Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday apartment in Vence - 'Mistral'
Spacious sunny vacation rental with sea views, village, 54 sqm, Sleeps 2
An airy, spacious apartment with lovely open views of the sea towards Cap d’Antibes and mountains behind. Located 200 yards from the ancient walled hilltown of Vence, settled by the Romans. Enchanting 'Old' Vence is just 20 mins from Nice airport & beaches and 5 minutes to St Paul. Elegantly furnished, well equipped, it comprises a large, bright living room/ bedroom & separate open plan Provencal-style kitchen & dining room opening onto a large SW facing balcony to enjoy the sun and sunsets. Romantic Vence is famous for fresh local produce & picturesque streets, daily food & antique markets, Nuits des Sud openair concerts, many art galleries, cafes & restaurants of this unspoilt Provencal 'village'. The apartment is perfectly located to explore the Cote D'Azur and nearby villages such as Tourrettes sur Loup, whilst Nice, Cannes, Monte Carlo & Italy are just a short drive. Vence (alt. 320m) popular for walking & cycling & skiing is just a 45 min drive. Good bus service to Airport, trains, St. Paul, Nice and Riviera. Car optional.
Vence - points of interest: Chateau de Villeneuve, Art lovers will see the wonderful Chapel Rosaire created by Matisse - considered his masterpiece - a must see (go on a sunny day to enjoy the stained glass) Vence Cathedral with its Chagall mosaic, Emile Hughes Foundation, Chapel of the White Penitents, Nall Foundation (art school) and the many art galleries, artists studios and craft and pottery shops.
Tuesday and Friday morning markets in the Old City and daily morning flower and local food produce markets in Place du Grande Jardin. Wednesday morning is the antique market.
July has a two week outdoor music festival - Les Nuits du Sud. Summer open air concerts in July/August - Les Nuits des Sud. Summer jazz concerts at Juin les Pins, Antibes.
Local bus service is reliable and extensive. Nbrs 400 and 94 from Vence terminal ends at Nice Routiere, a short walk or bus ride on bus #17 from the main Nice train Station, and stops at the Airport. There is also a Vence - Airport direct bus. There are buses to Grasse, Tourrettes su Loup, Bar sur Loup, St Jeannet and St Paul de Vence. At Nice Airport you can catch buses to Cannes and Monaco. You can take the bus from Vence to Cagnes sur Mer Station close to the A8 motorway and then take the train to all points along the coast East and West, to Monaco and Italy and also up to Biot and Grasse. .
Skiing, Walking, Hiking and Cycling: Vence and the surrounding area is very popular for walkers and cyclists year round. The Tourist office can supply Routes for independent walkers and also runs accompanied walks. The nearest ski resort, Greolieres les Neiges is 40 minutes away behind Vence and the international resorts of Isola 2000, Valberg and Auron are 1.5 hrs drive or by train from Nice Station. Look on web for Greolieres les Neiges Alpes Maritimes. Please ask for the website address.
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Lindsay Phillips
This is our holiday home. For this reason we hope guests will fall in love with Vence too. Our apartement is very comfortable and fully equiped so that you can experience Vence as your home away from home.
Lindsay Phillips purchased this apartment in 2005
Why Lindsay Phillips chose Vence
I chose Vence because I found it to be so charming pretty and unspoilt and the apartment because of the ambiance and lovely open view of mountains and sea, and it is full of luminous light. As Henri Matisse wrote to poet Louis Aragon “When I realized I would see that light every morning, I could not believe my good fortune,” We are only 200 metres into the heart of Vence 'Old City' and only 25 minutes from Nice and 20 minutes to the airport. It is a bonus to be surrounded by the history, art galleries and atmosphere, not to mention the wonderful fresh produce and local markets. Fresh natural spring water since Roman times and there is nothing nicer than walking into the medieval city to choose your fresh hot bagette and croissants each morning and eating them on the balcony! And because you don't need to get the car out, it is much more relaxing and you don't have to worry about driving after dinner!
What makes this apartment unique
The apartment has a welcoming ambiance, the benefit of sun all afternoon and the great location: You are in the centre of historic Vence life, 200 metres from the medieval walled 'city' and can experience Vence as it is - a charming, bustling and authentic little French town with a lovely astmosphere which has managed to remain unspoilt.