Our fully-equipped seaview studio is 20km W. of Cannes and adjacent to the Esterel hills. Ideal for relaxing, hiking, swimming in the sea, exploring nearby towns in Provence and the Cote d'Azur. Great restaurants and vino, cheese, olives, bread... :)
Spacious, light-filled studio contains all you will need for a carefree vacation in the south of France. The ever-changing Mediterranean monopolizes your view and soothes the soul. The wine doesn't hurt either! Plenty of parking, walking distance to many beaches, small grocery store, about 6 restaurants, local buses and the train station. Sensational hiking in the adjacent Esterel hills. Air-conditioned and heated for year-round comfort. We are in a hilly, residential neighbourhood with stunning views everywhere: around that corner, the snow-capped Alps; down that slope the villas of the mega-rich; over there, a ferry? No, it's a super-yacht. The majestic red rock hills provide views as far as St.Tropez and Cap d'Antibes on a clear day. Or, you can explore the rocky inlets in a sea-kayak rented at the local beach. It's all good.
And after all that exertion, the huge walk-in shower with rainhead is just what the doctor ordered, with warm towels from the heated towel bar. Aperitifs and nibbles on your own terrace, watching the sailboats and fishing boats do their thing, while listening to the cicadas or your own music using the IPod/IPhone port on the clock radio provided. Keep in touch with home with wifi and free phone to landlines in most places. Small safe in the closet.
Truly a little piece of heaven. A lovely drive to St. Tropez and wine country to the west or inland to interior Provence-Aix en Provence, Cassis, Nimes, Arles, Mougins, Vallauris, St.Paul de Vence. Nice and Monaco are an easy drive to the east and Italy is an hour away. This is the Riviera 'as it used to be'- quiet, yet very close to the glitz of Cannes and St. Tropez, if that is your thing. Golf is nearby- many courses within 30 min drive. And wineries, of course, abound.
It is preferable to have a car while vacationing here in the south of France- you can go where you want, when you want. The local train station is a 15 min walk away, the buses and store about a 10 min. walk. Our neighbours are about 50% french who live here year-round, 50% vacation homes.
For 6 months of the year, we are here to provide information and guidance, if requested. Otherwise, we have compiled a tome filled with loads of information/how to's...Please get in touch (email is easiest) if you have any questions. The studio is smoke- and pet-free. Check out the photo albums on f_______ page: Trayas Esterel (sorry,not allowed to mention the site, but you know what it is!)
Once you press 'book it', we will hopefully be able to connect by phone/email to learn more about each other. This helps make sure this is the right spot for your plans this trip and makes each of us more comfortable with these 'virtual' dealings. I hope to hear from you soon.
This really is a little piece of paradise! A bientot.
Studio apartment complete with linens, towels, dishes, basic foodstuffs....lots of maps and area info.
Your very own terrace/balcony.
Parking for one car on the gated property, on the flat driveway.
Sorry- The garden is private and belongs to the main house.
Interaction with Guests
When we are in France (6 mos of the year) we are at the house to welcome our guests and then we are as available as much as wanted by the guests for info and advice. We will often have aperitifs with our guests and share tales...
'The Riviera as it used to be' is how our french neighbours describe Le Trayas. First and foremost, there is the view- incredible and everywhere. There are the amazing red rock hills (The Esterel) for hiking and yet more views, the walking trails, the beaches...And then there is the quiet and the winding coast road with stunning vistas at every turn. Heaven!
There are two buses (one in each direction) from a stop that is a 10'ish minute walk down the hill. The train station is a 15'ish minute walk down a different hill. Travelling by car is definitely more convenient, although we travelled exclusively by public transport our first couple of years!
Other Things to Note
This is a recent review by Tara, who didn't post her review within the 2 week deadline...'Just in case it doesn't post (I hadn't realised there was a time limit), here's our review, please use it as you wish! :)
We absolutely LOVED our stay at Le Trayas. We were looking for a totally relaxing break with beautiful scenery, restaurants and grocers (which sells everything you need including lovely croissants, pain au chocolate, rose, cheese, olives, glaces...) within walking distance and easy access to the gold coast trains - and that's exactly what we got! The studio is every bit as chic and contemporary as the photos indicate, and has everything you need. The views from the terrace are stunning and you can literally spend days reading in the sun (although its a lot of fun watching the yachts, water-skiers, jet skis etc speeding past on the Med too).
We would hire a car next time, just so we could make the most of the central location, but you don't need one if you just want a super lazy break with amazing views and are happy to wander up and down the hill (its so scenic that you'll love every minute). We would stay again in a heartbeat (typing this in chilly UK, Karin can we come back next week ; ) ?!
Karin & Richard were super fast in responding and answered my insane amount of questions patiently and informatively (thanks so much guys), hopefully we will meet them next time!
If you have chance to stay there don't hesitate, go for it... and hope you enjoy as much as we did.'
The property is smoke- and pet-free. The studio sleeps a maximum of 2 people and is unsuitable for children. A lockbox is provided for key storage. The damage deposit is refunded promptly, after inspection by us (immediately in cash/cheque on check-out) or property manager (immediately by mail).
Beautiful view, very clean & has all the amenities you need for your French Riviera getaway! We would definitely recommend this place. The hosts were also exceptionally responsive.
Richard and Karin were the perfect hosts and made us feel very welcome and comfortable. Their responses and communication was very quick and helpful. They provided detailed information on the area and apartment utilities.
The location of the apartment is a perfect base to explore the French Riviera. The views are specular from their high vantage point.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will be back.
Richard and Karin were thoughtful and gracious hosts. The views from the studio were better than the pictures. Peaceful respite from the kinetic cities of the area. Well equipped kitchen and bathroom.
Thank you Richard and Karin!
Richard is a great host and took care to answer our questions before and after our arrival. The studio is a real treat, and this is a wonderful part of the Riviera. A car is recommended -- we can't wait to return!
We really enjoyed our stay at Karin & Richard's apartment and can definitely recommend it! Karin & Richard are great hosts, very warm-hearted and hospitable and provided a lot of helpful tips for exploring the area. The sea view from the apartment's terrace is even more beautiful than any picture can capture. The apartment is lovely furnished and very clean. The Place is perfect for relaxing and a great starting point for exploring a very beautiful part of the Côte d'Azur, with its lovely bays.
We would love to come back some time!
We spent a wonderful and unforgettable time at Karin & Richard's place in Le Trayas. They were great hosts: extremely friendly, hospitable and very helpful! The lovely flat with all the comfort and the amazing exactly reflects the numerous pictures on airbnb.
By car, all the lovely cities and villages of the Côte d'Azur can easily be reached and you will find lovely beaches nearby.
We can highly recommend this nice location, situated at the Massif de l'Esterel, one of the most beautiful landscapes of the Côte d'Azur!
Thanks to Karin and Richard once again!
Great apartment, with amazing views.
Although hosts were not at home, they were very helpful in proof using lots if info and answering any questions.
Would not hesitate to go back!
"Welcome to our home! I will make sure that you feel comfortable and have a wonderful stay in the South of France. My wife and I are semi-retired and spend about half of the year here. We welcome our visitors and provide as much info/guidance as necessary and aperitifs when we are here. We are available by email or phone (free call from house phone) when we are back in Canada. We love the sea and the constant seaview from every room in the house soothes the soul. The hiking is amazing and there are all levels, from easy walks to strenuous uphills. Beaches and wineries abound. It is easy to while away the hours on the deck, reading, watching the ever-changing vista of the sea and enjoying the delicious bounty of Provence whether it be wine and cheese, or olives and pate...