Sur Le Toit- Great Sea View and Perfect Old Town Location

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Last updated: 11/14/2015
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  • Minimum stay:5-30 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Sur le Toit (“On the Rooftops”) overlooks the village's terracotta rooftops as they cascade down the hillside to the sea, and has stunning, picturesque views of the gleaming bay of Villefranche against the lush vegetation of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. When you enter the apartment through a private stairwell, you are struck first by what you can see outside your windows, and then by the spacious feel of the main room, with its cathedral ceilings, skylights, and 600 year-old stone walls. The main living space includes the kitchen, dining, and lounging areas. Throughout the apartment, you will find original artwork and superb lighting (for both atmosphere and reading!) all on dimmers. The location is ideally situated in the charming Old Town of Villefranche: a less than 5 minute walk to the waterfront and beach, steps from the shops and restaurants, and a short distance to the world-renowned French language institute, Institut Français.

About the area: Villefranche-sur-Mer is a traditional Niçoise fishing village dating back to 1295 and anchored by two cosmopolitan cities on either side: Nice to the west and Monaco to the east. One could not speak about Villefranche without exclaiming its physical beauty. Surrounding its large, natural (and world famous) bay are cliffs and steep hillsides, brimming with olive and citrus trees, Mediterranean pines, and bougainvillea flowering plants. This lush vegetation meets the water’s edge, where the shades of blue are as dazzling as a sapphire necklace. The bay of Villefranche is surrounded by two of the most beautiful Caps in the Mediterranean: Cap Ferrat and Cap de Nice. These stunning limestone peninsulas- sprinkled with luxurious villas and lavish gardens- protect and embrace our bay. Amidst all of this is the charming village, hugging the coastline with colorful buildings. During a stroll through the maze-like streets of the Old Town, you will see beautiful balconies decorated with potted plants, fresh laundry flapping in the sea breeze, and hear the sounds of church bells and music wafting through the corridors. And of course, what description of Villefranche would be complete without mentioning the boating scene! Watching the comings and goings- from cruise ships to yachts to fishing boats- could be a full time occupation!

There is no shortage of things to do during your stay! And we are always happy to make recommendations. That said, part of the pleasure of being here is taking in the lifestyle of the village and the area: getting up and going for a walk or swim at the beach, shopping at the fresh markets (on Wednesdays and Saturdays), sitting on your balcony and admiring the beautiful scenery, exploring the village and all of its little quarters... Guests frequently come with a long list of all the things they will do, and then a couple of days into the trip, they decide to reduce the list and just enjoy the lifestyle.

We own six beautiful apartments in the Old Town and one villa set atop the hillside. If you're looking for a special home away from home, please check out our website- and choose the perfect fit for you! All of our properties offer the amenities and conveniences you expect and appreciate, including WiFi, Sky TV with English channels in addition to French television, free international calling to many locations worldwide, thoughtfully designed kitchens for those who love to cook, washing machines, dishwashers, and high-quality queen-sized beds with lovely linens. And of course, balconies or terraces with exquisite views, potted flowers, and delicious herbs. As the owner of Riviera Experience, I take great pride in my properties (which are all owned and managed solely by me) and in making sure my guests have an unforgettable stay.

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Property Type

  • Apartment
  • 48 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Considered
  • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon


  • The bedroom has an excellent queen sized bed from Lit de France. There are large closets with enough storage space for hanging and folded clothes, as well as suitcases. There is a sitting chair, bookshelf, bedside tables, and reading lights. You will find beautiful, original artwork throughout the room and a window that opens onto rue Volti that fills the space with afternoon sun. The bedroom opens ensuite to the master bathroom, as well as to the main hallway....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • The ensuite bathroom is spacious and has a lovely window onto rue Volti. There is a wonderful soaking tub, a rain shower, toilet and duchette, and a sink/vanity with great light and good storage and counter space. There is a second half bath in the apartment, where the washing machine and furnace are located. Here you will find a skylight for fresh air and light. Because the main bathroom is ensuite to the bedroom, and the half bath is off the main hallway, both sleeping areas are completely private in the evening, as they each have their own toilet and sink without disturbing the other....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Sur le Toit is ideally located in the heart of the Old Town. We do want you to be aware that there are church bells- quite lovely, but if you don't like them, we want you to know you are close by! They ring from 7 a.m to 9 p.m. each day. The apartment is the top floor of the building that you enter on rue Volti. We own all three of the apartments in this building, and each one is unique from the others (although all are one bedroom and one or one and a half bath). The street door ensures complete privacy and security for these apartments....moreless


  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Sky TV with English and French channels....moreless

  • Stereo:

    Stereo unit with iPod dock, CD player, and radio functions....moreless

  • Television:

    Flat-screen TV...moreless


  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Bay/Sound
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Nude Beach
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Ski Lift Privileges
  • Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Computer Available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    We provide white cotton sheets, down duvets or cotton blankets, and down or foam pillows (two per person)....moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    We provide bath towels, beach towels, and kitchen towels....moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped kitchen...moreless

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter 2015/16
Oct 24 - Mar 19, 2016
7 night min stay

Mar 20 - May 14, 2016
7 night min stay

May 15 - Sep 19, 2016
7 night min stay

Fall 2016
Sep 20 - Oct 23, 2016
7 night min stay

Winter 2016/17
Oct 24 - Mar 19, 2017
7 night min stay

Winter Program (Monthly Rate)
Nov 1 - Mar 31, 2018
30 night min stay

My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • No additional mandatory fees
  • Taxes Not included


We require a 40% deposit of the total booking price by wire or check, and the balance is due 2 months prior to arrival.

A security deposit equivalent to 400€ will be collected upon arrival in euros, dollars, or pounds and returned prior to departure. A final cleaning fee of 90€ will be collected upon arrival in cash. If you stay multiple weeks, there is also a mandatory weekly cleaning fee of 80€.

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Last updated: 11/14/2015
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10 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Nice Cote d'Azur
30 Metres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
Nice Port
10 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
200 Metres
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Nice Est
30 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
120 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
Isola 2000
100 Metres
Nearest Beach

Car: Not Necessary

Sur le Toit is located in the heart of the Old Town. Villefranche-sur-Mer is nestled between Nice and Monaco (10 minutes from Vieux Nice, 20-25 minutes from Monaco). Although surrounded by a diverse, exciting cosmopolitan environment, it is still an authentic Niçoise village. I know, I live here, and it's hard to believe it is still that way-- wonderful! Within close and easy access are Antibes, Cannes, St. Paul de Vence, Grasse, Mougins, and just a bit further, St. Tropez, Ramatuelle, Bormes les Mimosas, or Aix, Arles, Avignon and all the villages of Provence. Take a ferry from Nice Port to Corsica (3 hours on the fast ferry), or head to Italy and visit Ventimiglia, San Remo, the Vallee de Roya, Portofino, Cinque Terre... But if you stay in Villefranche and the neighboring towns of Beaulieu-sur-Mer, St. Jean Cap Ferrat, Eze, and La Turbie, you'll exhaust a week or more just exploring and enjoying these lovely villages. Most of these sites are easy to access without a car. And if you are here to attend the French language institute, Institut Français, it is a 10 minute walk away.


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  • View from main living space of apartment

    View from main living space of apartment

  • Dining for 6-8, daybed for lounging, sea view

    Dining for 6-8, daybed for lounging, sea view

  • Stairwell (interior to apt) to enter apt.

    Stairwell (interior to apt) to enter apt.

  • Master bedroom, window, lots of closet space

    Master bedroom, window, lots of closet space

  • Master bath ensuite with great soaking tub/shower

    Master bath ensuite with great soaking tub/shower

  • Romantic moonrise scene from apt. windows

    Romantic moonrise scene from apt. windows

  • View of room upon entering apartment

    View of room upon entering apartment

  • Ancient stone wall, sitting area seats 6.

    Ancient stone wall, sitting area seats 6.

  • Looking from hall to living area, office in closet

    Looking from hall to living area, office in closet

  • Hallway leading to master bdrm, bath, half bath

    Hallway leading to master bdrm, bath, half bath

  • Master bath sink, spacious bathroom with window

    Master bath sink, spacious bathroom with window

  • Another view from apt. window - sitting cat

    Another view from apt. window - sitting cat

Minimum stay: 5-30 nights
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