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Le Beau Balcon 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. The apartment was completely renovated- down to the 600 year-old stone walls- in 2009. It would have been the ‘bourgeois apartment’ of its day, as it is on the first floor (one flight up from the street). It has high ceilings and beautiful hand-made plaster molding (which we painstakingly preserved). The balcony faces the sea and has a wonderful view that fills the space with light and sun. The décor is old world French, filled with antiques and chandeliers, but the apartment has all of the modern conveniences.
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- www.rivieraexperience.com- 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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The bedroom has an excellent queen sized bed from Lit de France, and both sides of the bed have tables and reading lights. There is a lot of closet space (hanging and drawer) and storage for suitcases. Original art from local artists adorn the walls and an antique chandelier provides romantic lighting. There are black-out curtains, tastefully done, plus linen curtains and shutters. The bedroom window opens onto a quiet pedestrian street. There is also a sofa bed in the living room. It is intended for two people traveling independently, or for a young or grown child. It is not intended for two couples or for a couple with two children....moreless
1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom
Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower
There is no bidet but there is a douchette which is similar....moreless
The main bath is very spacious and has a window opening on to the pedestrian street of rue Volti. There is a large soaking tub with a shower, a toilet, and a large sink with lots of counter space, excellent lights, and lots of storage. The washing machine is also in the bathroom. Clothes lines are just outside the window for easy hanging of your laundry and it smells wonderful after a few hours in the sun. In addition, there is a second bathroom with a toilet, sink, and storage. Both toilets are equipped with douchettes (a spray nozzle instead of a bidet). The bathroom counter is marble and the large mirror cabinets open for storage inside. There is a chandelier in the bathroom for romantic mood lighting plus bright halogen lights over the mirror. The window has a linen curtain and shutters for privacy....moreless
Le Beau Balcon 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 first 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
Winter 2015/16 Oct 24 - Mar 19, 2016 7 night min stay
Spring Mar 20 - May 14, 2016 7 night min stay
Summer 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 31, 2017 7 night min stay
Winter Program (Monthly Rate) Nov 1 - Mar 31, 2019 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
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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 500€ will be collected upon arrival in euros, dollars, or pounds and returned prior to departure. A cleaning fee of 90€ will be collected upon arrival in cash. If you stay multiple weeks, there is a mandatory weekly cleaning fee of 80€.
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Le Beau Balcon is located in the heart of the Old Town. Villefranche 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.