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Artistes Tresor - beautiful village apartment with terrace and view over the sea

Bedrooms 3
Space 914 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

Old town apartment near the beach, 2 beds, big terrace and view over the sea .

'Artistes Tresor' is a beautiful apartment in the heart of the old town with a large terrace and breathtaking sea view over the whole bay of Villefranche Sur Mer. Being in the best location in town makes it the perfect setting for a wonderful holiday. Enter the doorway of the house built in the 16th century and be uplifted by the view that is truly unforgettable. The local agent described the apartment, renovated by the artist owner, as 'giving the feeling of being in another poetic world'. Our guests return time and time again. Discover all that VIllefranche has to offer moments away. Great restaurants, the beach and sea a few minutes walk away and the village full of history and charm. The local shops are on the doorstep. With its micro-climate it is perfect here all year round. Without doubt this is one of the worlds most romantic and beautiful locations, within easy access of Nice airport. This is an old village apartment designed for comfort for all the family. Join us soon!

All Year Round: The location is perfect for a holiday any time of the year as the area has so much to offer and Villefranche benefits from a micro climate. Rue Obscure, which is one of the oldest streets in France runs under the apartment and is unchanged since the 14th century. Villefranche is the most charming and authentic town on the Cote d’Azur, nestled on the spectacular shores of the Bay of Villefranche, yet just minutes from Nice and Monaco. Still a genuine French fishing village with a wonderful local culture — yet also attracting a very interesting international group of visitors and residents, including students that attend the renowned French language institute called the Institut Français. This is a wonderful area for walkers with the coastal paths and the hills close by. For example there is a superb walk around Cap Ferrat (about eight miles). The American sixth fleet were stationed here during the second world war.

Villas and Gardens to visit: The unique micro climate has facilitated the development of world renowned gardens which are open to the public such as Villa & Jardin Ephrussi de Rothschild on Cap Ferrat, and Villa & Jardin Kerylos in Beaulieu sur Mer, both within walking distance. There are additional renowned gardens in the area of Menton.

Jean Cocteau Chapel and the Citadel: Jean Cocteau painted the interior of this most beautiful chapel on the waterfront. It has been recently restored to its former glory. Ville franche is a village full of art and artists.

Visit the ramparts of the Citadel and take the guided tour into the Sculpture Gallery and through the cobbled street of the old towns history. Visit the tourist office for details.

More Details

Property Manager
Mattie Silman
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2017

About Mattie Silman

I found myself in Villefranche in 2002 for the first time. I was enchanted from the outset and saw my apartment on the same day I arrived. I decided to sell my house in London to buy it and knew that I would have to share it from time to time in order to pay for this expensive impulse......It is the best thing I have ever done. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Mattie Silman purchased this apartment in 2003

Why Mattie Silman chose Nice Area

I realised that the location and view of the sea was priceless. The uniqueness of the location and the age of the building is something that can't be replaced - it has evolved over hundreds of years. It truly is the best location in the South of France. It still retains it's charm due to the fact there are no big hotels around and about.

What makes this apartment unique

Being in a village is lovely with the sea a short walk away. It has everything. Restaurants, gorgeous walks, easy transport. I love to sit on my terrace watching the activity in the bay. The beautiful morning skies as the sun rises which you can see on my website. Watching the moon go down over Cap Ferrat. This is my great pleasure and relaxation in life. Sharing this with my guests keeps it all going.......

Guestbook comments from the manager

23rd July to the 30th July 2006


Just to let you know we had a fantastic time in Villefranche the best holiday we have had in a long time. The apartment and location was just superb and we would love to return next year. We went to Italy, Monte Carlo and obviously Nice. So if you could let me know what dates are available for next July that would be great. I really can’t say enough about the area and scenery. The children loved the beach and we just loved the history and the ability to travel so easy once there. So thanks again for all your help and for letting us stay at your beautiful apartment.

Best Regards, Richard Caul.
Nov 2007
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Villefranche-sur-Mer Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 914 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Village
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom, Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom, Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Both bathrooms have a bath and shower in the bath. We supply soap and toilet paper to get you started.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom, Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom, Bedroom - 1 queen
  • 2 doubles, BEDROOMS HAVE CEILING FANS. We have a secret third bedroom with proper beds. We also have excellent quality beds which are carefully chosen for comfort. We also provide plenty of storage space in each room. We have air conditioning now in the living room.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Terrace
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
There are wonderful food shops on the doorstop and there is a small supermarket three doors away. Everything you could possibly need is outside your front door. A car is not necessary as the public transport is excellent. We provide beach towels. I leave various condiments in the store cupboard as there is nothing worse than finding the cupboard empty when you arrive and having to buy just about everything. My kitchen compact and fully equipped with granite work surfaces.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(43 traveler reviews)

Artistes Tresor - beautiful village apartment with terrace and view over the sea
average rating of 4.9069767 based on 46 reviews

Artistes Tresor, Villefranche, France

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful extended stay at Artistes Tresor from late January to early February. The apartment is beautifully appointed with a lovely living and dining area, fully stocked modern kitchen, three comfortable bedrooms, two full bathrooms, complete laundry facilities, and a balcony with a breathtaking view. Everything from Wi-Fi to hair dryers is provided. The apartment is filled with sunlight in the morning, and at night the view along the bay twinkles as lights dance on the water. We were very comfortable in the apartment, it was quiet and very private. And we loved the location. Shops, restaurants, the train station, and the beach are just a short walk, and most areas of town are easily accessible on foot. This apartment truly is a treasure, a little piece of heaven in a magically beautiful part of the world. Thank you, Mattie for providing this amazing apartment.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is a great start for 2017 so delighted to receive this absolutely stunning review for my apartment. Looking forward to more lovely guests this year! See you soon, Mattie xxx
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"Artistes Tresor was fantastic"

  • 5 of 5

Loved every minute of our holiday from the time we arrived at the Villa Sue was there to greet us show us around a very lovely & helpful lady. The Villa was perfect, location fabulous, Villa was spacious, clean & home from home in everyway, we go on vacation regular to Villefranche & will certainly be booking Artistes Tresor again very soon. Can highly recommend it. Must say the owner of the Villa, Mattie was most helpful in everyway helping to plan our holiday.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It never fails to make me happy to know that my guests have had a wonderful holiday! To hear that everything went well is such a pleasure and makes all the hard work worthwhile. Looking forward each year to welcome many regular and new guests too. Booking now for 2017 which means it is 15 years welcoming guests at Artistes Tresor in October..... Goodness time certainly flies but I never get tired of Villefranche!
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Beautiful apartment in a gorgeous location!

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is gorgeous with such an amazing view of the bay. The rooms are tastefully decorated and spotlessly clean The apartment is spacious with two bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen. The location is close to the beach with restaurants, bars, shops and a supermarket on your doorstep. The train station and bus stop is just a short walk away and they provide transport links to everywhere along the coast. Sue the manager is really helpful and provided us with lots of local ideas and information and also arranged our transport to and from Nice Airport. We were a party of six and had the most wonderful week in Villefranche staying at Artistes Tresor, we would definitely recommend it, truly superb!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It always gives me great pleasure to know that all our efforts have paid off when I hear that my guests have a lovely holiday. It does not make me complacent at all so new guests should know that every effort it made each year to keep everything up to scratch. Looking forward to welcoming many more of you in the near future. Remember the winter months are lovely too!! See you soon....Mattie
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Convenient & Charming

  • 5 of 5

Our family (of 4) along with my parents (2) had a wonderful stay. The apartment could not be more convenient. The views are worth the price alone, while the apartment is finished quite nicely. We hope to return.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wonderful to know that my guests enjoyed their stay. Such a pleasure. The pleasure is mine so looking to welcome many more visitors to this beautiful part of the world. Mattie
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Beautiful views from spacious, lovely village apt.

  • 5 of 5

One of the nicest and most relaxing stays my family and I have had in decades of travel. The gorgeous property is spacious, easily slept 5 of us, the town surrounds you and is quite beautiful. Days can be spent on the beach, in the hidden gem of the Riviera which is Villafranche or other places easily reached by train. It is up 3 flights of stairs which we did not mind, but if you have any disabilities, this could be an issue.

All in all, I forgot my binoculars to watch the harbor but everything was quite wonderful.

5 star plus!!

  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wonderful! I am so very fortunate to be able to offer my apartment to guests and to know they had an enjoyable holiday. That gives me pleasure. Yes bring binoculars! Plus walking shoes if you like to walk as there are some of the loveliest walks close by. See my website for more information If you have mobility issues I have other apartment options for you. However, there are steps in the Village as it is built on a hill. Either stay higher up and have even more steps to negotiate to get down and back or stay here and be close to all the restaurants, the sea and the train which is just along the road with no steps to climb. Looking forward to welcoming you soon. Please also check out my London apartment on the website which has just been hand picked by the 'Plum Guide' out of thousands of London apartments as a special place to stay. Mattie.....
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An invigorating accommodation.

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful apartment! My wife and I enjoyed a week in February in this apartment. When you enter, you are wowed by the vista of the Bay of Villefranche against the background of Cap Ferrat from the light filled lounge and private terrace.

The apartment was spotless, with comfortable furniture and beds, every thing you will require in the kitchen. Located in the

Old Town, the bakery and local supermarket are right on your door step. The wonderful south facing sandy beach is just a 5 minute walk.

My wife really enjoyed waking to the view of the ever-changing colours of the bay.

This apartment has to be in the top 1% of quality accommodation in Villefranche.

Thank you Mattie for an excellent experience.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This review has made my day and I am always delighted to know that a guest has been more than happy with their time here. I have alsobeen trying to encourage guests to come off season...... We get these marvellous days in winter and my terrace is perfect to catch the sun early in the mornings. The winter sunshine has been especially at it's best during January and February this year and now should continue on through March and April.. Villefranche has a micro climate so when the sun comes out it can be warm enough to sunbathe on the beach.... Hope to see you very soon in our very special corner of heaven. Mattie
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Nearest Airport
7 Kilometres
Nice airport
Nearest Ferry
2 Kilometres
Nice port
Nearest Train
0.02 Kilometres
just down the road
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
A8 - 20 minutes drive
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
a few minutes
Car: not necessary

Villefranche is situated 4km from Nice Centre and 7km from Nice International airport. A well kept secret as it retains it's charm due to lack of major hotels nearby. You can happily spend all your time in the Village discovering it's wonderful history and why artists such as Jean Cocteau and Sommerset Maughan loved this area so much. In the 60's the music of the Rolling Stones could be heard across the bay from their villa on Cap Ferrat. Yet the village still retains it's authentic feeling. If you do wish to venture forth, the train which is 7 mins away runs all along the coast. Nice or Monaco are ten mins away or you can be in Italy (Ventimiglia) in 40 mins. The village of Eze is 20 mins by car or St Paul de Vence, Cannes and Antibes about 40 mins. A car is not essential and the walks here are fabulous. There is parking nearby. This is the best location on this fabulous coast by far. The French language Institute, Institut Francais, is a 10 minute walk away.

Other Activities: the area is full of art and history.

Ski: One and a half hours and you can be in the mountain snows if you love skiing in the winter.


Rates & Availability

Villefranche-sur-Mer Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 15 2017 - May 19 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 20 2017 - Jun 23 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jun 24 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
Oct 28 2017 - Dec 22 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Low Season
Jan 6 2018 - Mar 2 2018
5 night minimum stay
Early Spring
Mar 3 2018 - Apr 20 2018
5 night minimum stay
Apr 21 2018 - May 18 2018
5 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 19 2018 - Jun 22 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jun 23 2018 - Sep 7 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 8 2018 - Oct 26 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Oct 27 2018 - Dec 21 2018
5 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year
Dec 22 2018 - Jan 4 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

There is a 'Housekeeping fee' of €220 (euros)which is paid to the manager in cash on arrival. This is explained on my website
We also require a refundable security deposit of €500 (euros). This is returned in full within seven days of departure to the account of your choice.


There is a housekeeping fee of €220 charged for weekly rentals and €500 on a monthly rental. Rental fee includes utilities and linens (cotton sheets, allergy free pillows-), towels, beach towels, kitchen towels. A security / damage deposit of 500 euros will be collected upon arrival in any currency convenient to you and returned prior to departure. Service charges are collected upon arrival in cash. We also leave a good selection of basic supplies (toilet paper, dishwasher soap, salt and pepper etc) so you don't have to immediately run out and shop when you arrive. There is secure wireless DSL that enables you to connect within minutes of your arrival, should you need to.

We hold a security deposit in cash of €500 euros or any equivalent currency as this is paid on arrival and refunded after check out.
For more than one week we charge a cleaning charge of 120 Euro per week. which includes laundry and thorough cleaning.

Guests pay the deposit in sterling and the balance directly to the owner in euros. Currency rate is set at the time of booking.

Bookings are from Saturday to Saturday apart from May during the Grand Prix. Note: We can occasionally offer five night breaks out of season.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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