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17th Century Beachfront Apartment in Cosmopolitan Town

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A spot for planning tomorrow's excursions and wondering who painted the Frescoe.


Last updated: 07/23/2014
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  • Minimum stay:4-7 nights
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  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Menton apartment description

WE TRAVEL FOR PLEASURE. Arrival in Menton is an exciting experience.

WELCOME TO OUR HOME. Our fully renovated beachfront apartment, built in the 17th century, is located in the center of the Vieille Ville, the vibrant, historical, Medieval district of Menton. Our street, once a Roman road called the Via Aurelia or Julia, has developed over the millennia into the Rue Longue. Paved in stones, with walls painted in Mimosa yellows, Siennas, Ochers and Tuscan reds it is yours for the duration.

We are one flight up. A large living room with a 16 foot high frescoed ceiling is the apartment’s richest feature. Three large 5 foot tall windows allow magnificent , unencumbered views of the Mediterranean sea and mountains all the way to Bordighera and San Remo in Italy. We can be on the beach in two minutes. From these same windows you can see your safely parked car. In March the air is so clear that the island of Corsica can often be seen on the horizon.

The spacious living room includes a convertible sofa, two leather club chairs, antique mirrors and chairs carved in the Menton style, television/VCR cable, WIFI, radio and stereo. The dining table sits eight. For the benefit of wine lovers we have provided good wine glasses to help you savor the area’s special AOC wines: Cotes De Provence, Bandol, and our favorite ,Vigonier.

The fourth window,in what the French call 'an American Kitchen' , opens onto the narrow Rue Longue. Refrigerator, dish washer, stove top, microwave, built in washer and dryer are there for your use. The unusual dish storage is a Vaissellier, a Provencal crockery shelf.
The apartment accommodates four people comfortably. There is a large bedroom with full bed and a smaller bedroom with a trundle bed. A small ceiling frescoe was discovered when we removed ceiling tiles. There is a bath with generous shower space, towel heater, hair dryer and a separate WC (toilet).

PHOTOS: Additional pictures are available by clicking 'more photos' at the end of this article.

CAFFEINE AND CHOCOLATE: Menton is the archetypal Mediterranean town. Perched on the French-Italian border,it provides the traveler with the delights of both France and Italy. This small town of 30,000 is nestled between Monaco (10 minutes away by train) and the Italian Riviera (a 20 minute walk) with the Nice airport 30 train-minutes away. Open to the sea and protected by an amphitheater of mountains which block off Mistral and Tramontane winds, it enjoys a subtropical 'micro-climate' allowing for seven exceptional botanical gardens to flourish. The Tourist Information Office in the Palais D'Europe, Ave. Boyer, will provide you with information and schedules.

Life is simple. We wake up expecting a sunrise, walk to our small bakery for hot croissants and pain au chocolat,(a croissant roll with one or two melted chocolate bars tucked in). For a double vacatiom treat we like to start our days with caffeine AND chocolate, based on the assumption that we’ll walk off those calories during the day.

EXCURSIONS OFF THE BEATEN PATH: As I help my guests plan their vacation I can’t help noticing that many declare 'I JUST WANT TO SIT IN A CAFE AND WATCH THE WORLD GO BY'. Great idea. By cultivating a healthy disrespect for time you'll fit right in. After you have booked, you will be sent an information package containing a long list of unusual sites too specialized for generic guidebooks. Places known mostly to locals, including personal favotires tailored to interest those with vigorous sport hobbies or quiet habits.

HERE IS A PARTIAL SAMPLER: Walking an 18th cent. seaside path under millionaire mansions. A wonderful toy shop. An Arabian Pure- Bred competition. Ferraris. A collection of Baroque Churches. Menton’s best restaurants. Chamber music. A Barbie Doll museum. A whale’s mouth. Napoleon's bivouac. Rigorous mountain climbing and kayaking. A Regatta from Sardinia. Petroglyphs. A glass bottom boat, a WWII Maginot Line bunker which housed 300 soldiers( fully restored).

MEMORIES: An international crowd of visitors, cosmopolitan shops in the modern town, mazes of narrow streets in the 14th century sector, fountains,cafes and tea-rooms, ardent blue seas and spacious seafront promenades transform a simple stroll into a delight for the senses. It’s fun to get lost and discover, to follow your instincts. Starting out for 'The Barbie' may get you sidetracked to a Greek Mansion. Eat eat eat Socca, try a cooling Perrier-Menthe on a hot day. Make your own memories. The smallest experience will be the best if it is truly YOURS.

For more pictures please go to 'more photos' at the end of article.



Keywords: Apartment

Property Type

  • 2 story
  • Apartment
  • On floor 1
  • 72 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            teen age is fine ...moreless

          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Not Suitable For Children

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1


          • ...moreless

          • Clean new shower room with wash stand. Towels, Hair dryer. The Wc and the bath both have storage space and mirrors for two or more women to put on make up simultaneously. There are five mirrors altogether....moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Kitchen:

            All new. Bosch washer and dryer, Fridge, cooktop, no oven, soaps coffee condiments cutlery linens coffeepot, toaster provided....moreless

          • Dining Area Seats:


          • Dining
          • Stove
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Pantry Items
          • Coffee Maker
          • Toaster
          • Refrigerator
          • Microwave
          • Dishwasher
          • Cooking Utensils
          • Seating for 8 people


          • Parking:

            copious Information after booking on three styles of nearby street and garage parking....moreless

          • Parking Off Street
          • Washing Machine
          • Linens Provided
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Heating
          • Towels Provided
          • Living Room
          • Hair Dryer

          Other Amenities

              • In the Spacious Living Room, Sofa, Club Chairs, Antique Chairs, Side Tables, TV Table, Radios, in Full 'American' Kitchen, Built in Washer & Drier, Radio, Toaster, Coffee Brewer, NO SMOKING IN THE APARTMANT, PLEASE USE LANDING...moreless


              • VCR
              • Television
              • DVD Player
              • Books
              • Music Library
              • Satellite / Cable
              • CD Player
              • Stereo


              • Wireless Internet
              • Internet

              Outdoor Features

                  • Tennis


                  • Adventure
                  • Historic
                  • Tourist Attractions

                  Location & View

                  • Village:

                    The Vieille Ville includes a 17thcentury area, a Basilica,remenants of the old castle walls. An interesting walk leads to a classic cemetery for those who came from Britain to cure themselves of TB....moreless

                  • Monument View:

                    La Trophee des Alpes, in Monaco built by Caesar to celebrate reaching the highest point so far on the Via Julia in in La Turbie, suburb of Monaco. 9 Roman vestiges in the area to visit. ...moreless

                  • Waterfront:

                    Full of restaurants. Many celebrations there, music, dancing, the yearly celebration of burning an old rowboat...and free fish soup for everyone. Fireworks. ...moreless

                  • Beachfront:

                    The beach is Just a tumble down some steps from the apartment. Sailing lessons every Monday. Life guard on duty in summer. beach towels in the closet...moreless

                  • Mountain View:

                    The Apuan ( small ) Alps which insure mild sunny days by protecting Menton from wind and rain which land further west in Nice....moreless

                  • Beach View:

                    From our windows we can see Italy, San Remo, Bordighra and on a clear day, sometimes Corsica....moreless

                  • Resort:

                    Casino, sailing ,eating, sunbathing shopping...enough said....moreless

                  • Ski-Out:

                    An hour's drive to Isola 2000 behind Nice....moreless

                  • Water View:

                    THE MEDITERRANEAN,all types of boats....moreless

                  • Rural


                  • Restaurants
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Medical Services
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Skiing
                  • Deepsea Fishing
                  • Equestrian Events
                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Mountaineering
                  • Paragliding
                  • Snorkeling
                  • Tennis
                  • Fishing
                  • Rafting
                  • Snorkeling/Diving
                  • Swimming
                  • Parasailing
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Rock Climbing
                  • Hiking
                  • Wind-Surfing
                  • Kayaking
                  • Laundromat
                  • Hospital
                  • Groceries
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Live Theater
                  • Museums
                  • Botanical Garden
                  • Churches
                  • Library
                  • Playground
                  • Recreation Center
                  • Ruins
                  • Synagogues
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Cycling
                  • Cinemas
                  • Boating
                  • Beachcombing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Gambling Casinos
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Walking
                  • Antiquing
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Shopping
                  • Sailing


                  Write a review 4.8
                  from 5 traveler reviews
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                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  spring and summer
                  Apr 1 - Oct 1, 2014
                  7 night min stay
                  Fri, Sat, Sun
                  My Standard Rate
                  4 night min stay
                  $220 $220
                  Fri, Sat, Sun

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                  • Taxes Not included


                  After booking, a series of mini-bus door to door services, excursion, restaurant, and travel details will be mailed to traveler. The week before departure, Owner will call renter for final questions and go over written, sent information for "inside the apartment." There is an manual available as well as a guest book. Housekeeper telephone numbers are also provided . You are welcome here.

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                  The remaining 50% plus separate security deposit is expected 40 days before arrival .

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                  Last updated: 07/23/2014
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                  2 Miles
                  Nearest Train
                  Menton and Menton Garavan stations
                  7 Miles
                  Nearest Motorway
                  Nearest Beach
                  Down the stairs from apartment
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  I can see 9 or10 from my window.It. & Fr.

                  Wine Tastings, Antiqueing, Excellent Restaurants ..two with particularly splendid views, one of which is rated by the NY Times as 'Worth a trip to Europe'. Provencal specialities, Oils, Soaps, Honey, Lavender,Chocolate , Lemoncello, cooking herbs and sea salts, Ceramics, Table linens, Perfumes, Vintage posters and cards, August Chamber Music Festival, The 'ice man' museum, a yearly Lemon Festival, Arabian Pure Bred Competition, 'Salt Road Regatta', Cinema, Go karting, Contemporary dance competition, Chagall, Matisse, Cocteau, Picasso, Renoir, Leger, Le Corbusier, Monet Museums, Dizzing mountain climbing, 1,400 turtles park, wild wolf preserve nearby, Sightseeing by Boat, Sailing Lessons, Water sports, Clear lakes, Downhill and Cross Country Skiing, English Gardens, Cooking and Language Lessons, Petroglyphs, Pre-Historic Museum & Caves, Roman vestiges, A world renown National Park and the last WWI fort on the Maginot line.


                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2001

                  About the owner: I am a native of Menton, a Mentonnaise , who still understands the Mentounasc dialect spoken by the local folk. Born in a clinic behind the Basilica of St. Michel. I emigrated with family to America at an early age after attending school at the Dames de St. Maur in Monte -Carlo complete with the ballet lessons required of all little girls. In America I achieved a MA degree in Fine Art from Notre Dame University. As an Art Instructor on the college level, I led several tours of student( for credit) to France for a month of Art History in Paris and the Riviera. In the 1990's I began to yearn for a place back in my original home and began a 9 year search for a place with a view. An important criteria was living in the Old Town where relatives once lived so that I could sometimes hang out the laundry and spy from my kitchen window to see who was walking around late at night as I remember my Godmother often doing. I was not prepared for finding this beautiful spot which I cherish and respect with my entire being. One of my interests is drawing prehistoric art, which makes sense since I have a view of the Balsi Rossi caves from where I write. Professionally, I am an enameler ( def. glass fused on metal, in a furnace at 1.400*) and a Liturgical artist. My work has been shown in Britain, France, Russia, Italy South Africa and the States. I work with the public, religious and architects. My website JOSYT.COM is under construction. Look if you dare. I speak three languages and like to sing whenever , wherever the mood strikes. Being an owner in this area of the France, the Riviera, gives me a chance to meet many interesting travellers who come to me from VRBO and it is a pleasure directing them through the English gardens, flra markets, Grand Prix of Monte Carlo,prehistoric caves, funny festivals and wonderful possibilities in this part of the world. Come visit!!!

                  Why the Owner Chose Menton:
                  Because I HAD to be in the old town amongst 1400 c. to 1700 c. construction. My road, the Rue Longue was once part of the Via Aurelia/Julia which went from Rome to Spain, changing name to Via Domitia and others several time in the process .THIS AREA IS A LIVING MUSEUM starting with paleolithic caves at Balsi Rossi, visible from the living room to Roman architecture,the and the Belle Epoque to the Impressionists.Monet actually painted in Bordighera.

                  The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
                  Calm, easygoing natives who care very much about doing whatever they do to the highest of their ability. Perfume manufacturers, and museums.The homes of Katherine Mansfield and other visiting writers such as Flaubert, and Stevenson. Queen Victoria left her name on our bus stop, and Queen Astrid loved to visit. An olive grove with 1000 year old trees, fresh fish bread and pastries every day, people who put words such as 'gently' and 'calmly' in their sentences and 320 days of sunshine per year.

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                  Speaks: english

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                  Guestbook comments from the owner

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                  • A spot for planning tomorrow's excursions and wondering who painted the Frescoe.

                    A spot for planning tomorrow's excursions and wondering who painted the Frescoe.

                  • Pull out Trundle bed with 3 drawers for storage and a closet too.

                    Pull out Trundle bed with 3 drawers for storage and a closet too.

                  • That's us between the white arrows.Entrance from the rear  street.

                    That's us between the white arrows.Entrance from the rear street.

                  • All modern kitchen. Everything is there.

                    All modern kitchen. Everything is there.

                  • This was THE moment I decided to buy the apartment putting end to a 9 year searc

                    This was THE moment I decided to buy the apartment putting end to a 9 year searc

                  • Apartment door

                    Apartment door

                  • First half of Panorama from our window.

                    First half of Panorama from our window.

                  • Closets and bed in main bedroom.

                    Closets and bed in main bedroom.

                  • Evening view from window  shows  street lights  shiningall the way to Bordighera

                    Evening view from window shows street lights shiningall the way to Bordighera

                  • 17th Cent.ceiling . Menton is known for frescoes.Look under the eves as you walk

                    17th Cent.ceiling . Menton is known for frescoes.Look under the eves as you walk

                  • View from Italy.Building colors come from natural ochres from the nearby areas.

                    View from Italy.Building colors come from natural ochres from the nearby areas.

                  • St. Michael's Basilica

                    St. Michael's Basilica

                  • Sunbathing and decorations for the August Chamber Music Festival.

                    Sunbathing and decorations for the August Chamber Music Festival.

                  • Second half of panorama from our window.

                    Second half of panorama from our window.

                  VRBO #61837

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                  This listing was first published here in 2005.

                  Date last modified - Wednesday, June 18, 2014

                  $198 - $220 per night (USD)

                  2 Bedroom / 1.5 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 4

                  View calendar: Updated 07/23/14
                  Minimum stay: 4-7 nights
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