Clive Oakes

Terésa Oakes

About Us

With a few years of building experience under his belt, Clive arrived in France in 1980 and started working for a well-known local architect on the construction of luxury stone villas in and around Saint Paul, Tourrettes and Vence.


Eventually in 1986, Clive decided to start his own company, Villa Image, and while continuing to work on the architect’s projects, he started to develop his own reputation for top quality work at a fair price.


Villa Image has grown exponentially since then, with a wide range of projects completed in the last 32 years, and for an interesting array of clients, including Sir Norman Foster in Grasse, Roger Moore in St Paul, Joseph Ettedgui in Cap Ferrat and many, many more. We have a wide range of references from happy clients, some of whom are equally happy for us to show potential clients the quality of the work that we have carried out for them.


Clive married Terésa in 1993 and they have had three children, Daniel, Serena and Amelia, now 20, 19 and 14 years old respectively. Terésa works alongside him, running the office and the Property Management side of the business, and has a special interest in kitchen design!


Villa Image permanently employs a team of masons, tilers and labourers and also employs a carpenter, an electrician, a plumber, handymen, and a pool specialist – which just about covers any eventuality.


We also have TV, satellite, alarm and general security installers, and gardeners, with whom we have worked for many years and are confident that we can organise just about any requirement for a building project of any size.


Clive's eye for design and getting the maximum out of an existing property has led us to specialize in renovations of all sizes, with or without extensions, and we therefore also take care of project design, working very closely with a local architect for the application of planning permits and declarations. It is always helpful to be aware of what the local planning offices will accept and the styles that they prefer – and these can vary from town to town.


Naturally, Villa Image is fully insured and can offer a ten year guarantee on building work. We are based in the countryside in the beautiful village of Tourrettes sur Loup, and while the majority of our clients are within a 45 minute radius, we have been known to take on work further afield, depending on the proposed project.


Our Property Management side of the business is very popular, as we have such on the spot back-up and invaluable experience at competitive prices. Please note, though, that we only manage properties in the Tourrettes sur Loup, St Paul de Vence, Vence and La Colle sur Loup areas.


"Construction and renovation of villas and swimming pools, project management and property management in the South of France - since 1986."

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