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5 stars - based on 1 reviews
826, Chemin de le Pounchounière
French Riviera & Provence, France
Number of Rooms: 7
Hotel Type: Bed & Breakfast
Prices: from 165.00 EUR to 280.00 EUR
Few hotels in Saint-Paul-de-Vence (or simply St. Paul for those who visit often!) can get as close to Toile Blanche for blending style with comfort, relaxation with a modern refined touch.
Not really a hotel and certainly not a guesthouse, this is part of the new generation of Bed and Breakfasts; drab wallpaper, out, grumpy landlords be gone, this is pure, simple and very stylish comfort. On top of that, it’s just 15 minutes from Nice (25 from Cannes) but in the middle of the countryside - surrounded by gardens and the green valley that runs just below Saint Paul and on down to the Côte d’Azur itself. Dany and Nadine who restored this late-Victorian villa in 2003 must surely be blessed with one of the best locations in Saint Paul de Vence.
Whether your idea of relaxation is lounging by the pool or popping in to the village for morning coffee, there shouldn’t be too many problems with finding stimulation here.
There is a wonderful sun deck by the pool which sits on a natural terrace at the edge of the garden giving stunning views back into the hills of Provence and down towards the sea. Those palms and avocados, all kinds of exotic flowers, something wants to lead you into dreamland. In fact, our money goes on the gardens as one of the nicest things about Toile Blanche though that shouldn’t detract from the cooking – each summer the Leroy brothers open up a rather exclusive and personalized restaurant at Toile Blanche, words can’t do it justice and we won’t even try, suffice to say it is inventive, delicious and you have to book in advance. If you’d rather, though, try St Paul itself, full of great little restaurants and if those aren’t enough, drive down the hill to Juan les Pins, a little more relaxed than Cannes and a great place for an aperitif as the sun goes down over the Mediterranean.
Back on the inside of Toile Blanche, the artwork in the lounge continues into the bedrooms where the decor is unashamedly modern but well-done, loaded with sensuality and far removed from a soulless minimalism. Deep colours blend seamlessly with pastels; the rooms are calm and soothing, the perfect place for practising that great Mediterranean art of the siesta.
All in all then, Toile Blanche might suit those who are looking for something a little bit different; it’s a great way to escape from the city (but still be close to some of the most exciting cities in France), relax with beautiful scenery around you whilst keeping an eye on comfort and style and easy access to excellent eating.
Toile Blanche Reviews
Once inside the gates, the view is so beautiful looking up to the hills towards St. Paul de Vence, but you are immediately taken in by the beauty of the surroundings and décor of the place itself. Everything is so white it practically sparkles! Walking down the steps towards the poolside area where one can have breakfast and dinner you have a sense of peace and quiet. The village of Saint Paul de Vence is a good 25 minute walk uphill and along the narrow roads and bends and if you were dining in the village then one of you would have to abstain from alcoholic beverages! However, we did find a much quicker walk (Chemin de Nice) which was up by the cemetery and this was literally 10 minutes. However, it is extremely steep, but with great views and much safer and quieter. We had a delicious dining experience on our first evening. The food is cooked by 2 of the brothers (the hotel is owned by 3 Leroy brothers and their wives/girlfriend) and it was so good that we asked could we dine again two nights later, which turned out to be their last night of opening for dinner. They open the restaurant for the summer months both for their guests and for outside reservations too, but it is not to be missed! The breakfasts are incredible. Fruit salad that is all diced up and enough for 10 people although we were only 2 and it looks like a work of art, accompanied by a plate of cheese and meats, along with a basket of breads and croissants. As if this wasn’t enough, you are offered your choice of eggs cooked any style or yoghurts and of course there were tasty jams and your choice of coffee and teas! All of this served on beautiful white plates by the pool by our charming hosts and hostesses. The Leroy brothers are artists in their own right and their art is everywhere and they also have very quirky pieces of pottery popping up in unexpected places. As far as the rooms are concerned, I can only comment on our room (No. 5) which had a lovely balcony looking out over the hills and this was beautiful. However, the only downside to our whole experience was in relation to the soundproofing or lack of it. We literally felt that whenever the people in the next room to ours were having a shower or washing, they may as well have been in our own bathroom – we could hear everything. And one other thing, in case you like privacy when bathing - there is no door between the bed and the bathroom. There is a coffee machine and a mini bar. The pool is surrounded by wonderful sun loungers and plenty of umbrellas and chairs for those who want to hide from the sun. We had a wonderful time and the Leroy family are so helpful and charming.
Date of stay at the Toile Blanche 10-09-2015
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