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★ Elite Family Retreat ★ WiFi | Sunshine | iPad | Central | 3 Fabulous Bedrooms

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,097 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 6 nights


About the property

Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, one seriously chic space. Old Town & beach 5 mins

ATTENTION LOCAL BUILDING WORK - Due to construction of the new Port to Airport Tram (it opens in 2018) there are some street works in our area. So please contact me before you book.

Our 100 previous guests adored the walkable location of our duplex apartment. Over 50 cafés, boulangeries and restaurants are on the doorstep. Yet it's south-facing, sunny and very quiet. Nice's 5km public beach is 7 minutes walk away. As is the Cours Saleya market and Old Town.

The two-storey apartment in the historic port of Nice is huge. Around 100m2 (1100sqft) in total. It contains three entirely separate bedrooms. Every room including the 45m2 (500sqft) living area is south-facing, quiet and filled with sunshine. It sleeps 6 in three double beds in absolute comfort.

The apartment dates from 1850s. Style dates from the 1930s. The entire space was entered renovated in 2016, but every ounce of antique chic remains.

We provide board games, a baby cot, an iPad pre-loaded with movies and a BOSE Stereo. Many of our guests are families. Others are small business groups or couples looking for an exclusive trip.

The living area is utterly luxurious. Like the rest of the apartment it boasts solid oak parquet floors and south-facing soundproof windows, plus great art, a library of books, plus sofas and a dining table for 6.

This lounge area opens onto a fantastically well-equipped kitchen. It’s complete with marble chopping areas, gas stove, oils, knifes, great pots and pan, herbs and spices. Plus cookbooks from Jamie Oliver, Yotam Ottolenghi and Patricia Wells.

More in-depth details follow....

There are three big bedrooms, each bathed in sunlight. The first is effortlessly romantic, with a brand new bed, a €2,000 Habitat mattress, antique lights, fine vies and fine Egyptian cotton linen.

The second bedroom has a 1950s wooden bed, Tempurpedic mattress and fine linen. It also overlooks the Colline du Chateau public park above Nice.

The third bedroom is on the same floor as the massive living room. It has a brand new mattress, our usual fine linen, art on the walls, and is the largest bedroom in the apartment.

Boutique chic describes the brand new shower room (renovated in 2014). Double sinks and swan necked taps have been installed into an ancient French dresser. The oversized shower rose delivers a refreshing zing in winter and summer. The new bathroom upstairs (installed in 2016) overlooks the Colline du Chateau park. It also has double sinks plus a long, long lie-down bath with shower head. Both bathroom and shower room have piped hot water on demand plus heated floors in winter.

We have no TV, but do have an iPad pre-loaded with classic French movies, like A Good Year and Mr Bean Goes to Cannes.

And, as rue Antoine Gautier apartment block is a century and a half old, we don’t have an elevator or air-conditioning. We are on the third (and top) floor - you don’t need an oxygen tank for three flights of stairs!

And finally, our apartment is officially registered as a tourist rental property in France: Numéro de déclaration en mairie de location meublé de tourisme: 06088003167HS.

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Tristan Rutherford
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French, Italian
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Calendar last updated:
6 September, 2018

About Tristan Rutherford

I am a British travel journalist based in Nice, France. I own this stunning apartment with my American wife, Kathryn. As we write for Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic, The Sunday Times and many other travel magazines, we'd be happy to recommend a heap of charming restaurants and great beaches across the South of France.

Tristan Rutherford purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Tristan Rutherford chose Le Port

Mainly the sun! It's completely south-facing with sunshine from dawn until dusk pouring in. And as it's on a courtyard it's totally quiet at night, despite being in the dead centre of Nice. The location is also amazing, with an award-winning boulangerie on the corner, 100 antique stores on the same block, and the Old Town, beach and scores of restaurants within a five-minute stroll.

What makes this apartment unique

We purchased an iPad in 2012 for our guests to use. It is pre-loaded with some great French movies, travel apps, video games and lots of cool links. We love playing games and watching movies with it, and hope you do too. What's totally unique is the peace and quiet at night, very rare in Nice, plus the personal, French, traditional and very chic decoration that makes it so special. Our renovation in 2016 turned our much-loved apartment into three bedroom duplex. There is so much space it's untrue!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment around the Le Port around the Nice

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1097 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Renovated in 2014 with open glass cubicle and twin sinks
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Stunning designer bathroom on top floor with twin sinks
  • Upstairs duplex bathroom newly installed in 2016.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , With €3,000 mattress
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , With €2,500 mattress
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , With €2,500 mattress
  • Double Beds (3) A 1950s wooden bed topped with a €2,500 Tempurpedic mattress. Plus a brand new Habitat bed with €2,000 mattress. And another new grand double bed was purchased in 2016. You've never slept better in your life! Baby crib available (1) For under 24 months. For free of course.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • Miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Parasailing
  • Rock Climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
iPod dock, bikes, iPad, cook books, 200-book fiction and non-fiction library, Roche Bobois sofa and antique furniture, WiFi, awesome kitchen


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(31 traveller reviews)

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★ Elite Family Retreat ★ WiFi | Sunshine | iPad | Central | 3 Fabulous Bedrooms
average rating of 4.870968 based on 31 reviews

Fabulous apartment! Perfect! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • 5 of 5

This apartment is spacious, comfortable & well equipped. It's perfectly located for all the sights in Nice & public transport, bars, restaurants & convenience stores are on the door step. Tristan couldn't have been more helpful, giving us helpful tips & responding quickly to any communication. The small personal touches make all the difference. Would recommend to anyone & hope to be back one day as we loved the area. Thank you

  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks a million! Another five star review means guests must love our markets, cafés and boulangeries as much as we do. The immediate area around our beautiful three bedroom apartment is stunning; chic yet sedate, buzzing yet elegant, with more pavement restaurants than the Champs-Elysée. Happy that we communicated so effectively to make your stay as memorable as possible. Holidays are so important - we need to make every one special. Please come back soon, Tristan
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South Carolina, USA

Charming Apartment in Great Location

  • 5 of 5

Tristan and Kathryn's apartment was exactly what I was looking for when I reserved it for our group of 6 adults traveling to Nice together. It is beautifully remodeled just as the photos show and updated with a large main room and modern kitchen while still retaining it's Old World French charm--the parquet floors are lovely and the interior floor length windows are perfect for letting in lots of light. It is a quiet and peaceful place even though it's located in a neighborhood not far from several busy areas. Speaking of the location, it could not be any better with a grocery store only a block away and surrounded by restaurants--we were able to walk or take the tram everywhere we wanted to go. There is so much to do in the area and we were always busy. Our only regret is that we had to leave it when we did or I may still be there! Thank you, Kathryn and Tristan, for creating such a comfortable, homey space which I would love to come back to some day.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Susan what a wonderful message. This must rank among our best ever reviews! The apartment is certainly filled with sunshine, even in winter, which brings everything to life. Our recent renovation was very sympathetic. We introduced new parquet floors over 101m2 (1100sqft) of space plus a bespoke kitchen and two new bathrooms. Each of our bedrooms is now entirely separate with brand new double beds and mattresses. It's heaven. All we ask is that you tell your friends and come back again soon. Thanks again for visiting our wonderful city, Tristan and Kathryn
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Very spacious apartment.

  • 4 of 5

This apartment is very conveniently located next to the port and the old town where there are numerous restaurants and bars. It is in a very quiet location despite the position. The apartment is spacious with three good sized bedrooms. It is well equipped. Slight disadvantage that it is on the third floor but this helped keep us fit! Nice apartment for the price.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Joan, thanks so much for your review. As we live in our Nice apartment for six months per year it's fabulously well equipped. Library. Yotam Ottolenghi and Jamie Oliver cookbooks. 10mbs WiFi. Games. Parquet floors. You're right. We are fabulously well located with 100 restaurants and cafés without walking distance…but our south-facing apartment is quiet, sun-filled and tranquil. We are very clear that, like most Nice apartments, we don't have an elevator. We're on the third floor, and our grand marble stairs are not difficult to climb. Joan, we hope you and your wonderful family revisit. Around 30% of our guests book again and we hope you do too.
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Los Angeles, California

Beautiful and charming apartment.

  • 5 of 5

After researching apartments in Nice, we spent a week at this great location. The apartment is located in old nice, surrounded by antique stores, a charming area. Very convenient to restaurants, a few minutes walk to the Old Port, buses and shops. Marilia, the apartment manager looked after us from start to finish. Place is roomy and our two teenagers had more than enough room to spread out. We were there for the EURO 2016 and the place was buzzing with activities and excitement. We loved the apartment, beautifully renovated but still retains its French charm, most importantly it was quiet, so great to go back to after a full day. Lots to do at nearby beaches and ports. Highly, highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks a million Tamara! You're right, it's all about the location. Our three bedroom apartment is only two minutes from Place Garibaldi, the historic Port, the Monaco bus and Nice tramway - with 100 restaurants and cafes in the immediate vicinity. The Cours Saleya and Old Town are seven minutes away on foot. We're so grateful for your feedback on our apartment's grand renovation. It was completed in 2015 to add extra style and modernity to our 1850 property - it was actually built when Abraham Lincoln was President. We know have two ultra modern bathrooms, a brand new kitchen fit for Jamie Oliver, and three fabulous double beds, each with the world's best mattresses. Please bring your wonderful family back to France next year! Kind regards, Tristan
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Washington, DC USA

Repeat, repeat visitor!

  • 5 of 5

I've written a review before but I've been back twice since so an updated review is warranted especially with the apartment renovation. My first stay was 3 months from February to April, then 6 weeks in April and May and then this year 5 weeks starting in late January. Weather was mostly sunny and temperatures mild so certainly an improvement from East Coast US winters and early spring. Tristan and Kathryn's apartment is like home to me (and my little dog Coco who comes along). The recent addition is fabulous and made a great apartment even better! I had some visitors during my recent stay so there was plenty of room for everyone. In the 5 years since I first started coming to the apartment, the Port area has really blossomed. Lots of new hip restaurants and wine bars but it still maintains a very local flavor. That plus proximity to sea is what attracts me so much to this part of Nice. I'm not sure when I'll visit Nice again - soon, I hope - but no doubt this is where I'll stay. I feel that Tristan and Kathryn are family now so can't imagine going anyplace else! It really is a perfect place to stay along the Côte d'Azur!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mary and Coco, What a pleasure it was to receive your fabulous message. After five stays you have become our all time best guest! It's true that the French Riviera is just as pretty in winter as it is in summer. The museums are quiet, the markets are full, and you are treated like an honorary local. Most importantly, it's still sunny almost every single day! The renovation of our beautiful apartment was completed in 2015. We can now welcome guests with two brand new bathrooms, a 50m2 living room (larger than many apartments) and the kitchen of our dreams. Mary, come back and stay with us again soon! You are so welcome. Tristan and Kathryn
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Amazing 💐

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing apartment! We have nothing but wonderful things to say about our visit to Nice. The location was perfect, rooms were spacious and very comfortable, kitchen was state of the art.Thank you so much all your assistance and tips to make a wonderful vacation for our family.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Wendi, what a kind message. We welcome parties of six, like you, and couples of two, like the guests before you, with equal pleasure. Glad you had a wonderful time. The tram, airport bus, Monaco bus and footpaths all link to our front door. With the brand new underground parking that opened in late 2015 our apartment is an even better base that every before. Happy you enjoyed the kitchen too. It's a difficult choice between cooking a market fiesta - or eating in the restaurants around the corner! Thanks for your visit, Tristan
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Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Nice Cote d'Azur Airport
Nearest Ferry
100 Metres
Nearest Train
1000 Metres
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Nearest Beach
500 Metres
Car: not necessary


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  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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