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Villefranche/Mer Old Town. Large terrace w/superb seaview. Close to restaurants

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

2+child, A/C, WiFi ,BBQ, 5 mn walk to bakery cafes restaurants shops beach bus

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 (12 sq.m.) 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 traditional 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, TV & gas BBQ. It is an ideal base for a relaxing holiday, dining 'al-fresco' or just sipping a ' vin rosé ' observing the ever changing bay. 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 1.30pm, is furnished with two wicker chairs and a table suitable for al-fresco dining. Also included is 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, washing machine and microwave. 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.

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Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english, french, german
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
May 21, 2018

About The Owner

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'.

The Owner purchased this apartment in 2006

Why The Owner chose Villefranche-sur-Mer

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.

What makes this apartment unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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.
Jun 2012
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Villefranche-sur-Mer Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Check-in between 3.00 pm and 7.00 pm.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Split-System Air Conditioning
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , The shower is a full stand-up in a corner bath with curtain.
  • The bright bathroom has the benefit of a external window with a view of the "Alps Maritiems" and is fitted with a well lit vanity unit with plenty of shelving and press units. The full height shower is enclosed by curtains and has a standard rose and a 'monsoon rose'. There is an electric heated towel / heater for the comfort of guests. The washing machine is in a separate compartment adjacent to the bathroom where it does not impose on the living area.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , This is a US Queen size 60 in (150 cm)
  • The bedroom accommodates two people. The bedroom is quiet and is furnished with a king size (US queen size 60in wide x 75in long / 150cm X 190cm ) bed with a very comfortable firm mattress and two pillows for each person. There are attractive antique bedside tables with individual reading lamps. The antique wardrobe / closet with full length mirror provides ample shelving and hanging space for clothes for two people. The bedroom opens onto the terrace through french windows providing magic views of the bay as you wake up. The room has a reversible air conditioning unit and an electric wall heater for the winter nights.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Terrace
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
Sun 'brollies for the beach available in the apartment.


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Villefranche/Mer Old Town. Large terrace w/superb seaview. Close to restaurants
average rating of 4.904762 based on 43 reviews

Lovely apartment, with wonderful views

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at this apartment, and we were not disappointed.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted that your stay met expectations. Eamon
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Wilson, Wyoming

Beautiful Terrace Apartment

  • 5 of 5

This a very comfortable apartment for two people in a great location just above the historic quarter of Villefranche. The nearby shopping area and bus stops are readily accessible along a fairly level road, and the picturesque old town with its harborside and many restaurants is directly down the hill. The private terrace has terrific views and faces the morning sun, providing a nice start to the day and avoiding the afternoon heat.

The bathroom, larger than many, has a nice roomy shower/tub and extremely generous storage space. The kitchen is well equipped. The living area is well furnished and comfortable with an attractive tiled floor. The only problem we encountered was a minor complication with the wifi, which Heidi handled promptly. We would definitely try to rent this apartment again.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Santa Ana, CA

One bedroom, fully equipped apartment

  • 4 of 5

We stayed one week in this apartment in October 2017. It was fully equipped and totally adequate for our stay. The location was good. There is a bus stop just a minute away. Villefranche Sur Mer is built on a hill so any walk requires many up and down steps. We had a car which presented a problem with parking. There is a public parking lot very close, however, we found we were afraid to drive anywhere for fear of losing our parking spot. Plus the cost for a week was $50 but the week is Sunday to Sunday and we were there Thursday to Thursday so we had to pay double. The parking issue is certainly not the owner's problem, so my critique is for anyone who does plan to have a car. I would recommend trying to find a place that has parking available. Otherwise this would be a fine apartment.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that Kathy found our apartment to be well equipped and adequate with good location and close to bus stop. The bus is the best method for getting around the Côte d'Azur being frequent, modern and very inexpensive at €1.50 standard ticket. Parking on the Côte d'Azur is always a challenge and we very seldom hire a car, using bus and rail transport instead. Eamon & Eileen
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A very special place!

  • 5 of 5

We keep returning to this lovely apartment in Villafranche. Fabulous views across to Cap Ferrat from the terrace. Handy for all amenities in town. Well equipped, spacious for two and a comfortable bed, what more could you want ?

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful and comfortable apartment in an excellent location!

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay in Villefranche. Our apartment had everything we needed to be comfortable, to go to the local market and cook, and go to the beach.

The beautiful apartment was nicely appointed and the location was perfect!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted that you enjoyed your stay in our apartment, it's location close to the market and beach, the apartment facilities and the sea view terrace. Eamon and Eileen
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Enjoys traveling in France, Ireland etc

Lovely views and location for enjoying and exploring the Côte d'Azur.

  • 5 of 5

The Furniture was most comfortable inside and out. The bathroom very modern but the dual headed shower a bit tricky to regulate. It was great to have a grill on the terrace which is like having an extra room in good weather. And the washer was very useful but a manual or guide would be helpful. Cautions would be that the armoire was not always easy to access or to close. The kitchen supplies were limited and quite basic. (no strainer or colander, lack of sharp knives and barely enough dishware to see two people through one day. We found the dishwasher noisy and inefficient so used it as a drying rack after hand washing the dishes. Plus one cannot use the stove/oven if the dishwasher below them is in use. But for the lovely views from each room, comfortable bed and furniture and the easy access to bus anywhere on the Riviera it is absolutely a great rental.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that Mary found our apartment to be comfortable, both bed and furniture, and like other guests, enjoyed the BBQ. We take her point that the amoir needs a door handle and it will be done. Regarding kitchen supplies, the majority of guests find that two of each item is sufficient for 24 hours and that the dish washer is normally switched on in the morning when leaving the apartment. We appreciate guests taking time to write a descriptive and frank review. Eamon and Eileen
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Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
Eze Village - France
Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Nice Cote d'Azur
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Large selection in Old Town of Villefranche
Nearest Train
500 Metres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Junction 56 for Monaco on A8
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Large selection in Old Town of Villefranche
Nearest Ski
60 Kilometres
Isola 2000, near Auron
Nearest Beach
500 Metres
Plage des Marinieres, Villefranche
Car: not necessary

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).

Boat trips

There is a very popular water and theme park in Antibes,

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

The booking deposit is non refundable.
€350.00 refundable damage deposit to be paid in cash on collection of keys. It will be refunded in 7 days of check-out.
€100.00 cleaning fee to be paid in cash on collection of keys.
We will be glad to quote for Monaco F1 Grand Prix and Christmas.
We can book a local English speaking taxi who will meet you at arrivals and deliver you to the apartment.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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