Designer's village home. Charming historic experience. Fully renovated, 3 bedroom, 2 bath 110sqm/1184sqft apt offers all modern amenities incl tv, aircon/wifi. Easy access: pastel colored stone streets bring you to beach, train, port, shops in a 2 min walk.
This house is from 1793 and has a great history!
*The patio greets you and serves as a great spot to leave your beach gear & sandy towels.
*The house was designed to reflect the maritime colors of the Mediterranean sea.
*The glass roofed kitchen/dining is fully furnished with Bosch and Miele appliances and a beautiful white Corian counter.
*Fully equipped laundry room.
*Two bedrooms offer Queen sized beds
*Third bedroom offers a bunkbed for two people.
*Large master bathroom has handmade italian tiling, double sinks, bidet, toilet AND an amazing shower in the actual mountain rock of Villefranche !
*Second stone walled bathroom is with shower, sink, toilet & bidet.
*Heat/Aircon and WIFI are throughout the home.
The house offers a large living space for friends & family: a rare feature in the old village of Villefranche Sur Mer.
Overlooking one of the world's loveliest natural bays, a privileged anchoring spot for the most prestigious cruise ships, Villefranche-sur-Mer has maintained its historic cachet with its port, the colorful façades of the Old Town and its Citadelle castle.
Footsteps from our door, there are lots of lovely restaurants & bars, a butcher, baker, well stocked mini mart, and even a fish monger selling the fish he actually caught.
The old town as we know it today dates from the 16th-century but its older houses date from the 14th century. It is arguably the last sea-side medieval village on the French Riviera. Although a small town, the old city counts many sites listed as “historical monuments" by the French Government including:
The Saint Elme Citadel which flanks the old city was erected 1557 to defend the city and protect “La Darse" harbour, the moats which now serve as street and parking lots used to be filled with the bay water and the draw bridge is still there to let you in. The city hall and the Volti sculpture museum (worth visiting) are situated inside as well as the open air movie theatre which is open during the summer season and presents an international subtitled selection of blockbusters for the whole family. The Citadel is 3mn walk away from the house.
The 14th-century Rue Obscure: This 130-metre long street located along the rampart was originally uncovered and used as a defensive passageway which enabled the military to move and make their manoeuvres easier, its upper entrance is just down the staircase from the house.
The Royal Port of La Darse: built in the mid- 16th century at the same time as the citadel, it has always accommodated a shipyard which once produced galley boats, it also had a penitentiary. The port had to wait for the 18th century to access to the status of “Royal port". Major works then started, including the lighthouse, the rope factory (la Corderie), the dry rock (le bassin de radoub)….all these sites are still visible today within a 8mn walk from the house.
The baroque style 18th– century St Michel Church will rhythm your days, with its 250 year old bells and Angelus. The Church contains a recumbent Christ, an anonymous work by a galley slave, and the Organs by the Grinda Brothers (1790) which are listed as a historic monument. The square facing the Church often gathers local gatherings with food, music and more, where visitors are welcome to join as a guest.
The seaside Roman-style St Pierre Chapel decorated by Jean Cocteau is dedicated to St Peter, Patron Saint of fishermen. Fishermen used to store their fishing gear there after the chapel had been deconsecrated. It is now home to the ‘prud'homie', which is a jurisdiction of an industrial tribunal, in charge of the local fishing industry. Jean Cocteau, who loved Villefranche ,undertook to restore and decorate both the inside and the outside of the chapel in 1956. Frescoes depicting events of St Peter the Apostle's life can be seen inside the chapel well worth the 5 EUR asked to visit it.