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Chez Nous - Great Sea View, Balcony And Perfect Old Town Location

Bedrooms 2
Space 861 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 - 30 nights


About the property

Newly Renovated 2 Bedroom / 2 Baths, Sleeps 2-4

Chez Nous (meaning 'Our Home' as we hope you will feel at your home when you stay here) overlooks the village's terracotta rooftops as they cascade down the hillside to the sea. There is only two rows of rooftops between you and the bay - you are so close you hear the boats drop their anchor, pull in on their lines - you see everything yet you are so private. The views are quite stunning of the shimmering bay of Villefranche against the lush vegetation of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. It is a varied view dominated of course by the sea but also the lovely rooftops and beautiful and exciting boat scene. And the evening view is just a beautiful with the lights on Cap Ferrat dancing on the water, the lighthouse beaconing to ships at sea, beautiful after glow sunsets reflected by Cap Ferrat - a fabulous kind of sunset - moonrises and long moonbeams on the bay, and frequently at night you are treated to fireworks. When you enter the apartment on a beautiful, slate private stairwell, you are immediately struck by the views of the bay - they dominate the room and then by the spacious feel of the main room, with its cathedral ceilings and bright open space. A lovely upstairs bedroom in the mezzanine overlooks the main living space, which includes the kitchen, dining, and lounging areas. Throughout the apartment, you will find original artwork, antiques and of course new furniture as well (sofa's, beds, etc) and superb lighting (for both atmosphere and reading!) all on dimmers. The location is ideally situated in the charming Old Town of Villefranche: a less than 2 minute walk to the waterfront and beach, steps from the shops and restaurants, and a short distance to the world-renowned French language institute, Institut Français.

Property Manager
Shelley Dobyns
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 June, 2017

About Shelley Dobyns

My husband and I have 9 rental properties in Villefranche which we advertise on Home Away as well as on our own site www.rivieraexperience.com. We have had the business for 10 years. We have purchased, renovated, decorated and look after each of our properties personally.

Shelley Dobyns purchased this apartment in 2014

Why Shelley Dobyns chose Nice Area

We fell in love with it at first site. We could see the potential although it was a ruin when we purchased it. We gutted the place, including putting on an entire new roof. Every bit of debris and every new item moved in or out in a sack on the back of a man. It was an arduous remodel - but worth it.

What makes this apartment unique

Amazing views, comfortable outside space, spacious apartment very well equipped, quiet yet in the heart of it all. Great location, great light and sun year round, high end appointments, personally maintained.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Villefranche-sur-Mer in Arrondissement de Nice

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 861 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Loft Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The master bathroom has a lovely soaking tub and a walk in stall shower. It has double sinks, a mirrored cupboard with storage inside plus plenty of counter space and storage in the cabinet below the sinks. And it has excellent lighting. The upstairs bathroom has a large stall shower, a large single sink with plenty of counter space, a mirrored storage cupboard with plenty of storage space and a skylight for additional lighting along with bright halogen lights for make up or shaving.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Lofted Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , The queen sized bed can be made into two twin beds
  • We use very high quality beds from Lit de France, very nice linen, down pillows, and down duvet covers in the winter. The bedrooms have excellent reading lights plus lovely lighting for ambiance. There is excellent closet space for hanging and folded clothes plus storage for suitcases. Both have bathrooms that are ensuite.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeping
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Some of the things our guests tell us they love best about Villefranche is swimming in the bay - it is magical. The walks - from here to Beaulieu along the waterfront and going to the market in Beaulieu, having a coffee there and walking back, walking to St. Jean along the waterfront for lunch, exploring Nice and walking there or back. And yet, they love coming back to the little village of Villefranche - which has its charms and benefits every season of the year.


5/5 -
(5 traveller reviews)

Chez Nous - Great Sea View, Balcony And Perfect Old Town Location
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Comfortable, Updated, Spotless and What a View!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Chez Nous for one wonderful week at the end of September. The apartment was perfect; all amenities had been carefully planned for by the owner, Shelley, and is furnished splendidly. The main floor bedroom was comfy, bed was "just-right", the ensuite bath was updated and well designed, there was plenty of closet and drawer space. (We didn't use the upstairs bedroom, so can't attest to the bed. ) The airflow of the apartment was wonderful; no need for a fan even though the days were in the upper 70's to low 80's F. The kitchen was a joy, everything is supplied. We loved the kitchen so much, that we ate in most of the evenings! (All of the appliances were wonderfully new: gas range, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, microwave, and clothes washer.) The wifi was without problems, we used it daily as well as the AppleTv every night! Even though there are a number of stairs up to the apartment, it gave us a good daily workout..by the end of the week we were sprinting up the stairs! Our week at Chez Nous was so relaxing that we can't wait to go back!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Above and beyond!

  • 5 of 5

I've never said this in a review before, but there is truly nothing I can think of to improve my experience in this apartment rental. Starting with the ideal location, picturesque view of the Mediterranean, the quality of appliances, furnishings, dishes, sheets and bedding and, best of all, the level of care and service the owners and their team give you. You are treated like a VIP and every need is met. "Customer first" is not just an idea, it's an action they take at every opportunity. I've been renting from Riviera Experience for years and what I can't get over is how much the continue to improve and make improvements on their apartments. This summer, I came back to Chez Nous to find they put in an electrical awning, surround sound and added almost 200 movies and tv shows on apple tv. They don't stop at anything to make your stay as perfect as can be. This is the ONLY vacation spot for my family.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great views in an unspoilt area of the Côte d'Azur

  • 5 of 5

This beautifully appointed apartment more than matches the photos on the website. It was a joy to eat out on the small balcony each day, facing the bay of Villefranche. Many of the local restaurants were closed over Christmas, but we found three excellent ones with different styles of food that remained open. There were several small shops with good local produce, which allowed us to make use of the well-equipped kitchen. The added bonus of sunny weather meant that we were able to cycle up the the hills - with amazing views of the coast below - to the La Turbie and the pretty villages in the mountains. A fantastic local bus service meant that trips into Nice were quick and easy.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful apartment - could have stayed forever!

  • 5 of 5

This apartment is absolutely stunning with luxurious fittings - you step out of the door into a quaint street set right in the old town with every day life going on all around you. Villefranche is very special indeed.

Shelley (the owner) has many properties - all fitted to the highest standards - and is the perfect person to look after your every needs.

I don't think we could have been happier than during our stay in this gorgeous apartment in our favourite place in France.

  • Review Submitted: May 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely STUNNING apartment!

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully appointed, high-end fixtures and furnishings, clean, white, fresh - everything you need for an amazing holiday. Right in the middle of the Old Town (which is full of excellent restaurants, a wonderful bakery and a small grocery store), minutes from the beach - ideal. Shelley (the owner) is a pleasure to deal with - friendly, helpful, knowledgable and passionate. I would highly recommend Chez Nous to everyone I know wanting to holiday in the area. And Villefranch-sur-mer is just the quaintest village and exactly where you want to be!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Nice Côte d'Azur
Nearest Barpub
30 Metres
Nearest Ferry
3 Kilometres
Nice Old Port
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Nearest Train
150 Metres
Villefranche sur mer
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
Nice Est
Nearest Restaurant
20 Metres
Nearest Ski
120 Kilometres
Isola 2000
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Car: not necessary

Chez Nous is located in the heart of the Old Town of Villefranche. Villefranche-sur-Mer is nestled between Nice and Monaco (10 - 15 minutes from Vieux Nice, 15 - 20 minutes from Monaco and by train even faster). Although surrounded by a diverse, exciting cosmopolitan environment, it is still an authentic Villefranchois fishing village. I know, I live here, and it's hard to believe it is still that way-- wonderful! Within close and easy access are Nice, Monaco, Antibes, Cannes, St. Paul de Vence, Grasse, Mougins, and just a bit further, St. Tropez, Ramatuelle, Bormes les Mimosas, or Aix, Arles, Avignon and all the villages of Provence. Take a ferry from Nice Port to Corsica (3 hours on the fast ferry), or head to Italy and visit Ventimiglia, San Remo, the Vallee de Roya, Portofino, Cinque Terre... But if you stay in Villefranche and the neighboring towns of Beaulieu-sur-Mer, St. Jean Cap Ferrat, Eze, and La Turbie, you'll exhaust a week or more just exploring and enjoying these lovely villages. Most of these sites are easy to access without a car. And if you are here to attend the French language institute, Institut Français, it is a 10 minute walk away.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Villefranche-sur-Mer, Cote d'Azur - Riviera

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Winter Program (Monthly Rate)
1 Nov 2017 - 31 Mar 2018
30 night minimum stay
for 30 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

We require a 40% deposit of the total booking price by credit card, wire or check, and the balance is due 2 months prior to arrival. A security deposit equivalent to 500€ may be collected upon arrival in euros, dollars, or pounds and returned prior to departure. A final cleaning fee of 100€-120€ will be collected upon arrival in cash (100€ for one couple, 120€ for two couples).


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