About this listing
Beautiful sunny 1 bedroom apartment "Lou Messugo" is ideally located to explore the French Riviera in quiet town between coast & mountains. Swimming pool, garden & private sun-trap terrace. Award-winning accommodation. Provencal charm guaranteed!
Recently built 1 bedroom apartment "Lou Messugo" sleeps up to 4 people and is attached to, but fully independent of, our beautiful Provencal family home in the stunning French Riviera. Set in a large garden with swimming pool on a no-through road, this tranquil setting is only a few minutes' walk to the local town centre with all amenities.
The apartment has 1 bedroom with a double bed, a living room with a double sofabed, a beautiful modern bathroom with large shower, a kitchenette (with 2 ring hob, microwave, grill, dishwasher & all necessary equipment for cooking your own meals) satellite TV, iPod dock, WIFI (free & unlimited), sunny patio with BBQ and sun loungers. We provide all linen and bath towels. Pool towels are available at an extra cost if required.
On site we have a range of facilities including a large trampoline, pétanque pitch, table tennis, badminton & croquet. We are happy to lend out our bicycles (varying sizes incl baby seat) and of course there is the fabulous pool.
To make life easy we can provide most necessary equipment for travelling with babies/toddlers such as a travel cot, high chair, plastic plates/cutlery/cups, changing mat and a good selection of toys, books & games. We know just how much paraphenalia the smallest members of the family come with as we've been there!
We live on site and are available to help with language issues (booking restaurants, onward travel, tickets for events/trips etc) and we're always happy to advise on what to do in the area. We've lived here for 8 years and spend as much time as possible exploring all the amazing things on offer, from canyoning, hiking, sailing, skiing, golf through to museums, art galleries, undiscovered country villages via shopping, restaurants and markets. Our kids have grown up here so we can suggest things to do with the little ones too. We love helping our guests get the most out of their time in our beautiful part of the world and we love hearing all about your travels too. But we are also sensitive to our guests need for privacy so if you want to be left alone that's absolutely fine too. You're fully independent of us so it's up to you how much contact you want.
In the apartment you'll find plenty of brochures for local attractions, a large-scale map of the area, guide books in French and English and a selection of novels (many of them set in the area) for you to borrow and swap. We can provide hiking maps, picnic sets, parasols for the beach, most things to make your holiday fun, just ask!!
This part of France is gorgeous at any time of year and our proximity to the mountains means Lou Messugo can even be used as a base for days out skiing or show-shoe trekking. Winter is mild and short with plenty of sun and midday temperatures often getting up to 18° in January making it possible to sit out on a sunny restaurant terrace for lunch even in mid-winter! The apartment is fully heated for a cosy stay in the cooler months.
Please browse through the guide I've prepared here to give you an idea of some of the great things you can do in the area. It's far from exhaustive as there's just so much more on offer particularly in the catagory of restaurants. It would be impossible to list all the fabulous places to eat from cosy local cafés to gourmet bistros and gastronomic palaces! Many of my favourite places don't show up on the map search for this guide book but I'd be delighted to tell you about them. I also write a blog which can be found using the name of the house in which I talk about local places of interest, places to visit, festivals, French culture and much more. I hope you'll try and find it and have a read. Otherwise please feel free to ask me for tips and local knowledge.
Guests have their own key and being in a separate apartment are fully independent to come and go as they like. There are no rules! They have access to a large garden with a pétanque pitch, trampoline, pingpong table and badminton. They also have access to the pool during daylight hours which is shared with us, the owners. If needed guests can store large items such as bicycles, golf clubs, skis, etc in our garage.
Interaction with Guests
We play it by ear as to how much we interact with guests. After more than 4 years running a very successful vacation rental we usually get a good feel for whether our guests want to chat and socialise or be left alone completely. As the apartment is fully independent there is no need to interact, but often the desire is there and we all enjoy getting to know each other. Each booking is different! We do however live on site and are nearly always here during bookings so guests will see us around though we are respectful of their privacy and discrete.
The town of Roquefort les Pins has everything you require on a daily basis with 2 delicious bakeries (for those buttery croissants, pain au chocolats and crunchy baguettes), an excellent brand new supermarket, butcher, green grocer, several delis, newsagents (with foreign papers), banks, cafés, several good restaurants (walking distance) and a weekly market.
The apartment is in a quiet "impasse" (no through road so no traffic) in a residential area surrounded by large family villas, all with big gardens. It is a calm and genuine local area that benefits from being close to forests and the countryside but walking distance to the town centre.
We are ideally located between mountains and sea, only 20-30 mins to beautiful beaches and the buzzing towns of Cannes & Nice and less than 1 hour to the nearest ski resort.
This area really does offer something for everyone: stunning scenery, adventure sports, beaches, shopping, hiking, mountain biking, golf, fabulous food, gorgeous medieval hill villages, art galleries and much much more.
Lou Messugo is located 5 minutes walk from the bus stop on the route from Nice to Grasse (passing by Nice airport). The bus links up with the coast train which makes it possible to spend time here using only public transport though to make the most of this stunning and varied area we strongly recommend you have your own car. It should be stressed that this is a country bus line not an urban bus and therefore runs about every 30-40 mins and stops early in the evening. A car is advised if possible.
Other Things to Note
We have 3 free-range hens who wander around the garden. Whenever possible we include some freshly laid eggs in your welcome pack and you can buy more from us during your stay if you want (subject to availability!) But if you do not like hens and would rather they were not around for your stay, they can be kept in their enclosure for the length of your visit. You can still have the eggs though!
This is a no smoking apartment.
We provide you with the equipment and products to clean the apartment on departure but after a stay of 1 week or more we will charge an extra 30 Euros for cleaning. This should be given in cash on arrival.
In the high season months of July and August the minimum booking is 7 nights from Saturday to Saturday.
From Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2015 the minimum stay is 7 nights.
We enjoyed a lovely holiday at Lou Messugo. Gite was comfortable and very clean. Phoebe had provided many additional items that are not usually included with self catering, like mosquito plug-ins, dishwasher tablets, hair dryer etc. We were made to feel very welcome. Kids loved the pool and the table tennis. Phoebe's local knowledge was very helpful and really did help us to make the most of our time in the south of France, her blog is very useful and definitely worth a look. Roquefort Les Pins village was lovely with supermarket, fantastic bakery, pizza take away and restaurants all to hand. We LOVED our stay at Lou Messugo and would recommend to anyone. Thank you Phoebe!
We enjoyed a wonderful 5 night stay in Phoebe's apartment. Beautiful place in a scenic location. The apartment has been thoughtfully laid out to suit guests, particularly families. We travelled with our 4 month old baby and everything was prepared for our arrival. Phoebe provided a lovely comfy travel cot, playmat and toys for our little one and was on hand to recommend local family friendly beaches, tourist sights and restaurants. A wonderful holiday! Thanks Phoebe, we will return!
Phoebe's communication was great with really helpful directions to find her lovely Apartment. She gave us a great welcome and had thoughtfully sorted out some provisions because we arrived after the shops had shut - typical of her caring approach. The apartment is a very comfortable base, perfectly situated about "20minutes" from everywhere we wanted to explore. The medieval mountain villages perched in the Mediterranean Alps are a must see as are the coastal towns of Antibes, Cannes and Nice. We had a great time in this beautiful part of the world and left batteries fully recharged!
Perfect place for a familly trip. Child friendly (many baby stuff - just ask). My boy was so sad to leave his vacation house and the amazing garden!
Nous sommes une famille de voyageurs. La maison nous semblait très belle sur les photos et le profil de Phoebe a retenu notre attention, australienne & anglaise c'est une voisine du pacifique et outre manche pour nous qui sommes français & Tahitien. Nous n'avons pas ete déçu! La maison est suberbe, le jardin génial. Le coffre a jouets avec des histoires en anglais (best seller en australie) jeux éducatifs, petite cuisine...on ne s' attend pas avoir autant de chose dans une location de vacances! Tout y est fait dans le détail, mon fils etait tellement triste de partir, cet endroit nous ressemble, nous y etions chez nous!
Phoebe et sa famille sont adorables et surtout de bon conseil pour les excursions! Merci a eux! Thankyou Phoebe and Cie.
Kala'i Mahana Nicolas Tiffen NERAC
Na het volgen van de zeer gedetailleerde routebeschrijving voelden wij ons bij aankomst meer dan welkom! Er stond wijn, kaas en zoetigheid voor ons klaar. Voor onze dochter was er zoveel te doen met al het speelgoed en de geweldige tuin met kippetjes. Een zeer kindvriendelijk appartement, op prima loopafstand van het dorp met winkeltjes en restaurants. Phoebe en Jeff waren meer dan behulpzaam, we mochten fietsen lenen met kinderzitje, een kinderstoel, bedje. Op oudejaarsavond stonden zij voor de deur met bubbels om een toast uit te brengen. Ze regelden een taxi naar het vliegtuig en hebben daar zelfs hun kinderzitje in gemonteerd. Uitzonderlijke gastvrijheid, prachtige omgeving en een heerlijke tuin en appartement, Phoebe en Jeff bedankt!!!
Accueil et logement très agréable... Notre séjour s'est parfaitement déroulé, dans un cadre magnifique et calme.
De sympathiques attentions pour les enfants ( coffre à jouets, couverts, chaise haute, lit, serviette de toilette, tapis de jeux...).
Nous y retournerons très certainement ...
Phoebe and Jeff were great hosts and welcomed us to their villa. We had a lovely week and our 2 girls really enjoyed the location especially the trampoline and the chickens. This is a perfect spot to explore the region and has everything you need.
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About the Host, Phoebe
Hi, I'm British/Australian married to a French guy. We have 2 kids. We built our house ("Lou Messugo") in 2009 in the most amazing part of the south of France because after a lifetime of travel we knew we'd found somewhere pretty special to put down roots. I've lived in 9 countries including India, Australia, Iceland and Vietnam amongst other places and travelled extensively throughout the world but France has been my home for the longest I've lived anywhere. I love my life in this beautiful corner of France. I enjoy blogging about it and sharing it with others both through writing and in the flesh with my guests from all over the world. Travel and meeting people from different cultures are my passions. I'd be delighted to host you at Lou Messugo so get in touch!