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Sunny/chic/iPad/iPod/fine linen/WiFi/art/library/2015 renovation/1930s style

Bedrooms 3
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 6 nights


Minimum Stay
6 nights


Le Port Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, one seriously chic space. Old Town & beach 5 mins

Our huge 102m2 (1,100 sq ft) duplex apartment in the historic port of Nice is south-facing, quiet and beautiful, yet minutes from several beaches, Old Town, tram, airport bus and train. Our top floor duplex apartment was completely renovated in 2015. It has art on the walls, great music on the iPod, plus travel apps and classic French movies on our iPad. Not forgetting three divine wooden beds with fine linen, a library of books, and every cook book known to man.

But as the apartment building dates from the 1850s (the building was once an olive oil distribution depot) heaps of antique charm remain. There are three big bedrooms with double beds; the first is really romantic and has a €3,000 Habitat mattress, antique lights and three metre high ceilings. The second bedroom is larger and boasts an antique double bed with €2,500 Tempurpedic mattress, plus a library of guidebooks, history books and an iPad 3. The third is the largest of them all. It' also sublime and south-facing, with a new Ikea bed, writing desk and library.

The living room opens on to the fantastically well equipped kitchen. We have a 1930s wooden table for six, Roche Bobois sofa and fireplace. More photos are available on request, just email us for more details!

Keywords: Apartment, Flat, Pied a Terre, Condo, Duplex, Chic, Art

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Tristan Rutherford
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
November 25, 2016

About Tristan Rutherford

I am a British travel journalist based in Nice, France. I own this lovely apartment with my American wife, Kathryn. As we write for Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic, The Sunday Times and several other travel magazines, we'd be happy to recommend a heap of charming restaurants and great beaches across the South of France.

Tristan Rutherford purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Tristan Rutherford chose Nice

Mainly the sun! It's completely south-facing with sun from dawn until dusk pouring in. And as it's on a courtyard it's totally quiet at night, despite being in the dead centre of Nice. The location is also amazing, with an award-winning boulangerie on the corner, 100 antique stores on the same block, and the Old Town, beach and scores of restaurants within a five-minute stroll.

What makes this apartment unique

We purchased an iPad in 2012 for our guests to use. It is pre-loaded with some great French movies, travel apps, video games and lots of cool links. We love playing with it, and hope you do too! The fireplace is unique and very cozy in winter, as is the library, cook books, kitchen and dining table for six. We love entertaining, eating and drinking and expect that our guests will too. What's totally unique is the peace and quiet at night, very rare in Nice, plus the personal, French, traditional and very chic decoration that makes it so special. Our final renovation in 2014 turning our much-loved apartment into three bedroom duplex. There is so much space it's untrue!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

Sunny/chic/iPad/iPod/fine linen/WiFi/art/library/2015 renovation/1930s style
average rating of 4.892857 based on 28 reviews
South Carolina, USA

Charming Apartment in Great Location

  • 5 of 5

Tristan and Kathryn's apartment was exactly what I was looking for when I reserved it for our group of 6 adults traveling to Nice together. It is beautifully remodeled just as the photos show and updated with a large main room and modern kitchen while still retaining it's Old World French charm--the parquet floors are lovely and the interior floor length windows are perfect for letting in lots of light. It is a quiet and peaceful place even though it's located in a neighborhood not far from several busy areas. Speaking of the location, it could not be any better with a grocery store only a block away and surrounded by restaurants--we were able to walk or take the tram everywhere we wanted to go. There is so much to do in the area and we were always busy. Our only regret is that we had to leave it when we did or I may still be there! Thank you, Kathryn and Tristan, for creating such a comfortable, homey space which I would love to come back to some day.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Susan what a wonderful message. This must rank among our best ever reviews! The apartment is certainly filled with sunshine, even in winter, which brings everything to life. Our recent renovation was very sympathetic. We introduced new parquet floors over 101m2 (1100sqft) of space plus a bespoke kitchen and two new bathrooms. Each of our bedrooms is now entirely separate with brand new double beds and mattresses. It's heaven. All we ask is that you tell your friends and come back again soon. Thanks again for visiting our wonderful city, Tristan and Kathryn
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Very spacious apartment.

  • 4 of 5

This apartment is very conveniently located next to the port and the old town where there are numerous restaurants and bars. It is in a very quiet location despite the position. The apartment is spacious with three good sized bedrooms. It is well equipped. Slight disadvantage that it is on the third floor but this helped keep us fit! Nice apartment for the price.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Joan, thanks so much for your review. As we live in our Nice apartment for six months per year it's fabulously well equipped. Library. Yotam Ottolenghi and Jamie Oliver cookbooks. 10mbs WiFi. Games. Parquet floors. You're right. We are fabulously well located with 100 restaurants and cafés without walking distance…but our south-facing apartment is quiet, sun-filled and tranquil. We are very clear that, like most Nice apartments, we don't have an elevator. We're on the third floor, and our grand marble stairs are not difficult to climb. Joan, we hope you and your wonderful family revisit. Around 30% of our guests book again and we hope you do too.
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Los Angeles, California

Beautiful and charming apartment.

  • 5 of 5

After researching apartments in Nice, we spent a week at this great location. The apartment is located in old nice, surrounded by antique stores, a charming area. Very convenient to restaurants, a few minutes walk to the Old Port, buses and shops. Marilia, the apartment manager looked after us from start to finish. Place is roomy and our two teenagers had more than enough room to spread out. We were there for the EURO 2016 and the place was buzzing with activities and excitement. We loved the apartment, beautifully renovated but still retains its French charm, most importantly it was quiet, so great to go back to after a full day. Lots to do at nearby beaches and ports. Highly, highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks a million Tamara! You're right, it's all about the location. Our three bedroom apartment is only two minutes from Place Garibaldi, the historic Port, the Monaco bus and Nice tramway - with 100 restaurants and cafes in the immediate vicinity. The Cours Saleya and Old Town are seven minutes away on foot. We're so grateful for your feedback on our apartment's grand renovation. It was completed in 2015 to add extra style and modernity to our 1850 property - it was actually built when Abraham Lincoln was President. We know have two ultra modern bathrooms, a brand new kitchen fit for Jamie Oliver, and three fabulous double beds, each with the world's best mattresses. Please bring your wonderful family back to France next year! Kind regards, Tristan
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Washington, DC USA

Repeat, repeat visitor!

  • 5 of 5

I've written a review before but I've been back twice since so an updated review is warranted especially with the apartment renovation. My first stay was 3 months from February to April, then 6 weeks in April and May and then this year 5 weeks starting in late January. Weather was mostly sunny and temperatures mild so certainly an improvement from East Coast US winters and early spring. Tristan and Kathryn's apartment is like home to me (and my little dog Coco who comes along). The recent addition is fabulous and made a great apartment even better! I had some visitors during my recent stay so there was plenty of room for everyone. In the 5 years since I first started coming to the apartment, the Port area has really blossomed. Lots of new hip restaurants and wine bars but it still maintains a very local flavor. That plus proximity to sea is what attracts me so much to this part of Nice. I'm not sure when I'll visit Nice again - soon, I hope - but no doubt this is where I'll stay. I feel that Tristan and Kathryn are family now so can't imagine going anyplace else! It really is a perfect place to stay along the Côte d'Azur!

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mary and Coco, What a pleasure it was to receive your fabulous message. After five stays you have become our all time best guest! It's true that the French Riviera is just as pretty in winter as it is in summer. The museums are quiet, the markets are full, and you are treated like an honorary local. Most importantly, it's still sunny almost every single day! The renovation of our beautiful apartment was completed in 2015. We can now welcome guests with two brand new bathrooms, a 50m2 living room (larger than many apartments) and the kitchen of our dreams. Mary, come back and stay with us again soon! You are so welcome. Tristan and Kathryn
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Amazing 💐

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing apartment! We have nothing but wonderful things to say about our visit to Nice. The location was perfect, rooms were spacious and very comfortable, kitchen was state of the art.Thank you so much all your assistance and tips to make a wonderful vacation for our family.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Wendi, what a kind message. We welcome parties of six, like you, and couples of two, like the guests before you, with equal pleasure. Glad you had a wonderful time. The tram, airport bus, Monaco bus and footpaths all link to our front door. With the brand new underground parking that opened in late 2015 our apartment is an even better base that every before. Happy you enjoyed the kitchen too. It's a difficult choice between cooking a market fiesta - or eating in the restaurants around the corner! Thanks for your visit, Tristan
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Dayton, Ohio

Huge apartment near the port

  • 5 of 5

Tristan is a travel writer and it shows in his preparation for arrival and the minute you enter the apartment. Multiple guidebooks on the area are available that he and his wife Katherine have written and they know their stuff! There isn't anything he and his wife haven't thought of to make a family stay enjoyable. His responses to questions were very thorough and prompt. The apartment itself is very comfortable with a very large kitchen for cooking. Just a few minutes walk to the Veille Ville and the beaches of Nice and Promenade des Anglais, the location is great. There is a large Monoprix and two smaller grocery stores very close by, along with an excellent organic food store. There is some renovation and construction for a tram that's going on in and around the building, but we didn't hear any construction noise at all. The new tram will pass right by the apartment when completed. Although this is an historic building with no AC, we were not uncomfortable with the wonderful sea breeze coming in, even in July. All in all, a very pleasant stay in Nice. My daughter didn't want to leave! (Neither did I...)

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mary, will you come back soon?! You and your family are so welcome. Glad you had enough space with the 50m2 (500sqft) living room and three bedrooms. Your shopping trips sound great! We also love to organic options at Biocity by Place Garibaldi, and Quotidien on Rue Martin Seytour. The latter is run by an old Italian family of hardcore Slow Food adherents. You can even eat there, and buy organic wine by the litre. Just bring your own bottle! In 2016 there will still be some tram work in the area as city authorities make an underground link from Nice Port to Nice Airport. When done it will be fabulous. Of course, you can hear no tram noise or construction work in our lovely apartment. We still can't wait until it's finished. We remain on hand for our guests. So glad we could answer your questions about dining, day trips and favourite beaches. All best wishes, Tristan
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Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Nice Cote d'Azur Airport
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Nearest Ferry
100 Metres
Nearest Train
1000 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Nearest Beach
500 Metres
Car: not necessary


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Le Port Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 3
Floor Area:
  • 102 m²
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Fully renovated in 2013 with open glass cubicle and plants
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Stunning designer shower room on top floor of our hip duplex
  • Upstairs duplex bathroom newly installed in 2015.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , With €3,000 mattress
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , With €2,500 mattress
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , With €2,500 mattress
  • Double Beds (3) A 1950s wooden bed topped with a €2,500 Tempurpedic mattress. Plus a brand new Habitat bed with €3,000 mattress. And another new grand double bed with €2,500 mattress purchased in 2015. You've never slept better in your life! Baby crib available (1) For under 12 months. For free of course.
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
iPod dock, bikes, iPad, cook books, 200-book fiction and non-fiction library, Roche Bobois sofa and antique furniture, WiFi, DVD collection, awesome kitchen

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