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Artistes Tresor - beautiful village apartment with terrace and view over the sea

Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
  • Apartment914 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay0 - 7 nights

Old town apartment near the beach, 2 beds, big terrace and view over the sea .

'Artistes Tresor' is a beautiful apartment in the heart of the old town with a large terrace and breathtaking sea view over the whole bay of Villefranche Sur Mer. Being in the best location in town makes it the perfect setting for a wonderful holiday. Enter the doorway of the house built in the 16th century and be uplifted by the view that is truly unforgettable. The local agent described the apartment, renovated by the artist owner, as 'giving the feeling of being in another poetic world'. Our guests return time and time again. Discover all that VIllefranche has to offer moments away. Great restaurants, the beach and sea a few minutes walk away and the village full of history and charm. The local shops are on the doorstep. With its micro-climate it is perfect here all year round. Without doubt this is one of the worlds most romantic and beautiful locations, within easy access of Nice airport. This is an old village apartment designed for comfort for all the family. Join us soon!

All Year Round: The location is perfect for a holiday any time of the year as the area has so much to offer and Villefranche benefits from a micro climate. Rue Obscure, which is one of the oldest streets in France runs under the apartment and is unchanged since the 14th century. Villefranche is the most charming and authentic town on the Cote d’Azur, nestled on the spectacular shores of the Bay of Villefranche, yet just minutes from Nice and Monaco. Still a genuine French fishing village with a wonderful local culture — yet also attracting a very interesting international group of visitors and residents, including students that attend the renowned French language institute called the Institut Français. This is a wonderful area for walkers with the coastal paths and the hills close by. For example there is a superb walk around Cap Ferrat (about eight miles). The American sixth fleet were stationed here during the second world war.

Villas and Gardens to visit: The unique micro climate has facilitated the development of world renowned gardens which are open to the public such as Villa & Jardin Ephrussi de Rothschild on Cap Ferrat, and Villa & Jardin Kerylos in Beaulieu sur Mer, both within walking distance. There are additional renowned gardens in the area of Menton.

Jean Cocteau Chapel and the Citadel: Jean Cocteau painted the interior of this most beautiful chapel on the waterfront. It has been recently restored to its former glory. Ville franche is a village full of art and artists.

Visit the ramparts of the Citadel and take the guided tour into the Sculpture Gallery and through the cobbled street of the old towns history. Visit the tourist office for details.

Property Manager

Mattie Silman

Member Since 2003
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
english, french
Calendar last updated:
Apr 01, 2018
About Mattie Silman

I found myself in Villefranche in 2002 for the first time. I was enchanted from the outset and saw my apartment on the same day I arrived. I decided to sell my house in London to buy it and knew that I would have to share it from time to time in order to pay for this expensive impulse......It is the best thing I have ever done. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Mattie Silman purchased this Apartment in 2003

Why Mattie Silman chose Arrondissement de Nice

I realised that the location and view of the sea was priceless. The uniqueness of the location and the age of the building is something that can't be replaced - it has evolved over hundreds of years. It truly is the best location in the South of France. It still retains it's charm due to the fact there are no big hotels around and about.

What makes this Apartment unique

Being in a village is lovely with the sea a short walk away. It has everything. Restaurants, gorgeous walks, easy transport. I love to sit on my terrace watching the activity in the bay. The beautiful morning skies as the sun rises which you can see on my website. Watching the moon go down over Cap Ferrat. This is my great pleasure and relaxation in life. Sharing this with my guests keeps it all going.......


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom, Bedroom
        1 queen
      • Bedroom, Bedroom
        1 queen
      • 2 doubles, BEDROOMS HAVE CEILING FANS. We have a secret third bedroom with proper beds. We also have excellent quality beds which are carefully chosen for comfort. We also provide plenty of storage space in each room. We have air conditioning now in the living room.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom, Bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom, Bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Both bathrooms have a bath and shower in the bath. We supply soap and toilet paper to get you started.

      Location Type

        • Beach
        • Village


            • Historic
            • Romantic


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Air Conditioning
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Ceiling Fans
                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Tumble Dryer
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wireless Internet


                        • Kitchen
                          Fully fitted american style kitchen. There are two fridges, one in the kitchen and an extra one in the store cupboard for convenience.
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                        • Grill
                        • Blender
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                • Books for Adults
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Radio
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                • VCR
                                • Video Library


                                    • Beach Towels
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      A large terrace with table and chairs over the sea.
                                    • Terrace


                                        • Low Allergen Environment
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • bay/sound
                                            • churches
                                            • marina
                                            • museums
                                            • playground
                                            • restaurants
                                            • synagogues
                                            • zoo

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • beachcombing
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • paddle boating
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • fitness center
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • massage therapist
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                        • cycling
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • paragliding
                                                        • roller blading
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • snorkeling
                                                        • sound/bay fishing
                                                        • surfing
                                                        • swimming
                                                        • tennis
                                                        • water skiing
                                                        • wind-surfing


                                                            • There are wonderful food shops on the doorstop and there is a small supermarket three doors away. Everything you could possibly need is outside your front door. A car is not necessary as the public transport is excellent. We provide beach towels. I leave various condiments in the store cupboard as there is nothing worse than finding the cupboard empty when you arrive and having to buy just about everything. My kitchen compact and fully equipped with granite work surfaces.

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                              51 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Beautiful apartment, ideally located

                                                              Mary H.

                                                              My husband, daughter, son-in-law and two children have just arrived back from another fantastic holiday in Mattie's lovely apartment. We've stayed there numerous times over the years, the first time I think in 2003 which speaks for itself! Over the years there have been improvements, another bathroom, air-con etc. The location is perfect, in the centre of the village, close to shops, restaurants, beaches and public transport and Mattie is always a pleasure to deal with. We were met this time by a lovely lady called Heidi and provided with a welcoming bottle of fizz. The weather was beautiful, the view of Cap Ferrat amazing from the large terrace and we can't wait to go back.

                                                              Mary and Geoff

                                                              Stunning view, ideal location

                                                              Tazmin W.Dubai

                                                              A stunning view! The location is perfect being right in the heart of the old town. We loved the local beach and very much enjoyed the coastal walks with dramatic scenery along the cliffside. The apartment itself was immaculately clean and well appointed with pretty much everything we needed to hand. We particularly enjoyed the surrounding eateries, with special mention to the ice cream bar at the bottom of the stairs which also served delicious crepes. All in all we enjoyed a delightful week in Villefranche-sur-mer.

                                                              Uninterrupted view of the bay

                                                              Alison Horton

                                                              Had a lovely time in Villefranche; lovely to be so central, in the old town and with a sea view.

                                                              The apartment was just as the photo's.

                                                              It was great that the apartment had a store cupboard of herbs and oils which were very useful if you decided to eat in and enjoy the sea view, without having to go out. Although there are many restaurants; 5 within a few paces of the main entrance.

                                                              With being in the old town, the area is car free so quiet from vehicular traffic.

                                                              Lovely to have 3 bakeries within a short walk, so could start the morning with a freshly baked croissant sitting on the balcony planning the day.

                                                              Public transport was frequent and inexpensive so made it easy to explore the local area, and with the train station within easy walking distance it was also inexpensive to explore further afield such as Monaco.

                                                              Really appreciated the apartment having beach towels, snorkelling and other beach accessories. We used the beach at Villefranche and others on Cap Feret. The sea was amazingly clear and plenty of fish to see.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              It is so exciting to get great reviews and we so look forward each year to welcome our guests...... I love sharing what is such a special place so hope to see more of you soon.


                                                              Perfectly located, spacious and beautiful property

                                                              Arne K.

                                                              We (a family of six) had a wonderful week's stay in Villefranche and Artistes Tresor. The flat is perfectly located in the old town with easy access to shops, restaurants, beaches, and public transportation.

                                                              We'll be back :-)

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Another happy family - Another delighted me! Looking forward to welcoming our growing 'family of happy returning guests' back again to Artistes Tresor! Plus, of course, many new ones to join us in the future! Mattie x

                                                              Great Location and Place to Stay

                                                              Michael S.

                                                              If you are looking for an atmospheric spot to be a base for your excursions in the Nice area, Villefranche sur Mer is a great location, and this property is a great place to stay in the town. There are about a dozen restaurants within a block, along with an ice cream stand literally right at the door at the bottom of the stairs. The view from the deck is fabulous. Short walks to bus stop and train station. The villa is comfy and clean, with two refrigerators and a competent kitchen well stocked with utensils, etc. Beds, couch, reclining chair all are comfy. Air conditioner on the wall near the deck keeps most of the villa cool even in hot weather. Mattie the owner has plans to add an air conditioner in the back bedrooms, which we think would be a great addition for summer renters, as it was pretty hot and muggy outside for part of our stay in late June. Sue, her agent in the area, was great to work with, and she arranged airport transportation for our four-person party that was economical and timely. All in all, we had a great time and highly recommend this property.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              We love receiving great reviews and are delighted that Mike and his family had a wonderful holiday. We are looking forward to welcoming new guests to the area so they can check out for themselves how beautiful it is!....


                                                              Lovely spacious apartment with amazing views

                                                              Ollie C.

                                                              The apartment was very spacious, nicely decorated and had amazing views of the bay. It was really nice seeing the very expensive yachts arriving.

                                                              The apartment was very well placed amongst the restaurants and I can't imagine a better location!

                                                              Sue and Mattie were very helpful arranging our transport and telling us where everywhere is and the best places to go.

                                                              Quick train ride to the Monaco Grand Prix.

                                                              Will definitely return

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Wonderful to have another great review for this year! Always makes me happy!!

                                                              Looking forward to welcoming many more visitors!



                                                              Villefranche-sur-Mer, France

                                                              Villefranche is situated 4km from Nice Centre and 7km from Nice International airport. A well kept secret as it retains it's charm due to lack of major hotels nearby. You can happily spend all your time in the Village discovering it's wonderful history and why artists such as Jean Cocteau and Sommerset Maughan loved this area so much. In the 60's the music of the Rolling Stones could be heard across the bay from their villa on Cap Ferrat. Yet the village still retains it's authentic feeling. If you do wish to venture forth, the train which is 7 mins away runs all along the coast. Nice or Monaco are ten mins away or you can be in Italy (Ventimiglia) in 40 mins. The village of Eze is 20 mins by car or St Paul de Vence, Cannes and Antibes about 40 mins. A car is not essential and the walks here are fabulous. There is parking nearby. This is the best location on this fabulous coast by far. The French language Institute, Institut Francais, is a 10 minute walk away. Other Activities: the area is full of art and history. Ski: One and a half hours and you can be in the mountain snows if you love skiing in the winter.

                                                              Rates & Availability

                                                              Additional information about rental rates

                                                              PLEASE NOTE: We take a 25% deposit to secure your booking . The balance is paid by bank transfer and we accept dollar, euros or sterling into our dollar, euros or sterling account for ease. You can contact me via www.villefranchevacation.com for more information. There is a housekeeping fee of €220 charged for weekly rentals and €350 on a monthly rental. Rental fee includes utilities and linens (cotton sheets, allergy free pillows-), towels, beach towels, kitchen towels. A security / damage deposit of 500 euros will be collected upon arrival in any currency convenient to you and returned prior to departure. Service charges are collected upon arrival in cash. We also leave basic supplies (toilet paper, salt and pepper etc) so you don't have to immediately run out and shop when you arrive. There is secure wireless DSL that enables you to connect within minutes of your arrival, should you need to. Manager's Cancellation Policy Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

                                                              51 Reviews
                                                              Wonderful 4.9/5
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