tennis Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Stalking/Hunting Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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The hilltop village of Châteauneuf de Grasse is a delightful setting surrounded by many quaint French towns and villages. Throughout the summer months there are many festivities and celebrations taking place including open air cinema screenings, the circus, antique fairs and vintage car rallys, which are all highly recommended and certainly worth exploring.

The neighbouring town of Valbonne boasts a charming market square with narrow streets and boutique shops, perfect for an evening stroll before enjoying the delicious Provençal gastronomy from one of the many restaurants on offer. Visit the local markets offering plenty of fresh and delicious produce, head to Valbonne early on a Friday morning for a coffee and croissant before purchasing lunch from the stallholders or visit Mouans Sartoux on Thursday, Friday or Saturday for more wonderful fruits, vegetables, meats and other delicacies. The famous perfume town of Grasse is also right on your doorstep, so a visit to the Fragonard perfume museum and factory is essential.

The Cote d’Azur possesses endless beaches with many water-sporting activities, water parks and attractions to be enjoyed. The chic town of Cannes with the port bustling with super yachts and the famous Promenade de la Croisette are certainly one of many towns to visit. Similarly, the old towns of Antibes and Nice both possess endless winding streets with market stalls, local delicacies and hand crafted artworks providing hours of exploration for all the family.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Village Châteauneuf de Grasse

(1km-10mins walk)

Nearest Airport Nice/Cannes/Marseilles

(25km-30mins / 27km-40mins / 190km-2hrs)

Nearest Ferry Port Nice


Nearest Town/City Grasse


Nearest Restaurant Pré du Lac

(2km-15-20min walk)

Nearest Bar/Pub Pré du Lac

(2km-15-20min walk)

Nearest Beach Cagnes-sur-Mer/Cannes


Nearest Golf La Grande Bastide (Opio)


Nearest Train Station Grasse/Nice TGV

(10km-10mins / 33km-35mins)

Nearest Piste Gréolières les Neiges


Nearest Supermarket Pré du Lac

(2km-15-20min walk)

Nearest Shop Pré du Lac

(2km-15-20min walk)

Nearest Tennis Châteauneuf de Grasse

(1km-10mins walk)


Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Village
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Watersports
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Boules/Petanque
  • Playground
  • Board games
  • Children's videos/DVDs
  • Badminton
  • Pool inflatables
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Games
  • Outdoor Games
  • DVD

Services Available

  • Maid Service Available


Oliver's Extras

  • Maid Service Available
  • On-Site Concierge
  • Complimentary Welcome Pack Provided
Good news! This property is available as a Vill’otel

With a vill’otel holiday, you can enjoy all these services throughout your stay:

- Daily breakfast
- Daily maid service
- Deluxe welcome hamper with local delicacies
- Welcome drinks for your group
- Fridge-stocking service
- Private chef service

If you’d like to book the Vill’otel serviced option, contact us on for a tailor-made quote! Typical costs range between £100-£250 per person per week dependent on requirements.

Please note that all services are subject to availability and must be requested at the time of booking.

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Ironing service
- Pre-stocked fridge/shopping service
- Cook/catering
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Chauffeur service
- Babysitting service

Extras available at this property:

- Complimentary welcome pack

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit

Event information

Villas Jolie & Zen

These two luxurious and homely villas nestle together on a hillside with the delightful village of Chateauneuf de Grasse in the distance above. The whole estate is ideal as a wedding venue with landscaped grounds overlooking verdant woodland. There’s a beautiful chapel nearby for a traditional service or a ceremony could take place on the lawns in the villa’s gardens accompanied by the scents of lavender, rosemary and thyme so redolent of the Riviera. The covered terrace near the olive trees is such a romantic spot for dining or a larger group could feast inside the villa or in the grounds.

Wedding Reception
A reception for up to 40 guests could take place inside the rooms of the villas or in the surrounding grounds.

There is a covered terrace by the summer kitchen which is suitable for a seated reception of up to 25 people.

Dancing can take place until as late as you like inside the gym/playroom next to the swimming pool, with no indoor music restrictions. Music is fine outside until 8pm and at a lower volume until 10pm.

Wedding Ceremony
A ceremony could take place on the lawns between the two villas.

There is a beautiful chapel within walking distance for a traditional service.

The owner can provide details of an English-speaking celebrant.

Where to Stay
16 people can sleep in the villas and a further 24 guests can be accommodated in nearby hotels and B&Bs.

The owners can supply details of local transport firms.

Wedding Planning 
The owners are able to recommend an English-speaking wedding planner or clients may arrange their own.

The owners can recommend local caterers or clients may arrange their own.

Other information
Events can be held during July & August but other months may be available on request – please enquire.

It is possible but not advisable to hire a marquee at this venue (the ground is not completely flat for the base required for a marquee)

Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.

All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €1000 paid to the owner by bank transfer one month before arrival or in cash on arrival, refunded (less bank charges) 14 days after departure subject to inspection.
Arrival time 16.00
Departure time 10.00
Energy costs included? Yes
Linen & towels included? Bed linen, pool & bath towels included
Pets welcome? No
Changeover day Saturday in July & August. Flexible during all other periods.
Minimum stay 2023 - 7 nights. All other durations on request. 2024 - 14 nights from approximately mid-June to end-August. 7 nights during all other periods.
Pool heating charge? Extra €200 per week, on request (payable locally).
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. For stays longer than 1 week a 3hr clean on the Friday is offered. Extra cleaning or ironing 20€/hr paid directly to the cleaner.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only
Heating costs included? Yes
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Dec 1st 2023 - Jun 15th 2024 £4,936
Jun 15th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 £6,713
Aug 31st 2024 - Jun 3rd 2025 £4,936

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Dec 1st 2023 - Jun 15th 2024 €5,375
Jun 15th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 €7,310
Aug 31st 2024 - Jun 3rd 2025 €5,375

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period Weekly
Dec 1st 2023 - Jun 15th 2024 $5,860
Jun 15th 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 $7,970
Aug 31st 2024 - Jun 3rd 2025 $5,860

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property?
We bought the plot in 2004 when it was used by the previous owner to keep sheep and grow grapes and olives. The first villa was completed in 2008 and the second in 2012.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with? 
It’s a beautiful, large plot of land in a quiet and protected area with lovely views of the village of Chateauneuf.

Are there any interesting stories in its history? 
As well as previously being used to grow grapes (and still produces a modest olive harvest for oil) the land was previously used to grow flowers for the perfume industry in Grasse.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
Of course! Being discrete for the individuals, we have had Saudi royalty and famous musicians stay in the properties

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Really do?
Have a drink (or a meal) in the square in Valbonne.

Really eat?
La Place de Mougins in Mougins village.

Really see?
The view of the French Riviera from Gourdon village.

What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area? 
Bring a comfortable pair of shoes and walk, walk, walk – through the narrow streets of the local villages; around the local markets and brocantes; on the country walks in the hills; through the renowned artist villages of Vallauris, St Paul de Vence and Mougins…



  • Beautiful villa

    on 10/09/2023

    First impressions of this beautiful villa are great!

  • Fabulous villa

    on 14/08/2022

    We have just returned from the most wonderful week here. The villa's layout and decor was perfect for our family of 4 adults and 1 child. The outdoor area is beautiful with a number of comfortable seating areas and a fantastic pool. The outdoor dining area was really well set up with a gas BBQ and pizza oven, it made cooking a pleasure. Michelle was extremely helpful with all my questions before we arrived and also left us some fabulous welcome gifts. The housekeeper was super friendly and helpful throughout our stay. We all had a wonderful week and would have happily stayed longer!

  • Outstanding villa & wonderful host!

    Created on 14/10/2016

    Wish our time at this magnificent villa had been longer. We were six adults who unanimously rated this place as a 10! The house includes everything you can think of to make your stay pleasant, it is well decorated and very clean. The surroundings are beautiful and the villa is located close to many nice small villages. Michelle, our host, has been attentive to all of our needs both before we arrive and while we were there. We felt most welcome and hope to come back again.

  • Amazing villa in a beautiful area

    on 26/07/2016

    Just came back from a wonderful stay at Villa Zen. Could not have been more perfect. Michelle was the most attentive hosts. This place is beautiful. Done with such nice details. The pool, the setting - all so lovely. Like being in a private hotel! We will cherish our memories and would absolutely stay there again.

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