Eclat de Couleur
About the home
Enjoy the charm of a bright and airy French Riviera apartment in the pretty medieval town of Villefranche-Sur-Mer. This recently renovated apartment offers the rare combination of a superb sea-view terrace with the charm and facilities of living in an old-world town being a 5 minute walk to shops, restaurants and bus stop. As soon as you enter the apartment, you are met by a burst of colour --'' Eclat de Couleur '' of the beautiful Bay of Villefranche. You will be enchanted watching the changing colours of the Mediterranean against the backdrop of Cap Ferrat, the haphazard pattern of the '' Provencal '' terracotta roofs, the arrivals and departures of the cruise ships and constant activity of small craft in the Bay.
This is one of five exclusive apartments in Villa St Remi on Ave. Gallieni, with an excellent location, close to shops / restaurants / bus stop / car park and Institute de Francaise. The safe sandy beach is a ten minute walk away through pedestrianised medievial streets.
Situated on the first floor, the entrance-hall and stairs are bright, wide and gradual. The lounge is spacious (18 sqm) and airy with high ceilings and opens onto the terrace (10 sqm) through fully retracting double glazed doors, giving commanding 270 degree views of the renowned Bay, overlooking the terracotta roofs of the medieval town, towards the sandy beaches and the Mediterranean beyond.
The master bedroom with double bed adjoins an en-suite bathroom. The second bedroom, with two single beds has the use of a separate bathroom with shower.
This quality apartment is furnished with comfortable furniture, a modern electric kitchen and a comprehensive range of cooking utensils for self catering. It is fitted with air conditioning, electric storage heating for winter evenings and has attractive, easy cleaned tiled flooring through-out.
Imagine dining al fresco or sipping an aperitif on the spacious terrace, watching the twinkle of the distant villas on Cap Ferrat. Relax on the glorious beach while the children build sand castles, or explore the rocks in the expectation of catching that elusive fish. And what about the wonderful coastal walks. For enthusiastic hill walkers there are wonderful marked trails in the foothills of the Alps. It is an ideal base for a family holiday or a group of four adults.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Villefranche-sur-mer, 300m|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
|Access:||Car not necessary|
Nearest amenities: 100m
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General:||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||2 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 en suite|
|Furniture:||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seating for 4, Lounge seating for 7|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
Accommodation consists of a large lounge, which opens onto a south-east facing terrace (10 sq m) through full-length retractable glazed doors. There are two bedrooms and two bathrooms, one en suite. The kitchen is open plan, and is in a recessed area off the living area.
The lounge is furnished with a sofa for two, four wicker armchairs, a lounging chair and a table seating five. There is a TV incorporating DVD, CD and radio. The TV receives Sky channels and French terrestrial channels. There is a small selection of CD’s, DVD’s and paperbacks some board games and a pair of binoculars.
The master bedroom has a queen size double bed, 60 in (150 cm) wide X 75 in (190 cm) long, with a firm comfortable mattress, two bedside tables and reading lamps. The en suite bathroom has a well-lit vanity unit, a bath with glass enclosed shower, a toilet and bidet.
The second bedroom has two single beds, 35 in (90 cm) wide X 75 in (190 cm) long, a bedside table and reading lamps. The adjoining bathroom has a bright vanity unit, a spacious shower and toilet. Both bedrooms have large fitted wardrobes and full-length mirrors.
Bed linen and a full set of towels including a large beach towel is supplied for each guest.
The all-electric kitchen is fitted with a four ring ceramic hob, extracter, a self-cleaning oven with grill and a microwave. There is a dishwasher, a washing machine and a fridge-freezer.
There are a full range of new pots, pans and utensils for cooking for a family with cutlery and tableware for ten. There is an electric coffee maker and toaster.
The south-east facing terrace catches the sun until late afternoon. It is ideal for sun bathing being private and not over looked. It is furnished with two sun chairs, four garden chairs, a drinks table, and a gas BBQ (gas supplied) and is fitted with an electrical retracting sunshade.
** Air conditioning in lounge and both bedrooms
** Electric heating in lounge
** Hair dryer supplied.
** Cot and high chair supplied on request..
** UK three pin plug adaptors supplied
** Wi-Fi free.
Further details outdoors:
There is pay parking in a municipal car park 100m away where there is a nominal charge between 8.00am and 6.00pm. Other times are free. There is also limited street parking outside the apartment.
** The south facing sandy beach, which is very safe, is 500m from the apartment, a walk of ten minutes through the pedestrianised streets of the old town and not crossing any busy thoroughfares. Coast guards are on duty during the summer season.
** There is a municipal tennis court 300m from the apartment, which can be used by guests.
** There is a kiddies play area 500m from the apartment.
** The location of the apartment is excellent, being a five minute walk to shops, the bus stop and restaurants and ten minutes to the sandy beach.
* The rate includes linen and towels, wi-fi, air conditioning and heating and gas for the BBQ.
* Changeover is Saturday to Saturday in the Summer season. As change over is tight in the high season, access to the apartment on arrival will be 3pm, and departure will be before 10am.
* The Guest Manual contains, house rules, bus and train time tables, local area maps, a list of local resources, attractions, and restaurants.
* We can book a taxi to meet you at arrivals, Nice Airport and drop you at the apartment door.
Booking deposit of 25% payable on booking, the balance payable one month before arrival. On receipt of the deposit the renter will get a signed rental agreement.
We require a security deposit of EUR500, which will be refunded on return of the keys subject to no damage to the property, the fixtures or fittings within a week of your departure.
The Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur / Alpes-Maritimes region
Villefranche lies in the heart of the French Riviera between Nice and Monaco. Imagine an old medieval village with tiny narrow alleyways and steps winding steeply down to the quayside. Here the pace of life has slowed down – people have time to sit in cafes and restaurants, enjoying the superb French cuisine and the wonderful “old fishing village” atmosphere. Others stroll along the 1km promenade and crescent sandy beach and bay set between Cap Ferrat and Mont Boron.. This is Villefranche, nestling at the foot of the hills where the Alps finally meet up with the Mediterranean.
The attractive old town of Villefranche hasn’t changed much over the centuries but in spite of this it is a real place where people live and work with all modern amenities, while managing to preserve a definite village atmosphere. The Boulangerie or Greengrocer is a great meeting place every morning where locals joke and discuss their problems. Fresh fish caught by the local fishermen can be bought on the quayside and the clink of the boules on a lazy summer afternoon gives a distinctive French flavour to the village atmosphere.
Families love the sandy beach because it’s so safe for children and both young and old can be seen trying their luck fishing off the rocks. For the more activity minded there is scuba diving and a diving school, or you can just hire a boat and snorkel along the Cap Ferrat promentary. There is public tennis courts close to the apartment and golf at La Turbie, which is inland from Monaco and a twenty-minute drive away. Not forgetting walking some of the wonderful way marked trails in the hills that form the backdrop to Villefranche or along the many coastal routes.
The 'Alps Maritimes' create a wall of mountains which shelters the coastline from the cold north winds in winter and allows the Cote d'Azur east of Nice enjoy a wonderful climate – mild sunny winters and the breeze from the sea in summer ensures that it doesn’t get unbearably hot. Consequently, this area is a gardener's paradise with it’s a unique microclimate where you will find many exotic plants and shrubs. No wonder that the Victorian aristocrats and artists loved it. They flocked to this area for its gentle climate and stunning scenery that the area has to offer.
The Villefranche Sur Mer / Villefranche Old Town area
Historically Villefranche developed as an important duty-free port in the 14th century and latter on in 18th century it became a strategic military base for the house of Savoy. The Duke of Savoy’s Citadel is still very much intact, housing not only the Hotel de Ville but also museums of Volti sculptures and paintings by Jean Cocteau both associated with Villefranche. In summer it is the venue for an open-air cinema. Cocteau also re-decorated the Chapelle St Pierre with frescoes as a gift to the fishing community who used to store their nets there.
Within walking distance of Villefranche, the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild and the Villa Kerylos can be visited – the former being famous for its villa and furnishings, splendid gardens, musical fountains and views. It's a great place for afternoon tea. The latter being a reproduction of a 5th c. BC Grecian villa – a must for those interested in Classical Greece.
Many of the magnificent villas from the Victorian era survive and some now house important museums and art galleries. For example, Matisse who lived in Nice, left the city a priceless collection of his works and these are displayed in the Matisse museum – an exquisite late 17th century Genoese villa. There is the Renoir museum in Cagnes-sur-mer just west of Nice and a refurbished Picasso collection in Antibes.
How to get there
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Villefranche is ten minutes east of Nice on the R98 to Monte Carlo and Menton. To get to it from Nice Airport, you travel East through Nice along the Promenade des Anglais to Nice Port and take the R98 direction Menton. The apartment is on Avenue Gallieni just off the R98. It takes about twenty minutes depending on traffic.
Nice-Cote d’Azur is an international airport with direct flights to the US, the UK and the major European cities. British Airways, Easy Jet , RyanAir and AerLingus offer good deals to Nice.
Activities near Villefranche Sur Mer
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Beach or lakeside relaxation
A winter sun break
13 May 2013
I have stayed in Eclat de Couleur before and thoroughly enjoyed it. Coming in mid March we so enjoyed some sun. We sometimes had breakfast on the balcony and a picnic on the beach.
This time three of us had the specific aim of visiting art museums in the area. The South of France is considered the most important centre for art after Paris. So many museums are easily accessible from Villefranche. Transport is excellent and inexpensive.
While staying for a week we managed to visit the MUsee Matisse at Cimiez, a short bus ride from Nice (no.17), the Musee Picasso in Antibes (38 mins. by train from Villefranche) and Fondation Maeght in St Paul de Vence ( 55 mins. on bus 400 ). Sadly, we missed the Chapelle Matisse in nearby Vence which is closed on Friday and Sunday. In Villefranche itself one has the Chapelle Jean Cocteau and the Volti sculptures in the fortress.
There are so many more one can visit:
Museum of Modern Art, Nice
Musee National de Chagall, Nice
Musee Bonnard, Le Canet
Musee de Beau Art, Nice
Musee Jean Cocteau, Menton
26 Apr 2013
this property is exceptional, well located and convenient to shopping, restaurants, transit and most importantly, it enhances the experience of staying in Villefranche. The apartment itself is very well maintained, spotlessly clean and is outfitted with quality furnishings and appliances. There are two bedrooms/two baths. The master bedroom has an ensuite bath, the second bedroom has an adjacent bath. The view is spectacular! The sliding glass doors to the large deck open fully to showcase the wide view from both inside and out. It's a lovely spot to relax with a book and glass of wine after a day of exploring or just to watch the activities in the bay, check out which cruise ships are in when you get up in the morning and soak up the sun.
We have stayed in Eamon and Eileen's adjacent one bedroom apartment twice and recommend it equally as enthusiastically. We have always found Eamon very easy to deal with, he replies promptly to questions and has options for payment which make international transactions easy. Sue, the manager, is a tremendous help and has as a wealth of information about the area to share.
We will definitely return to one or the other of these apartments depending on how many are in our party. Renting from Eamon and Eileen will always be our first choice.
15 Apr 2013
We spent a week in this lovely apartment, and the weather could have been better but the apartment and it's convenience to the amenities made up for this. We walked to Cap Ferrat and Beaulieu, took the bus and train to Nice, Monaco and Ventilmillia. There was much to do without need for a car, the taxi met us at Nice Airport and Sue was waiting at the apartment with helpful advice and guidance. It would be difficult to fault such a well maintained apartment, and everything was spotlessly clean. The restuarants and bars of Villefranche were all near at hand and the terrasse with a view over rooftops to the blue Mediterranean cheered us on rainy days.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: Euros €||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 4|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Carnival / Spring '13||23 Mar 13||20 Apr 13||€ 1250||€ 179||€ 179||4 Nights|
|Late Spring||20 Apr 13||18 May 13||€ 1550||€ 221||€ 221||6 Nights|
|Early Summer '13||18 May 13||29 Jun 13||€ 1850||€ 264||-||6 Nights|
|High Season '13||29 Jun 13||31 Aug 13||€ 2150||€ 307||-||1 Week|
|Late Summer '13||31 Aug 13||19 Oct 13||€ 1850||€ 264||-||1 Week|
|Low Season||19 Oct 13||15 Feb 14||€ 1050||€ 175||€ 175||6 Nights|
The property does not have weekend tariffs.
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
* Rate includes linen, towels, including beach towels, utilities, WiFi, gas for the BBQ and taxes.
* Rate also includes 300Euro for cleaning and admin which is paid to the manager on collection of the keys.
* We require a 25% deposit with booking, the balance to be paid 30 days before arrival.
* A damage deposit of 500 Euro is to be paid with the balance of the rent.
* We provide a rental agreement, which includes refund policy.
* Our local manager will meet guests at the apartment, give them the keys, show them around the
apartment and explain how the appliances work. She will also collect the 300€ cleaning fee.
* A taxi collection from Nice Airport can be booked.
* Christmas, Easter and Monaco F1 Grand Prix rates on request.Enquire now
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