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697 Corso Mentone
Grimaldi, Liguria, 18039
Italy

+33 610794571

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What they said

Our family loved every moment we spent in this idyllic spot. The situation is spectacular — nothing could be lovelier than breakfast or supper on the elegant terrace with its view over the French coast and out to sea — and the flat itself very comfortably and elegantly appointed. Our teenaged children loved having their own separate studio; the beautiful garden full of scented flowers and ripening lemons was a balm in itself; the library made us want to stay for months and simply read. We ventured from Grimaldi inland into the mountains (to Breil sur Royat), as far along the Italian coast as San Remo, and along the French coast from Menton to Nice — a week wasn’t long enough. One of our favorite discoveries was the beautiful Hanbury Gardens, just a few kilometers away in Mortola. Julia, a wonderful hostess, has anticipated her guests’ every need or question. We can’t wait to return.
C.M. U.S.A. June 2017

Nestled in the hills of Italy, this beautiful house is comfortable, warm and inviting with stunning views of the Côte d'Azur. Spotlessly clean with all amenities including a small kitchen which is fully equipped with utensils, dish washer and large refrigerator. Hair dryers in every room and air conditioning/heating. There are a number of stairs within the house which is to be expected as the house is built on a hillside. So not suitable for those who need flat spaces. Lemons and grapefruits hang from the trees in the garden which is filled with flowers. A great location for touring the South east coast of France and the hilltop and fishing villages of Italy. Rent a small car as the road is narrow and there are a couple of tight arches to go through. Julia has a small car at the house to rent. Superb hiking, challenging cycling and bird watching in the national forests which climb up from the coast. Cultural activities include a fabulous museum of Cocteau's art and film work in nearby Menton. Superb French and Italian restaurants down by the ocean and throughout the area. Julia, our gracious host, was available by phone or email to answer any questions we had. It was difficult to leave the stunning view and we would definately rent again.

 

J.S.  U.S.A.  May 2017

Imagine dreaming.

Imagine yourself dreaming in deep, peaceful slumber..

Dreams of enchanted beauty so wholesome and pure, that you find yourself having momentarily forgotten to breathe…

… from a fragrant lemon tree nestled in the cool, lulling gardens below, a gentle songbird sings into your reverie, reminding you that you are not actually dreaming..

.. as your breath unravels your awakened state, you realize that what you took for dreaming is actually your senses having become spellbound, having fallen in sweet surrender to the surrounding serenity of fresh air, expansive sea vistas and the natural silence of tranquility..

It takes time to absorb oneself here, but the effect is immediate.

Welcome to Il Valico..

Views from all its wide windows gaze to sweeping panoramic seascape – particularly from the terrace – taking our breath away every time we laid our eyes upon it..

.. whether sipping morning coffee* on the outdoor terrace steps or in soft breezes of the willowy garden in bloom, watching butterflies and resting eyes on nearby towns jutting out to sea, or sipping wine under graceful swirls of pastel skies at sunset as neighboring villages slowly turn on their lights to the coming night, a bejewelled necklace lacing the area far and wide, spellbound were we.

Many an evening was spent on the terrace, taking in the full moon’s mesmerizing shimmer on inky sea below, dotted with twinkling nocturnal boats. The salt-shaken dark sky above sparkled with contemplation..

The senses are so preoccupied by beauty and peacefulness that submitting to the captivating views and nature’s alluring calm is not only enrapturing but also unforgettable. The experience quietly lodges itself into memory, making warm beds in our hearts.

Il Valico has everything and much more one could expect.

It has the comfortable coziness of a rustic farmhouse, a lovely balance of modern functionality and home-style amenities with Medieval history grounded in the foundational presence of this place, books galore in a beloved library (TV & DVD player, too), thoughtful tableware and settings, snug bedding and bath you could easily imagine as In your own home. 

To be sure, the entire household feels like home - from using the handy laundry room to watching movies or reading good books after enjoying incredible homemade meals. The kitchen has everything an enthusiastic chef could want and with neighboring Latte’s wonderfully stocked Italian market, Ventimiglia, and nearby Menton with its French options, puttering over the stove with authentic ingredients is immensely fun. Good restaurants are also within reasonable reach if the mood strikes.



Must have car. Must have very tiny car.

The passage to Julia’s Il Valico is so narrow, it’s a thrill to gingerly get through even with tiniest of cars. Take it slow, slow, slow. Expect giddy laughter going through it the first time - and very possibly every time thereafter.



The stilling calm that greeted us the first day we stepped into Il Valico embraced like an old friend as we departed.

It’s been a number of months now since we discovered this Mediterranean pearl, but memories linger like only lifetime memories do. It has profound and lasting effects, the goodness of this place.

We can’t wait to return.

Will dream in the meantime.. Until a songbird sings from a citrus tree below and reminds us to breathe again..


* Nespresso coffee & milk frothing machine – Julia does not mess around! Remember to bring your own capsules.

M&B, Abu Dhabi. September 2016.

"We just returned from a two week stay at Il Valico, and it was spectacular.  Pictures do not do it justice.  The view of the sea and sky changes constantly, and light just pours through the big windows.  

The well-equipped kitchen is a big plus for cooks, and excellent produce, charcuterie, olives, and cheeses are readily available in nearby markets. Though we ate every meal on the terrace (in September) the lovely Library provides a perfect place for dessert and a limoncello after dinner.  

Great privacy for 2 couples, with the apartment below.  Be sure to heed the owner’s advice about a car!  You must have one, and it must be small to fit through the narrow passages near the house. 

 

The place is a dream."

 

J.B., U.S.  September 2016

 

A lovely stay in a delightful apartment with stunning views over the sea towards Menton.

The best equipped ever with nothing overlooked. Everything you could possibly think of is provided.

GH, UK. September 2016
Our third time in Grimaldi felt like coming home! We were so excited to see the house and beautiful garden again - couldn’t wait to have the fantastic view from the terrace. By now we have our rituals. First action every day: having a cup of tea on the steps of the terrace. Then visiting one of the food markets - in Menton for the French products and Ventimiglia for the Italian specialities. It’s wonderful.

By now we know the area very well and went to Aix-en-provence. A charming town with lots of cafes, restaurants and beautiful places.

Our highlight was the visit of Cap Moderne, Eileen Gray’s villa E-1027, Le Corbusier Cabanon and the restaurant Etoile de Mer.

There are some more things left we would like to do - reason enough to come back! We love Grimaldi.

S.H. Germany. July 2016

"I returned to Paradise. At least, that is what I told my friends and family. Having had the opportunity to come to Grimaldi in September, 2015, I was anxious to return this June with my own family. I couldn't wait to see and hear their amazed faces and gasps of pure joy at the sight of the Mediterranean coast from the terrace. I was not disappointed. This place is extraordinary. From the beautiful furnishings and appointments, to the well stocked library and a refrigerator full of all the basics, we couldn't have been more pleased.  The apartment is also immaculately maintained. Jeanette quickly took care of a small issue with the tv (our fault). This place is a dream."

 

L.A., U.S.  June 2016

When considering what I should write in a review of my family’s week spent at the villa, I looked at previous visitor reviews. It seems that they also found it a perfect place for their holiday.
Jeanette greeted us with a warm smile . As the hour was almost midnight we greatly appreciated such a warm welcome. The villa is both beautiful and equipped with everything one could possibly need. The library a welcome bonus. For me the early morning view from the balcony was magnificent, made even more special with the fragrance of jasmine. In the evening, sitting outside with our glass of wine we were serenaded by the frogs and crickets...wonderful.
I certainly hope to re-visit very soon.
J.C., UK. June 2016

"This was our second visit in 18 months, yet it seemed we had never been away. I had thought it was the house I loved. Then I thought it was the garden. Now I realise it is both because they complement each other so sympathetically. Why? Because it’s a team thing: the cheerful, willing back-up. Money can’t buy that.

In winter, when it’s grey and cold, I think of Il Valico to cheer myself up. I go there a hundred times at least, so often – especially at night when sleep will not come. There are not many places like that, where you leave a part of yourself and hope to return to reclaim it.

F.T. , UK May 2016"

 

 

"A five-star villa in a five-star location.

Our family of 5 spent a month at this lovely villa in February and we had a fabulous time. The weather was sunny and warm most of the time, with the few odd showers, and we had breakfast and lunch on the balcony many times. The view over Menton and Monaco is incredible and mesmerising and the sun reflects off the sea, giving a lot of warmth to the balcony. We spent hours just admiring the location while sipping orange juice made from windfalls off Julia’s citrus trees. The gardens have 5 terraces and are well tended with a wide variety of plants and places to sit and relax.

The house was bigger than we thought and arranged in such a way that everyone could find their own corner in which to read, or sit together for dinner or to watch the large TV (with UK SKY satellite, including sports and movies). The bedrooms are lovely and comfortable with great bathrooms and the annex beneath the balcony was ideal for our son and daughter in law. The kitchen is not huge but we found it well equipped and cooked for 5 many times with no problems. The fridge and dishwasher are large and the little utility room is fine for washing and drying clothes. In the evenings (it was February after all) we needed some heating but the villa has plenty of options for keeping warm.The decor is stylish, with original artworks, and the seating comfortable throughout.

You certainly need a small car if you intend to go and I would recommend a Toyota Aygo or Fiat 500 if you wish to navigate the tunnels in Grimaldi without worrying about scratching the vehicle. We had a Citroen C3 which was fine but we had to take two of the four tunnels slowly with about 3 inches to spare on each side. The parking is by the villa and easy. There are no shops in the village and so you need to drive down the hill to Latte on the Italian side (Conad supermarket) or Menton on the French side. Just behind the villa is a long distance footpath which we walked several times. There are incredible views from this path and an interesting deserted village. If you continue up the path, through the deserted houses, you come to a little village with Taverna and church and good views towards Ventimiglia.

We were staying during the Menton Lemon Festival and this is well worth a visit. We attended the nighttime parade which was astonishing with very creative floats and happy performers. Menton and Menton Garavan (near to the villa) have fine restaurants. We also parked near the Menton Garavan station and took trains to Ventimiglia and Nice - cheap and easy with wonderful sea views. Parking can be a bit tricky in Menton but there are lots of spaces beside the Super U supermarket in Garavan and it is only a short walk into town along the shore.

Jeannette greets you on arrival and speaks many languages. She also lives up the road in case of problems. The cleaner pops in a couple of times a week and does a fine job. We highly recommend this villa and location - we have never stayed anywhere so quiet and relaxing with such a great view. We intend to return.

 

GC and family. UK. February 2016"

 

 

When you follow the strada nazionale up the hill to Grimaldi you feel you’re going to a special place .. and you are. You will find a lovely house perfectly situated, secluded by trees to the rear, and through the door you will find a delightful house with very interesting architecture, much light, spacious, and above all exquisitely stupendous views over Menton and the coast beyond and to your left the seemingly endless mediterranean.

The terrace is like a filmset specially arranged on that spot. Sitting there and having your drinks and meals is a wonderful experience. The rooms are all very spacious and comfortable, nicely decorated. The kitchen pristine and well-equipped. The garden is very well tended with many special plants and a lemon tree which gives you the best lemons I have ever tasted: a great place for a stroll at the end of the day.

Il Valico is ideally located for daily visits to Menton and the Italian villages along the coast, where you can stop for a dive in the big blue.

We spent an absolutely great time there and we highly recommend a visit.

RZ. Belgium. June 2015.

“Il Valico is a magical place with the most breathtaking views of the Med. The villa is beautiful and has all the comforts of home along with a well stocked kitchen. Julia is very easy to communicate with and informative. Jeannette met us when we arrived and took care of all our needs. She was a wonderful hostess. Fantastic location to explore both the Italian and French coasts. We carry with us very happy memories! ”
— J.C. U.S. June 2015

Having seen Il Valico advertised in the RHS Garden magazine, we decided it would be an ideal place from which to explore the area around Menton and Nice. Right decision!

The house enjoys a fabulous situation above Menton and the view from the house and terrace is mesmerising. The information we received about the house prior to our arrival was excellent and directions were clear. We were met by Jeannette’s daughter and her two lovely children. If you are brave enough to tangle with the ‘tunnels/archways’ you can park right outside the house. As we were in a hired car we decided to leave the car in the village, near the church. We had been warned! The house is beautifully appointed, with a well equipped kitchen, stunning views from the dining room and television room (fabulous large TV) and a lovely garden which was already beginning to bloom with all sorts of interesting shrubs. The garden just seems to go on and on and there is a lovely terrace with (aforementioned) fabulous views. Wi-fi in the house works very well.

We chose to visit the area in February in order to see the Lemon Festival in Menton and the Bataille de Fleurs in Nice, part of the carnival. We also were able to visit the Violet Festival in Tourettes-sur-Loup, which is a delightful little village. We had hoped to go to the Mimosa festival in Mandelieu but the rain was torrential and I doubt if the parade would have taken place. Undeterred, we drove through the valley with hundreds of mimosa trees and even through the rain it was spectacular. After the first day the weather was warm and sunny. There are lots of lovely gardens to visit, from la Mortola which is just along the road, to the Serre de la Madone (in need of a little tlc but charming) and the Rothschild Jardins Ephrussi (no expense spared!) There are many other gardens well worth visiting and some which we have kept for next time.

We enjoyed exploring Menton; the market , the church and the restaurants.

Il Valico is a fabulous place for a holiday, at any time of year, I should imagine, although summer might be very busy on some of the roads.
I would thoroughly recommend a holiday here and would definitely like to return.
— S.P, U.K. February 2015
What a fantastic setting and delightful home! One is always a little anxious prior to arrival in case the photos and description don’t match the reality but Julia’s absolutely captured the essence and charm of this wonderful holiday home. Yes, the road and arches are challenging but you soon get used to negotiating these and they assist in creating this idyllic environment. You have peace and quiet up there and when you want to dip into any activity, you are 5-10 minutes from Menton or Latte. The supermarket in Latte has fabulous salami, hams, prosciutto etc. and the freshly made pasta is to die for! We found it so hard to leave and were often just content to sit out on the terrace drinking in the vista and wondering how amazing it would be to live in such a paradise. Any enquiries we had were answered immediately and it was very clear that nothing would be a problem. Julia and Jeannette’s attitudes were reassuring and exemplary. We already planning when we can return next year! Thanks for being such a great host!
Also, it was lovely to stay where you were trusted with the intimacy of someone’s loved and lived in holiday home. Arriving to find that we were welcome to eat whatever was available and that there weren’t a million lists of do’s and don’t’s. We felt that we were staying at a friend’s home and this is quite rare. I think that this respect for you as a guest, this warmth encourages the guest to nurture and care for the place far more than usual. A truly gracious host!
— C.B, Australia. November 2014
“We were charmed – by the house, by the garden, by the views, by the friendly welcome, by your excellent library and by Menton. 

We did most assuredly have an excellent time and settled in very quickly, and eventually managed to drive through the final two arches with considerably greater speed than the first few times!

Your home is delightful, very well equipped and comfortable. Menton was charming with friendly and helpful locals. We loved the mixture of French and Italian –Ventimiglia felt so different. We went to Nice twice, firstly by bus. Because of work on tunnels it took a long time to get through Monaco so the second time we used the train which was fine. We also used the tram. We both thought the public transport good. We used several of the beaches you recommended, swimming on each occasion. We found the garden fascinating and only wonder how you and Teresio keep it as well as it looked (to us). I could probably go on waxing lyrical but I think you can tell we had a lovely time. Thank you.
F. & D.T, U.K. September 2014”
We had a fantastic week in Grimaldi, it was not only the weather which was absolutely perfect,it was the stunning view and the beautiful house that made our visit unforgettable. The house has everything to enjoy your stay and the garden is so lovingly cultivated. You just can’t get enough of the breathtaking view from the terrace. We discovered the adorable area around Grimaldi, especially Menton where we went to the market nearly every day. We are lucky that Julia offered such a unique place to stay and we will definitely come back next year!!!
— S.H, Germany. September 2014
We had a wonderful week - just about perfect. What an incredible house with such amazing views! Even the art on the walls provided an amazing view! It was a perfect combination of beautiful and comfortable. It was hard to leave to explore the area because we couldn’t imagine a more perfect spot. Of course, we went to the beach every day and did do some exploring of the area but were always so happy to get back to Grimaldi. The house had just about everything one could need - even perfect beach toys. The kitchen was extremely well equipped and well-stocked. Every room was beautiful and the beds were extremely comfortable.

Your suggestions were great. We took our granddaughters to the beach you recommended almost every day and went to restaurants you suggested which we loved. Jeanette was great and so helpful and welcoming. We will absolutely recommend your house to friends and we actually hope to return ourselves.
— R.M. U.S.A. August 2014
“Julia had arranged for us to meet up with Irene at the train station in Menton. She welcomed us and showed us around the property. The house was marvellous, clean and with magnificent views. All information about the neighbourhood was provided before we arrived. The description of the property was describing in the advertisement, but when we arrived it was even better. It had all a family of four wished for. A really luxurious experience. We visited the 2 star michelin restaurant Mirazur down the road, and spent lazy days on the secret beach down the hill. We went hiking in the mountains and bicycled the col de turini path. A perfect holiday in a perfect house. We will come back again and again.”
M.S. Finland. July 2014
To stay at Il Valico is a fantastic experience! Breathtaking view obviously and with a garden you can spend hours exploring and find restful corners in. Decorated with impeccable taste the house very well matches and takes in the outdoors. To travel in and out of Grimaldi - a peaceful village where time seems to stand still - is always an adventure when going through the very narrow arches. The welcome we got from Jeanette was perfect! And so was it to swim by the cliffs of Balzi Rossi! To find a moment’s harmony I often go back to Il Valico in my mind - and of course we hope to go back there for real in the future!
— A.H. Sweden. June 2014
My wife and I spent a week with our daughter and son-in-law at Julia’s garden flat in Grimaldi Superiore during the month of May, 2014. The flat was superb and exceeded our expectations. It was fully equipped with everything we needed and was so comfortable. What a delight! The kitchen was complete in every respect and the beds were great. Attention had been given to every detail and quality was shone throughout. Our daughter and son-in-law stayed in the separate guest suite which has its own garden, small kitchenette and bathroom - and they were very pleased. The view of the Mediterranean from virtually the entire property was fantastic with its view of Menton immediately to the west and Monte Carlo just beyond.
Although rather secluded from the hustle below, it was not difficult to reach by car, but the passages are narrow and a small car is a must. We would definitely recommend this marvelous retreat.
— L.B. U.S.A. May 2014
Because of my job we have lived both short and long term in many rented properties all over the world. From an island with only one other house in the Carribean to a converted fisherman’s hut in Malta. We have never walked into a property and experienced a feeling of ‘coming home’ as we do in Il Valico.

We’ve had two visits, in Winter and in Spring and we plan to fit in the other two seasons when we can. Everything about the house resonates with us. The books in the library, the 400tpi percale cotton bed linen, the sharp knives in the kitchen and of course, all the time , the views.

We know that nothing in life is perfect, however Il Valico comes very close.
— D.R. U.K. December 2013

“ Grimaldi has a view to die for . A stunning location .Extremely comfortable and very well appointed to a very high standard . We have but only happy memories of our stay and would be happy to recommend it to those seeking a charming and quiet property complete with a terraced garden, as an ideal place to either relax or to explore the Riviera”
— J.H. U.K. September 2013

With the view of Monte Carlo in the distance and the wonderful town of Menton on your doorstop, this location is truly idyllic. We just loved staying in this cared-for apartment.
— D.T. U.K. September 2013
An exquisite place to stay - a beautiful garden and views across the med to take your breath away. We spent a very happy honeymoon here - thank you.
— K.W. U.K. August 2013
This is an utterly lovely home with one of the most stunning views imaginable, set in a charming village on the Mediterranean. Julia is a wonderful host with excellent and generous communications, and her property manager was gracious and helpful with everything we could need. The house has everything one could want, including a well-stocked kitchen and fabulous library; beds are comfortable and the rooms are spacious, all with the 180 degree water view. The location is quiet and peaceful but a short drive to everything one could want including delightful beaches and excellent dining in either Ventimiglia or down the French Riviera. Do be sure to rent a very small car to navigate the narrow Grimaldi passages or be prepared to park about 1/4 mi down the road and have a nice short walk with a gorgeous view of the Côte d’Azur. We hope to return in coming years and to stay longer next time! Thanks for all your hospitality, Julia.
— J.O. USA. July 2013
The best holiday rental I have experienced - everything about this lovely property exceeded my expectations. It was as though a good friend had given us the key of their home to enjoy. The location is spectacular with an amazing view of the Mediterranean, and everything one could wish for is in the house - even good books to read. I am already planning a return visit and strongly recommend it
— R.G., U.K. June 2013
Breathtaking view. tasteful house, even the fridge had been filled up before we arrived (Milk, butter, bread,...). An issue with the internet access got fixed in less than an hour (what is near to a miracle in Italy!)

At the end of the day, a perfect location offered by very nice people. Couldn´t have been better.
— P.B. Germany. January 2013
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