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Artistes Tresor - beautiful village apartment with terrace and view over the sea

Bedrooms 3
Space 914 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Old town apartment near the beach, 2 beds, big terrace and view over the sea .

'Artistes Tresor' is a beautiful apartment in the heart of the old town with a large terrace and breathtaking sea view over the whole bay of Villefranche Sur Mer. Being in the best location in town makes it the perfect setting for a wonderful holiday. Enter the doorway of the house built in the 16th century and be uplifted by the view that is truly unforgettable. The local agent described the apartment, renovated by the artist owner, as 'giving the feeling of being in another poetic world'. Our guests return time and time again. Discover all that VIllefranche has to offer moments away. Great restaurants, the beach and sea a few minutes walk away and the village full of history and charm. The local shops are on the doorstep. With its micro-climate it is perfect here all year round. Without doubt this is one of the worlds most romantic and beautiful locations, within easy access of Nice airport. This is an old village apartment designed for comfort for all the family. Join us soon!

All Year Round: The location is perfect for a holiday any time of the year as the area has so much to offer and Villefranche benefits from a micro climate. Rue Obscure, which is one of the oldest streets in France runs under the apartment and is unchanged since the 14th century. Villefranche is the most charming and authentic town on the Cote d’Azur, nestled on the spectacular shores of the Bay of Villefranche, yet just minutes from Nice and Monaco. Still a genuine French fishing village with a wonderful local culture — yet also attracting a very interesting international group of visitors and residents, including students that attend the renowned French language institute called the Institut Français. This is a wonderful area for walkers with the coastal paths and the hills close by. For example there is a superb walk around Cap Ferrat (about eight miles). The American sixth fleet were stationed here during the second world war.

Villas and Gardens to visit: The unique micro climate has facilitated the development of world renowned gardens which are open to the public such as Villa & Jardin Ephrussi de Rothschild on Cap Ferrat, and Villa & Jardin Kerylos in Beaulieu sur Mer, both within walking distance. There are additional renowned gardens in the area of Menton.

Jean Cocteau Chapel and the Citadel: Jean Cocteau painted the interior of this most beautiful chapel on the waterfront. It has been recently restored to its former glory. Ville franche is a village full of art and artists.

Visit the ramparts of the Citadel and take the guided tour into the Sculpture Gallery and through the cobbled street of the old towns history. Visit the tourist office for details.

More Details

Property Manager
Mattie Silman
Member since: 2003
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
13 July, 2018

About Mattie Silman

I found myself in Villefranche in 2002 for the first time. I was enchanted from the outset and saw my apartment on the same day I arrived. I decided to sell my house in London to buy it and knew that I would have to share it from time to time in order to pay for this expensive impulse......It is the best thing I have ever done. I hope you love it as much as I do!

Mattie Silman purchased this apartment in 2003

Why Mattie Silman chose Villefranche-sur-Mer

I realised that the location and view of the sea was priceless. The uniqueness of the location and the age of the building is something that can't be replaced - it has evolved over hundreds of years. It truly is the best location in the South of France. It still retains it's charm due to the fact there are no big hotels around and about.

What makes this apartment unique

Being in a village is lovely with the sea a short walk away. It has everything. Restaurants, gorgeous walks, easy transport. I love to sit on my terrace watching the activity in the bay. The beautiful morning skies as the sun rises which you can see on my website. Watching the moon go down over Cap Ferrat. This is my great pleasure and relaxation in life. Sharing this with my guests keeps it all going.......

Guestbook comments from the manager

23rd July to the 30th July 2006


Just to let you know we had a fantastic time in Villefranche the best holiday we have had in a long time. The apartment and location was just superb and we would love to return next year. We went to Italy, Monte Carlo and obviously Nice. So if you could let me know what dates are available for next July that would be great. I really can’t say enough about the area and scenery. The children loved the beach and we just loved the history and the ability to travel so easy once there. So thanks again for all your help and for letting us stay at your beautiful apartment.

Best Regards, Richard Caul.
Nov 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Villefranche-sur-Mer in Arrondissement de Nice

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 914 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • village
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Lift
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom, Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom, Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Both bathrooms have a bath and shower in the bath. We supply soap and toilet paper to get you started.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom, Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom, Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
  • 2 doubles, BEDROOMS HAVE CEILING FANS. We have a secret third bedroom with proper beds. We also have excellent quality beds which are carefully chosen for comfort. We also provide plenty of storage space in each room. We have air conditioning now in the living room.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace ...
  • Terrace
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
There are wonderful food shops on the doorstop and there is a small supermarket three doors away. Everything you could possibly need is outside your front door. A car is not necessary as the public transport is excellent. We provide beach towels. I leave various condiments in the store cupboard as there is nothing worse than finding the cupboard empty when you arrive and having to buy just about everything. My kitchen compact and fully equipped with granite work surfaces.


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Artistes Tresor - beautiful village apartment with terrace and view over the sea
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Great location and view!

  • 5 of 5

We were in Villefranche for 2 weeks and really enjoyed this apartment. The place is in the heart of the old town and has a beautiful view of the Bay of Villefranche. The apartment is very clean and the property manager (Donna) was very welcoming and accommodating.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely apartment, tremendous location

  • 4 of 5

The apartment was clean and well equipped and provided a perfect base for exploring the coast. We went to Monaco, Menton and into Itsly as well as going back to Nice. A couple of days lounging on the beach were, we felt, then deserved. Decent restaurants in Villefranche were a welcome feature.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely apartment for a family of five holiday

  • 5 of 5

Following a delay in Paris due to a train strike, our arrival in Villefranche-Sur-Mer and the apartment was with great relief. We were delighted to see the apartment was just as we had seen in the pictures for so long.

The apartment is clean and very well maintained. Everything is so close therefore you can either relax inside or on the terrace or travel out. Would recommend a trip to the Friday markets in Italy, however just walking around the local area is just magical.

Would definitely recommend, a pity it is so far from Australia, as we would certainly be back.

Many thanks to both Mattie and Donna for all you help and assistance.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Villefranche is indeed magical and after 16 years of coming here I am always surprised how much I still love it and am in awe of the beauty of this place..... It is my pleasure to welcome guests to stay in my apartment. Looking forward to welcoming many many more......
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Super apartment for family holiday

  • 5 of 5

Following a delay in Paris, to arrive at Villefranche-Sur-Mer was a relief. To our delight the apartment was just like the pictures we had viewed for so long.

The apartment is clean and well maintained. The real plus it is so close to everything which means you can just relax or travel easily to other places.

The information provided in the apartment and by Donna was very helpful. Would recommend going across the boarder to Italy for the Friday market.

A great six days (we lost one because of train strike), for a family of five.

Definitely recommend, a pity it is so far away from Australia.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful apartment, ideally located

  • 5 of 5

My husband, daughter, son-in-law and two children have just arrived back from another fantastic holiday in Mattie's lovely apartment. We've stayed there numerous times over the years, the first time I think in 2003 which speaks for itself! Over the years there have been improvements, another bathroom, air-con etc. The location is perfect, in the centre of the village, close to shops, restaurants, beaches and public transport and Mattie is always a pleasure to deal with. We were met this time by a lovely lady called Heidi and provided with a welcoming bottle of fizz. The weather was beautiful, the view of Cap Ferrat amazing from the large terrace and we can't wait to go back.

Mary and Geoff

  • Review Submitted: 30-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning view, ideal location

  • 4 of 5

A stunning view! The location is perfect being right in the heart of the old town. We loved the local beach and very much enjoyed the coastal walks with dramatic scenery along the cliffside. The apartment itself was immaculately clean and well appointed with pretty much everything we needed to hand. We particularly enjoyed the surrounding eateries, with special mention to the ice cream bar at the bottom of the stairs which also served delicious crepes. All in all we enjoyed a delightful week in Villefranche-sur-mer.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7 Kilometres
Nice airport
Nearest Ferry
2 Kilometres
Nice port
Nearest Train
0.02 Kilometres
just down the road
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
A8 - 20 minutes drive
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
a few minutes
Car: not necessary

Villefranche is situated 4km from Nice Centre and 7km from Nice International airport. A well kept secret as it retains it's charm due to lack of major hotels nearby. You can happily spend all your time in the Village discovering it's wonderful history and why artists such as Jean Cocteau and Sommerset Maughan loved this area so much. In the 60's the music of the Rolling Stones could be heard across the bay from their villa on Cap Ferrat. Yet the village still retains it's authentic feeling. If you do wish to venture forth, the train which is 7 mins away runs all along the coast. Nice or Monaco are ten mins away or you can be in Italy (Ventimiglia) in 40 mins. The village of Eze is 20 mins by car or St Paul de Vence, Cannes and Antibes about 40 mins. A car is not essential and the walks here are fabulous. There is parking nearby. This is the best location on this fabulous coast by far. The French language Institute, Institut Francais, is a 10 minute walk away.

Other Activities: the area is full of art and history.

Ski: One and a half hours and you can be in the mountain snows if you love skiing in the winter.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Villefranche-sur-Mer, Cote d'Azur - Riviera

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
23 Jun 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
8 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
27 Oct 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Christmas/New Year
22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

We take 25% deposit via HomeAway to secure your booking .
I have been advertising with HomeAway since 2002 and over the years there have been more and more additional charges to guest and owners which effect the price we charge our guests. Now the credit card charges are passed to us, so rather than put up our prices we have a better option to pay the final balance.

Your deposit will secure your booking but when it comes to the final payment we can now take this in dollars to a US bank, sterling to our UK bank or Euros to a euros account. This is simple and just actioned by bank transfer and I will give you these details once the deposit is paid.
The balance is paid by bank transfer and we accept dollar, euros or sterling into our dollar, euros or sterling account for ease.
You can contact me via for more information.
Please be aware that if you pay the final balance via the HA portal all bank charges will need to be paid on arrival.

There is a housekeeping fee of €220 charged for weekly rentals and €350 on a monthly rental. Rental fee includes utilities and linens (cotton sheets, allergy free pillows-), towels, beach towels, kitchen towels. A security / damage deposit of 500 euros will be collected upon arrival in any currency convenient to you and returned prior to departure. Service charges are collected upon arrival in cash. We also leave basic supplies (toilet paper, salt and pepper etc) so you don't have to immediately run out and shop when you arrive. There is secure wireless DSL that enables you to connect within minutes of your arrival, should you need to.

Manager's Cancellation Policy
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Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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