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Stunning 1 bedroom apartment panoramic views Villefranche sur Mer South France

Sleeps3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 807 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

1 bedroom, 1 living room, modern kitchen, bathroom, terrace

Set between the Basse and Moyenne Corniches, in a beautifully landscaped garden setting, within a secure and highly sought after block, this 1 bedroom apartment sits above Villefranche sur Mer and is just 10 minutes from the bustle of Nice. Inside, this spacious, light and bright apartment, benefits from a recent high quality refurbishment and is appointed with top of the range Italian furniture, fixtures and fittings. From a large terrace and from each of the living rooms there is ample space for al fresco dining and the views over Villefranche, Beaulieu, St Jean, Cap Ferrat, are just breathtaking. There is a dedicated parking garage in the basement. While a car is useful, for those who enjoy walking there are pleasant footpaths leading down to the waterfront restaurants of Villefranche sur Mer, beaches, harbour etc and up to the shops of Col de Villefranche. There is easy bus and train access to nearby Eze, Monaco and Nice and to more distant destinations such as Menton and Antibes.

General: There are regular markets in the nearby villages of Villefranche, Beaulieu and of course Nice has a world renowned fruit and vegetable market and regular antique markets. Nice also has a wealth of museums, art galleries and an excellent opera house. There are the varied attractions from the Menton music festival to the Monaco Grand Prix, to the film festival in Cannes. For those interested in sailing there are regular yachting regattas in Antibes, Cannes and Monaco. Coastal paths from Villefranche through Beaulieu and St Jean, and then around Cap Ferrat provide wonderful scope for most enjoyable walks with lots of world renowned restaurants and bars making pleasant stopovers. In Villefranche itself quayside restaurants mingle with the colours of local fishing boats and nets. Little wonder it continues to be a favourite with so many artists, writers and other discerning aesthetes.

Special Attractions: There are frequent sailing regattas, including some wonderful events bringing together classic yachts from around the world. For those interested in antiques there are around the old port of Nice any number of excellent galleries and markets, and Villefranche hosts a weekly open air antique market on the waterfront. For those who love music there are regular internationally renowned music festivals along the Riviera, and of course there are the special attractions of the Monaco Grand Prix, the Canne Film Festival, and any number of other sporting and cultural events.

More Details

Owner
Patricia or James
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
December 11, 2017

About Patricia or James

Late evening some 20 years ago while sailing the South Coast of France I had the pleasure of dropping anchor at the head of the Rade du Villefanche. As the lights came on around the bay it was if one had entered an vast amphitheatre - truly magic. Returning a few years later I could not resist the temptation of purchasing just one of those spectacular lights so that we are now able to enjoy in a more leisurely way the reverse sight of all the little yachts bobbing away in the harbour below.

I (Jim, writing this) am a retired professor of engineering (well not really, all that has changed is the salary cheques have stopped!) having spent the greater part of my career at University College London. Having grown up in New Zealand I came to the UK some 50 years ago to pursue what should have been a 2 possibly 3 years post-doctoral research fellowship at UCL. It was when my children were growing up that to stem the yearning to return to Aotearoa to see them experience the sort of outdoor childhood I had enjoyed we purchased a caravan on the S coast of England. There we accumulated a fleet of sailing boats of all shapes and sizes. Now that the children have long since moved on our fleet has vanished but I still enjoy sailing in my leisure time - although our modest little sailing yacht is now located in southern Calabria from where we can enjoy Sicily and the Aeloian islands - but it is a bit more difficult to reach!

My wife Patricia is actually a Londoner - yes there are still a few. She spent her professional life in the charity sector and prior to retirement was International Director at Marie Stopes, and played a major role in seeing what had been a network of Family Planning clinics in the UK become an international network of clinics dedicated to improving women and children health and education. We both enjoy travelling but also the delights of being with our now 12 grandchildren.

Why Patricia or James chose Villefranche-sur-Mer

Because of our grandparental roles we don't get down to Villefranche as much as we would like. So we have been pleased to be able to share our apartment and our love of this part of the world with so many guests over the past 15 years - many of whom have come back year after year. We think you will also enjoy the oportunity to share the wonderful outlooks over the Rade of Villefranche. The views from the apartment are really those of the classic Riviera scene. The tour coaches travelling around the Moyenne Cornich (just above the apartment) stop to allow sightseers an opportunity to take in the breathtaking beauty - usually with their cameras. Here is a chance for you to sit at your leisure and enjoy the same views over a cool glass of wine and a lovely home cooked meal.

What makes this apartment unique

Jardin de Villefranche is possibly one of the most charming villages in the area between Nice and Monaco. It offers views to die for and is remote from any of the hustle and bustle of main roads making it a perfect place to enjoy a tranquility that is becoming increasly difficult to find - one even becomes aware if someone is using a lawn mower kilometers distant. It has vast well kept gardens (that incidentally make the service charges very high!) within securely gated grounds. Sitting on the terrace in the evenings you can take-in the wonderful aromas of nearby pines, jasmin and other prolific plants in almost perfect peace and quiet.

Amenities

Villefranche-sur-Mer Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (detached)
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 807 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Luxury
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Elevator ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet
  • Recently modernised with top of the range Italian bathroom furniture. There is a good strong shower, large wash basin, WC and bidet. Walls are attractively tiled as is the floor.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 child bed , 1 baby crib , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • The bedroom is accessed from an entrance lobby. It is a spacious, bright bedroom, with yellow ochre painted walls. There are double sliding French doors giving access out onto a large terrace which adjoins the terrace from the living room. The bedroom has the same marble tile flooring as the hall and living room. There is ample built-in wardrobe space. There is a queen sized double bed with 2 small bedside units and matching bedside lights. There is a glass work table with radio and TV. From the bedroom, and even from the bed, there are superb views out over the Rade of Villefranche, Cap Nice and Cap Ferrat. Not being overlooked it is possible to sleep with the curtains pulled back to enjoy the lights twinkling around the harbour.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • 2 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The apartment is furnished to the highest standard and with white marble flooring throughout provides a clean and easily maintained living space. The kitchen and bathroom have both been recently modernised to the highest specification. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and access is via locked gates operated by a personalised electronic control. There is parking within the secure and gated grounds and a dedicated lock-up garage within the basement of the apartment block. Probably not the most ideal apartment for young children. Wireless internet is available. While telephone and cable TV can be made available there will be additional charges for having these connected and for the line rentals. These connections would normally only be practical for longer term rentals.

Reviews

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Stunning 1 bedroom apartment panoramic views Villefranche sur Mer South France
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 22 reviews
5

Stunning

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in this apartment many times now and always find it just fabulous and inspiring alongside it always being comfortable, clean and well equipped for our family holiday. The location is perfect for exploring the whole Cote D'Azur and the view is literally breathtaking. I wish I could wake up and breakfast to that view everyday! Thanks you Jim and Patricia for a wonderful stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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4

Fabulous view, generous private balcony, south facing.

  • 4 of 5

Lovely light, spacious apartment in secured private grounds. Warm and comfortable, tastefully decorated with everything we needed. Quiet location at the end of the road. Although up a steep hill, there are regular buses, if, like us you choose not to hire a car. Plenty of steps down to the town. Good local shops for essentials within walking distance up the hill. We would happily stay here again.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Unbelievable view, beautiful village

  • 5 of 5

The view is even better than the pictures indicate, as crazy as that seems. Villefranche-sur-mer is a great place to explore the region - it's calm and quiet, yet minutes from Nice, Monaco, and lots of other great places. The apartment is quiet, comfortable, and flooded with sunlight. Eating on the balcony was extremely memorable, and we did it at every opportunity. The building is near the top of a fairly significant hill if you're walking to and from the village, but there's a market nearby at the top of the hill, and another one a short drive away, so it was never a problem. Julie was very helpful in getting us situated.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
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5

Amazing place

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful place, stayed there for three times already. Everything you need (like a wahing machine, microwave, ful equipped kitchen, towels, TV, DVD player,...) is there, there is a contact on-Location, you can enjoy an amazing view on the bay and the house has a wonderful garden! You won´t use the TV... for sure!

Just relax and enjoy and have a wonderful time"

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2014
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Tyne & Wear
5

5 STAR ***** Heaven

  • 5 of 5

I have read somewhere, this view is in the top 5 best views in the world. After my 'fourth' visit here. I can assure you, it is MY No.1. Believe me, sitting on the balcony here in this apartment, you drift off into another zone. A place of peace and tranquility. It is truly wonderful. You have the peace as the busy people are buzzing about below, you can watch them for hours but only hear noise if you make it. Or, ok, you can hear the odd Ferrari or Maserati zooming about the winding roads but that's acceptable :-) I've said this before, and it never changes, the grounds of this apartment are beautiful, immaculate and secure. The parking facility/private garage is a bonus. Drive in, park up with the lift right next to garage straight up to your door. Completely spoiled you want for nothing. The good thing I've noticed also is, you nearly always have a beautiful blue sky and coming from the N'E' England that's like gold, it really does make you feel good. We all have stress in our lives and this place makes you feel on top of the world by the time you have to go home. We drive here, it takes us 2.5 days and it's worth every mile driven. Ah well, for the moment back to work to save up for our next trip here and, to putting the Lotto on so one day I can make Jim an offer he can't refuse :-) Many thanks Jim & Patrica for sharing your amazing apartment. To anyone reading this message - BOOK IT NOW, you won't regret it. (see my other reviews too)

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2014
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5

Fabulous apartment and stunning views

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a wonderful stay in this apartment. It is a v spacious and smart one bedroom, with a well equipped kitchen and beautiful views from the balcony. The area is lovely, with an excellent local food market in Nice. We are planning to return in 2015!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2014
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Map

Nearest Airport
7 Kilometres
Nice, Cote d'Azur
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Col du Villefranche
Nearest Ferry
2 Kilometres
Nice
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Villefranche sur Mer
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Nice/Monaco, A8
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Col du Villefranche
Nearest Beach
600 Metres
Villefranche sur Mer
Car: not necessary

The Cote d'Azur retains all of its long recognised allure, combining modern luxury with belle epoch and old world charm. Steep mountains fall precipitously into deep and enticing azur seas that provide a haven for all forms of watersports and attract yachts of all sizes description. There are safe and clean beaches with splendid restaurants having tables at which you can almost get your feet wet in the gently lapping waves. Mountain and coastal walks provide a wonderful way to explore this region that must still rank as one the most beautiful in Europe. Picturesque Villefranche sur Mer has from the 2nd century BC oscillated between French and Italian control. Its architecture reflects this rich and varied history, as does its culture and cuisine. It has one of the most sheltered natural harbours on the south coast of France and consequently provides a popular stopping off point for visiting cruise ships and shelter for visiting yachtsmen, which is how I first discovered its charm.

Other Activities: Provides easy access to the various sporting events, such as the Monaco Grand Prix and sailing regattas, and to a multitude of cultural events.

Ski: The alpine ski fields are a relatively short drive North of Nice. Buses run regularly from Central Nice and it is feasible to enjoy daily sortee to the ski slopes.

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Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Prices include linen and towels, heating and hot water, electricity and gas.
Prices include the provision of wireless Internet access.
Prices do not include the provision of landline telephone but this could be connected at extra charge for longer stays.
Prices do not include final cleaning for which a charge of €80 will be made when collecting the key.
Prices do not include meet and greet fee of €20 should this be required;
The cleaning and meet and greet fees will be collected by the local agent when collecting the keys. Because the owners are not based in France this arrangement is more convenient for the local agent who arranges the cleaning and keeps the keys.
If you prefer to pay direct to the owner please contact me direct at j.croll@ucl.ac.uk

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.