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Lovely large apartment, nr. Nice, sunshine comfort, mountain views, sleeps 4, wi

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Space 90 m²
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome


About the property

Vence is a Provencal medieval market town; plenty to do and see. .

Sunshine and mimosa - large self-catering fully furnished apartment in Vence, on first floor with elevator and dining patio for al fresco living. Quiet situation, just outside the picturesque walled village of Vence, near enough for short walk to buy croissants and get them home still warm for breakfast! Vence has excellent food shops, restaurants and markets,and is located in the foothills of the Alps between Nice and Grasse, in Alpes Maritimes. See website: vencelargeapartment.com

Furnished as a comfortable home, with wi-fi, and available all year round. Popular for summer, it is warm and cosy in winter months, ideal for skiers - pistes within 1 1/2 hrs drive - and walkers. In quiet location with mountain views across valley from the large dining patio, 50ft terrace and main rooms. In an area for art lovers, the changing view of the mountains throughout the day illustrates why so many famous artists have lived in the area due to 'the quality of light'.

Reserved parking included. Good local bus service to Nice, airport and rail stations.

Minimum let 7 days. Arrival dates are flexible to suit YOU: no fixed change-over day

Well located for Cannes Film Festival, antiques fairs in Nice, Antibes and Valbonne, and the Vence Nuits de Sud Music Festival every summer,

Bird watchers - contact owner re.a guest's BirdBlog.

Rental is all inclusive. Heating in winter, cleaning, linen, laundry and parking are all included.

Apartment is situated at the bottom of a steep drive a few minutes walk from the old walled town of Vence, with its 'cathedral' containing Roman artifacts and a Chagal mosaic.

More Details

Shirley Rodwell MBE
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
13 March, 2017

About Shirley Rodwell MBE

The apartment is equipped and furnished as a home and it has been our second home for the past 20 years . I am a retired marketing communications consultant and my late husband was a design/technical consultant to the fashion industry. I live in NW London in a 300-year old farmhouse.

As co-founder of a London charity for people with learning disabilities, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, I have always combined voluntary community work with the other aspects of my life..

Shirley Rodwell MBE purchased this apartment in 1993

Why Shirley Rodwell MBE chose Nice Area

When we found the apartment we were actually looking for a small house but Chenes Verts had the space we needed - and even a small garden, albeit on the balcony - and plenty of space for 4 people.. Best of all, it has an open view and fresh mountain air, is near enough to walk to the markets and town centre with Nice Airport, the beaches, a huge variety of places to visit and the Italian border within a short drive.

What makes this apartment unique

People really seem to enjoy their holidays in this apartment, which is comfortable with plenty of room for 4 people. It's well supplied with cooking equipment and the dining table can be laid for an elegant dinner party with matching crockery and glass - or eat outside throughout the summer months. Overlooking a valley towards the mountains, it has an open vista.

In winter the apartment is warm and cosy with central heating throughout.

There is always a lot going on in Vence and the surrounding area - daily markets, seasonal local festivals, an annual music festival, classical concerts in the cathedral, celebrations of regional foods,- and plenty of places to visit. It is a good idea to pop into the Tourist Office in the Place de la Grand Jardin on the first day of your holiday to find out what's going on in the region.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Very large and bright apartment with patio windows in all the main rooms, perfect for a family. Huge balcony spaces - perfect place for relaxing, eating etc. Near to the village. Parking near the front door. Very well equipped, as comfortable as being at home. We love it and we are going back
Jul 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Vence in Alpes-Maritimes

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 90 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • town
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Lift
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Toilet - Toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , large room, twin beds, fitted wardrobes, mountain view
    Panelled - 2 Single Bed , Twin beds, Built-in furniture
  • The apartment is furnished and equipped as a home. The Master bedroom has mountain views from the patio window There are fitted wardrobes in the 2 bedrooms, both of which are carpeted.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The apartment comprises: * Two double twin-bedded rooms plus child’s cot/playpen and highchair * Large living room/dining room with TV and DVD. Dining table can seat 8 comfortably. * Dining table on patio seats 6, and there are two sunloungers. * 50 ft. terrace has a flower bed. * Kitchen is fully equipped with microwave, hob, oven, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge/freezer, * Coffee machine and citrus juicer. available in kitchen; * 2 toilets and bath with shower. * Warm in winter: the apartment has effective central heating and is cosy in winter months. * Caretaker/super is on- site * Apartment is on the first floor - lift/elevator door is opposite the front door of apartment. * Wi-fi * Reserved parking space.

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website:


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(14 traveller reviews)

Lovely large apartment, nr. Nice, sunshine comfort, mountain views, sleeps 4, wi
average rating of 4.714286 based on 18 reviews

Beautiful apartment, stunning area

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is only a short drive from Nice airport. We were thrilled when we arrived to find such an open, spacious, beautiful, well-maintained apartment, with a lovely extensive balcony, perfect for that evening drink. Vence is a stunning medieval village, with a very relaxed, and authentically French feel about it. There are some excellent restaurants near by, and many artists studios to explore. We decided not to hire a car, and were pleased to find that public transport is very cheap - only €1.50 on the bus from Vence to Nice, and it was very easy to explore the Côte d'Azur's restaurants and beaches without having to worry about driving back. Shirley provided great service, answering all of our questions before they were asked. I would highly recommend her apartment, and Vence.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased to hear you both enjoyed your holiday in Les Chenes Verts, and were able to sample the pleasures of Vence without the stress of haring around! Thank you for your kind review.
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Wonderful stay in an excellent location

  • 5 of 5

Excellent location, clean and well equipped. Great views, nice balcony area and useful parking space! Shirley was a wonderful host, first class from start to finish. Great holiday with two young children, the area is great and perfect for a relaxing and fun filled break.

  • Review Submitted: May 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Our holiday at Les Chenes Verts

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a very enjoyable holiday at Les Chenes Verts in June. The apartment is very light and spacious - a true "home from home" , tastefully furnished and very well equipped.The views are very attractive and the large terrace with its pretty little garden is ideal for outdoor living.

Vence is an interesting town, particularly the old walled part with its restaurants, boutiques and galleries. Visit the chapel designed by Matisse up the hill at the back of the town, although not large it is very atmospheric.

If you are reasonably fit you do not need a car - we caught the number 94 bus on the dual carriageway opposite Nice airport which takes you to the small roundabout on Avenue General Leclerc a short distance south of Les Chenes Verts. The number 400 bus comes from the same bus stop at Nice airport but goes to the bus station in Vence new town which is a longer walk to the apartment

However a "must" when staying in Vence is to take the 400 bus from the bus station to St. Paul de Vence which is a quaint and pretty village full of art galleries. When at St. Paul walk to the Fondation Maeght outside the village, well worth a visit for art lovers.

There are 4 supermarkets in Vence. The nearest to the apartment is just off the town's main square near the entrance to the underground car park.

This is a holiday for people who like to soak up the ambience of a vibrant historic French town in a beautiful setting.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is very useful information on what to see and how to get there, especially if you are holidaying in Vence without a car. The old walled cité, in which one street is devoted to fresh produce, fish, wine, cheeses, and delis, remains true to its mediaeval construction (with the exception of the town hall). But outside its walls the town contains banks, fashion and jewellery shops and, as the writer here mentions, well stocked supermarkets.
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Inverness, Scotland

Family holiday

  • 5 of 5

This was a last minute booking but Shirley was most helpful in getting things organised for us - keys etc.

The appartment is very clean and homely with a balcony which runs the full lengh of the place. Nearly all rooms have french doors opening onto the balcony which made you feel outdoors without having to leave the appartment. The view from the master bedroom was a delightful feature and, in the morning, when you opened the blinds you were greeted by a wonderful view - shrubs, trees and magnificient hills in the distance. South facing so the appartment shelters from the heat of the day allowing outside evening eating without the heat in July! We loved the gentle farm noises from a small croft below particularly the 'cow bells'. I feared we may be in a suburban area but instead there was a wonderful rural feel to the place.

Lots of lovely old villages to visit and very close to all the main beaches - we tried them all and would struggle to put one above another.

The old village of Vence is lovely to walk around and is well placed for markets as there seemed to be one every second day or so with a different theme.

Would love to come back

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The view referred to here is an ever-changing vista as the light, the sun, clouds and shadows change it throughout the day. In summer the greenery in the foregrund tends to dominate but in all other seasons, when the leaves have fallen, the mountains becomre more dominant. Beyond the farm, which lies in the valley below the apartment, the land rises and in the middle distance the mediaeval village of St. Jeanet (a rock climbing centre) can be seen nestling in a spot which, throughout the year, catches the sun in the day time and the last light as night falls. The ancients certainly knew where to locate their fortified strongholds. On clear days, especially in autumn and winter, snow capped mountains can be seen from the apartment between the local peaks on a clear day. The most stunning view are from the Col de Vence, the pass above the town, en route to another ancient vilage, Coursegoules.
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Bristol, England

Les Chenes Verts

  • 5 of 5

As a frequent traveller to France it is always pleasant to find new places of interest and beauty, and in this respect the area in and around Vence did not disappoint. Staying at an apartment, Les Chenes Verts, some eight minutes walk from Vence old town, and with fine views of the mountains from its balcony, there was ample opportunity by car to visit nearby St Paul, the Gorges du Loup area, many other fine perched towns and villages and of course Nice and a host of resorts, small and large along the Cote d'Azur.

The apartment itself was clean and well maintained, with ample supplies of clean linen, kitchen equipment, a balcony complete with small garden and a reserved parking place immediately below the flat. The owner also took the trouble to telephone on the first day of our arrival to confirm our safe arrival and that all was well. The town of Vence with its old and new areas has plenty of restaurants and bars, both inside the walls and outside in the main road and main square (where there is a market each Friday) plus a supermarket within walking or easy driving distance. I would recommend both the area and the apartment to a friend.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: As this review mentions markets it's worth noting that growers offer their produce daily in the main square in the newer part of Vence, where there is also an 'antiques' market once weekly. And you'll find a great selection of olives on Saurday mornings in old 'cité' and markets there on some other mornings For the biggest and best market selling just about everything (great for mens shirts and copies of the latest fashion handbags!) go to the Italian border town of Ventimiglia on a Friday morning, where the stalls are laid out along the coastline. Parking can be difficult so staying there the night before makes life easier.
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Vacation in Vence

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in the South of France many times over the years, but this was our first time in Vence. The apartment had everything and more that we needed. The rooms are spacious, the sofas and beds which were made up when we arrived, were very comfortable, and the views from all the windows wonderful. The kitchen is very well equipped, kettle and teapot we used alot, but we never found the cheese grater!

The town of Vence is only 10 minutes walk away, but the many steps (48 in the main flight) have to be tackled first. These were tough to start with, but became a challenge: could we do them all without stopping? not for the first couple of days but by the 6th or 7th day, no problem. It's also any quick drive into Vence if you want to save your legs.

Vence has everything you needs, markets, shopping, cafes etc. The first bread shop sells the best baguettes we've ever had.

As well as driving round the area, we had a bus ride to St Paul De Vence, and anotrher day one to Nice, a bargain at E1 per single journey.

The parking space at the apartment was very useful, and it was nice not to have to fight or pay for parking as at a couple of other places we've stayed.

All in all this is a splendid place to stay and we highly recommend it, and will probably go back next year.

Heather from York.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 27, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
16 Kilometres
Nice International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
In the old town
Nearest Ferry
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
9 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
9 Kilometres
A8 exit 48
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Vence Old Town
Nearest Beach
9.5 Kilometres
Cagnes sur Mer
Car: recommended

The area is rich in history and art, and has easy access by autoroute to Aix en Provence, Arles, Avignon, Antibes (and other Roman centres), Monte Carlo, Cannes, Menton and all the other famous resorts of the French Riviera. Under 2 hrs drive to the French winter ski slopes of Auron, Isola and others. Under an hour to the Italian border town - and huge Friday market - at Vinttemiglia.

Ideally located for sightseeing the historic medieval 'perched villages', of which the nearest are the famous St. Paul de Vence with the Colombe d'Or and Tourettes de Loup, populated by craftsmen in their studio shops.

Elegant shopping in Nice and Cannes; shops, banks and village markets in Vence. Local museums include Picasso, Leger, Matisse, Renoir and Chagal. The Matisse Chapel is in Vence, as is the 'cathedral' which has a Chagal mosaic. Art-lovers will be stunned by the Maeght Foundation Art Gallery. Seaside, beaches within easy reach by car. Public pool in Vence.

Other Activities: Rambling, walking, rock climbing, art history, art galleries and museums inc. Maeght Foundation.

Ski: Ski slopes are within easy reach of Vence in winter. Snow chains are advisable on normal tyres.

Approx 1 hr. Greolieres les Neige, Valberg, Breuil, La Colmaine

Approx. 1.5 hrs. Isola 2000, Auron

Approx 2 hrs. La Foux d'Allos

Vence Music Festival from 7th July till 23 August 2016. .

Also in Vence, exhibition 'From Wahol to Basquiat - 22 Feb - May 22 2016.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Vence, Cote d'Azur - Riviera

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Low season
1 Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High season
1 Jun 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid season
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low season
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Stay tax €0 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 12 years.

All prices are per week
Charges are inclusive of water, heating and linen.
Phone/email bill is issued later on receipt of itemized details from France Telecom.
30% rental due at time of reservation.
Reserved parking space is included in rental.

Special rates for longer stays.
Pets allowed by arrangement with owner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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