LE PETIT BIJOU- OLD TOWN WATERFRONT, BALCONY W/ STUNNING VIEWS

Shelley Dobyns

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Sleeps3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 - 30 nights

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LE PETIT BIJOU- OLD TOWN WATERFRONT, BALCONY W/ STUNNING VIEWS

Sleeps3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 - 30 nights

Overview

Overview

Villefranche-sur-Mer Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Newly renovated 1 bedroom/1 bath, sleeps 2-3

Located on the waterfront at the end of one of the main pedestrian streets in Villefranche-sur-Mer, Le Petit Bijou ('The Little Jewel') is in one of the village's most historic (and most photographed) buildings. Staying in this apartment, you will be in the heart of it all, yet maintain great privacy and intimacy. The views from the private seaside balcony are unobstructed and dazzling, and the décor encourages our guests to relax, recover, and renew. Furnished with antiques and paintings from local artists, the floor is one of our favorite features: a fabulous tile called Spanish Tapis that was popular over 100 years ago that looks like a tile rug within the tile floor.

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, 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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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Shelley Dobyns (Property Manager)
Advertiser since 2005
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Speaks english, french, spanish

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Sleeps3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 - 30 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

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Le Petit Bijou- Old Town waterfront, balcony w/ stunning views
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews
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Le Petit Bijou- Old Town waterfront, balcony w/ stunning views
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p53256
+33 -(0) 680412597
Villefranche-sur-Mer Nice Area
5

Small but Perfectly Formed, a real Little Jewel

  • 5 of 5
We stayed for 2 weeks in March. We were delighted with this property, it is small as described, but its main attraction is its location within the old town, on the sea front in Villefranche with fantastic views of the bay, looking over towards Cap Ferrat.

It has the added advantage of being no more than 5 min from the railway station with trains every half hour along the coast to Nice, Antibes, Cannes, Monaco, Menton, Ventimiglia and less frequently Grasse. There is also a regular bus service along the coast and to Eze though we mostly used the train (apart from to Eze) as it was far more convenient and much quicker.

The apartment itself is exactly as described on the website. The owner had organised a taxi for us from Nice Airport, which worked well. We were met on arrival and taken to the apartment (dont be put off by initial impressions of the alleyways up to the apartment from the drop-off point, they are characteristic of the old town and we quickly got to find them part of the charm of being in the old town). The owner's assistant Valentina met us and showed us how everything worked in the apartment including making sure we could link up to the wifi. This is a major benefit. The property was spotlessly clean, everything was as we expected.

The apartment has the added benefit of a small balcony overlooking the sea, it is perfectly adequate for two people and we had meals out on the balcony most days. There are also deck chairs provided, useful for taking on the beach or, as we did, sitting in the sun on the balcony.

There is a bakery and a small supermarket within 5 minutes level walk, adequate for our needs though a 2 minute train journey to neighbouring Beaulieu brings you to a large supermarket opposite the railway station, useful for stocking up. There are other shops in Villefranche but we tended to stick to the two mentioned as the others involved an uphill climb. Several restaurants within a few minutes walk as well, so the apartment has everything on its doorstep.

The apartment is expensive to rent but Villefranche is an expensive part of the world and the price reflects that. For its location on the sea front in the old town it is worth it for a special treat and we would recommend Le Petit Bijou to anyone.

One word of caution, the stairs up to the apartment from the road level are quite steep and although only one flight, anyone with mobility difficulties would struggle here and in Villefranche in general.
  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
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Le Petit Bijou- Old Town waterfront, balcony w/ stunning views
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p53256
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Villefranche-sur-Mer Nice Area
5

Perfect in every way

  • 5 of 5
This is an absolutely beautiful apartment in an amazing position with unobstructed views of the bay.

Shelley is charming and has thought of everything to make a perfect stay. Le Petit Bijou is stylishly decorated and very comfortable. It is right at the heart of the old town with its beautiful streets and many fantastic restaurants.

Shelley provides lots of very helpful information on where and how to visit the surrounding area including some great walks. Even though we had stayed in Villefranche many times before, we still learnt new things which made for a great stay.

It was hard to leave. A week (or two) is not enough.
  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Le Petit Bijou- Old Town waterfront, balcony w/ stunning views
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Villefranche-sur-Mer Nice Area
Auburn California USA
5

Romantic Hideaway

  • 5 of 5
We just came back from VilleFranche and stayed in the most wonderful apartment. Shelley was so attentive and helpful and immediately available to help in any way.
The location is extraordinary with a view "to die for" from the balcony and living room...as you are sipping your wine and watching the yachts in the harbor.
The apartment was immaculate with everything we needed from an umbrella to a basket for marketing. Great comfy bed, beautifully decorated, very efficient kitchen, dining table inside and out, music, tv and books to read(hard to do with the incredible view).
We look forward to going back and one week was defintely not enough. There are great restaurants locally plus an easy walk or trainride to Beaulieau and Cap Ferrat. Also great people watching! Enjoy!
  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Le Petit Bijou- Old Town waterfront, balcony w/ stunning views
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Villefranche-sur-Mer Nice Area
Perth, Western Australia
5

The best of Villefranche-sur-Mer

  • 5 of 5
We have now stayed in this apartment twice, four weeks the first time and six weeks the next. Is it the most beautiful apartment in Villefranche? We think so, but we’ll be back again to make sure! It has spectacular views which are unforgettable, it is beautifully appointed and conveniently located five minutes from the beach, shops, restaurants and the railway station. The train takes you to all the stations along the Cote d’Azur, and, if you like walking, Beaulieu and Cap Ferrat are 35 minutes away on the bayside path and Nice is 50 minutes away along the Basse Corniche. And if that’s not enough, you get the friendliest and most helpful landlady imaginable.
  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2010
  • Stayed: Oct 2010
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Romantic Getaway
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Villefranche-sur-Mer Nice Area
Ireland
5

Perfect Romantic Setting

  • 5 of 5
We have just recently returned from a week's holiday staying in Le Petit Bijou and already we are lookng forward to a return visit. We first visited Villefranche in 1990 whilst on honeymoon and therefore it was quite fitting we return as we celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary this year. We were blessed to have come across Shelley's website and had no doubts in our choice of apartment in which to spend a week. Like all other reviewers we found Shelley to be the perfect host- from our initial email to our final moments in Villefranche no stone is left unturned to make your stay a memorable one.
The apartment is just truly beautiful with everything supplied as stated in description. The highlight is of course the balcony with its magical views over the bay.. medicine for the heart and spirit! At times it was difficult to leave this area such is its attraction.
Restaurants in the village are top class -among our favourites being L'Aparte and Le Grignotiere.
Shelley had outlined numerous walks in detail and again the views encountered were breathtaking. We would recommend in particular the walks around Cap de Ferat.If ,like us, you prefer not to drive on holidays, the public transport system is most accessible with numerous trains and busses to all areas of interest. St Paul de Vence and Eze are must sees!A visit to the Matisse museum in Nice also well worth a visit but really there are so many options you could return here hundreds of times and still have new places to visit.
Having travelled to many places in the world Villefranche is certainly one of the most beautiful places we have been and Shelley and her attention to detail enhances this experience so much. We highly recommend le Petit Bijou and as mentioned earlier we look forward to many return visits.
  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Le Petit Bijou- Old Town waterfront, balcony w/ stunning views
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Villefranche-sur-Mer Nice Area
Naperville, IL, USA
5

A True Little Jewel

  • 5 of 5
It is eight months later, and I still cannot get that beautiful little apartment out of my head. Fantastic view, spotlessly clean, perfectly situated in one of the most charming villages in France. Shelley, the owner, treated us like old friends from the moment we met and provided outstanding service from start to finish. She truly made us feel we were in a home away from home. Cannot wait to return!
  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2010
  • Stayed: Oct 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Nice Cote d'Azur
Nearest Barpub
30 Metres
Villefranche
Nearest Ferry
3 Kilometres
Nice Old Port
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
Monaco
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Nice Est
Nearest Restaurant
30 Metres
Villefranche
Nearest Ski
120 Kilometres
Isola 2000
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Villefranche
Car: not necessary

Le Petit Bijou 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.

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Rates & Availability

Rates & Availability

From €583 Per week

Villefranche-sur-Mer Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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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
€1,325
 
 
Fall
Sep 20 2015 - Oct 23 2015
7 night minimum stay
€1,225
 
 
Winter
Oct 24 2015 - Mar 19 2016
7 night minimum stay
€800
 
 
Spring
Mar 20 2016 - May 14 2016
7 night minimum stay
€1,225
 
 
Winter Program (Monthly Rate)
Nov 1 2017 - Mar 31 2018
30 night minimum stay
€2,500
 

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 90€ will be collected upon arrival in cash. If you stay multiple weeks, there is also a mandatory weekly cleaning fee of 80€.
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Amenities

Amenities

Villefranche-sur-Mer Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 40 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • 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
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • fax
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The bathroom includes a wonderful soaking tub and shower, a mirrored vanity with great light and plenty of storage, a large marble countertop with sink, and a toilet, or as my English friends say, 'the best view from a loo'. The bathroom is all done in white tile and stone. The washing machine is also located in the bathroom.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • The bedroom has an excellent queen size bed from Lit de France, bedside tables with reading lamps and lights on dimmers, lovely original art, and a charming French window with a beautiful old town view of Place du Conseil. There is a large built-in closet for hanging and folded clothes, and a chest. At night, you are lulled to sleep by the alternating sounds of the sea lapping the shores of the quai and beach below, and the trickle of the lion fountain on Place du Conseil. There is also AC in the bedroom. The apartment is additionally equipped with a sofa bed for the occasional guest, a child, or for two people travelling together who don't share the same bed. But this is not an apartment for two couples.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Small Cooler
  • 2 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • 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
Notes:
Le Petit Bijou is located in the same building as our Waterfront Penthouse. The apartment is on the 4th floor from sea level but you enter the building on the 3rd floor and take a private stairwell just one flight up.
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