Artist's Atelier- Sea View with Balcony and Perfect Old Town Location

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View from 6 meter long balcony and living room


Last updated: 10/21/2016
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  • Minimum stay:5-30 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Artist's Atelier 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. Although entered on the ground floor, the structure was built into the hillside, and therefore the apartment is actually a floor above street level. This one bedroom/1 bathroom unit has a truly open floor plan, decorated in an artistic, eclectic, and comfortable style. When you enter, you will immediately notice the spaciousness of the room, and the historic feeling of the 600 year-old building with 12 foot high ceilings and old wooden beams. Bright sunlight fills the room from the French doors leading to the balcony. The view- from the sofa, dining table, main living space, and balcony- is of a beautiful old world scene: a cobblestone pedestrian street lined with colorful buildings cascading down the hill to the sea, the bay of Villefranche against the backdrop of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, and the famous Villa Rothschild perched right on top (and beautifully lit at night). A charming and artistic view.

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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Property Type

  • Apartment
  • 42 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Staff


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Considered
  • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon


  • The Bedroom includes a very good quality queen-sized bed. The sofa bed in the living room area is a double bed (140cm), and also very comfortable. Both sleeping areas have night stands (or tables) with good reading lights, independently controlled. Off the bedroom is the bathroom. The sofa bed is really intended for an occasional guest, as the living space of the apartment is open....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Spacious, light shower...moreless

  • The bathroom is a good size with a very nice sink/vanity area with plenty of good storage and light. In addition to the vanity area, there is an small antique cupboard for towels and other items. The shower is quite large with a complete glass enclosure and glass door. Lovely Italian tiles have been used throughout....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Artist's Atelier 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 bottom 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


  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Sky TV with English and French channels....moreless

  • Stereo:

    Stereo unit with iPod dock, CD player, and radio functions. ...moreless

  • Television:

    Flat-screen TV...moreless


  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Bay/Sound
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Eco Tourism
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Ski Lift Privileges
  • Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Computer Available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    We provide white cotton sheets, down duvets or cotton blankets, and down or foam pillows (two per person). ...moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    We provide bath towels, beach towels, and kitchen towels. ...moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped kitchen....moreless

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter 2016/17
Oct 24 - Mar 19, 2017
7 night min stay

Winter Program (Monthly Rate)
Nov 1 - Mar 31, 2018
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

Additional information about rental rates


  • 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 500€ will be collected upon arrival in euros, dollars, or pounds and returned prior to departure. A final cleaning fee of 100€-120€ will be collected upon arrival in cash (100€ for one couple, 120€ for two couples).

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Last updated: 10/21/2016
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10 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Nice - Cote d'Azur
30 Metres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
Port of Nice
10 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
200 Metres
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
30 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
120 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
Isola 2000
100 Metres
Nearest Beach

Car: Not Necessary

Artist's Atelier 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.


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  • View from 6 meter long balcony and living room

    View from 6 meter long balcony and living room

  • Open floor plan living space, office apart

    Open floor plan living space, office apart

  • Main living space with bedroom area

    Main living space with bedroom area

  • Bathroom vanity with great lighting and storage

    Bathroom vanity with great lighting and storage

  • Balcony view cascades down charming street to sea

    Balcony view cascades down charming street to sea

  • Balcony faces sea, full sun, first floor.

    Balcony faces sea, full sun, first floor.

  • View entering apt, sun filled balcony, sea view

    View entering apt, sun filled balcony, sea view

  • Fully equippd kitchen designed for a cook

    Fully equippd kitchen designed for a cook

  • Bedroom area, great closet, beautiful original art

    Bedroom area, great closet, beautiful original art

  • Comfortable, large bathroom shower

    Comfortable, large bathroom shower

  • View from balcony, sofa and dining table

    View from balcony, sofa and dining table

  • Office off living area - great space to work

    Office off living area - great space to work

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