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On top of one of the world's most beautiful bays lies a peak called Col de Villefranche. It overlooks the old village of Villefranche-sur-Mer and the surrounding harbors and beaches and is home to beautiful villas and low-rise condominiums. An elegant 5-storey highrise sits on top surrounded by olive groves and orange gardens hiding its lovely swimming pool.
The apartment is located in the center of the building, on the first floor up and has its own separate entrance. A parking space is located just below. The entire apartment looks out over the gardens onto the bay and the harbor light of St. Jean-Cap-Ferrat. The full size terrace serves for many purposes, including dining and entertaining and, of course, sun bathing and picture taking.
Large rooms are elegantly and efficiently furnished and include a Queen size bedroom with ensuite renovated bathroom; a huge living room in which the chesterfields can serve as single beds for the occasional overnight guests, a sitting area, a dining area and telephone cove. A newly renovated fully equipped kitchen, a hall entrance, a renovated bathroom, and a separate washroom complete this perfect apartment.
The apartment is in short walking distance from the renowned International French language school of Villefranche-sur-Mer and therefore an ideal place to combine vacation and studies. It is also perfectly located for access to some of the most dramatic golf courses in France: the Monte-Carlo Golf Club on the Montagel, 1100m ontop of the Principality of Monaco, is just 10 minutes away; the Nice Golf and Country Club boasts an executive size 18-holes, just 30 minutes away over the speed way and many full size golf courses lie within an hours drive.
The center of the Col-de-Villefranche offers a large variety of convenience stores, a bakery, a restaurant and the post office. Public transportation is cheap and frequent taking the traveler in just a few minutes down to the village and beaches, west to Nice in about 10 minutes and east to Èze-Village, Monaco and Menton.
When you open the door of this lovely modern apartment perched on the hillside overlooking Villefranche sur Mer, the view of the turquoise and sapphire blue of the Mediterranean Sea through the wall of windows, will take your breath away! The initial glimpse will transport you to a peaceful, relaxed, serene vacation state-of-mind that one only experiences in the South of France. This newly renovated, light and airy apartment has simple European style and all the comforts of home. Upon arrival, my family and I immediately took refuge on the huge balcony with a cool bottle of rose and sumptuous French bread, cheese, and olives. The well equipped kitchen allowed us to prepare many home cooked meals made with France's finest and freshest ingredients found at the local outdoor markets, bakeries, and butchers. When we didn't want to cook, we had no trouble finding an outstanding bistro, restaurant, creperie, or gourmet take-out in the area.
Villefranche has a large pebble beach, and the surrounding communities have sandy and rocky beaches. Each beach is easily accessible by foot, car, or bus and all are within walking distance to restaurants, shopping, and other attractions. Renting a boat is easy even for those who don't consider themselves seafaring aficionados. For the more experienced mariner, there are speedboats, sailboats, and scull rentals. If scuba diving is your pleasure, there are plenty of diving expeditions .
For sightseeing, there is the beautiful city of Nice, the port of Antibes, and the enchanting medieval village of Eze. For those interested in gambling there are the casinos at Beaulieu or Monte Carlo. One can never be bored in this beautiful setting on the Cote d’Azur. But whatever you choose, whether swimming, sailing, walking, or sightseeing, it is always wonderful to return to this peaceful, beautiful apartment and relax on the balcony.
From breathtaking sunrises to the pink sunsets, the view from from this apartment never fails to please. For us, the full moon was an added treat as it bathed the entire inlet, filled with yachts, cruise ships, and small boats, with a soft pale purple haze. We all passed such a fabulous vacation that we found it incredibly difficult to leave.
This is a wonderful apartment overlooking Villefranche. The views from the spacious deck are superb. It is very relaxing and comfortable.There is a lovely swimming pool in front of the apartments which we swam in every day. The facilities in the apartment are excellent and the bedroom was spacious and well laid out. For people attending the Institut Francais it is an ideal location-just a 5 minute walk down to the school. Also it is just a short walk up to shops and buses for Nice, Eze and many other wonderful locations. We would highly recommend this apartment to anyone wanting to stay near beautiful Villefranche-sur-Mer.
Review #7689253 "Heaven in Villefranche's California apartment "
We have been to Villefranche 13 times since 1995, each time for a month but never in such a nice, extremely well appointed and stocked apartment. No picture can capture the real view from the 30 foot balcony or from the windows of each room. Since it is located near the medium Cornice it is high above the town with an 180 degree view. The place had everything you could want from bedding to towels. The kitchen was even stocked with all the herbs and spices, even coffee and tea and all the cleaning stuff you could imagine. (you replace it if you use it up) We were even received by a friend of the owner (Greta) with Champaign and Foie-gras "and the key". I am sure this was very special and not part of the rental but we became instant friends and benefitted from Greta's local knowledge. However the living room has plenty of local guide books and a handmade book for best restaurants made by those guests which came before us. The apartment is centrally located, it takes about 15 minutes to get to the market in Nice and less than half an hour to Monaco.
Reviewers before us said that you could stay here without a car, but I do recommend a small car since there are dozens of ancient villages a few miles inland which will give you a more comprehensive impression of this beautiful country. All of these little towns have fabulous restaurants and great prices. Every day we visited some enchanting place in driving distance. We fully intend to return for maybe a longer stay. The apartment owner answered all our questions before we left from Canada and the whole trip went without a hitch. By the way we never closed the iron curtain and lived always with the window open placing a broomstick in the rails so the doors could not be opened further at night. The apartment is very light and airy. Parking is tight and the roads are narrow. I rented a Mercedes but recommend a smaller car for the Cote D'Azure. Mostly because Greta kept making fun of my much to large car.
Our family of four adults - two daughters in their 20s and my husband and I (early fifties) have just returned from a week staying in this beautiful appartment. The view is as beautiful as described and we were delighted with the patio doors which are a feature of all the rooms even the kitchen. although only April, we breakfasted on the sunny balcony every morning enjoying the view of the cruise ships in the bay. The appartment block is quiet and well maintained by the helpful but not intrusive concierge. The swimming pool is an extra boon and while we didn't use it much (water still cool in April- )I don't doubt that it would be a significant asset in the hot summer. The walk down to the picturesque little town of Villefranche and its pretty harbour takes approximately 10 minutes, although the walk is quite steep in places. We managed it easily and appreciated the exercise! The walk back uphill is rather strenuous but again there are bus options - namely a number 80 from the beach which makes several stops along the way. The appartment itself is beautiful, with every comfort and convenience. We especially enjoyed the modern kitchen and bathroom.
We certainly would hope to return again soon.
Submitted: May 5, 2014
Stayed: Apr 2014
VRBO, from HomeAway
Tourists without a Car,
We stayed for two weeks August 2013 and the apartment lived up to the previous reviews that we had read. The view is beautiful and a wonderful sight to wake up to everyday and due to it running the full length of the apartment is the same from living area, bedroom and kitchen. The balcony is a great size so eating there is a must!! The kitchen has everything you could need so feels home from home and makes eating in so easy. Although to get to the port and sea you need to walk either down a bendy road of almost 400 steps - do not let this put you off as I believe hills are a part of visiting Villefranche. A short walls up the hill takes you to a great supermarket, bakery and bar with restaurant. The pool is so peaceful but a lovely place to relax although there are no loungers so be prepared to sit or lie on your towel. The neighbours were all helpful and welcoming. All in all Villefranche is a great base for travelling around the Côte d'Azur and this apartment We are sure would be hard to beat. Larry the owner was helpful to me from time of booking, during our stay and after. There was no problem in returning the deposit or any transaction. As for the transport in villefranche we used the buses and trains and they are both easy. Taxi tend to be expensive. Hope this helps you and I would recommend to anyone. By the way we are a family with a teenage daughter.
Two years ago my friend and I spent two weeks in the apartment and found it to be exceptional. It was modern, well furnished, clean, and well located. It was, however, the fantastic view of the sea that made it extraordinary. This past year we spent the month of September in the apartment. When we arrived we found a newely renovated kitchen and bath, both of which were very well done. Every visit to France before the September visit we had rented a car. We did not do so in September because we found during our first stay that a car was unnecessary. We were able to go to the places in the region we wanted to go by public transportation, which was convenient and reasonably priced. Each morning we had breakfast on the balcony and most evenings had dinner there and watched the beautiful sunset. I cannot say enough about the marvelous view form the apartment. We found the apartment perfectly safe, slept with the sliding door slightly open with a bar perventing it from being opend farther. The apartment is well furnished, especially the kitchen which is a pleasure to use. The owner is very personable and helpful in every way. He called twice during our stay to make certain everything was going well and to determine if we needed help with anything. One finds it difficult to leave such agreeable surroundings. H.C.E.
Submitted: Jan 21, 2014
Stayed: Sep 2013
VRBO, from HomeAway
Tourists without a Car,