1 bedroom, 1 living room, modern kitchen, bathroom, terrace
Patricia or James
- English, French
About Patricia or James
Late evening some 20 years ago while sailing the South Coast of France I had the pleasure of dropping anchor at the head of the Rade du Villefanche. As the lights came on around the bay it was as if one had entered a vast amphitheatre - truly magic. Returning a few years later we could not resist the temptation of purchasing just one of those spectacular lights so that we are now able to enjoy in a more leisurely way the reverse sight of all the little yachts bobbing away in the harbour below. I (Jim, writing this) am a retired professor of engineering (well not really, all that has changed is the salary cheques have stopped!) having spent the greater part of my career at University College London. Having grown up in New Zealand I came to the UK some 50 years ago to pursue what should have been a 2 possibly 3 years post-doctoral research fellowship at UCL. It was when my children were growing up that to stem the yearning to return to Aotearoa to see them experience the sort of outdoor childhood I had enjoyed we purchased a caravan on the S coast of England. There we accumulated a fleet of sailing boats of all shapes and sizes. Now that the children have long since moved on our fleet has vanished but we still enjoy sailing in our leisure time - although our modest little sailing yacht is now located in southern Calabria from where we can enjoy Sicily and the Aeloian islands - but it is a bit more difficult to reach! My wife Patricia is actually a Londoner - yes there are still a few - having spent her earliest years in Hampstead. She spent her professional life in the charity sector and prior to retirement was Resource Development Director at Marie Stopes, and played a major role in seeing what had been a network of Family Planning clinics in the UK become an international network of clinics dedicated to improving women and children health and education. We both enjoy travelling but also the delights of being with our now 13 grandchildren.
Why Patricia or James chose Villefranche-sur-Mer
Because of our grandparental roles we don't get down to Villefranche as much as we would like. So we have been pleased to be able to share our apartment and our love of this part of the world with so many guests over the past 15 years - many of whom have come back year after year. We think you will also enjoy the oportunity to share the wonderful outlooks over the Rade du Villefranche. The views from the apartment are really those of the classic Riviera scene,. with the tour coach buses travelling around the Moyenne Cornich (just above the apartment) stopping to allow sightseers an opportunity to take in the breathtaking beauty - usually with their cameras. But here is a chance for you to sit at your leisure and enjoy the same views over a cup coffee, a hot cup of tea or a cool glass of wine and a lovely home cooked meal.
What makes this Apartment unique
Jardin de Villefranche is possibly one of the most charming villages in the area between Cannes and Monaco. It offers views to die for and is remote from any of the hustle and bustle of main roads making it a perfect place to enjoy a tranquility that is becoming increasly difficult to find - one can even hear the flashing light from the lighthouse on Cap Ferrat! The apartment is set In vast and well kept gardens (that incidentally make the service charges very high!) within securely gated grounds. Sitting on the terrace in the evenings you can take-in not just the array of twinkling lights but also the wonderful aromas of nearby pines, jasmin and other prolific plants in almost perfect peace and quiet.
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
The Balcony with a View
Opening the electric shutters revealed the magnificent view of the Bay where boats and Cruise liners came & went.
Negative comments would be restricted to the very small size of the shower cubicle and the very slow WiFi speed. The location of the Block near the top of the hill did mean that access without a car was hard work. The shops at the Col were excellent but getting there either via the steep hill beside the Tennis Courts or the staircase was tricky. We did try the steps down once but that was a step too far !! The 80 Bus was entertaining but it was not as regular as we would have liked . The 14 bus into Nice is an excellent service.
Lovely location high up near the Col de Villefranche. Stupendous view, lovely grounds. Furniture and appliances a bit worn , but comfortable. Approx 400 steps straight up from the town; difficult in extreme heat. However up on the Col there is a nice brasserie, boucherie, patisserie, grocery store and buses to Nice - but none at night.
Always great with HomeAway! Very comfortable, lived-in home. Two things could be clearer in the description - there is no futon for sleeping in the living room, only a sofa, and there is no dryer except a folding rack. Lots of small extras provided. We enjoyed our stay!
Well equipped, extremely comfortable, quiet and building is very well cared for. A stiff walk up from the old town but, in consequence, one gets superb views across the bay to Cap Ferat from the balcony. About ten minutes walk to the supermarket. Bus stops for Nice closer. Highly recommended.
The View is every bit as advertised
The apartment makes a perfect base for exploring the Cote d' Azur. It's well equipped and very comfortable. My only caveat is to make sure you pick up the right access equipment at check in. It needs to be the remote as described in the instructions, not the little black disc that we got. The disc opens the gate and the front door but not the garage. And it requires getting out of the car to use it. Inconvenient, but it didn't spoil our stay. And then there's that view...
Yes, it was a shame that the fob used to remotely open the gate and garage were not available. We have now sourced a couple of extra fobs to ensure that when one goes missing there will be adequate replacements. Despite this we are glad you were able to enjoy your time and of course the view which first attracted us to the apartment. Jim
We have stayed in this apartment many times now and always find it just fabulous and inspiring alongside it always being comfortable, clean and well equipped for our family holiday. The location is perfect for exploring the whole Cote D'Azur and the view is literally breathtaking. I wish I could wake up and breakfast to that view everyday! Thanks you Jim and Patricia for a wonderful stay.
Many thanks for these comments Katherine; I too wish I could wake up more often to the views and peace of this wonderful area of France. Jim
The Cote d'Azur retains all of its long recognised allure, combining modern luxury with belle epoch and old world charm. Steep mountains fall precipitously into deep and enticing azur seas that provide a haven for all forms of watersports and attract yachts of all sizes and description. There are safe and clean beaches with splendid restaurants having tables at which you can almost get your feet wet in the gently lapping waves. Mountain and coastal walks provide a wonderful way to explore this region that must still rank as one the most beautiful in Europe. Picturesque Villefranche sur Mer has from the 2nd century BC oscillated between French and Italian control. Its architecture reflects this rich and varied history, as does its culture and cuisine. It has one of the most sheltered natural harbours on the south coast of France and consequently provides a popular stopping off point for visiting cruise ships and shelter for visiting yachtsmen, which is how I first discovered its charm.
Other Activities: Provides easy access to the various sporting events, such as the Monaco Grand Prix and sailing regattas, and to a multitude of cultural events.
Ski: The alpine ski fields are a relatively short drive north of Nice. Buses run regularly from Central Nice and it is feasible to enjoy daily sortee to the ski slopes.