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New apartment next to beach in Villefranche sur Mer

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We just listed another beautifully renovated 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment next to the beach in Villefranche sur Mer.

0630gThis apartment is situated above the quay with breathtaking views of the sea and just steps from the beach, and the shops and restaurants in the village.

The apartment has just been renovated and features beautiful picture windows with views of the sea from every room. The well designed kitchen is great for cooks and is equipped with all new appliances, cooking equipment, and tableware. 0630bThe furnishings and decor are a clever mix of modern and antique with original art. The highlight of this apartment is the private terrace overlooking the beach and the sea with a dining table & BBQ – a fabulous place to call home for a holiday or an extended stay!

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New apartments in Villefranche sur Mer

During our stay in Villefranche sur Mer, we inspected two exciting new apartments and revisted apartments already in our rental portfolio. We are thrilled to introduce a new 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment in the old town of Villefranche.0629c

This gorgeous apartment has just completed renovations and is furnished and decorated with style. With two sets of double French doors opening onto a balcony, this apartment features stunning views out to the sea. The living-dining and kitchen are open plan and the views can be enjoyed from every room.

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The kitchen is a gourmet cook’s dream with lots of counter space and all equipment for preparing great meals with fresh market ingredients.

 

 

The 2 bedrooms and bathrooms are beautifully decorated with lots of attention to detail, including important touches such as make-up mirrors, good bedside reading lamps and lots of storage. This apartment would make a great home for a long stay in the lovely village of Villefranche sur Mer…maybe while studying French at the Institut de Francais (post coming soon).

Staying in Villefranche sur Mer

IMG_20141022_090539We arrived in Nice at sunset and  were met by our friendly English speaking driver Frederic, who whisked us to Villefranche sur Mer where our apartment manager was waiting to greet us. As we entered the apartment, we were thrilled to hear the waves lapping against the quayside just outside the large picture window that dominates our little seaside apartment. After our apartment orientation, we walked along the quayside past the beautifully lit restaurants on the quay and through the cobblestone streets of the village.

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With a recommendation from our apartment manager, we found a perfect place for a late dinner. Cave Nature is a quaint restaurant and wine bar set in a small square in the old town. They serve a delicious assortment of “tartines” (flat bread or open face sandwiches), such as crab with avocado & tomato, or duck with figs and lettuce, and offer an impressive selection of wines by the glass.

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It was a great start to our trip, but the real “wow” moment was the next morning when we saw the breathtaking views from our window.

 

 

IMG_20141022_174637The sun was shining on the ochre coloured buildings, and the incredible azur sea was sparkling just outside our window. Early morning swimmers were enjoying the warm water, colourful boats were bobbing in the harbour, sunbathers heading to the beach, and we were delighted by the incredible views while we enjoyed our morning coffee!

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The old town of Villefranche is charming, and has a twice weekly market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The buildings are painted in warm Provencal colours that are lit by the sun, and the streets are winding cobblestones with lots of stairs leading up the hillside to the newer parts of town.  The 16th century Citadel is an imposing and well preserved fortress that defended the village and now houses 4 museums. Also worth a visit are several churches and and art galleries.

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We tried out several restaurants during our stay, and recommend: La Belle Etoile for dinner in the old town- great food and service; La Mere Germaine – expensive, but fabulous location on the quay and excellent food and service (especially the calamari, sole & scallops paupiettes, & moules marinieres), and the Cave Nature (described above) – great for lunch or a light dinner.

 

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