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Beachfront Bliss- Studio apartment at the beach with balcony & panoramic views

Shelley Dobyns

Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english, french, spanish
Sleeps2
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 - 30 nights

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Shelley Dobyns

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french, spanish
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Response rate:
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Calendar last updated:
April 15, 2015
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Beachfront Bliss- Studio apartment at the beach with balcony & panoramic views

Sleeps2
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 - 30 nights

Overview

Villefranche-sur-Mer Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Spacious studio apt with stunning balcony situated on the beach. It's bliss!

Beachfront Bliss is a spacious studio apartment, with a new large balcony, situated right on the beach of Villefranche-sur-Mer. Whether sitting at the dining table inside our outside, lounging on chaise on the balcony, reading on the sofa, or laying in bed, you see the sea always and feel as though the sea is at your feet. Although a studio, the apartment is designed so that the bed (a real one!) easily disappears when not in use and the room becomes a lovely apartment. Three great lounging areas exist: a sofa for two with a coffee table and view of the sparkling sea, or the dining table for two with footstools that enable you to slip back into the chair for relaxing in front of the huge picture window, and the balcony where there is a large dining table (easily seating 4) and lounging chairs. There is a great little kitchenette, very well designed and functional, with a stove top, oven for microwave, grilling, and conventional cooking, a large half-sized refrigerator, granite counter tops, and ample storage space. The bathroom has a spacious stall shower and lovely window with a view to the garden. There is plenty of clothes storage and a little desk for you to work away if need be.

About the area: Villefranche-sur-Mer is a traditional Niçoise fishing village dating back to 1295 and anchored by two cosmopolitan cities on either side: Nice to the west and Monaco to the east. One could not speak about Villefranche without exclaiming its physical beauty. Surrounding its large, natural (and world famous) bay are cliffs and steep hillsides, brimming with olive and citrus trees, Mediterranean pines, and bougainvillea flowering plants. This lush vegetation meets the water’s edge, where the shades of blue are as dazzling as a sapphire necklace. The bay of Villefranche is surrounded by two of the most beautiful Caps in the Mediterranean: Cap Ferrat and Cap de Nice. These stunning limestone peninsulas- sprinkled with luxurious villas and lavish gardens- protect and embrace our bay. Amidst all of this is the charming village, hugging the coastline with colorful buildings. During a stroll through the maze-like streets of the Old Town, you will see beautiful balconies decorated with potted plants, fresh laundry flapping in the sea breeze, and hear the sounds of church bells and music wafting through the corridors. And of course, what description of Villefranche would be complete without mentioning the boating scene! Watching the comings and goings- from cruise ships to yachts to fishing boats- could be a full time occupation!

There is no shortage of things to do during your stay! And we are always happy to make recommendations. That said, part of the pleasure of being here is taking in the lifestyle of the village and the area: getting up and going for a walk or swim at the beach, shopping at the fresh markets (on Wednesdays and Saturdays), sitting on your balcony and admiring the beautiful scenery, exploring the village and all of its little quarters... Guests frequently come with a long list of all the things they will do, and then a couple of days into the trip, they decide to reduce the list and just enjoy the lifestyle.

We own six beautiful apartments in the Old Town and one villa set atop the hillside. If you're looking for a special home away from home, please check out our website www.rivieraexperience.com- and choose the perfect fit for you! All of our properties offer the amenities and conveniences you expect and appreciate, including WiFi, Sky TV with English channels in addition to French television, free international calling to many locations worldwide, thoughtfully designed kitchens for those who love to cook, washing machines, and high-quality full-sized beds with lovely linens. And of course, balconies or terraces with exquisite views, potted flowers, and delicious herbs. As the owner of Riviera Experience, I take great pride in my properties (which are all owned and managed solely by me) and in making sure my guests have an unforgettable stay.

And don't forget to 'like' us on Facebook! www.facebook.com/rivieraexperience

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Shelley Dobyns (Property Manager)
Member since: 2005
Call Manager
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
66%
Calendar last updated:
April 15, 2015

About Shelley Dobyns

My name is Shelley Dobyns and am the owner, along with my husband Riccardo Leggio, of Riviera Experience. We have 9 holiday rental apartments in Villefranche sur Mer. We have had our business since 2004. We are registered with the French Chamber of Commerce. Both originally American, I (Shelley) also now have French nationality. We live full time in Villefranche and personally run our business along with some staff. We have lived in Villefranche for 14 years.

Shelley Dobyns purchased this apartment in 2008

Why Shelley Dobyns chose Villefranche-sur-Mer

We have always loved this building and location. Why? It is a landmark building in Villefranche, is right on the beach, has full sun all day and is convenient to everything. We had the chance to purchase this studio in 2008. We have been working for years to obtain authorization to build the balcony and finally got it done in 2015. We were fortunate to be able to purchase the penthouse apartment in this same building just last year (2014).

What makes this apartment unique

Location location location, sun, beach, balcony.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps2
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 - 30 nights
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Reviews

5
based on 14 traveler reviews

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Beachfront Bliss- Studio apartment at the beach with balcony & panoramic views
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews
London, UK
5

Beachfront Bliss lives up to its name!!

  • 5 of 5

Beachfront Bliss truly lives up to its name. The view from the large picture window is glorious (in all weathers!) and despite the size (“compact and bijoux”) the apartment contains all that you need and more. Ingenious use of space means that no corner is left unutilised and something needs to be said for how comfortable the pull-down double bed is! It neatly folds away during the day, magically turning the apartment from luxury bedroom into luxury lounge. The corner kitchen is fully equipped and we cooked a full meal on more than one occasion – a welcome alternative to eating out every night and something you would not be able to do in a regular hotel room! My husband and I spent a wonderful week here in November 2008 and could not have been made more welcome by Shelley, the owner. The bathroom (check out the great shower!) was stocked with luxury products and the fridge a bottle of chilled wine. Villefranche itself is a quaint little town packed with amenities. It’s restful and a perfect “get away from it all” kind of place but at the same time a stone’s throw from Nice, Monaco and many other major attractions – all of which are easily and cheaply accessible by train (the station is just behind the apartment). We would happily return to Beachfront Bliss in a flash!!

Clair and Nathaniel – London, UK

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2009
  • Stayed: Nov 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Perfect apartment to experience Riviera life!

  • 5 of 5

Beachfront Bliss is a gem! The sea view is picture perfect; the fabulously designed and luxurious interior creates easy and relaxing living; the new balcony is another room for al fresco dining by the sea, morning coffee or an evening glass of Rose watching the sun go down; the kitchenette, bathroom and even the washing machine! are all so well designed and highly maintained. I've never slept on a more comfortable bed! Shelley is a complete delight to deal with and knows everything about Villefranche and the surrounding areas.

Perfect place to enjoy the Riviera lifestyle! It just couldn't be better.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
5

A special treat awaits in Beachfront Bliss!

  • 5 of 5

A very special treat awaits all who enter Beachfront Bliss, a lovely studio apartment facing the Bay of Villefranche, which is one of the deepest natural harbours of any port in the Mediterranean Sea. Upon entering The Bliss you are immediately drawn to the south-facing breathtaking views of Villefranche-sur-Mer, Cap Ferrat and the Mediterranean. A new balcony was installed three weeks ago and offers guests a wonderful place to begin the day, enjoy a glass of wine, read a book or take a rest from touring the French Riviera. The balcony is an incredible addition to this space. I am in Villefranche to attend French language school and my mother has joined me for a few weeks. She plans to spend her days painting and the balcony offers wonderful panoramic vistas. The apartment itself is like a beautiful jewelry box: once opened it offers the guest a special, luxurious experience. It is a well-appointed studio with a Murphy bed (a real mattress!). Considerable thought was put into making the apartment work well for one OR two persons - it is a small space but efficiently organized and with updated appliances. The Bliss was extremely clean upon arrival and well-maintained. All of my planning communications with Shelley (owner) were a pleasure - her responses were always prompt and she addressed every question. Her clients are treated as visiting friends - Shelley assumes responsibility for her guests' well-being and positive experience while in her care. The apartment is peaceful and though situated next to the train station very few sounds enter the space, except for the sound of the waves crashing onto the beach below. Located with Monaco to the east and Nice a shorter distance to the west, Villefranche is the perfect place from which to explore the Côte d'Azur. Beachfront Bliss and Shelley offer discriminating travelers an exceptional opportunity to spend quality time in this magical community. In fact, I am already planning my return visit!

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
5

This apt is a true "bijoux" !

  • 5 of 5

The apt was spacious,well equipped and the owner's attention to detail and comfort made it feel like home. Early morning or late in the evening, we enjoyed a magnificent view of the harbour and all the surroundings. There is easy and inexpensive access by train or bus to markets, and places such as Cannes, Nice, Monaco, Menton, Ventimilia Italy. The owner is the 'perfect hostess', available to advise and respond to inquiries. She provided assistance with our arrival and her history and knowledge of Villefranche and the surrounding area will encourage one to indulge in at least one of her wonderful walking routes. This holiday was pure bliss!!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

This apt is a true "bijoux" !

  • 5 of 5

The apt was spacious,well equipped and the owner's attention to detail and comfort made it feel like home. Early morning or late in the evening, we enjoyed a magnificent view of the harbour and all the surroundings. There is easy and inexpensive access by train or bus to markets, and places such as Cannes, Nice, Monaco, Menton, Ventimilia Italy. The owner is the 'perfect hostess', available to advise and respond to inquiries. She provided assistance with our arrival and her history and knowledge of Villefranche and the surrounding area will encourage one to indulge in at least one of her wonderful walking routes. This holiday was pure bliss!!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Stroud, UK
5

Lovely little apartment with idyllic view.

  • 5 of 5

This is a super little apartment; a lot of thought and care has obviously been put into its fitting out. The bed is very comfortable – with just me in the apartment, I left it down all the time, and there’s still plenty of room to move around, eat at the dining table and read on the little sofa. The small kitchen works well (though a slightly larger draining rack would be useful): I cooked several good meals on the stove top and in the combination microwave oven/grill.

Good quality pots & pans; plenty of cutlery, crockery and glassware. And nice little extras: a bottle of good local oil in the cupboard, and a bottle of Provençal rosé in the fridge. Plenty of nice fluffy white towels, and a couple of beach towels.

There’s good wifi in the apartment. I didn’t use the TV at all (I go on holiday to escape all that!), but did use the neat little audio system which hooks up to iPads, iPods and the like.

And Shelley is a wonderful host, responding promptly to various email inquiries during the booking process, being there to welcome me on arrival and giving me a very thorough explanation of how everything in the apartment works, and providing lots of detailed info packs in the apartment with everything you need to know about local shops & services, public transport, walking routes, and much, much more.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Map

Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Nice Cote d'Azur
Nearest Barpub
30 Metres
Villefranche
Nearest Ferry
3 Kilometres
Nice Old Port
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Monaco
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Nice Est
Nearest Restaurant
5 Metres
Villefranche
Nearest Ski
120 Kilometres
Isola 2000
Nearest Beach
5 Metres
Villefranche

Beachfront Bliss is located in the Old Town of Villefranche-sur-Mer on the waterfront quai. Villefranche is nestled between Nice and Monaco (10 minutes from Vieux Nice, 20-25 minutes from Monaco). Although surrounded by a diverse, exciting cosmopolitan environment, it is still an authentic Niçoise village. I know, I live here, and it's hard to believe it is still that way-- wonderful! Within close and easy access are Antibes, Cannes, St. Paul de Vence, Grasse, Mougins, and just a bit further, St. Tropez, Ramatuelle, Bormes les Mimosas, or Aix, Arles, Avignon and all the villages of Provence. Take a ferry from Nice Port to Corsica (3 hours on the fast ferry), or head to Italy and visit Ventimiglia, San Remo, the Vallee de Roya, Portofino, Cinque Terre... But if you stay in Villefranche and the neighboring towns of Beaulieu-sur-Mer, St. Jean Cap Ferrat, Eze, and La Turbie, you'll exhaust a week or more just exploring and enjoying these lovely villages. Most of these sites are easy to access without a car. And if you are here to attend the French language institute, Institut Français, it is a 10 minute walk away.

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Rates & Availability

From €490 Per week

Villefranche-sur-Mer Apartment Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer/High Season
May 15 2015 - Sep 19 2015
7 night minimum stay
€1,025
 
 
Fall
Sep 20 2015 - Oct 23 2015
7 night minimum stay
€875
 
 
Winter
Oct 24 2015 - Mar 19 2016
7 night minimum stay
€700
 
 
Winter Program (Monthly Rate)
Nov 1 2016 - Mar 18 2017
30 night minimum stay
€2,100
 
 
Spring
Mar 20 2017 - May 14 2017
7 night minimum stay
€875
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Notes We require a 40% deposit of the total booking price by wire or check, and the balance is due 2 months prior to arrival. A security deposit equivalent to 350€ will be collected upon arrival in euros, dollars, or pounds and returned prior to departure. A final cleaning fee of 80€ will be collected upon arrival in cash. If you stay multiple weeks, there is also a mandatory weekly cleaning fee of 70€.
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Amenities

Villefranche-sur-Mer Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 24 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Grill
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom is well laid out and includes a toilet, a lovely sink (bowl) with nice counter space and lighting, and a good sized shower. There is also a lovely window that looks on to the private garden.
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • The bed is a large double bed from a bed store but built into a cabinet with a special hinge so that it can be easily closed during the day, fully made with all the bed linen and covers. It is a normal, thick mattress plus a box spring. It is a great bed- we promise! There are reading lights in the bed cabinet for two, a place to keep books, tissues, and an alarm clock. To open the bed, one simply pulls on the two knobs and it comes down. To close, you simply lift it, again very easy, as it is on a special hinge. Next to the bed are two good-sized closets for hanging clothes and four large drawers for folded clothes. There is also a desk. If you are a couple with an infant, this would still be a suitable apartment as I do have a lovely Baby Bjorn portable bed that would comfortably fit in the apartment, or for a young child, a futon mattress.
Entertainment:
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Raft
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
This apartment is ideally suited for a single person or couple. However, we have had people stay here with a young child or infant and that also works, as we can bring in a small portable baby bed or a futon mattress.

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