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Shelley Dobyns

Advertiser since: 2005
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Speaks: english, french, spanish
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 - 30 nights

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Shelley Dobyns

Advertiser since: 2005
Speaks: english, french, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
February 12, 2015
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Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 - 30 nights


Villefranche-sur-Mer Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Newly renovated 1 bdrm/sleeping mezzanine/1 bath, sleeps 2-4

The Waterfront Penthouse is in one of the village's most historic (and most photographed) buildings. The views are captivating- intimate, yet panoramic, from the wraparound balcony. And at night, you can hear the waves gently lapping the shore and the trickle of the lion fountain in the plaza below. The apartment is decorated in rich Provençal colors, and furnished with antiques from our travels and art from our local community. The location is ideally situated in the charming Old Town of Villefranche. You're just steps away from the water's edge, the shops, and all the best restaurants.

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- 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, dishwashers, and high-quality queen-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.

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More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Shelley Dobyns (Property Manager)
Advertiser 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:
Calendar last updated:
February 12, 2015
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 - 30 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
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based on 15 traveler reviews

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Waterfront Penthouse- Private seaside balcony, great Old Town location
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Fantastic Waterfront Apartment and Location

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, along with another couple, stayed at the Waterfront Penthouse for three weeks from mid-Feb. to mid-March. From the unbelievable bay views from the balcony to the terrific location in town and the easy access to the train, I do not think there exists a more lovely apartment in Villefranche.

Every item and amenity was exactly as Shelley, the owner, had promised. Shelley was invaluable and completely accessible in assisting us throughout our stay.

We had many memorable mornings and evenings cooking in the well stocked kitchen and admiring the views. Also recognize that within easy walking distance of the apartment door is easy access to a patisserie, cafes, restaurants and a small grocery store.

We spent many terrific days exploring Villefranche, nearby Cap Ferrat, Beaulieu, Nice and the Friday market in Ventimiglia, IT. We also made many overnight trips to such places as Lake Como and Cinque Terre in Italy.

Villefranche is a lovely small French village and the Waterfront Penthouse apartment is not to be missed.

Save your dollars and/or euros and go!

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2009
  • Stayed: Feb 2009
  • Source: HomeAway

Impressed - Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Could not agree more with the other reviews!

The apartment is beautifully located which includes a most fantastic view with so much activity around the bay to while away the hours on the balcony, furnished with traditional furniture and soft furnishings giving a real French ambiance, along with bedrooms which are fitted with the most comfortable beds and soft cotton bedding, some of the best I have slept on away from home.

After searching for hours on the internet to find an appropriate property for our holiday in Villefranche, found the Rivera experience apartments which looked a cut above the rest, (my husband and are of the same thinking in that a major part of our holiday is where we stay) and we were not disappointed with Shelley’s apartment!!, we even juggled our holiday dates around so we could stay in one of them. Shelley adds the personal touch to your visit before and during your holiday. I can recommend the apartment for a fantastic visit that you will not be disappointed in.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Saint Petersburg, Florida

Million Dollar View

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at the apartment after being picked up at the airport which was arranged by Shelley.

After climbing 2 flights of stairs, we entered the apartment and we were blown away by the view from the balcony. The apartment overlooks the bay with sailboats moored. You can see across the bay to the other side.

The apartment was just as Shelley described. The bed was very comfortable and the bedroom had plenty of storage for our clothes. The washer worked fine and we hung our clothes on the clothesline just like the locals.

The apartment was very clean and we had all the utensils and dishes we needed for cooking and we even used the grill for steaks.

There was a small grocery store near the apartment that had all the basics and a great selection of French wines at very reasonable prices (5-9 euros).

There was also a boulangerie close by that had good baguettes and croissants.

Shelley's notebook listed several restaurants in the area and we tried some of them and all were very good.

We spent every morning having coffee on the balcony and we never got tired of the view. We felt right at home in the apartment.

Shelley had a family emergency and was not there while we were. She had a friend of hers, Melinda, show us around and she was available to answer questions.

We would not hesitate to come back and stay in anyone of Shelley's rental, but the Penthouse will always be our favorite. .

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Ready to move to Villefranche!

  • 5 of 5

Are you kidding? This is the greatest place we can imagine for a Riviera vacation. We only hated to write a review because it will make this fabulous apartment more in demand, with fewer weeks available for our own vacations in the future, and probably higher prices (say it isn't so, Shelley!). Listen, as long as you don't mind a few stairs (the building IS something like 400 years old, after all!),you will have the time of your life. The location is fabulous, you're a five minute walk to the train, and a ten minute walk to the bus. They will get you anywhere. You do not need a car. Forget it. Catch a cab from the Nice airport...... (Shelley will arrange, and she is great, by the way, for anything you need or any questions you have. Wonderful owner!)......and just enjoy a memory of a lifetime. You need nothing except your clothes and toiletries. Bed and bedroom are good size with plenty of closet space, and the bath is large too, with tub and shower. You don't get this arrangement and size very often in Europe. We walked to Nice around the coastline (b.a. utiful!), and took the bus back. We took the train to Monaco (15 minutes), to Ventimiglia, Italy (35 minutes), and to Antibes (great town with a really neat English bookstore: Heidi's). Take the bus to Cap Ferrat across the bay and then walk back. So much to do. Great restaurants, all of them. We loved La Serra, La Grignotiere (say Hi to Bridgette), Le Broc en Bouche in Antibes (say Hi to Flo and Fred), and we cooked quite a bit ourselves: great groceries and a great kitchen to cook them in. Thanks, Shelley, for a GREAT week!! See you again. For a longer visit next time!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada

  • 5 of 5

Simply put, Shelly’s Penthouse Apartment is exactly what we were looking for when we visited Villefranche-sur-Mer.

The apartment is located in the historic part of the village with only a narrow street separating it from the bay. When you sit on the balcony you can look almost straight down and watch the fish swim by. The balcony faces more or less east so each morning you can watch the sun as it rises over the village of Beaulieu sur Mer. Mornings were wonderful. We would have breakfast on the balcony watching the traffic from the cruise ships coming and going, and the local folk as they scooted about the bay in all sorts of little boats. And in the evening the lights surrounding the bay provide for wonderfully picturesque reflections from the water.

Getting to the inside of the apartment; it is clean, very clean. Everything in the apartment is spotless, and it is cleaned once a week. The beds are very comfortable and the place is quiet at night. There are comfortable chairs and a sofa so you can slow down with a book. Speaking of books, Shelly has a little cabinet in the apartment that is stocked with dozens of books. Both my wife and I were able to find something enjoyable to read from Shelly’s collection. And don’t worry about staying connected, the apartment has high speed internet ?. One delightful surprise was that the apartment also had a little music player that had an iPhone dock. I just plugged in my iPhone and we had our own soft music in the background.

The apartment itself is very well appointed with everything you might need to make a nice meal and enjoy a glass of wine. The local shops are all within a few minutes’ walk, but you need to pay attention to the hours they are open. However, if you prefer not to cook, there are endless amazing restaurants within walking distance.

And then there is Shelly. She is an extraordinary host. She greeted us on arrival, showed us how everything worked, gave us lots of information to help us find our way around the area, and made herself available during our stay.

Villefranche-sur-Mer is the perfect getaway. It is quaint, picturesque, with lots of local flavour. Restaurants abound. The locals are friendly and helpful. You don’t need a car as the train goes by regularly. By bus or by train, you can easily go to Nice, Eze, Monaco, Italy, Spain, and many other places from here.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: HomeAway


  • 5 of 5

At my 21st birthday party (40 odd years ago!) I gave a long speech thanking my parents, friends, relatives etc who then turned to my twin-sister for her 'speech' and all she could say was 'There's not much more to say!'

Having read all the fantastic revues about this wonderful apartment I am left with the same opinion - there's not much more to say! - other than affirm that this is indeed a most wonderful apartment - the views of Villefranche bay are truly delightful, and boat watching from the balcony truly fantastic! The interior is full of lovely eclectic furnishings -of fabulous art work on the walls, stunning lighting as well as great practical faciities - all completely accurate regarding the information about the apartment.

Shelley, the owner, provided us with much useful information before we arrived and met us on arrival - her energy, enthusiasm, hospitality and help with bags and taxi to Nice airport on departure were very much appreciated - and beautiful fresh flowers and bottle of wine in the fridge were welcoming touches. She is truly a beautiful person.

The apartment is very nicely positioned to pop out for fresh croissants for breakfast from a super boulangerie two minutes down the street along with an English paper arriving from 8.30 am! We also enjoyed being able to watch BBC/ITV channels and have access to the internet.

As also has been mentioned in reviews it is very easy to access places either by train or bus - both very convenient. Catch the bus to Nice and spend a night at the stunning Opera House - or catch the train to Eze and discover the wonderful restaurant on the beach - Papaya Beach.

We have been to the French Riviera many times over the years so we were quite content to explore Villefranche - delicious restaurants, lovely walks to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, the beautiful gardens at Villa Rothschild and Villa Kerylos - you don't need a car!

Can't wait to return . . .

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Nice Cote d'Azur
Nearest Barpub
30 Metres
Nearest Ferry
3 Kilometres
Nice Old Port
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
Nearest Train
200 Metres
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Nice Est
Nearest Restaurant
30 Metres
Nearest Ski
120 Kilometres
Isola 2000
Nearest Beach
50 Metres

The Waterfront Penthouse is located in the Old Town on the waterfront at the end of one of the main pedestrian streets. Villefranche-sur-Mer 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 15 minute walk away.


Rates & Availability

From €700 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
Sep 20 2015 - Oct 23 2015
7 night minimum stay
Oct 24 2015 - Mar 19 2016
7 night minimum stay
Mar 20 2016 - May 14 2016
7 night minimum stay
Winter Program (Monthly Rate)
Nov 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
30 night minimum stay

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 500€ will be collected upon arrival in euros, dollars, or pounds and returned prior to departure. A final cleaning fee of 100€-120€ will be collected upon arrival in cash (100€ for one couple, 120€ for two couples).
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Villefranche-sur-Mer Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 55 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Waterfront
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Computer Available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • fax
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
  • The bathroom is a good size with a bathtub/shower, bidet, toilet, a sink with good counter space around it, a vanity with excellent lighting, and plenty of counter and cupboard storage. Also in the bathroom is the clothes washing machine and the furnace. There is a window in the bathroom overlooking the charming pedestrian square below.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • This apartment is ideally suited for a couple with a child (although not too young due to safety issues), or two single people, although it can accommodate 2 couples. (Note there is only one bathroom.) The main bedroom has an excellent queen size bed from Lit de France, a large closet, a French window overlooking a charming pedestrian square with a fountain, bedside tables and reading lights, original artwork, and a sitting chair. The mezzanine has a double bed from Lit de France, bedside tables and reading lights, a closet, and desk. You can stand in the mezzanine but only in the middle area which actually works quite well. The mezzanine overlooks the main living area so it is not private from a noise standpoint from the room below but it is private from a sleeping or dressing standpoint.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Walkway to Water
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • 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
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
We welcome children, but this property is not safe for young children due to the balcony, which measures 5-stories above. The stairwell to the mezzanine has open rises to the stairwell below, which is made of slate stairs-so very hard. We suggest infants or children over the age of 5 or 6 that are fairly calm. Also, there is no AC, but we do provide fans, which are often only needed a couple of weeks during the summer, as there is always a light sea breeze the rest of the time.

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