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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.
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....moreless
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....moreless
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....moreless
massive reductions Jun 4 - Jun 23, 2015 4 night min stay
short stay offer Jul 1 - Jul 4, 2015 3 night min stay
early autumn Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2015 7 night min stay
autumn Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2015 7 night min stay
winter Nov 1 - Mar 31, 2016 7 night min stay
early spring Apr 1 - May 31, 2016 7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
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 €75 will be made when collecting the key.
Prices do not include meet and greet fee of €25;
The cleaning and meet and greet fee of €100 will be collected by the local agent when collecting the keys.
Rates include all taxes.
A security deposit is payable at the time of confirmation of the booking; this will provide the down payment for the rent which becomes due 56 days prior to the visit.
A reduction in rate will be made for stays of 2 or more weeks.
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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.
About the owner: I 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 Universirty College London. I continue to enjoy sailing in my leisure time although my modest sailing yacht is now located in slouthern Calabria from where we can enjoy Sicily and the Aeloian islands.
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 ampitheatre - 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.
Why the Owner Chose Villefranche-sur-Mer: We think you will enjoy the oportunity to share the wonderful outlooks over the Rade of Villefranche. The views from the apartment really is that of the classic Riviera scene for which the coaches travelling aroung the Moyenne Cornich 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.
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment: 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 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 one can take-in the wonderful aromas of nearby pines, jasmin and other prolific plants in almost perfect peace and quiet.