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Loft / Penthouse luxury apartment by the beach

Penthouse | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed

Occupying almost the entire top floor of an old palace, this magnificent open-plan penthouse / loft apartment is completely unique. It is in the heart of the charming and unspoilt old town of Villefranche-sur-Mer, yet it is quiet, extremely spacious, and exudes luxury. Perfect for four people or a couple, but can if necessary accommodate up to six + a baby, by arrangement with the owners.

The large terrace offers a stunning view of what's renowned to be one of the most beautiful bays in the entire Mediterranean, while inside the apartment offers the ultimate in comfort. An added bonus is that very few people know the loft even exists. It is invisible from below or above; an idyllic hideaway. Yet is is only moments from the beach, all the great local walks & scenery, and of course the luxury yachts.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Villefranche sur Mer 100 m
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Nice Cote d'Azur 14 km, Nearest railway: Villefranche sur Mer 400 m
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
General Air conditioning, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 7
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace
Further details indoors

Large picture windows (with electric shutters) allow the beautiful and invigorating Mediterranean light to flood into the loft-style interior, with its luxury fittings; the fully-equipped Italian designed kitchen, the 'Moroccan' area, the cosy seating and dining areas and the atmospheric bedrooms, all set off by local and Mediterranean art and cooled or heated by an efficient air conditioning system.

For added entertainment there is a large Plasma screen, with English speaking satellite TV (BBC & ITV footprint just reduced to the French Riviera; we are working on that) and a DVD player.

The apartment is best suited for 4 guests. However, since there are two double beds in the large 2nd bedroom, it can accommodate 2 more if desired; possibly children. A screen (provided) can be placed between the 2 beds in this room if desired.

Further details outdoors

The terrace measures about 40 square metres (unusually large for the sea front). A table and 4 chairs (2 more can be brought from inside) with sun shade are perfect for al fresco dining, while a raised sun-deck area can accommodate two comfortable chairs or two sun-loungers, as well as another sun shade - a perfect place to watch what's going on in the bay! There is also a small Mediterranean garden (Bougainvillea, Orange Tree, Jasmine, Birds of Paradise etc). A hammock is also provided.

CAUTION. It is advised that children are kept under supervision when on the terrace.

Further details

PARKING: Five car parking spaces are shared with other residents of the building, on a first-come, first-served basis - right outside the building. However, we cannot guarantee one of those spaces will be available. Parking is severely restricted in the old town, although we can pass on advice about the best alternative free parking options.

The Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur region

They say that you can swim in the Mediterranean in the morning and ski in the Alps the same afternoon. I've never tried it but it doesn't take long to drive into the mountains, so I'm sure it's possible. Certainly Villefranche Bay is beautiful all year round; people even swim in the Med on New Year's Day.

Villefranche is perfectly situated for the whole of the Riviera. You can take the train to Cannes or Monaco (only about 8 miles away), or over the nearby border into Italy (at Ventimiglia). Nice is a short distance away, and since the tramway has recently been completed it's got a lot to offer; from the old town to the museums and art galleries; from the restaurants to the kids' attractions. The Matisse museum is well worth a visit; he's buried nearby. Up in the hills there are some wonderful old perched hill villages; some of them feel as if they're rooted in a previous century. There's also St Paul de Vence (wonderful ambiance and craft galleries), Grasse (home of perfume), and if you have a car then it's not too far to St Tropez, Avignon, and Provence. In the other direction it's only a 3 hour drive to Milan and the Italian lakes.

Villefranche Sur Mer

Villefranche-sur-Mer is divided into two distinctly different areas: The Old Town, and the 'Col de Villefranche' - the hill behind the town. The Old Town is a real jewel, with its medieval citadel and its historic, atmospheric streets lined with shops, restaurants and cafes: all within easy reach of this property. The Col de Villefranche is a busride, a drive or a fairly long walk away from the Old Town.

There's something for everyone around Villefranche. In the Old Town there's a lot of history, and loads of restaurants, cafes and gift shops, as well as food shops, bakers, butchers etc. It can take several days just to explore the immediate vicinity; clambering over the citadel, and the fort at Mont Alban that overlooks it; walking around the coast in both directions, exploring the nearby towns of St Jean Cap Ferrat and Beaulieu etc.

Many famous artists have visited Villefranche and painted here; you will see Jean Cocteau's church on the seafront; he painted the inside for the local fishermen, and it's quite a sight. Elsewhere the local council has erected a number of paintings (or at least, copies) showing various street scenes and views. The town has Italian connections (it used to be part of Italy), Russian connections (the Russians used to fuel their Mediterranean fleet here), American connections (a big contingent of American forces were here for many years, and there are still regular visits by US warships).

Many people who drive through Villefranche fail to realise what a jewel the place is. The main road goes through the top of the town, and you have to know where you're going to reach the historic sea front centre. Once you're there, most people agree it's one of the most spectacular resorts in the Mediterranean.

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4 Jun 2014


"Expansive waterfront penthouse apartment with magnificent panoramic terrasse"

A seasoned traveller to the french riviera - I have long been enchanted by the pretty fishing village of villefranche sur mer with its particular unspoilt charm and character, quietly nestled as it is… More

9 Apr 2014



The loft was everything we expected and more. We were lucky the weather was great for March and the views from the terrace are breathtaking. If you like to stay in VSM, this is your place. The loft… More

27 Dec 2013


"Stunning gem in the heart of beautiful Ville Franche Sur Mer"

As I write this review II am sitting on the terrace as the sun sets with a signature drink, Limoncello, listening to the waves and really not wanting to return to the states in the morning. Take my wo… More

2 Nov 2013


"Dream Holiday"

This apartment would have to be the nicest we have ever stayed in and we travel a lot. The views were simply amazing and much time in the evening was spent on the balcony watching the sunset and the s… More

4 Oct 2013


"Gem on the bay"

Previous reviews have said it all. This is a little gem smack in the old town of Villefranche, a world away from the newer part of the town, based nearby around the coastal roads above.You are right i… More

29 Sep 2013


"A very solid 5!"

While I read tripadvisor reviews carefully, and they influence my decisions significantly...I prefer to keep my short and succinct. It is hard to imagine it being better than the loft, location, and … More

27 Aug 2013


"Highly recommended"

The apartment is in a prime position on the bay, on the edge of the old part of town and within 5 minutes walk of the railway station and the beach. In the other direction, 5 minutes walk takes you t… More

7 Aug 2013


"Très bien situé"

Everything considered, we had a very good stay in this comfortable apartment which boasts one of the best locations and views in VSM. Between them, the apartment owner and manager provided an excellen… More

15 Jul 2013


"Picture postcard setting a must visit"

The loft was fabulous. Molly the apartment supervisor was there to meet us. The owner Kate had arranged a taxi for us who was waiting for us which was very reasonable rates. The driver Chris was ver… More

30 Jun 2013


"Most relaxing holiday ever"

We arrived by train from the UK so tired, hot and a bit frazzled. Day one at the apartment changed all of that, it was extremely well equipped and the terrace cannot be adequately described in a revie… More

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Calendar last updated:07 Sep 2014

Based in United Kingdom

Languages spoken
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  • French
  • German

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