La Maison du Frene

Top choice bed and breakfast in Vence
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Named for the gorgeous 500-year-old ash tree out the front, this arty guesthouse is a labour of love for avid art collectors Thierry and Guy. Yes, that Niki de Saint Phalle is an original. And yes, the César too. It’s an essential sleepover for true art-lovers, who will thoroughly appreciate the superb, sprawling rooms that boldly mix classic and contemporary styles.

The owners are a mine of information on the local art scene.

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Quick description

Located in the heart of Vence, La Maison du Frene is an 18th-century Provencal house featuring 20th-century design, right by the famous ash tree painted by Chaim Soutine and faces Villeneuve Castle. It offers free Wi-Fi and views of Vence. All of the suites at La Maison du Frene have a unique decoration. With a minibar, each suite features a flat-screen TV, a DVD player and an iPod docking station. The private bathroom is fitted with a rain shower and a hairdryer. A homemade, continental breakfast is served daily in the dining room. Bars, restaurants and shops can be found near the property. Antibes is 20 km away and La Chapelle Matisse is a 10-minute walk away. Saint-Paul-de-Vence is 4 km away, Monaco is 44.6 km away and Nice Côte d'Azur Airport is a 22-minute drive away.

Important information

Please inform La Maison du Frene in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation. In accordance with government guidelines to minimise transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), this property currently isn't accepting guests from certain countries, during dates where such guidelines exist. In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are currently in effect at this property. If you expect to arrive outside reception opening hours, please inform the property in advance. Contact details can be found on the booking confirmation.


  • Heating
  • Safety deposit box
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Atm/cash machine on site
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Newspapers


  • Dry cleaning
  • Concierge service
  • Luggage storage
  • Laundry
  • Car hire


  • Soundproof rooms
  • Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay
  • Invoice provided
  • Walking tours
  • Physical distancing in dining areas
  • Hiking
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Wifi available in all areas
  • Physical distancing rules followed
  • All plates, cutlery, glasses and other tableware have been sanitized
  • Wifi
  • Tour or class about local culture
  • Bike tours
  • Parking
  • Cycling
  • Live sport events (broadcast)
  • First aid kit available
  • Bridal suite
  • Cashless payment available
  • Chapel/shrine
  • 24-hour security
  • Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines
  • Gift shop
  • Tennis court
  • Contactless check-in/check-out
  • Mini-market on site
  • Water park
  • Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays
  • Temporary art galleries
  • Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas
  • Internet services
  • Cctv outside property
  • Live music/performance
  • Family rooms
  • Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities
  • Barber/beauty shop
  • Guest accommodation sealed after cleaning
  • Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against coronavirus
  • Smoke alarms


  • Valet parking


  • Free WiFi available