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Sur le Toit- Great sea view and perfect Old Town location

Bedrooms 1
Space 516 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 - 30 nights


About the property

Newly renovated 1 bedroom/1.5 baths, sleeps 2-4

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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More Details

Property Manager
Shelley Dobyns
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 9, 2017


Villefranche-sur-Mer Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 516 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Village
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Computer Available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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
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.


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Sur le Toit- Great sea view and perfect Old Town location
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

A Great Find

  • 5 of 5

What can we add to the other reviews? We cannot speak too highly of “Sur Le Toit”. Shelley has thought of everything to make a stay there a delightfully enjoyable, trouble-free holiday. In particular, we would mention the comfortable bed and pillows, the good reading lights and the ample storage space. The apartment is one of the most cleverly designed we have come across. The situation – at the top of the old town - is ideal with views over the harbour to Cap Ferrat, and everything, from friendly restaurants to excellent boulangeries, close at hand. And Shelley herself is a treasure – friendly and helpful and a mine of local information.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2009
  • Stayed: Sep 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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San Francisco

A Perfect Stay

  • 5 of 5

In September of 2009, my family and I stayed in Sur le Toit and we had a wonderful time. The location was perfect for experiencing authentic old town life. Everything was as stated and as shown on the website. Like the fresh sunflowers on the dining table, the apartment was bright and sunny. The comfortable sofabed was exceptionally easy to set up. The beautiful kitchen was stocked with more items than we needed. There was plenty of space for everyone; I especially enjoyed the bay window seats with the charming view. This comfortable apartment also had a dishwasher, a washing machine, a beautiful soaking tub, and lots of creative lighting. Shelley was there to greet us and she thoroughly explained how to operate everything. She even made sure that we were all able to log on successfully to the internet. There were abundant beach towels and a large, stylish shopping/beach bag in the apartment ready for our use and there was also beach equipment in a storage room right at the beach. I felt that Sur le Toit was infinitely better than 2 cramped hotel rooms, which would have been the equivalent, price-wise. My daughter's fiance stayed in a local hotel and after seeing his room, I was so thankful that we were staying in Sur le Toit and I realized what a great value it was and that it was possible only because of Shelley's high standards and hard work. Shelley is truly a "people-person". Because of her connections, quick thinking, and interest in others, she had a hand in shaping an historical event in our family. So, because of Sur le Toit and Shelley, we had value in more ways than one. I totally recommend staying in Sur le Toit and dealing with Shelley as both are absolutely wonderful.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2009
  • Stayed: Sep 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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A wonderful holiday in Villefranche

  • 5 of 5

We're just writing to say that we had a lovely time in Villefranche. The apartment was beautiful - tastefully decorated, spacious and in immaculate condition. Shelley couldn't have been friendlier and obviously takes great joy in making sure that all her guests have the best possible time.

The apartment is situated a very short walk (2 mins) from the sea front and has lovely views on the sea from the living room. It is bang in the middle of the very peaceful town centre. There are a great many restaurants and waterfront bars. It is also a short walk (7 mins) from the train station where you can get a train directly to Monaco, Cannes, Antibes and St Tropez.

We would highly recommend this property and hope to be back again in future.


Clare and Tim (September 2009)

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2009
  • Stayed: Sep 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Atlanta, GA USA

A treasure

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our two weeks in Sur Le Toit. The apartment is beautifully decorated, well laid out and very convenient. The skylights and lighting make it especially lovely. Shelley is a wonderful host and provides very useful and thoughtful information on the area, its attractions and restaurants. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great pied-a-terre for exploring the coast

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Sur le toit. It's a beautiful mix of old and new, has a perfect view, is very clean, roomy and comfortable and makes you feel like you are actually living in a small village with all of the sounds, smells, views and characters that come with that. We particularly liked the convenience of the washing machine after being on the road for two weeks, the library of books and local information, the perfect kitchen, the cozy bedroom and comfy bed, the places to stretch out and just enjoy the view, the TV and sound system and the great lighting, skylights and windows. The apartment was exactly as described and we much appreciated being introduced to it and the neighbourhood by Shelley upon arrival. It was also nice to know that she was never far away should we need her help or encounter a problem.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2008
  • Stayed: Sep 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Nice Cote d'Azur
Nearest Barpub
30 Metres
Nearest Ferry
3 Kilometres
Nice Port
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Nearest Train
200 Metres
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Nice Est
Nearest Restaurant
30 Metres
Nearest Ski
120 Kilometres
Isola 2000
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
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.


Rates & Availability

Villefranche-sur-Mer Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter Program (Monthly Rate)
Nov 1 2017 - Mar 31 2018
30 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

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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