La Belle Epoque
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Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 3
Enjoy the charm of a beautiful French Riviera apartment situated on an elevated position in the pretty medieval town of Villefranche-Sur-Mer. This elegant and well-appointed apartment offers the rare combination of a superb sea-view terrace with the facilities and charm of living in an old-world town. As soon as you enter the apartment, the beautiful Bay of Villefranche opens up before you . 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 a recent renovation of Villa St Remi on Ave. Gallieni which is close to shops / restaurants / bus stop / car park / Institut de Francaise. It is a ten minute walk to the safe and sandy beach.
It is on the first floor. The entrance-hall and stairs are bright, wide and gradual. The lounge opens onto the spacious terrace commanding 180 degree views of the renowned Bay, looking over the terracotta roofs of the medieval town, towards the sandy beaches and the Mediterranean beyond.
This quality apartment is redecorated and furnished with comfortable furniture in 'La Belle Époque' style with a modern all electric kitchen. It is equipped with air conditioning and electric heating.
Imagine the romance of dining al fresco or sipping an aperitif watching the twinkle of the distant villas on Cap Ferrat. Relax on the glorious beach while children build sand castles, or explore the rocks in the expectation of catching that elusive fish. And what about the hill walking in the foothills of the Alps or along the many and varied coastal paths? It is an ideal base for a romantic holiday with day trips to Nice for shopping and its museums, Monaco for its glitz and Casino, Ventimiglia in Italy for its market, and Paul de Vence for its art.
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Villefranche-sur-Mer 500 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Nice-Cote d'Azure 13 km, Nearest railway: Villefranche-sur-Mer 500 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Accommodation consists of a large lounge which opens onto a south-east facing terrace (10sq m) through two elegant french windows. The bedroom also opens onto the terrace through french windows allowing a wonderful bedside view of the Bay. The bathroom has an attractive view of 'Les Alpes Maratimes'. The open plan kitchen is tucked away at one end of the lounge.
The lounge is furnished with a very comfortable sofa which seats three, and opens as a double bed if required. There is also an armchair, a circular table seating four and two dining chairs ( the two folding chairs on the terrace are suitable for use at this table). There is a TV incorporating DVD / CD. The TV receives 'free to air' channels. There is a selection of CD's, DVDs and books and a pair of binoculars to enjoy the ever changing Bay.
The bedroom has a king size ( US queen size) double bed, 60in (153cm) wide X 75 in (190cm) long, with a firm comfortable mattress, bedside tables and reading lamps and a turn-of-the-century amoir / wardrobe with a full length mirror and plenty of shelves and hanger space for two. Four individual pillows and white cotton bed linen is supplied.
The tiled bathroom has a well lit vanity unit, a corner bath with full height shower and rain-shower, toilet and a beautiful view of the hills behind Villefranche, 'Les Alpes Maritimes'. Two sets of bath, hand and beach towels are supplied.
The all electric kitchen is fitted with a four ring ceramic hob, a self-cleaning oven with grill. 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 two with cutlery and table-ware for six (to save on the dishwasher). There is an electric coffee maker, an electric kettle, a toaster and 3 pin UK socket adapters.
** Air conditioning & electric heating in lounge, bedroom and bathroom
** A hair dryer is supplied.
** A small security safe is supplied.
** UK three pin plug adaptors supplied
** Wi-Fi available free.
** Lighting on dimmer controls
** Binoculars to enjoy the ever changing Bay.
** High chair and cot / crib available on request.
|Further details outdoors|
The terrace is east facing and gets the morning sun until about 1.30pm. It is very private, not being overlooked, and is furnished with two wicker garden chairs and foot-rests and a matching table and a gas-fired BBQ (gas supplied free). It is fitted with an electrical sun shade.
There is limited street parking outside the apartment and there is pay parking in a municipal car park 75m along the street where there is a nominal charge between 9.00am and 7.00pm. Other times are free including Sundays.
The apartment is a five minute walk from the bus stops ''Barmasa'' or ''Octroi'' which is the principle stop in the village. We never hire a car when in Villefranche. We use public transport, both bus and rail, which are frequent and unbelievably cheap. We use the bus to go everywhere and it is great value at 1.50Eur for a ten km zone around Nice. The 1.50€ ticket can be used for connecting trips (including the city tram) within 74 minutes of first validation. For longer trips to Cannes or Antibes to the west, or Monaco or Ventimiglia in Italy to the east we use the train. We make daily excursions in both directions along the coast and up into the mountains also, as we are enthusiastic hill walkers.
The south facing sandy beach which is 1 km long, is very safe and clean. It is 500m from the apartment, a walk of ten minutes through the pedestrianised streets of the Old Town and not crossing any busy thoroughfares. It is supervised by lifeguards during the Summer season. Snorkeling and sub aqua diving is very popular and equipment can be hired or purchased in Villefranche.
**A municipal kiddies playground which is 500m from the apartment. It is very well equipped and maintained.
**The Citadel, a Savoy Fort, is now an art museum and open air cinema in summer.
**Villa Rothschild on Cap Ferrat is well worth a visit for its magnificent gardens, musical fountains and excellent
cafe. It is a pleasant 30 minute walk from the apartment or a 10 minute bus trip,(bus 81)
**Flea Market every Sunday by the harbor.
**Local produce market every Saturday and Wednesday at Octroi bus stop.
**Monaco which is a 15 minute train / bus ride is always a very popular day trip.
**Nice for shopping, art museums and the Old Town
**Ventimiglia over the border in Italy has a very large market on Fridays and is an hours journey by train from Villefranche.
* The rental rate includes provision of linen, towels and gas for the BBQ.
* Changeover is Saturday to Saturday. As change over is tight in the high season, access to the apartment will
be 3pm or later on arrival, 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.
* The airport is served by a taxi direct from Villefranche or the '98' 'airport direct' bus which runs every 20 minutes. It links with the regular bus '100' Menton / Villefranche at Segurane bus stop at Place Garibaldi.
The French Riviera - Cote d'Azur region
Villefranche lies in the heart of the French Riviera between Nice and Monaco. Imagine an old medieval fishing 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 promenade, maybe heading for the crescent shaped beach further along the Bay. This is Villefranche, nestling at the foot of the hills where the Alps finally meet up with the Mediterranean between Cap Ferrat and Mont Boron
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 promontory. 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 dosen'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.
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 sculptures by Volti and paintings by Jean Cocteau. In summer it is the venue for an open-air cinema. Cocteau also redecorated the Chapelle St Pierre with frescoes as a gift to the fishing community who used to story 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 splendid gardens, musical fountains, view over the Bay of Villefranche and a great place for afternoon tea. The latter being a reproduction of a 5th century 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.
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15 Jan 2015
"Amazing View, Perfect Location, Lovely Apartment"
My husband took me to the French Riviera for my 40th birthday. This is a trip I have been looking forward to for a lifetime. Villefranche proved to be the perfect home base for us to explore the area, and we couldn't have picked a better apartment. La Belle Epoque was such a wonderful, romantic haven after a busy day of sight-seeing. The apartment was very well-equipped and comfortable. Even in December and January, we were able to site on the deck with our coffee in the mornings and enjoyed listening to the sounds of the little town as we planned our day.
Furthermore, Villefranche was the perfect town to retreat to after the hustle and bustle of the bigger surrounding towns and cities. The restaurants were very good and well-priced, the nearby shops inviting. Everything we needed was within a short and beautiful stroll through this ancient town. And the beach is just a short walk away too!
We've traveled extensively throughout France and Europe, renting apartments regularly. I can say with confidence that this is one of the best apartments we've rented. The owner and management staff were very responsive and easy to work with, and everything was in great working order for our stay. They even had a welcome bottle of Prosecco and fresh roses for us on arrival!
I hope we are able to come back when the weather is warmer, but even in Winter, this apartment and Villefranche are delightful.
12 Nov 2013
"Schönes Apartment an fantastischer Lage"
Wir haben unsere 14 Tage in Villefranche mehr als genossen. Die Lage des Apartments ist hervorragend - man ist sehr schnell am Meer, in der kleinen Altstadt bei Cafés, Restaurants und kleinen Einkauf… More
17 Mar 2013
"This is a wonderful place from which to explore the Cote d'Azure."
We spent two wonderful weeks in Villefranche at Belle Epoque. This year we did something different by taking the bus (Nice's gare routiere, or Nice airport) for 1 euro to Isola 2000 for two days of skiing. It's a 2 l/2 hour bus ride (you could also bus to Auron which is 2 hours). We rented skis and boots right at the hotel (Hotel du Soleil Le Chastillon via booking.com) and skied out the door to 360 degrees of ski slopes. This is the Alpes Maritimes, so the skiing is equivalent to some of the slopes in Colorado at 8-9000 ft. There was not a cloud in the sky both days, and the skiing was varied, with mid-slope huts offering sun deck chairs and lodges for respite and imbibing. We enjoyed it so much, we are thinking of bringing our grandchildren next time. The trip only increased our love for the south of France!
13 Feb 2013
"La Belle Epoque in Winter"
We have had seven blissful weeks in Villefranche-Sur-Mer.
The apartment 'La Belle Epoque' contributed hugely to our enjoyment. It was a warm, snug refuge on our few wet days and, when the sun was out, delightful to sit on the comfortably furnished balcony looking out over the old town and sea and sip a morning coffee or beer! We didn't use the barbecue - the sun leaves the balcony around mid-day which must be welcome in the summer. The local restaurants are excellent but there was all we needed to cook (there is a small dishwasher), watch TV, and read. The books were varied and very useful for those travelling light, as was the washing machine cunningly concealed in the bathroom. The décor was simple with original paintings by a local artist and the furniture was well chosen to make the living space practical but elegant. The bed was very comfortable and the wardrobe easily coped with our winter clothes. We appreciated the Wifi and were able to 'Skype' family and friends so home sickness was kept at bay. In winter there can be a chill wind but we saw some hardy souls on the beach and even in the sea. We enjoyed lovely coastal walks, went on the train (good service along the coast) to the Hippodrome at Cagnes-Sur-Mer and lost a few euros on the horses. We didn't have a car but used excellent buses to take us up to the nature reserve above Eze and to villages in the hills. Next time we will do a big shop for all the essentials in Beaulieu and get a taxi home. Finally, we especially appreciated Heide, our calm, friendly and efficient apartment manager. It was the icing on the cake so well designed by the owners, Eamon and Eileen.
8 Jul 2012
"Stunning views and wonderful ambiance make for a fabulous vacation."
This is a lovely apartment right on the edge of the old town of Villefranche with a wonderful view of Cap Ferrat and the bay from the balcony. The balcony is perfect for sitting out and relaxing in the warm Mediterranean evenings. We spent a fabulous week there, with easy access to public transportation for day trips to surrounding towns such as Nice and Monaco. We took a wonderful day trip by train to Saorge, a perched village in the mountains.
Everything you need such as bakeries, supermarkets, and restaurants are within a short walk from the apartment. The kitchen is well stocked with everything needed for cooking so we had a nice mix of eating in and exploring the local restaurants.
The bathroom is bright and airy, and having a washing machine was great. The floor tiling echoes the wonderful colors of Provence and is very nicely accented by the furnishings. The welcoming fresh flowers were a lovely touch.
We would definitely book this apartment again and continue to work on our French.
24 Nov 2011
"Une Belle Experience"
We spent a wonderful week at La Belle Epoque. Booking the apartment could not have been easier and Eamon, the owner, provided us with extensive and practical information about facilities and location, as well as transport, restaurants and local shops, all of which were within easy walking distance. Transfer from the airport and handover arrangements were made by Sue, the apartment manager, for whom nothing was too much trouble. The apartment is very well furnished in a traditional and elegant French style and the 'piece de resistance' is the large terrace with beautiful views of the bay towards St-Jean-Cap-ferrat. In summary, an excellent apartment, central location and superb views. What more could one ask for a relaxing holiday. Michael Bailey
We are delighted that the Baileys enjoyed their September stay in our "la Belle Epoque" apartment on the Cote dAzur. Both Sue, our local manager and ourselves endeavour to ensure that our guests have an enjoyable holiday and find the facilities as described on our web site. Eamon and Eamon
24 May 2011
"can't wait to stay here again"
this apartment is a gem. We were met on arrival by the manager, shown the apartment, given tips and information about Villefranche and made welcome with flowers and a bottle of wine. The apartment was spotless, well equipped and the spectacular views from every window were just as shown in the listing. The pictures are accurate, you get what you see. The kitchen has everything needed for holiday cooking, there are plenty of towels and linens including beach towels and equipment, although the time of year we were there was not beach weather. The balcony is big with comfortable furniture and the amazing view to sit and take in with a glass of wine after a day of exploring. The only difficulty we had was a spotty wifi connection but eventually that cleared up so we were able to connect with family. When we had to call the manager, she was usually there within 15 minutes. The location is perfect, just off the main road but far enough so that noise is not a concern, yet close enough to the main road for an easy walk to shops and transportation. We explored the village thoroughly, got to know the local butcher, boulangeries, restaurants, etc., and were made welcome by all. It was easy to go into Nice, Monaco, Menton and other villages by bus or train. We stayed a month and have every intention of doing the same again next year. One hint, do not rent a car! The public transportation is so good, frequent and reliable that we only used our rental car three times in a month. Lesson learned!
We are delighted that this North American couple enjoyed their months stay at ''La Belle Epoque'' and that they found the photos and description to be accurate. Eamon & Eileen
24 May 2011
"Winter Break 2011"
Winter Break 2011
Phil Markham, Ontario, Canada
Review Submitted: April 22, 2011 Date of Stay: March 2011
My wife and I stayed two weeks at La Belle Epoque in the Old Town of Villefranche-sur-mer from March 26 - April 9, 2011. Partly to escape the cold and snow of a Canadian winter, but also to immerse ourselves into the local French culture. I had spent the previous three months improving my French and this was the opportunity to practice it "live".
We were met as arranged at Nice airport by the local taxi service, and by Vivi at the apartment. Our first impression was one of amazement when we looked at the roof top view from the balcony, and the space, appointment and facilities of the apartment - especially the natural light and the Mediterranean decor - everything that was advertised on the Web site.
As other clients have mentioned, the apartment's location is perfect for local stores and restaurants, and of course the amazing public transit system (nothing comparable in North America!)
During our stay we did occasionally eat-in - the local butcher, baker and green-grocer on Rue d'Eglise always willing to accommodate my French - our favourite restaurant was La Belle Epoque located just below the apartment, plus the numerous cafe and restaurants for our morning cafe au lait. The weather during our two week stay was amazing - sunshine everyday - 22C on average.
Our favourite places to visit included the fantastic Ville & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothchild - the 81 bus drops you at the entrance - numerous trips to Nice and a day spent in Grasse.
On a more mundane level, we appreciated the apartment's washing machine, as we still had additional travel plans before heading for home.
Would we recommend La Belle Epoque to others - ABSOLUTELY
Philip and Jean , Markham, ON
Recommended for: Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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