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Enjoy historic Vence, nr Nice,10 km to beaches, big apt, mountains, sleeps 4

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

In medieval Cote d'Azur market town; sun, beaches, mountains and fine dining

Sunshine and mimosa - large self-catering fully furnished apartment in Vence, on first floor with elevator plus spacious 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, international 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 is held every summer,

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

Rental is all inclusive. Heating in winter, cleaning, linen, laundry and reserved 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.

Two twin bed bedrooms (plus double sofabed), child's cot, high chair and potty. Bathroom plus additional toilet.

More Details

Shirley Rodwell MBE
Member since: 2006
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
2 May, 2018

About Shirley Rodwell MBE

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 Vence

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 which can be obscured by leaves on the trees below in summer. (The trees are cut back every few years but grow vigorously in this climate!)

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:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
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
  • 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.


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Enjoy historic Vence, nr Nice,10 km to beaches, big apt, mountains, sleeps 4
average rating of 4.611111 based on 22 reviews

Spacious and comfortable with beautiful views.

  • 5 of 5

Although the weather wasn't kind we spent a pleasant week in this lovely apartment. We were grateful for the central heating and the relaxing ambiance with the interesting art work and lots of books about the area, particularly the artistic and culinary heritage. We would love to stay again in better weather

  • Review Submitted: 15-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Pleased to know you were warm and comfortable despite the extraordinary weather for the area. You mention art and food, and I hope when you return you will be able to visit all the dedicated museums of artists who have lived locally: Renior (whose home has recently reopened after restoration), Leger, Matisse (and his chapel in Vence), Chagal (and his mosaic in the Vence cathedral), Picasso (and his ceramics in Vallauris), and the stunning Foundation Maeght in St. Paul de Vence. I look forward to your return - and can almost promise you better weather!
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Spacious comfortable apartment

  • 4 of 5

Our pre trip experience with the owner was 5 star, with excellent info and directions. The apartment was clean, well-maintained, spacious, comfortable and very well equipped. We liked Vence very much, several good restaurants - we particularly enjoyed eating with the locals in St. Veran - good shops and plenty of history. We hired a car and visited villages in the area as well as a day in Nice. A packed 4 days.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your December break in Vence, although it turned out to be shorter than originally planned. I also like the St Veran restaurant for its cosy atmosphere in winter and the open-to-view kitchen - plus the advantage of being nearby! Hope you will come back again for a longer stay in the future.
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  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely stay. Shirley was very helpful and the apartment was cosy. Beautifully warm autumn weather meant we were able to enjoy the nearby beaches too!

  • Review Submitted: 31-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad the late booking worked out well all round. Shirley
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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: 23-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 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: 08-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: April 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: 23-Jul-2012
  • Date of Stay: June 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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Nearest Airport
16 Kilometres
Nice International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
In the old town
Nearest Ferry
20 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
10 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 on motorway to the Italian border town - and huge Friday market - at Vintimiglia.

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 pools in Vence, including one for children..

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.

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 every summer Also in Vence, an art exhibition will be on year round.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

All prices are per week
Charges are inclusive of water, heating and linen.
Phone/email bill is issued later on receipt of itemized details
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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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