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Our Cote d’Azur apart/condo, 'Eclat de Couleur', is situated in the pretty fishing town of Villefranche-Sur-Mer, between Nice and Monaco. Its outstanding feature is the brilliance of colour 'Eclat de Couleur' of the view of the Bay of Villefranche which opens up before you as you enter the lounge and terrace.
The lounge is spacious (18 Sq m) and bright with high ceilings, opens onto the south east facing terrace (10 sq m) through fully retracting double glazed doors, giving panoramic 270 degree views of the renowned bay.
The master bedroom with double bed adjoins the en-suite bathroom. The second bedroom with twin beds uses the adjoining bathroom with shower. The kitchen is in an alcove off the lounge.
The apartment is furnished with modern furniture and a modern electric kitchen with full facilities for self catering for four people including a dishwasher and washing machine. Ceramic tiled floors through-out for easy cleaning.
The lounge and bedrooms are fitted with reversible air conditioning. There is electric storage heating in the lounge for winter evenings and a heated towel rail in the bathroom. Tv channels include Sky, french terrestrial and radio. The Tv is connected to a DVD / CD player with a selection of DVD's, CD's, books and board games.
Excellent location on Ave General Gallieni, this apartment is a 5 minute walk to restaurants, cafes/bars, shops, including two bakeries, a mini market, greengrocer, ATM's, bus stop and two car parks. There is a twice weekly produce market a 10 minute walk away. It is a ten-minute walk to the beach and rail station. Nice is a 15 minute bus ride, Monaco 15 minutes and Nice-Cote d'Azur Airport is 30 minutes (7 miles). By rail you can visit Monaco, Cannes, Antibes, Menton and the markets in Ventimiglia (Italy). A car not necessary.
The master bedroom features a large queen size bed 60in (150cm)wide, with bedside tables and reading lamps. The firm mattress is very comfortable and comes with fresh linen and two pillows per person. A large fitted wardrobe with shelves provides adequate storage for clothes and is fronted by a full-length mirror. The ensuite bathroom features a bath with full-sized stand up shower (glass enclosed), a bidet, toilet and a well-lit vanity unit and is supplied with a double set of towels, and heated towel rail and hair dryer.
The guest bedroom features two single beds 35in (90cm) wide, with individual reading lamps and a shared bedside cabinet. The mattresses are firm and comfortable and come with fresh linen and two pillows per person. This bedroom also features a large fitted wardrobe with shelves, which provides adequate storage for clothes and is fronted by a full-length mirror. The guests have the use of a separate bathroom with spacious shower, toilet and bright vanity unit and are supplied with a double set of towels.
LIVING AREA & TERRACE
The lounge is spacious (188 sq ft), bright and airy with high ceilings and opens onto the terrace (100 sq ft) through fully retracting glazed doors, giving commanding 270 degree views of the renowned Bay. The lounge is comfortably furnished with a leather sofa, a sprung arm chair, a circular dining table and wicker chairs for four.The terrace is private and not overlooked. It is spacious and south east facing and catches the sun until late afternoon. It is furnished with garden chairs and table, two sun loungers and a Weber gas BBQ and is fitted with a retractable sunshade.
The fully furnished kitchen features a large refrigerator with ice compartment, a quiet dishwasher, a washing machine, a self-cleaning oven, a four ring ceramic hob and a separate microwave. It is supplied with new cooking utensils and place settings for six people. It also features a coffee maker, toaster and a stock of basic cooking needs such as tea coffee, spices.
* Central location close to shops, restaurants and bus stop.
* The terrace is private and is ideal for sun bathing and al-fresco dining.
* 9 ft ceilings throughout give a spacious and cool atmosphere.
* Air conditioning in all rooms and electric heaters in lounge and bathroom.
* All electric kitchen with marble work-top.
* Bright, wide entrance hall and gradual stairs.
* Free Wi-Fi.
* Weber gas BBQ on terrace with free gas - very popular.
* On site management to welcome and help guests.
The view from the terrace overlooking the old town's 'Provencal' terracotta roofs features Villefranche Bay and Cap Ferrat. The sandy beach is a ten minute walk through the pedestrianized street....moreless
On street parking. Two public car parks 50m from the apartment. The open-air park costs €1.10 / hr from 9.00 to 18.00. 18.00 to 08.00 it is free. The second car park (underground) costs €1.50 / hr. ...moreless
The large (100 sq ft) Balcony/Terrace is a feature of this property. Being private and not over looked it is ideal for sun bathing and dining al-fresco. It faces South and East, has sun until mid afternoon and features an adjustable Sun Awning. Furnished with 4 garden chairs and 2 sun recliners....moreless
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Early Summer '15
May 16 - Jun 26, 2015
7 night min stay
Jun 27 - Sep 11, 2015
7 night min stay
Sep 12 - Oct 2, 2015
6 night min stay
Oct 3 - Nov 6, 2015
7 night min stay
Low Season '15 - '16
Nov 7 - Mar 4, 2016
7 night min stay
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Car: Not Necessary
Villefranche is unique as a village on the French Riviera in that it has not been over-run by apartment development and commercial tourism. Remarkably, it is still an authentic French and Nicoise fishing village of 7,000 residents. Although it is in the heart of the Riviera, with Monaco on one side and Nice on the other, it is still a little village where the same families have lived for centuries and people know each other - it is a little enclave.
The site of what is now Villefranche, Beaulieu-sur-Mer and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat has been settled since prehistoric times. Celto-ligurian tribes roamed the area and established farming communities on the surrounding hills. The Greeks and later the Romans used the natural harbour as a stop-over en route to the Greek settlements around the Western Mediterranean. It is a strategically important area where the Alps join the Mediterranean separating France from southern Europe.
Located on the exclusive 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 which runs every 15 minutes and the Cote d’Azur rail line. It enjoys a wonderful sandy, south-facing beach and 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 walks for all levels of walkers. Popular day trips include Monaco for its Casino and Grand Prix, 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 hill-top village of Eze. Centrally located, the apartment is 5 minutes from restaurants, cafes, shops including bakeries, supermarkets, greengrocers, pharmacies, ATM, bus-stop, two car parks and 10 minutes to the beach, train station or l'Institute de Francais
The coastal walk around Cap Ferrat is a must as is a visit to Villa Rothschild and Gardens. The hill walks take you into the foothills of the Alp Maratime affording magnificent views of the coast line from Menton to Cannes.
For families there is a very popular water and theme park in Antibes. White water rafting is available in the Roya and Var Valleys.
Nice, Monaco and Cannes host many musical festivals including Nice Carnaval every February, the Nice Jazz Festival in July, ballet, opera and classical concerts during the winter months and of course the F1 Monaco Grand Prix on the last week-end in May. Golf is available at La Turbie, 10 miles by car.
Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: Eileen and I live in Ireland, north of Dublin. As we are in our mid sixties, with our family grown-up and semi retired we lead a less stressful life and enjoy hill walking and travel. We visit Villefranche three to four times a year thanks to Ryan Air!!! We have always loved holidaying in France, having taken many 'gite' holidays with the children. We love their food, their life style, the brightness / light of the South of France and particularly the friendliness of the Nicoise.
Why the Owner Chose Villefranche-sur-Mer:
In 2005 we were fortunate in buying 'Eclat de Couleur'. We chose this apartment because of its wonderful Sea View Terrace and its location being close to restaurants, shops and bus stops in the Old Town of Villefranche on the Cote d'Azur. It is bright and airy. The terrace is a wonderful sun trap with the enchanting colours of the Bay, the Terracotta of the Old Town roofs against the pine forests of the Cap Ferrat. It has an excellent location being a five minute walk to the shops, restaurants and bus stop and ten minutes to the sandy beach. A bus every fifteen minutes to Nice or Monaco at 1€ per trip gives you excellent opportunities for day trips.
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
The central location of this apartment allows us to holiday without a car, choosing instead public transport for day trips along the coast or inland exploring the valleys of Maritime Provence. Buses are cheap, clean and frequent. The apartment is a great base for day-trips. Popular trips are Monaco, Nice for shopping, art galleries, Promenade des Anglais, the Old Town and Flower Market. Further afield there is St Paul de Vence for art, Cannes and its Croisette, Ventimiglia (Italy) for its market A walk to Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild for its villa, formal gardens and fountains, not forgetting a coffee and a choice of the best gateaux on the Cote d'Azur is always worthwhile. Being avid hill walkers we love to head off on the bus up to the hills behind Nice, La Turbie or Menton. On Summer evenings another favourite is to grab the swimming gear, pick up a bottle of wine and a pizza and head for the beach and enjoy the setting sun over Mont Albion and the waves lapping the sea shore. During the Winter season we have enjoyed classical concerts and an opera from the varied programs in Nice, Monaco and Cannes.
View from terrace of Villefranche Bay against the backdrop of Cap Ferrat
The lounge / dining area with recessed kitchen in background.
Master bedroom with individual reading lamps.
Ensuite Bathroom of Master Bedroom
Guest bedroom with twin beds reading lights and 'Provencal Shutters'
Kitchen with ceramic electric hob and coffee maker.
Well stocked and matching cutlery.
Moon light on the Bay from the terrace.
Early morning mist from the terrace.
Safe sandy beach & Villefranche sur Mer Old Town on left.
Harbour and medieval houses of Villefranche
Villefranche Bay, church of St Michele looking towards Eze and Monaco.
Lounge, dining Area and terrace with glazed doors fully retracted.
Lounge with TV, leather sofa and wicker armchairs and kitchen in background.
Master bedroom and cooling 'Provencal' window screens.
Kitchen with electric hob, marble work-top, fridge, oven and microwave.
Guests Bathroom with spacious shower
Fridge / freezer on right and oven and microwave in background.
Lunch on the terrace.
Eclat de Couleur is the terrace with extended sun awing to the left.
Off to the beach through the pedestrianised, meandering streets of 'Old Town'
Children's public playground.
Wonderful beach for children with life guards in Summer.
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