|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
WE TRAVEL FOR PLEASURE. Arrival in Menton is an exciting experience.
WELCOME TO OUR HOME. Our fully renovated beachfront apartment, built in the 17th century, is located in the center of the Vieille Ville, the vibrant, historical, Medieval district of Menton. Our street, once a Roman road called the Via Aurelia or Julia, has developed over the millennia into the Rue Longue. Paved in stones, with walls painted in Mimosa yellows, Siennas, Ochers and Tuscan reds it is yours for the duration.
We are one flight up. A large living room with a 16 foot high frescoed ceiling is the apartment’s richest feature. Three large 5 foot tall windows allow magnificent , unencumbered views of the Mediterranean sea and mountains all the way to Bordighera and San Remo in Italy. We can be on the beach in two minutes. From these same windows you can see your safely parked car. In March the air is so clear that the island of Corsica can often be seen on the horizon.
The spacious living room includes a convertible sofa, two leather club chairs, antique mirrors and chairs carved in the Menton style, television/VCR cable, WIFI, radio and stereo. The dining table sits eight. For the benefit of wine lovers we have provided good wine glasses to help you savor the area’s special AOC wines: Cotes De Provence, Bandol, and our favorite ,Vigonier.
The fourth window,in what the French call 'an American Kitchen' , opens onto the narrow Rue Longue. Refrigerator, dish washer, stove top, microwave, built in washer and dryer are there for your use. The unusual dish storage is a Vaissellier, a Provencal crockery shelf.
The apartment accommodates four people comfortably. There is a large bedroom with full bed and a smaller bedroom with a trundle bed. A small ceiling frescoe was discovered when we removed ceiling tiles. There is a bath with generous shower space, towel heater, hair dryer and a separate WC (toilet).
PHOTOS: Additional pictures are available by clicking 'more photos' at the end of this article.
CAFFEINE AND CHOCOLATE: Menton is the archetypal Mediterranean town. Perched on the French-Italian border,it provides the traveler with the delights of both France and Italy. This small town of 30,000 is nestled between Monaco (10 minutes away by train) and the Italian Riviera (a 20 minute walk) with the Nice airport 30 train-minutes away. Open to the sea and protected by an amphitheater of mountains which block off Mistral and Tramontane winds, it enjoys a subtropical 'micro-climate' allowing for seven exceptional botanical gardens to flourish. The Tourist Information Office in the Palais D'Europe, Ave. Boyer, will provide you with information and schedules.
Life is simple. We wake up expecting a sunrise, walk to our small bakery for hot croissants and pain au chocolat,(a croissant roll with one or two melted chocolate bars tucked in). For a double vacatiom treat we like to start our days with caffeine AND chocolate, based on the assumption that we’ll walk off those calories during the day.
EXCURSIONS OFF THE BEATEN PATH: As I help my guests plan their vacation I can’t help noticing that many declare 'I JUST WANT TO SIT IN A CAFE AND WATCH THE WORLD GO BY'. Great idea. By cultivating a healthy disrespect for time you'll fit right in. After you have booked, you will be sent an information package containing a long list of unusual sites too specialized for generic guidebooks. Places known mostly to locals, including personal favotires tailored to interest those with vigorous sport hobbies or quiet habits.
HERE IS A PARTIAL SAMPLER: Walking an 18th cent. seaside path under millionaire mansions. A wonderful toy shop. An Arabian Pure- Bred competition. Ferraris. A collection of Baroque Churches. Menton’s best restaurants. Chamber music. A Barbie Doll museum. A whale’s mouth. Napoleon's bivouac. Rigorous mountain climbing and kayaking. A Regatta from Sardinia. Petroglyphs. A glass bottom boat, a WWII Maginot Line bunker which housed 300 soldiers( fully restored).
MEMORIES: An international crowd of visitors, cosmopolitan shops in the modern town, mazes of narrow streets in the 14th century sector, fountains,cafes and tea-rooms, ardent blue seas and spacious seafront promenades transform a simple stroll into a delight for the senses. It’s fun to get lost and discover, to follow your instincts. Starting out for 'The Barbie' may get you sidetracked to a Greek Mansion. Eat eat eat Socca, try a cooling Perrier-Menthe on a hot day. Make your own memories. The smallest experience will be the best if it is truly YOURS.
For more pictures please go to 'more photos' at the end of article.
DEPARTURE TIME MUST BE NO LATER THAN 10:00 AM.
WE WISH YOU A BON VOYAGE.
I am a native of Menton, a Mentonnaise , who still understands the Mentounasc dialect spoken by the local folk. Born in a clinic behind the Basilica of St. Michel. I emigrated with family to America at an early age after attending school at the Dames de St. Maur in Monte -Carlo complete with the ballet lessons required of all little girls. In America I achieved a MA degree in Fine Art from Notre Dame University. As an Art Instructor on the college level, I led several tours of student( for credit) to France for a month of Art History in Paris and the Riviera. In the 1990's I began to yearn for a place back in my original home and began a 9 year search for a place with a view. An important criteria was living in the Old Town where relatives once lived so that I could sometimes hang out the laundry and spy from my kitchen window to see who was walking around late at night as I remember my Godmother often doing. I was not prepared for finding this beautiful spot which I cherish and respect with my entire being. One of my interests is drawing prehistoric art, which makes sense since I have a view of the Balsi Rossi caves from where I write. Professionally, I am an enameler ( def. glass fused on metal, in a furnace at 1.400*) and a Liturgical artist. My work has been shown in Britain, France, Russia, Italy South Africa and the States. I work with the public, religious and architects. Look if you dare. I speak three languages and like to sing whenever , wherever the mood strikes. Being an owner in this area of the France, the Riviera, gives me a chance to meet many interesting travellers who come to me from VRBO and it is a pleasure directing them through the English gardens, flra markets, Grand Prix of Monte Carlo,prehistoric caves, funny festivals and wonderful possibilities in this part of the world.
Josiane Trageser purchased this apartment in 2001
Because I HAD to be in the old town amongst 1400 c. to 1700 c. construction. My road, the Rue Longue was once part of the Via Aurelia/Julia which went from Rome to Spain, changing name to Via Domitia and others several time in the process .THIS AREA IS A LIVING MUSEUM starting with paleolithic caves at Balsi Rossi, visible from the living room to Roman architecture,the and the Belle Epoque to the Impressionists.Monet actually painted in Bordighera.
Calm, easygoing natives who care very much about doing whatever they do to the highest of their ability.
Perfume manufacturers, and museums.The homes of Katherine Mansfield and other visiting writers such as Flaubert, and Stevenson. Queen Victoria left her name on our bus stop, and Queen Astrid loved to visit. An olive grove with 1000 year old trees, fresh fish bread and pastries every day, people who put words such as 'gently' and 'calmly' in their sentences and 320 days of sunshine per year.
The following is written by a guest and copied from my guestbook which remains in France.
This is such a lovely apartment.You have catered for every need.We have never stayed anywhere so well supplied.We were very comfortable here and you have decorated it beautifully.
We noticed the locals are particularly friendly here.The sea is so inviting clear and calm and Auster had a great time on the beach.
So, your planning on staying in one of the most beautiful places on the Côte d'Azur, Menton. Let me congratulate you on your brilliance. Well, now you need to make the ultimate decision, where to stay. After much research I decided on this terrific apartment. Now, you can choose to stay in an apartment that is in a modern building with absolutely no personality or you can choose an apartment with all the modern conveniences and loaded with charm and personality, in a superb location, with incredible views, and cool breezes. My wife and I loved this apartment, it was clean, comfortable, close to the beach, gardens, restaurants and it had everything we wanted or needed. The owner, Josy, was a pleasure to work with. She had an amazing amount of knowledge of Menton as well as many other areas of France. She gave us superb, and very usable, information about the area, its history, things to see, restaurants etc. She also helped with other areas of France that we visited. If you are concerned about the apartment not having air conditioning let me say this, although the temperature outside was fairly hot (mid 80's f daytime 70's f at night) the apartment stayed cool (with the widows open). We sleep very well and had no need for air conditioning. Should we get the chance to return to this beautiful city I definitely stay at this apartment again.
Based on the description and pictures of the apartment,we had high expectations-and we were not disappointed.It is charming with unique decorations ad ambience coupled with a modern kitchen and bathroom.The view from the large and comfortable living room is in itself worth the price and even though it is in the old town(another aspect of its charm)it is easy to walk to.We look forward to our next stay.
We spent a week in this lovely apartment in the old part of Menton. The apt itself is immaculate, spacious, with an enormous main living/dining room featuring spectacular frescoed ceilings, two bedrooms with lots of hanging and shelf storage, a very nice fully-equipped kitchen, shower room, and separate WC (like many French bathrooms, the toilet is unfortunately located apart from the shower room, separated from the living room only by a flimsy door.) Large windows with wooden shutters provide gorgeous views, and are double-paned glass which virtually eliminate all street noise below. The property is ideally located for exploring the old town, with its many restaurants and shops, as well as the morning food/flower market. A few minutes' walk away are also the casino promenade, beach, site of the Fete du Citron, etc., and in the other direction, the harbor, and a pleasant 30 minute walk to the Italian frontier.
Unfortunately, we had a couple of glitches with the internet access and TV, but the owner was responsive to our communication about these issues, and attempted to sort out these problems.
Overall, I highly recommend this unique property. It is a lovely space from which to enjoy all that Menton has to offer.
Our family of four had a wonderful vacation in this clean, spacious, beautifully decorated and well appointed apartment. The pictures don't capture the exceptional charm this apartment and the town of Menton have to offer! It certainly exceeded our expectations. We had every amenity we needed and found everything easy to find and easy to use. The location, in the heart of the "Vielle Ville," could not be better! We had magnificent views of the beach, which is just a short walk from the apartment. Grocery stores, restaurants and shops were all within an easy walk and it was fun to wander through the streets and explore all Menton has to offer. Our children were fascinated by the cemetary, which is well worth the walk, and the basilica was beautiful (we even saw a wedding!). As another reviewer commented, we found the locals very friendly. The train station is nearby and many cities along the French Riviera are easily accessible. We ventured to Monaco one day and watched the changing of the guard. Overall our time in Menton was absolutely fabulous and we can't imagine there would be a better place to stay than this apartment. We hope to stay here again!
I cannot think of enough superlatives to describe our week in this beautiful apartment. We felt like we were living in 4 rooms of a castle. The view is spectacular and the town of Menton, with it's sea and mountains, flowers and palm trees, is beyond imagination. The location of the apartment could not be better for exploring the historic part of the city. The Basilique St-Michel is just a block (and a lot of stairs) away. It is fascinating and so is the adjoining cemetery. There are many shops and places to eat in the nearby pedestrian square. We had a wonderful time and hope to return someday soon.
Wine Tastings, Antiqueing, Excellent Restaurants ..two with particularly splendid views, one of which is rated by the NY Times as 'Worth a trip to Europe'. Provencal specialities, Oils, Soaps, Honey, Lavender,Chocolate , Lemoncello, cooking herbs and sea salts, Ceramics, Table linens, Perfumes, Vintage posters and cards, August Chamber Music Festival, The 'ice man' museum, a yearly Lemon Festival, Arabian Pure Bred Competition, 'Salt Road Regatta', Cinema, Go karting, Contemporary dance competition, Chagall, Matisse, Cocteau, Picasso, Renoir, Leger, Le Corbusier, Monet Museums, Dizzing mountain climbing, 1,400 turtles park, wild wolf preserve nearby, Sightseeing by Boat, Sailing Lessons, Water sports, Clear lakes, Downhill and Cross Country Skiing, English Gardens, Cooking and Language Lessons, Petroglyphs, Pre-Historic Museum & Caves, Roman vestiges, A world renown National Park and the last WWI fort on the Maginot line.
After booking, a series of mini-bus door to door services, excursion, restaurant, and travel details will be mailed to traveler. The week before departure, Owner will call renter for final questions and go over written, sent information for "inside the apartment." There is an manual available as well as a guest book. Housekeeper telephone numbers are also provided . You are welcome here.