|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Our French Riviera holiday apartment, ‘La Belle Époque’ is situated in the Old Town of Villefranche-sur-Mer, between Nice and Monaco. The outstanding features of this apartment are a large terrace with a superb view of the Bay of Villefranche and an excellent location close to the sandy beach, restaurants, shops and bus services. The ambiance of this pretty holiday home, is bright and elegant, created by high ceilings, the 'Belle Époque’ decor and the panoramic view of the Bay through the beautiful French windows which open onto the private terrace which is not over-looked. The lounge is comfortably furnished with early twentieth century furniture and incorporates new kitchen fittings. The bedroom, with a modern double bed and period wardrobe also enjoys a bedside view of the Bay through French windows opening onto the terrace. The tiled bathroom has a bath with rain shower and a well-lit vanity unit and towel heater. The apartment comes with dual air conditioning, free WiFi, Sky TV & a gas barbecue. It is an ideal base for a relaxing holiday, dining 'al-fresco' or just sipping a ' vin rosé ' observing the ever changing bay. All guests comment on the excellent location, being close to the beach, shops, restaurants, ATM booths and public transport. It is a 10 minute ride to Nice or Monaco (bus every 15 minutes) and there are wonderful seaside walks at your doorstep. The apartment is one of five in a small three story development.
* LIVING AREA & TERRACE* The attractive lounge is bright and airy with high ceilings and opens onto the terrace through full length traditional french windows. It is comfortably furnished with a three seater sofa-bed, an arm chair, a circular dining table and dining chairs for two. The south east facing terrace which catches the sun until about 1.30, is furnished with two wicker chairs with foot rests and a table suitable for al-fresco dining. Also a very popular Weber gas BBQ (gas supplied) and a retractable sunshade.
* KITCHEN* It is an all electric kitchen with modern appliances including dish-washer and washing machine. The cooker includes a ceramic 4 ring hob, oven with grill and a single level dish-washer. There is a comprehensive selection of cooking utensils and a double set of table settings.
*HAIR DRYER * is supplied.
* A WELCOME PACK * includes maps, bus & train time tables, and local tips.
*BABY COT & HIGH CHAIR* supplied on request.
*PARKING* in two public car parks 50 m from the apartment and limited street parking outside the apartment.
We are a retired couple living in Ireland. We love holidaying in France especially the south of France for its ambiance, food and the outdoor activities especially the walking trails, 'les randones'.
Eamon purchased this apartment in 2006
We were wowed by the ' Provencal ' village atmosphere the first time we visited Villefranche in 2005 and were fortunate to find this apartment with a large terrace and fabulous views overlooking the Bay of Villefranche, located in the Old Town close to facilities and public transport. Untouched since the 1920's we have managed to retain the Provencal features while modernising the kitchen and bathroom facilities and furnishing it with ' turn of the century ' furniture.
Villefranche-sur-Mer is a great location on the Cote d'Azur, close to Nice and Monaco with warmer and brighter winters than the south of Italy. It is has excellent public transport, a wonderful sandy beach, renowned restaurants which remain open all year and a good selection of food outlets and a weekly market.
This is a lovely apartment right on the edge of the old town of Villefranche with a wonderful view of Cap Ferrat and the bay from the balcony. The balcony is perfect for sitting out and relaxing in the warm Mediterranean evenings. We spent a fabulous week there, with easy access to public transportation for day trips to surrounding towns such as Nice and Monaco. We took a wonderful day trip by train to Saorge, a perched village in the mountains.
Everything you need such as bakeries, supermarkets, and restaurants are within a short walk from the apartment. The kitchen is well stocked with everything needed for cooking so we had a nice mix of eating in and exploring the local restaurants.
The bathroom is bright and airy, and having a washing machine was great. The floor tiling echoes the wonderful colors of Provence and is very nicely accented by the furnishings. The welcoming fresh flowers were a lovely touch.
We would definitely book this apartment again and continue to work on our French.
This is the second year we stayed in this fantastic apartment and it was just as wonderful as before. The decor is lovely, the location is perfect for sightseeing, and the view from the spacious outdoor patio is breathtaking - mountains on one side, Mediterranean boat/beach scene on the other, with charming rooftops in between. It is also quiet and private. The bus station which takes you everywhere along the coast (Nice - 15 minutes, Monaco - 30) is a two-minute walk, and the train station for longer distances is just 10 minutes away. There's a supermarket nearby and innumerable restaurants. Whether you want to sightsee or just stay in Villefranche and enjoy the beaches, it couldn't be more pleasant or more convenient.
SPECTACULAR! The pictures do not do this place justice! Usually, the online photos look much better than reality when you arrive. NOT THIS ONE! Delightful, spacious, bright apartment with many special touches. For example, in the photo of the terrace, do you see that the painting on the wall is an extension of the actual view? So many nice touches, wonderful updates so that the apartment is modern and comfortable without losing the charm. It was absolutely SO clean, the manager was delightful and helpful (She met us with fresh daffodils on the table & a bottle of wine.)
Of course, the terrace is amazing. You can even see this view from the bedroom through the patio door. Lovely to wake up to church bells and a spectacular sunrise. I almost always had to grab my camera and dash out to the rail for yet another photo. I'll bet I took 100 from here - it continued to awe & amaze us for the entire three weeks.
Nice location - close to the bus stop, so it easy to get to Eze and Cap Ferrat and to Villa Rothschild (must see!) . We walked to the train station for a quick ride to the Italian border for the market. Strong Italian influence here... before long, we were calling it "FrItaly!" The old town is just below you - shops, restaurants, the beautiful marina. Nothing is as far as it looks on the maps! Restaurants are fantastic. Our favorite was L'Aparte in Rue Obscure. Villefranche-sur-Mer is delightful as was everything about our stay! Can I give it ten stars instead of five???
This apartment is perfect. We had a wonderful stay for a week. It has all the conveniences of home and a perfect setting. We watched sunsets every night from the terrace... we ate wonderful meals prepared on the grill at home... and great restaurants were close by. The waterfront and beach are a quick 5 minute walk through picturesque Old Town, so we had everything we needed. Eamon also provides wonderful details for some great walks. We highly recommend the trip to St. Jean Cap Ferrat, then walking all along the sea for a wonderful 2 hour walk back. We will definitely come back here if we travel to Villefranch again.
This is our second time here and the apartment is lovely. Everything you need for the kitchen and also now has sky tv. The view is beautiful and you really feel part of the area with the locals.Eamon the owner is very approachable and very helpful in giving you any details you require.
My wife and I were very pleased to spend our first anniversary at this flat. The flat itself seems small at first, but offers more than enough space for a lazy week in Villefranche. The balcony, the highlight of the unit, is large and perfectly suited for enjoying the beautiful view.
The flat is well appointed with TV and modern kitchen. We used the oven, the stove, the fridge, the coffee maker and the washer with no complaints. The flat sits on a hill, a short (but fairly steep) walk to many restaurants/bars and the harbor. Everything we ate in town was delicious and the beach was great too.
Overall this was a great flat in a great town. We hope to come back soon!
We have stayed in Nice on many occasions since 1973 and thought a more peaceful location nearby would make a pleasant change. We booked over the internet on the basis of the photos and description and were delighted that they proved 100% accurate.
The week we booked was part of a 7 week drive to apartments in France, Germany and Italy, including a week overlooking Lake Como near Menaggio. Our stay at the Belle Époque in Villefranche-sur-Mer was a clear winner and not just because we had good weather there, we were lucky in having good weather everywhere.
The apartment is extremely well located, a steady, but not extreme climb from the waterfront cafes, which is what we liked to help burn off the effects of a good lunch or dinner.
The bus stop for the local service to Nice and Monaco is very close and is a convenient, excellent and inexpensive (1.50 euros) way to visit those interesting places. Cap Ferat is not far away and can be reached by bus or on foot.
We took the train to Cannes from the Villefranche station which is not too far away from the apartment.
The apartment was clean, tidy and quiet with modern appointments blended effectively with traditional furniture which made it feel like it was our home. If there is one suggestion we would make, it is that a microwave oven would have been handy. We often purchased excellent pre-prepared meals from Picard which was about a 10 minute walk away. It just meant that we used the full oven which uses more electricity and is not quite as rapid, but that is a very minor point.
The view from the spacious verandah was exceptional and a lovely place for breakfast or evening drinks. Looking out first thing in the morning to see huge cruise liners moored close to shore in the bay was always spectacular.
A big positive was having Eamon's charming representative, Sue, meet us upon our arrival to explain all we needed to know about the apartment and making herself available to deal with any problems, even though we had no need for that service during our stay.
We were fortunate to snag a free parking spot near the apartment and did not move the car once. Being late September/early October may have had something to do with our luck on that score.
We would have no hesitation in recommending Belle Epoque to anyone and will, no doubt seek to stay there when we return to the Riviera. Great spot thanks Eamon.
Located on the exclusive French Cote d'Azur, Villefranche-sur-Mer is ideally located 10 minutes east of Nice, 10 minutes from Monaco / Monte-Carlo and 30 minutes from Nice-Cote d'Azur Airport. It is served by the Nice / Menton bus every 15 minutes and the Cote d’Azur rail line, trains every 25 minutes. It enjoys a wonderful south-facing sandy beach, stretching 1km along the Promenade. The beach has a coast guard service during the peak holiday season. The village is noted for the number and quality of its restaurants. Villefranche Bay is popular for scuba diving and snorkelling and other water sports. There are many scenic coastal walks for all levels of walkers and the adjoining mountains have many way marked routes for the more adventurous.
Popular day trips include Monaco for its Casino and F1 Grand Prix at the end of May, Nice for the Old Town, Promenade des Anglais, shopping and art galleries, Cannes for the glitz, Paul de Vence for art, Ventimiglia for its market, and the old hilltop village of Eze with its maze of winding alleys and quaint stone houses.
Centrally located, the apartment is a 5 minute walk from restaurants, shops, including bakeries, supermarkets, greengrocers, pharmacies, ATM, bus-stop, car parks and 10 minutes to the beach, train station or l'Institute de Francais
Beaches:- Villefranche has a 1 km long south facing sandy beach Plage des Marinieres, which is ideal for swimming (life guards in Summer) sunbathing or just building sand castles. Parallel with the beach is the promenade which is very popular with walkers all year long. There is a second east facing beach, Plage de la Darse, which is fine shingle and more relaxed.
Snorkelling:- The bay is noted for snorkelling and scuba diving. Gear may be hired locally.
Sailing / Boating:- There are a number of hire companies which hire boats or do trips around the bay and along the coast.
Walking;- There are wonderful coastal and hill walks. The coastal walk around Cap Ferrat is a must as is a visit to Villa Rothschild and Gardens. For the more adventurous there are a large selection of hill walks in the foothills of the Alp Maratime affording magnificent views of the coastline from Menton to Cannes and passing through many 'villages perches'. Routes and maps in the apartment.
Day on the beach including a picnic.
Snorkelling and scuba diving ( gear may be hired locally).
There is a very popular water and theme park in Antibes, http://www.marineland.fr/
White water rafting is available in the Roya and Var Valleys.
Nice:- Nice Carnival for two weeks in February
Nice Jazz festival every July.
Monaco:- The F1 Grand Prix is a huge attraction on the last week-end in May.
Menton:- Hosts a two week 'Lemon Festival' in February
Cannes:- Film Festival in May.
Ballet, opera and classical concerts are held during the winter months in Nice, Monaco and Cannes. Many of the concerts are performed on Sunday afternoons.
Golf is available at the Monaco Golf Club, La Turbie, 10 Km by car.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
May 16 2015 - Oct 2 2015
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer '14
Oct 3 2015 - Nov 6 2015
7 night minimum stay
Low season '15 / '16
Nov 7 2015 - Feb 26 2016
7 night minimum stay
May 21 2016 - Oct 8 2016
7 night minimum stay
Payment by PayPal (2.5% handling charge applies).
Payment by SEPA for European inter bank transfers ( no charge applies)
The booking deposit is non refundable.
We will be glad to quote for Monaco F1 Grand Prix and Christmas.
We require a €350 refundable damage deposit to be lodged with the manager on collection of the keys. This deposit will be refunded in 7 days of guests departure subject to no damage to fixtures and fittings.
We can book a local English speaking taxi who will meet you at arrivals and deliver you to the apartment.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (EUR) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.
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