Romantic Riviera Villa
2-Bedroom, Office, 3-Bath Villa Apartment in
Villefranche sur Mer
- €1400 – 2250 per week (see all property prices)
- Captivating views, centrally located, nearby street parking
- Newly remodeled, tastefully furnished, well appointed
- Panoramic and captivating views of the Bay of Villefranche, the Corniche cliffs, Cap Ferrat and beyond
- Fully equipped modern kitchen and bathrooms
- Third bedroom is a superb office — very private and quiet
- Wireless DSL, satellite TV, fax, phone, laser printer
- Private landscaped gardens and stone terrace facing the sea
- Quiet location on the hillside just above the Old Town
- Walking distance to the old village, Insitute Français, many conveniences
- AC in office and master bedroom
- Quality details and fine art pieces throughout
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Hillside Location Overlooking the Town and Bay
This picturesque, romantic, private, petite villa is located on one of the most scenic and sought-after streets in Villefranche-sur-Mer, just a pleasant 10-minute walk to the Institute Français or to the old village just down the hill. It is actually half of a villa, or what is called a villa apartment.
The villa has just been completely remodeled, including the kitchen and baths. The decor is a tasteful mix of antiques, beautiful oriental carpets, lovely lighting including antique chandeliers, original art and crafts from around the world, and new furniture including very good beds. Although many compliment us on the artistic and creative décor, certainly the most beautiful décor of all is the captivating view that you enjoy from all parts of the villa. It is hard to walk through the villa without your head constantly turning towards the direction of the sea — truly an infinity view.
In addition to the breathtaking views of the sea and the old village from every room in the villa, there is a beautiful lush garden of jasmine, gardenias and bougainvillea, filling the villa with a wonderful perfume. The garden is also abundant with Mediterranean herbs for cooking. Church bells in the distance mark the time of day from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. And although it’s very central and within walking distance to everything, it is very quiet and private. You rarely hear any passing cars or other disturbing noises.
The living/dining area, bedrooms and office each have large French doors that open onto the stone terrace and garden, with panoramic views of the Bay of Villefranche, Cap Ferrat and beyond. On a clear day you can see Corsica, some 95 miles away. Because each room opens onto the terrace and the spectacular view, the outside and inside spaces really merge and become one. When living in the villa, you truly live inside and outside constantly — even in winter. We are told by our guests that this apartment is an incredibly comfortable space for living: just the right size, a perfect use of space, and an easy flow of indoor and outdoor living.
The villa is fully equipped for relaxation or work, as there is a stereo, an iPod with a wide selection of music, SKY TV, French TV, wireless DSL, printer and fax machine.
One enters the villa through a private garden gate located on a public stairwell lined with jasmine and bougainvillea that leads down into the Old Town. There are many such stairwells throughout Villefranche that run throughout the old village and also thread through the hillside areas, making walking very pleasant. Entering the gate, you are greeted with an abundant garden; to your right is the front door, and to your left a path that leads to the front terrace and spectacular sea view.
The front hall includes a coat closet, hall table and trumeau mirror, and it connects to a bedroom and bathroom. The hall leads directly into the main living space where the living room, dining area and kitchen all flow together.
Living, Dining and Modern Kitchen
Guests who have stayed in our Villa usually say ‘wow!’ when they walk into the living room, quite surprised by the breathtaking view. That, plus the lighting, décor and overall feeling of the room, combine to create a fun, elegant and comfortable atmosphere. It’s a great space for peaceful relaxation, an intimate time together, or a wonderful place to entertain your friends and family.
The living room and dining table comfortably seat 6-8. There is a sofa that seats 3-4, and two stuffed chairs complemented by the dining chairs that have arms and cushioned seats and move easily into the living room area. The lighting is a combination of mood lighting (chandeliers and antique lamps), all on dimmers, plus reading lights that invite you to curl up with a good book.
We hope you enjoy the art. On the floor we have a beautiful Buhara carpet from Turkey. On one wall we have hand-painted, framed scarves from an artist in Arles of flamenco dancers and a matador. Another wall features a large oil painting (a copy, of course) of Jack Vettriano’s ‘Singing Butler’ — a romantic vision of a couple dancing on the beach. There are lovely sconces from Morocco, a beautiful hand-carved wooden wall hanging of a peacock. Throughout the villa is original art from artists we have enjoyed meeting from all over the world.
The armoire in the living room conceals a television with SKY and French TV, the DVD player and music system. It also provides storage for table linens, maps and other practical items.
The kitchen is new and designed for someone who loves to cook. It features top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, including gas stove and dishwasher, granite and butcher-block counter tops. It is equipped with a full compliment of pots, pans, knives, cooking utensils, and plenty of beautiful dishware—everything you need to enjoy dining for two or entertaining a group of friends. You’ll find a quaint marble and wrought iron café table with two antique, cushioned café chairs in the kitchen to enjoy an espresso, a glass of wine or companionship while cooking.
The peach-colored stone terrace runs the full length of the house. The garden is filled with jasmine, bougainvillea, hibiscus, flowering plants throughout all seasons, and wonderful Mediterranean herbs. Every room opens onto the terrace through lovely tall French doors, each of which fold open thereby making the whole wall of windows disappear so the outside comes inside. The terrace is comfortably furnished with a dining table and arm chairs for six, two teak steamer chaise lounges, a sun umbrella, and the best baby Weber gas barbecue!
Master Bedroom with Ensuite Bath
The master bedroom is on the opposite side of the living, dining and kitchen area from the guest room, thereby providing privacy for each bedroom. It has a really comfortable queen-size bed with fine linens, two night stands, both with reading lights, an antique dresser and mirror, spacious built-in closets (with lots of hanging space plus drawers) and mirrored doors that also reflect the sea view. There are two lovely original oil paintings, a antique chandelier and lamp (on dimmers) and two beautiful oriental carpets. It’s a very comfortable, private and romantic room. While laying in bed, dressing or showering, you enjoy the view of the bay and garden. The French doors of the master bedroom open onto a part of the terrace that is private so you can go out in the morning, even if you have guests, and enjoy a private moment on the chaise lounges, waking up to the wonderful view and sunrise.
The ensuite master bath is spacious and also has an unobstructed view out to the sea. It includes a soaking tub and walk-in stall shower, a large mirrored cabinet the provides lots of storage, counter space and excellent lighting, a heated towel bar, a toilet and a douchette. There is a large window that opens onto the terrace so you can enjoy the view as you shower with complete privacy as the window is made of reflective glass so no one can see in from the terrace.
The bed linen for all the beds is done in a white, silky cotton material with down duvets for the winter and cotton blankets and spreads for the summer. And all beds have two down and two foam pillows, along with thick white cotton towels in each bathroom.
Guest Bedroom and Bath
The guest bedroom has the same great queen-size bed as the master bedroom. In addition there is a desk, an armoire for clothing, a bookcase and bench for suitcases and such, plus reading lamps and night stands on both sides of the bed. The subdued lighting includes a charming chandelier on a dimmer and a precious ntique lamp that provide a perfect ambiance in the evening. And, from every part of the room, you enjoy beautiful views of the sea and garden through the French doors that open onto the terrace. Right outside the French doors is the happiest, most abundant peach/rose-colored bougainvillea you have ever seen, across from which is an old, large, ever-blooming hibiscus. It is very pleasant to step right outside your bedroom and relax on the terrace — any time of the day or night.
The bathroom has been newly renovated and is just across the front hall from the guest room, making it very convenient and private. There is a large walk-in shower, a mirrored cabinet over the sink that opens to provide lots of storage for toiletries, excellent lighting, heated towel bar, a toilet with douchette and a window that looks out onto the back garden
Office or Third Bedroom
The office/third bedroom is entered from the terrace, thereby offering additional privacy and quietness. The room is on two levels, separated by one small step. The office area, on the lower level, has a large desk, a comfortable office chair, printer, fax, phone line and wireless DSL. The upper level comprises a sofa bed, bathroom with a toilet, vanity sink and shower, and a closet and storage area. This room also has wonderful views out to the sea and French doors that open onto the patio. This is a great work area as it is very quiet, separate from the house, so you do not hear other conversations or noises from the house — yet you are right there when you want to join in.
The laundry room is located just out the back door of the kitchen in the garden. It has a brand new, easy-to-use washing machine plus a wonderful, old built-in laundry sink. The convenient clothes line is nearby in the back garden. It’s actually rather nice to hang laundry outside to dry, and you’ll enjoy the fresh smell of air-dried laundry. We have room for a dryer but feel it’s not needed, as all our guests have told us they enjoy using the clothes line because the laundry smells so good and in this climate it dries quickly — even in winter.
The Villa is completely updated with the newest locks, decorative yet very secure wrought iron grills on all windows, and French doors. In addition, we have sturdy, old-fashioned wooden blinds that roll down electrically to provide additional security, while also shading the sun and providing ventilation.
There is plenty of free street parking on the street above and below the villa, so you will have no problem parking your car directly in front of the villa any time of the year.
As with all our properties, we attempt to provide you with all the comforts of home. We have tried to think of every little detail, but if we have missed something we hope you will let us know and we will do our very best to provide it as soon as possible. Thus far our guests have found the villa very comfortable and stayed for very long periods of time. We hope you will find this a romantic escape that supports you in doing whatever it is you are coming here for.
Although the villa is technically a 3-bedroom, 3-bath villa, it is really ideally suited for a couple, or a couple with a child or periodic guests. It is a perfect place for two, but can accommodate six very comfortably. The third bedroom is really a better office than a bedroom — although it is comfortable as a bedroom. Most of the people who have lived in the villa, especially for extended periods of time, have been couples who have found it to be the perfect space for them as it provides ample room for entertaining and hosting guests but isn’t so big that they feel they are rambling around in too much space. It’s a petite, intimate and very romantic place, measuring 100 square meters (1,100 square feet) with the garden and terrace encompassing an additional 75 square meters (800 square feet).
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