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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.
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.
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