Walthwaite like chapel style apartments

Your # 1 vacation rental in Vence


Your # 1 holiday home in Vence, the Villa Fontaine Vieille, near Nice on the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, is surrounded by a large, Mediterranean garden full of flowers, palm trees, cypresses and mimosas. The idyllic seating in the shady garden and the verandas invite you to read, stroll, discuss and meditate. The property is located just outside the old city walls in close proximity to the historic old town of Vence. Shops, boutiques, street cafes and restaurants are within easy walking distance.

The oldest parts of the villa date from the middle of the 19th century. The old components were tastefully incorporated into the renovated holiday apartments. The interior design is based on the Provence style of southern France. Depending on the orientation of the balconies and terraces of the apartments, you have panoramic views of the Baou Mountains, the Lubiane river, the Matisse Chapel and the picturesque old town of Vence.

A roofed fireplace with a fireplace and a summer outdoor kitchen are available to all holiday apartments. The covered outdoor kitchen is equipped with a pizza oven and grill, a large dining table with chairs, dishes, etc. Loungers, resting places and umbrellas complete the varied offer.

  • The Villa

  • View from the Matisse Chapel

  • View of the Matisse Chapel

  • In the middle of the oasis

  • Away from the parking lot

  • Way to the parking lot

  • Parking lot with sliding gate

  • View of the fireplace

  • Fire pit with fireplace

  • Pizza oven

  • Caretaker Milan in action

  • Caretaker Milan with his wife Rada

  • Shade provider

  • View of the Baou

  • View of the outside kitchen

  • It is served ...

  • Wash house

  • Still life

  • Old mill with a resting place

  • Cozy corners

  • Boules court

  • Relax

Central heating

All apartments are equipped with central heating and are cozy and warm even in winter. Connoisseurs and many of our regular guests prefer to come to us in autumn and spring. These seasons have their own, very characteristic charm. The rhythm of life is more relaxed, the beaches and hiking trails lonely, the climate very pleasant and the evening and morning moods are often breathtakingly beautiful.


Vence offers numerous shopping opportunities for every need. Local farmers and traders sell their goods on the central Place du Grand Jardin, a two-minute walk away. The offer is rounded off by supermarkets, shops of all kinds, as well as boutiques and galleries, some of which can be reached on foot.

The villa, Vence and surroundings

The two medieval towns of Vence and the sister town of Saint-Paul de Vence are embedded in the lovely hilly landscape northwest of Nice. The houses and alleys of the old town of Vence, arranged like a snail shell, the castle, the former palace and the rose chapel of Matisse are well-known tourist attractions. Vence, a city of artists, is also known as the “city of flowers” ​​and the “city of water”. The well-preserved “wash house”, twenty wells and numerous springs ensure the water supply for the well-tended private and public parks. The «Fontaine vieille», which gave the villa and the street its name, is one of these many sources.


The beaches of Cagnes sur Mer, Nice, Antibes, Cannes, Theoule sur Mer, Cap Ferrat, Beaulieu sur Mer and others are easily accessible by car. There are usually showers on the pebble and sandy beaches. The well-kept public outdoor pool in Vence gets its water directly from one of the springs.


From south to north, the varied coastal landscape with flat beaches and azure blue water (Cotes d’Azur) extends into the hilly central hinterland (Moyen Pays) and finally into the mountainous "Alpes Maritimes Provencales" (Hautes Pays). In this varied landscape there are countless routes from easy to very demanding for hikers, bikers, cyclists and riders. There are information brochures in the apartments with detailed route information.


Drive up the Col de Vence, to the St.Barnabe plateau, into the Wolfsschlucht (Gorge du Loup) and through the untouched hinterland of Vence. Visit the impressive Verdon Gorge and two of the most beautiful villages in France - Tourtel and Gourdon. Wine lovers will find well-known wine regions in the region north of Toulon (Côtes de Provence) and in the Var region (Côtes de Varois).


The artist places Saint Paul de Vence (world-famous exhibition Fondation Maeght), Antibes (old town and port, Picasso Museum, Cap d’Antibes), Vallauris (Picasso clay works), Haut de Cagnes (Renoir House) are always worth a visit.

City visits

Visit the cities of Nice (Old Town, Matisse Museum, Promenade des Anglais), Cannes (Old Town, Croisette, Esterel Mountains, Iles de Lerins) and Monaco (Casino and Prince's Palace). St. Tropez and Port Grimaud are only 1 ½ hours away by car.

Perfume, violets and wine

A visit to the perfume city of Grasse is almost a must. On the way there is the romantic village of Tourrettes le Loup. The Patisserie Florian on the way is also worth a detour.


Sybille Heinemann has been spending part of the spring and summer with us in the enchanting hinterland of the Côte d’Azur for many years.

After consultation, we will work together to create a completely individual treatment program that is right for you. Depending on your requirements, this can only be an afternoon, several days or even a week or more.


In the small, picturesque, romantic squares in the old town of Vence there are a number of good restaurants with French and international cuisine. In the immediate vicinity, gourmets can expect numerous top restaurants such as Les Bacchanales and the famous Colombe d’Or in St. Paul de Vence.

  • Vence - city walls

  • Vence - fish hall

  • Fresh on the table

  • Vence - Peyra fountain

  • Cagnes sur Mer

  • At the dog beach

  • Saint Paul de Vence

  • Chagall mosaic

  • Eze is enthroned on the mountain

  • Tourrettes sur Loup

  • Cap Ferrat

  • Beach art

  • Adventurous ways

  • Villa Kerylos

  • We love Nice

  • Massena place

  • Chill on the beach

  • Regina Palace

  • Gairaut

  • Olive grove in Cimiez

  • Nice - Est Littoral

  • Breathtaking

  • evening atmosphere

  • View from Gourdon

  • Monaco

  • Prince's Palace

  • In the harbour

  • Grasse

  • Perfume factory

Studio apartment

The 36 sqm apartment with terrace, suitable for 2 people, is located on the ground floor of the villa.


Ground floor, 41 sqm, newly renovated, up to 4 people + south terrace + north / west balcony


The 60 square meter apartment for up to 3 people with a south / east balcony is located on the 1st floor and can be reached via an outside staircase.


The very bright, newly renovated 50 sqm apartment + 2 balconies of 20 sqm is located on the 1st floor of the villa and is ideal for 2-3 people.

Soleil Levant

1st and 2nd floor, maisonette apartment, 65 sqm, new kitchen, maximum 6 people, large 25 sqm roof terrace and south-facing balcony


Raised ground floor, 61 sqm, 2 bathrooms, up to 4 people + south terrace + east balcony