Family home great views on the French Riviera/South of France for Manly, NSW

Family home great views on the French Riviera/South of France for Manly, NSW

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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 4
1 Bathrooms

About our home

Our home is an upper duplex with garden and fantastic views in South of France near Menton/Italy/Monaco. (The lower duplex with separate garden is owned and occupied by a French couple with two teen-age daughters.)

Menton is excellently positioned for visiting all over Europe with low-cost air-lines out of Nice (45 min free-way) to most major cities in Europe.

Our house is situated at 200 meters above sea-level on an old olive plantation 3 km from the town square and the beaches (10 minutes by car). The estate has 30 houses behind a locked gate and ours in one of the last ones (cul-de-sac). The 80 square meters are on one level and we have 3 bedrooms, master bed-room with king-sized bed (2 mattresses 200x90) and one twin-bed. The third bed-room is used for storing cushions and our private items during exchanges. Our home is only suited for one or two couples or a family of four.
The house is air-conditioned and has state-of-the-art radiators in addition to the reversed cycle aircon and eco-windows, so you will never be cold or too warm. We don't mind smoking on the terrace.
The living-dining area is open planned with attractive and comfortable furniture. The kitchen is in traditional French style opening up to the dining-area with dishwasher,refrigerator/freezer, oven and microwave oven.
The bath-room has a tub with shower, washing-machine/tumble drier and heated towel-rack. All floors are in Italian stone with rugs.
From the living-room as well as from the two double-rooms you access the terrace with a wooden dining-table and a large BBQ and wook. Motorized awnings cover the whole terrace. From the terrace you have stunning views over sea, valley and mountains, 180 degrees (south-east location). The house has windows surround and a garden with a small sitting-area under an olive tree.
It is equipped with French, English and German TV, printer, scanner and Internet (high-speed) access (free calls to most international landlines). For small children we can organise a baby cot and a high-chair if requested.
We can offer a 4-seat small car (Suzuki Swift, manual gear-box/AC) for local transportation.
We are happy if you water our plants in the garden. We have no pets but would love to look after your cats or other small animals (we prefer not to look after dogs as it is a big responsibility).

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More about us

  1. We are Kerstin and Claes, a Swedish retired couple 68/71. We have lived abroad since 1986 and used to work for a multi-national large company in Zürich, Switzerland. Since retiring early we have enjoyed our home in South of France relaxing, enjoying scenic walks, entertaining and exploring local restaurants. We love DYI and spend a lot of time improving on our home. Our greatest interest, though, is our two children and their 4 little boys.

    We have a daughter who lives with husband and two boys (now 7 and 6 years of age)in Manly, Australia. We have already been to Manly for long-term visits 12 times (15 home exchanges so far) and are planning to come back each year to spend 2-3 months with our family.
    Our next trip to Australia will probably be first quarter 2018.

    We have no pets but love cats and are happy to look after yours. Our garden needs watering when it does not rain and we do not mind looking after your plants.

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Where is it?

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Menton is a small, idyllic, very well kept French Town on the Mediterranean only 45 minutes from Nice airport, situated between the Italian border and Monte Carlo. Menton has a great number of restaurants and cafés and beaches both sand and pebble. In the vincinity small, perched villages of historic and gastronomic interest, the closest being Castellar, only 3 km from our house. The area offers beautiful hiking and biking along the sea-shore and in the near-by mountains (peak 1000 m). Monte-Carlo is only 20 minutes away with its famous beach Larvotto, casinos, night-clubs, golf course, shopping, botanic garden, opera and concerts with world-class performers, events like Grand Prix Formula 1 car racing (May), circus (Jan), fireworks (July-Aug), luxury exhibitions, yacht shows (Sept), etc. In February the Lemon Festival in Menton and the carneval in Nice draw people from all over the world. In December Menton is known for its beautiful Christmas illuminations and entertainment. The Italian border is 10 minutes away and you quickly reach the markets, museums, and golf course of San Remo. Although the motorway A8,which crosses through the valleys, can be heard from our house, it is convenient for travel along the coast.Two hours drive to the famous wine district of Barolo, 4 hours to Toscana and Florence and a bit further away Venice. Italian and French ski resorts are only 1-2 hours away. An hour on the motorway gets you within reach of some 10 golf courses east of Nice. With the high speed train from Nice (TGV) you can reach Paris and other parts of France quickly and comfortably. Or fly from Nice to London, Paris, Stockholm, Madrid, Geneva - anywhere at low cost!

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