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This petite and romantic villa is perched on the lush hillside of Villefranche-sur-Mer on a quiet street, just a 5-10 minute walk to the Old Town (although admittedly easier going down the hill than up it!). Each room's French doors open fully to the terrace, offering panoramic views of the entire bay of Villefranche, the colorful buildings and terracotta rooftops of the Old Town, and beyond to Cap Ferrat. You can lounge in the sun all day long, as the outdoor space is equipped with a dining area, gas bbq, outdoor speakers, and cushioned chaise lounges. There are lots of fresh herbs in the garden to use for cooking. The interior has been newly remodeled and decorated with lovely antiques, beautiful artwork, and offers everything you need, including great beds and linens, WiFi, phone/fax, and Sky TV. This is truly a place for a quiet, relaxing, romantic getaway.
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 two main bedrooms have high quality beds from Lit de France, with lovely, white cotton linen. Each bed has 2 foam pillows and 2 goose down pillows, cotton blankets and bed covers in summer, and goose down duvets and duvet covers in the winter. Each has bedside tables with very good reading lights. The rooms are decorated uniquely with art from around the world, oriental carpets, and convenient storage, illuminated by lovely lighting, all on dimmers, to create a romantic mood. Both bedrooms open directly onto the terrace through lovely French doors that open all the way so that the entire sea facing wall disappears. The view includes breathtaking sunrises in the morning, beautiful light from the sunsets, stunning villas lit up in the evening, amazing yachts bobbing in the bay, and a picturesque vantage of the Old Town. The office can be used as an occasional third bedroom as it has a sofa bed (and bathroom)....moreless
Master ensuite bathroom: toilet, combination tub/shower, bidet
Each bedroom has its own bathroom and both are well-designed for comfort. The master bathroom is ensuite and includes a lovely soaking tub with the shower integrated into the tub. There is window that faces the sea which has reflective glass so you can't see in from the terrace to the bathroom, but you can see out to the terrace and sea from the shower. There is plenty of counter space and convenient storage, good light and a large mirror. The guest bathroom is located across the hall from the bedroom, and includes a nice sized shower, a vanity with counter space, and plenty of storage. It has a window facing the back garden filled with flowers and bougainvillea. The office or third bedroom has a sofa bed (a click-clack). Although a very comfortable bed, we only recommend the office for use for an occasional visitor. It has an ensuite bathroom with a shower, sink, storage and counter space, and toilet. ...moreless
You do not need a car but you should be aware that there are quite a few stairs to get from the villa to the village- about 300 to the top of the village and another 200 to the waterfront. You can also walk the street which eliminates all the steps, but the walk is a bit longer. Most people like the walk either way (and it's a great form of exercise when you're enjoying all of this French food!). However, if you want to rent a car, there is plenty of parking on the street in front of the property. Alternatively, there are taxis to bring you up the hill and a village mini bus. Two of the nearby grocery stores deliver. The villa is ideally suited for a couple who have occasional guests, two couples, or a couple with one or two children (older children are better as the terrace is not that safe for young children). It is petite (110 sq. meters), as it is half a villa, with its own private entrance, terrace, garden, etc. Although close to everything, it is very secluded and private. ...moreless
Summer/High Season May 15 - Sep 19, 2015 7 night min stay
Fall Sep 20 - Oct 23, 2015 7 night min stay
Winter Oct 24 - Mar 19, 2016 7 night min stay
Spring Mar 20 - May 14, 2016 7 night min stay
Winter Program (Monthly Rate) Nov 1 - Mar 31, 2017 30 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
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Rental fee includes utilities, linens (white cotton sheets, down duvets or cotton blankets, down and foam pillows- 2 per person), and towels (bath towels, beach towels, kitchen towels). We also provide bath, laundry, and dishwasher soap. There is a secure WiFi connection and we offer a telephone with free local calling and free calling to North America, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, among others
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The villa is ideally located just above the Old Town in the magnificent hillside of Villefranche-sur-Mer, which offers spectacular views. There is a very nice public stairwell that leads all the way to the Old Town and waterfront, about 300 steps. 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.