LES ROSÉES

Romantic Riviera retreat in the hills above Cannes

MINUTES FROM CANNES and nudging the ancient hilltop village of Mougins, Les Rosées – set in gardens strewn with honeysuckle, roses and lavender – makes the perfect hillside Riviera retreat.

Far from the crowds of the Cote d’Azur yet just a short drive from its cool cafes and beaches, this idyllically set, bijou B&B is just the place to revive and relax. Twinkling tealights form a glowing path through lavender-scented gardens up to the front door at night, adding to the magic.

An exquisitely renovated 18th century farmhouse, Les Rosées feels like an intimate and elegant private home where everything has been impeccably thought out. There’s a lounge with books and squashy sofas, a grand piano and candelabra, while über luxurious rooms come with lime-washed walls, beamed ceilings, silken drapes, eclectic antique pieces (a vintage trunk here, a violin there) and fresh flowers.



Hit the spot
Close to the hilltop village of Mougins – ten minutes from Cannes.

Bedtime
We loved the Isadora suite, with its turret lounge, stunning valley views and kingsize bed.

Be savvy
You’ll need a car to get around. Mougins is a steep 15 minute walk uphill.

Be smitten
Life couldn’t be rosier.

Rustic chic suites


Delectable decor is a palette of soft provencal pastels. There are rugged flagstone floors, big beds dressed in fine designer linen, crushed velvet and tasselled cushions, while bathrooms come with huge baths and (in Serguey) pampering double sinks. Rooms are sans TV – this is a sanctuary from the outside world.

We loved the airy, rustic-chic Isadora suite, with its huge bed, smoke-grey silken drapes and superlative views from its signature curved, glass walled lounge. Serguey on the top floor sports a glass roof and real wood burning fireplace with piles of logs and a glass back opening into the bathroom behind, so you can watch the flames flicker as you soak.

St Honorat has a retro-romantic look with distress-painted walls, antique wooden doors, enormous bath and French windows opening onto the garden. Sainte Marguerite opens onto a private terrace.

Les Rosées is the perfect place for indolent summer days – though it’s also cosy and candlelit at Christmas. You’ll probably want to laze away some afternoons stretched out on a lounger around the (small) pool, or disappear to your room for a siesta.

Starting the day with a delicious breakfast on the verandah is a must. Hilltop Mougins – full of artisan shops, galleries and trailing bougainvillea – is a steep but scenic 15 minute walk uphill. Head the other way, and you can drive to the beach in Antibes in 20 minutes.

A favourite with stars coming for the Cannes Film Festival, this is a peaceful oasis in which to hunker down, stretch out and switch off. Run by spoiling hosts Kilperick and Jenny (who have seemingly thought of everything), life feels pretty rosy at this rustic Riviera retreat.


Les Rosées was reviewed by Room for Romance
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Dining in
Strictly speaking, only breakfast is served. Dinner can be served by special arrangement, and your hosts will happily rustle up sandwiches or a cheese platter for lunch, or nibbles and evening drinks. Debate where you’ll eat that evening over one of Kilperick’s rose syrup champagne cocktails. Delicious breakfasts are served on the terrace, in your room or in the dining room.
 
Dining out
Picturesque Mougins – five minutes away by car – has plenty of restaurants, including the Michelin star Moulin de Mougins. Others worth trying include Brasserie de la Méditerranée in the heart of the village, and Le Petit Fouet, with its enticing deli. Le Bistrot de Mougins and Le Clos St Basile are also good choices, and your hosts will happily recommend some of the hot and happening hangouts in Cannes.




Where?
Les Rosées.

What’s cooking?

Light lunches or nibbles – best enjoyed under the shade of an olive tree in the gardens, with a glass of local provencal wine.

Top table?
On the verandah,  or a shady spot in the rose-filled gardens. Breakfast by the pool is a must on sunny days.

See & Do

Ready to stir from the pool? Join the bronzed beauties on the private beaches of Cannes and Antibes for the quintessential Riviera experience, or people-watch from an array of cool cafes. It’s easy to arrange boat trips and excursions to nearby islands.

Nearby Nice has its famous Promenade des Anglais, a couple of excellent art museums and a charming old town full of winding alleys and small bars. Also worth a visit are the hilltop village of St Paul de Vence (touristy but stuffed with tempting shops and galleries), and the perfume town of Grasse, where you can make your own fragrance. There are plenty of weekly food markets where you can stock up on local produce, and a couple of golf clubs nearby.

Hilltop Mougins has plenty of arty galleries and little cafes made for watching the world go by, plus plenty of foodie shops. 

Spa

Les Rosées has its own treatment room where massage can be arranged using organic oils and preparations.  

Shop
Hang on to your plastic – super-cool Cannes has just about every designer shop going.

Spa
You can be pampered and de-stressed in the relaxing treatment room at Les Rosées with a massage using organic  Docteur Hauschka oils.

Dates
May
Rub shoulders with the beautiful people at the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix.

September

If you fancy buying a luxury yacht then head down to the Cannes Boat show.
GETTING THERE

Location

Chemin de Font Neuve, 06250 Mougins

Parking
There is free guest parking – a car is advisable.

Trains
Cannes – 15 minutes. You can reach Cannes by high-speed TGV train from London (8 hrs).

Taxis
EUR 75 from the airport.

Airport
Nice Airport – 6km. EasyJet flies to Nice from London Gatwick, Stansted and Luton, Bristol, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Newcastle. Bmi baby flies there from London Heathrow and Birmingham, while British Airways flies from London Heathrow and Gatwick.



Rooms and suites

Four suites.

Special features
Ultra comfortable, air conditioned suites come with CD players and a Bose sound system (but no TV), Fragonard toiletries from nearby Grasse, robes and slippers, wi-fi, a minibar and safe. Serguey has a glass roof, while Isadora has a glass-walled lounge.

Also…
There’s a small pool (sunny, though unheated), and plenty of quiet corners in the terraced gardens.


ESSENTIAL INFO


Rates guide
EUR 230 - 310

Open/closed
Open all year except Christmas.

Check-in
Midday

Check-out
15:00

Minimum night stay?
No.

Breakfast

Served until 10:30 officially, though often later. Look forward to fresh croissants and pastries, home made marmalade, local hams and yoghurt. Everything’s organic.

Room service

Available morning and evening.

Children
Welcome.

Pets

Well behaved dogs are welcome.

Air conditioning
Yes - all rooms.

Wedding License?

No.
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