17th Century Beachfront Apartment in Cosmopolitan Town(5 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:4 nights
- Property type:Apartment
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
Apartment, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4)
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.
DEPARTURE TIME MUST BE NO LATER THAN 10:00 AM.
WE WISH YOU A BON VOYAGE.
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Member since: 2005
- 2 story
- On floor 1
- 72 m²
- Non Smoking Only
- Not Suitable For Children
- Pets Not Allowed
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4
- Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (1)
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- Satellite / Cable
- Tourist Attractions
- Botanical Garden
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
- Theme Parks
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Gambling Casinos
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Beach View:
- Monument View:
- Mountain View:
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
- Water View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Cross Country Skiing
- Deepsea Fishing
- Equestrian Events
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Rock Climbing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Water Skiing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Parking Off Street
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wireless Internet
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
- Pantry Items
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My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
Fri, Sat, Sun
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- 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.
Owner's cancellation policy:
50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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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.
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. 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, France:
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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That's us between the white arrows.Entrance from the rear street.
Closets space behind curtain and bed in main bedroom.
17th Cent.ceiling . Menton is known for frescoes.
View from Italy.Building colors come from natural ochres from the nearby areas.
This was THE moment I decided to buy the apartment putting end to a 9 year searc
The grand staircase to the Basilica and old town above it.
An arch at the top of the street.
The Rue Longue
Our sea-front apartment building .
Evening view of the boulevard and Mediterranean from the living room.
Second half of panorama from our window.
Pull out Trundle bed with 3 drawers for storage and a closet too.
All modern kitchen. Everything is there.
First half of Panorama from our window.
St. Michael's Basilica.Claude Monet painted a similar view in San Remo.
Sunbathing and decorations for the August Chamber Music Festival.
Front door with greeting.
The view when returning from shopping at the Friday market in Ventimiglia, It.
A sweet spot to sit and chat with the invisible people on the couch.
Evening view from window shows street lights shiningall the way to Bordighera
This listing was first published here in 2005.
Date last modified - Sunday, March 26, 2017
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