About VillaSud

We are a small team or South of France aficionados. For over two decades, we have been helping guests from the Benelux, Northern Europe, and UK to spend a fabulous villa holiday in the South of France. About 230 villa owners in Provence and the Côte d'Azur have entrusted us with their properties to let. We manage over 1,000 bookings per year.

We are a Dutch company, headquartered in The Netherlands.

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Our Story

In the words of Jannine, founder of VillaSud: 

In 2001, we bought a house on the Côte d'Azur with our best friends. We quickly realized that we would have to rent it out to mitigate the costs. But there was no convenient digital platform for that at the time. I decided to take the matter in my own hands. I knew how to create and market a website, as I had owned a business in Internet marketing before.

I started VillaSud on my kitchen table. At first, I did everything myself. I rented a car and drove around the Côte d'Azur, visiting dozens of houses per day and praying that my old analogue camera makes at least a couple of good pictures. I was working with the villa owners and taking all the calls from clients. It was small, messy, and really fun. I kept up with it until my children were born.

Over time, the business grew. We opened an office and hired a small team of travel counsellors. I still oversee the marketing strategy, the financial and legal matters, and the big picture.

Where are we headed? 

Our vision for the future is to explore cutting-edge web technologies while preserving our ADN. VillaSud is a human-sized company, centered around people — our guests, villa owners, and team members. We’re big fans or personalization web algorithms, but no tool can beat our personal knowledge or every property in our collection. We have a rigorous screening process for the villas, and we give individual attention and care to every customer.

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Meet the Team 

Finding the perfect South of France villa for every customer takes knowledge and a strong service mindset. Our travel counsellors are empathic, generous, and thorough. These dedicated experts will always go the extra mile to create a fabulous villa holiday for you. 

Inge Schipper, Travel Counselor

About me

I’ve been in love with the South of France since I was a child. My parents often went there on holidays. It is incredibly diverse. Sandy beaches, cute villages and local markets, tons of outdoors activities — it has something for anybody’s ideal villa holiday. And the food, oh! The French food!

Every client’s call is an opportunity for me to browse through fantastic villas and create a tailor-made holiday. What could be more fun? There is nothing more rewarding than a happy guest telling me that they had the time of their life.

What I look for in a villa

At VillaSud, we personally visit every property in our portfolio (tough life, I know). What takes a holiday home from simply beautiful to outstanding? A little je-ne-sais-quoi. A luxury villa in the South of France should feel like an upgraded home. It needs plenty of space and light, a gorgeous pool, and a comfortable lounge area outdoors, because that’s where you spend most time in summer. If you haven’t had a long, lovely al fresco meal in the South of France... then you still have the essential Mediterranean experience ahead of you!

Personal tips

My favorite destination on the Côte d’Azur is the little town of Sainte-Maxime, lively yet laid-back. The restaurant BOHO is my go-to evening choice. And a small guilty pleasure: polishing the dinner off with a gelato from Les Glaciers Italiens.

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Sebastiaan van Campen, Travel Counselor

About me

I’m the kind of guy who needs a bit of holiday every day. Organizing luxury villa holidays in the South of France is as close as it gets to the dream. Where else would you find it all at once — balmy weather, mellow vibes, panoramic sea views, great wines and wonderful smelly cheese?

I have a big family. I know that spending a holiday with your loved ones is priceless, fun… and let’s be honest, often a pain to organize. You’ve got to keep everybody happy. When a client looks for a family-friendly villa, I take it as a personal challenge to help them find the perfect one. I love doing matchmaking with our villas. If you have a specific preference, I’ll go out of my way to meet it.

What I look for in a villa

I like a sleek architect villa with a panoramic sea view. But my heart goes to the old bastides lost in the hills of Provence. The type of timeless, authentic house that looks like it hasn’t been budged for centuries, but inside everything is top-notch modern and lavishly refurbished.

Personal tips

If you’re holidaying on the French Riviera near Cannes, you can break the beach experience with a little dose of culture at the Picasso museum. It sits in the historic Château Grimaldi where Picasso briefly worked in 1946. He had escaped from Paris to the Côte d’Azur with his lover Françoise Gilot. Picasso left a stunning collection of paintings, ceramics, and sketches to the city of Antibes as a thank-you for letting him use the chateau as a studio.

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Jolanda Lagerweij, Travel Counselor Team Supervisor

About me

I’m outdoorsy. Give me all the hiking, climbing, diving, geocaching! I fell in love with Provence, Luberon and Vaucluse for their natural parks and hiking trails, both in the hinterland and along the Mediterranean coast. You can hike among wonderful hilltop villages and reward yourself at the local restaurants with succulent Provençal food.

What I look for in a villa

A perfect holiday villa, for me, is one that is beyond complete. It doesn’t just match your expectations; it anticipates your every wish. Our guests are very discerning. As I work directly with villa owners, I select villas where luxury is thought through to the smallest detail.

Personal tips

I have a soft spot for the rustic, inland areas of Provence — the region of Aups, the Luberon, the rural Vaucluse celebrated by Marcel Pagnol and rediscovered by Peter Mayle. breathtaking. Looking for a more sporty experience. Try hiking in the “Colorado of Provence” or rafting in the Gorges du Verdon.

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Paulien van der Klij, Web & Marketing Manager

About me

I’m a marketing geek with ascendant in web project management. My job is to make it as easy as possible for you to find and book your dream villa on our website. I supervise the web development, the content we publish on our blog and social media, our newsletter, and our free South of France app for Apple or Android.

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Jannine Hazenberg, Founder & COO

About me

I started VillaSud all by myself in 2001, when I realized that I couldn’t easily rent out my villa in the South of France. Having a professional background in Internet marketing, I devise our online strategy and oversee the implementation of new web tools.

I’m also a foodie, and a fool for French cuisine. The gist of a villa holiday in the South of France, for me, is a relaxed lunch on the beach with a glass of rosé.

The South of France radiates a truly Epicurean vibe. It’s a concentrate of all the good things that life has to offer: sun, gorgeous nature, fantastic food. It never gets boring — there is always something going on in the Côte d’Azur. Yet it can also be very quiet, once you’re up at your villa, away from the glitzy coastal towns like Saint-Tropez. You can hear the crickets in the morning, as you squeeze your first glass of orange juice.

What I look for in a villa

Once every box on our list of requirements is ticked, the most important question is, “Would I spend my own holiday here?” Every luxury villa in our South of France portfolio is unique, but they share a special vibe: they make you feel at home. Happy. Free. This feeling is hard to define, but when you get it, you know it.

Personal tips

My favorite part of the French Riviera is Les Issambres and the surrounding area. In over twenty years, it became a second home to me. My children grew up here. I love strolling through the local market in the morning and exploring the restaurants. Our personal favorite: Le Cap Mail, right on the beach in Les Issambres.

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Anton Heinemans, CEO

About me

Owning a holiday home in the South of Europe was my childhood dream. It finally came true in 2001. Together with an old friend, we bought a villa on the Côte d’Azur. I still own that house. It’s a token or my unconditional love for the South of France.

To me, the best thing about the Côte d’Azur is how multifaceted it is. It has mountains, beaches, olive groves, vineyards, and a string of glitzy coastal towns like Saint-Tropez, Nice, or Cannes.

I stepped in as the CEO of VillaSud in 2006, to help Jannine out for a few months. 14 years later, I’m still here — and more excited than ever about this job. It brings together everything I like: architecture and design, marketing and web technologies, talking to interesting people, visiting beautiful places, enjoying good food ... This must be my French side. Speaking French, however, is not.

What I look for in a villa

When renting a villa in the South of France, our clients look for elegance, supreme comfort, and modernity. Basically, a holiday verison of their own home, with a sea view and a private pool. We have an extensive checklist of must-haves for a luxury French villa. Beyond that, I seek an atmosphere. It’s about visual harmony: a unified decoration style, a balanced color scheme, a contemporary vibe.

Personal tips

Spend an afternoon in Cannes. Have a nice lunch, stroll through old streets and markets, and come back loaded with fresh produce. A home-cooked dinner made with amazing French products is a must of a villa holiday in the South of France.

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Looking for a villa for your next holiday in the South of France? Have a property to let on the Côte d'Azur? Please contact us, we’re always here for you.