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“Although we were exhausted when we arrived in Villefranche, we both became positively giddy when we saw your Artist’s Atelier. It was a thrill to go ‘home’ to it every night. You made our trip magical!”
– Sue from California, USA

“Your apartment is beautiful! I can’t thank you enough for the way it is presented, the personal touches and your friendliness and interest. I loved it and have every intention of returning. On our last morning I sat on the balcony for an hour and a half and wrote down everything that happened in our little corner of the neighbourhood. It was fascinating – from cats, to delivery boys searching for a doorway, to faces appearing at and out of windows, the hanging of washing, the shopping for, returning with and settling onto a balcony to read the newspaper! Great material for a writer! I loved it and felt that another week at least would have gone down very well with me! Having spent some days discovering the village it would have been a treat to then settle down and enjoy at a deeper level. Thank YOU!”
– Juliet, New Zealand





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Artist's Atelier
Artist's Atelier in Villefranche-sur-Mer, looking down rue de May, one of the most beautiful and historic streets in Villefranche-sur-Mer. You look down this ancient, old world charming street of this medieval village to the Bay of Villefranche and Cap Ferrat in the distance with villa Ephrussi Rothschild on the top. There is so much do to in this lovely paradise. As you enter the room of the Artist's Atelier, you are impressed with the sunshine pouring in through the two French doors that lead to the balcony. From here you enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner on your balcony overlooking the sea. You are steps from the waterfront quai of Villefranche-sur-Mer, the jewel of the French Riviera, located in the heart of the Cote d'Azur just minutes from Monaco and Nice. The living room of the Artist's Atelier features great art from around the world as well as wonderful local artists. And the apartment and balcony, filled with sun and flowers is one of the most photographed in the village. Enjoy being in the heart of the village, following the footsteps of many famous artists such as Cocteau, Matisse, Renoir, and many others who painted the bay of Villefranche. The office features wireless, broadband DSL, a wonderful hand-crafted desk and book shelf. It is a 'room of one's own' and a great place to work. The window looks down to the street below -- an archway leading to the nave of the Cathedral St. Michel where village life unfolds every day. The sleeping area features a superbly comfortable queen-sized bed from Lit de France, a great bed store in Nice. Beautiful linens cover the beds, towels for the beach, and beach chairs and umbrellas. Reading lights on both sides of the bed and more international artists are featured. Wake up to the lovely churchbells of St. Michel and the sound of village life. The open floor plan lends itself to entertaining and relaxing on the French Riviera. Take in the fabulous daily markets in Nice, Beaulieu sur Mer, Monaco, or Antibes as well as Villefranche and bring home a basket full of provencal produce and make healthy, organic, French food. Be on vacation and get healthier by living in an authentic French village. The entrance to the bathroom, large closet, plenty of storage room. Enjoy the soon to be blue flagged beach of Villefranche, a long crescent shaped sandy beach perfect for swimming. Enjoy the beach restaurants of Carpaccio and the Voile Bleu. Get healthier while having fun. The bathroom is fully equipped with great lighting, great shower, plenty of storage space, fans. From Villefranche you can visit so many places along the Cote d'Azur such as Eze village, Eze Bord de Mer, Monaco and Monte Carlo, Menton, Antibes, Cannes, Nice and St. Paul de Vence. The region has so much to explore. If you like to walk, it is a walkers paradise from your front door. The large stall shower is great especially when you return from the beach. Take a shower, relax on your balcony overlooking the bay of Villefranche, enjoy a glass of rose wine from the Bellet vineyards in Nice (AOC) or from the Var vineyards. In fact go on a wine tour of the vineyards in the Var which produce fantastic wines of the region. It is less than 1 hour away. You can also visit the beautiful Gorges du Verdon, Europe's Grand Canyon.
The kitchen in the Artist's Atelier, Riviera Experience's apartment, is designed for someone who loves to cook. Granite counter tops, gas stove, oven, dishwasher, and all the utensils and quality pots, pans and knives you would want. Purchase your produce in the local markets here in Villefranche, all from farmers in Villefranche, or head to Nice just 10 minutes away and take in the world famous market of Cours Saleya in old Nice Vieux Nice and cook Nicoise and Provencal meals so easy to prepare, so delicious and healthy. A close-up view of the kitchen reveals the lovely granite counter tops and the fun artistic touches. The lighting in the apartment, one of our specialties is romantic and wonderful. Ever think of renting an apartment long term or medium term for several months? We specialize in month long or multiple month long rentals. Winter on the Cote d'Azur is a real treat as we have mild temperatures and lots of sun shine. We let apartments for multiple months and with discounts for staying through the winter which is a great escape from many other parts of the world. Winter or Summer the sun is shining on the French Riviera and the temperatures are mild. Looking for a holiday let, think of Riviera Experience. We offer self-catering apartments and a staff that is available year round to assist with any needs you have. Our apartments are fully equipped with SKY tv (English speaking channels) and broadband, wireless DSL for internet. Balcony overlooking the sea is what you get at the Artist's Atelier. This lovely balcony, located in the heart of the authentic, old world village of Villefranche-sur-Mer with a great view of the sea and Bay of Villefranche and Cap Ferrat. Minutes from Nice and Monaco, Villefranche is a perfect place to be based to explore the wonderful region of the French Riviera and The Cote d'Azur. Take a boat trip to St. Tropez and Ramatuelle. Or visit Italy and the famous and beautiful Ligurian coast. Looking down rue de May, one of the most beautiful streets in Villefranche-sur-Mer and the Bay of Villefranche. Try a holiday let here in Villefranche. We offer self-catering apartments with a local staff that provides quality service throughout your stay. Enjoy living the life of the French Riviera by renting one of Riviera Experience apartments. Balcony overlooking the sea is filled with herbs from Provence including basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary and laurel. Plus flowering plants cascade down the edge of the balcony. The sandy, kilometer long beach of Villefranche is just steps away from the apartment. Shops and restaurants are also just steps away such as La Mere Germaine, L'Oursin Blu, Carpaccio, Trastevere, or in Nice La Petit Maison, Oliviera, Le Terre du Truffes, Negresco Chanteclair, and many others. Rue Volti is where you enter the Artist's Atelier. Villefranche-sur-Mer's world famous artist who was born in Villefranche is named Volti. He used to live on this street and his children still do. There is a wonderful museum in the Citadel called the Volti museum. The citadel of Villefranche is one of the most beautiful and historic buildings on the south coast of France. Many artist's have painted the citadel, overlooking the Bay of Villefranche, Cap Ferrat, St. Jean and Beaulieu sur Mer. The bougainvillea at the beach makes the kilometer long beach look like there is a wall of fushia. Colorful, old world buildings of Italian style are throughout the village of Villefranche-sur-Mer. Italian influence is everywhere. Italy is close by. Visit Ventimiglia, Seborga, San Remo, Genoa, Portofino, Santa Margherita, Cinque Terre, Milan and Torino are all close by to Villefranche-sur-Mer. Take a sailing trip along the coast and see the magnificent French Riviera and Italian Riviera from the sea. Christmas time in Villefranche-sur-Mer is a wonderful season. The santons are a tradition here and each village sets up a beautiful Christmas display village of santons. All the villages along the coast are decorated with beautiful Christmas lights that are on from December through the end of January. The many different Christmas desserts are delicious including the Frangiapani, made with marzipan and puff pastry. The climate is mild, sunny, great for walking, eating outside in the cafe's -- all at Christmas. How about letting a self-catered holiday apartment on the Cote d'Azur this Christmas?
Bay of Villefranche Apartment Rental, Artist's Atelier

Artist’s Atelier
1-Bedroom 1-Bath Apartment in
Old Town Villefranche sur Mer

  • €750 – 1075 per week  (see all property prices)
  • Newly remodeled and furnished one-bedroom, one-bath apartment
  • Located in a very convenient, very quiet section of the old village
  • Balcony with view of the sea and a quaint pedestrian street
  • TV, DVD, CD, DSL, air conditioning, dishwasher, clothes washer
  • Walking distance to everything

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Apartment Setting

The Artist’s Atelier is located on Rue Volti in the Old Town of Villefranche. This is one of the best locations in the Old Town as it is very quiet yet close to car access so you can easily move suitcases, groceries, etc. Rue Volti is named after one of Villefranche’s most famous artist’s who lived in the Old Town. He was most famous for his sculptures — especially of women. There is a wonderful collection of his work at the Volti museum, displayed in an incredible space in Villefranche’s citadel, which is definitely worth a visit.

The Old Town of Villefranche rises from the quai, or waterfront walk, up the hillside to the Place de la Paix, which is a village square and small crossroads at the top of the old village. Our Artist’s Atelier is located about two-thirds of the way up the hillside from the waterfront and therefore a bit closer to the Place de la Paix than to the waterfront. However, the waterfront is only about 70 steps down the hill, on the lovely walking street of Rue de May. Rue de May, which you look down from the apartment, is a lovely pedestrian street that curves down the hillside with beautiful wrought iron lanterns and plant-filled balconies — and ends at the waterfront.

One enters the apartment on the ground floor, although the apartment is really a floor above the street because it is built on the hillside. Therefore, the balcony and French doors leading to the balcony, plus the office window, are all one floor, or about 20 feet above the street. Place de la Paix is very convenient and one of the major gathering spots of the locals. There is a wonderful little bar/café where townspeople buy the paper, magazines, have coffee, enjoy the ‘menu’ for lunch, or an aperitif at the end of the day; there is the best bakery in town here called Banette; the butcher is here and is excellent; a traiteur, three green grocers, the best pizzeria with a wood fired oven, a pharmacy, and a lovely olive tree with benches all around it where many locals gather and chat. This is truly the local’s corner of town — it is quite a scene to come and sit in the café or under the olive tree and watch how village life unfolds — definitely good fodder for a book or short story and at least a couple of good chuckles.

Layout & Decorations

When you enter the apartment you feel the spaciousness of the room, and the historic feeling of the 500-year-old building. The ceilings are 12 feet high with big old wooden beams. Bright light enters from the French doors illuminating the beautiful white-washed stone walls. The kitchen, dining and living area are one big space with the French doors opening onto the balcony with one of the most lovely, Mediterranean Old Town views — one you’ll never tire of as you look down the curvy, pedestrian street, lined with multi-colored buildings, flowers, balconies and lanterns, cats sleeping in flower pots, laundry flapping in the breeze, and culminating with the beautiful blue sea.

The apartment is decorated in an arty, eclectic style. The tall, irregular, old stone white-washed walls are covered in colorful art making you feel as though you are in a gallery or an artist’s workshop — hence the name “Atelier.” Even the furniture attempts to be part of the artwork, with interesting antiques such as a coffee table that was a tribal crib from Afghanistan, dining chairs from the ’30s and an antique walnut dining table. This is mixed with a modern ’60s style chair, fun, colorful artwork of different genres, with good mood and art lighting.

Furnishings & Special Features

The living room area features a 3-seater sofa bed. There are two side tables with good reading light, decorative lighting, a coffee table (the Afghani tribal crib), a stuffed chair and cushioned stool. You can comfortably seat six. There is a flat panel TV and DVD player. The basic French and English television stations are available (i.e., news channels plus some entertaining). There is also a 5-CD player stereo. The dining area features a walnut drop-leaf table with four dining chairs and a buffet cabinet.

The balcony features the most charming, interesting and beautiful view of the sea, the prettiest pedestrian street in the Old Town and colorful buildings, not to mention the delightful life that unfolds below you. It is a wonderful place to enjoy breakfast, aperitifs, dinner — or just sit and observe life. The balcony is basked in sun most of the day, has a lovely white Carrera marble floor, wrought iron railings, two arm chairs, plus two more folding stools for guests, flowers and a few herbs to enjoy.

The kitchen is new and features a gas cook top, an electric oven and grill, a dishwasher, granite countertops, and cookware and dishes for someone who loves to cook. The bathroom off the bedroom area is also new, has a large walk-in shower, toilet, and large sink and vanity with excellent lighting. The bedroom area features a new, very comfortable, high-quality queen-sized bed with two night stands and good reading lights plus a closet. There is a separate small office with a beautiful built-in desk, excellent lighting, a bookshelf unit, wireless DSL, and a phone line with local access. In addition, there is a large storage closet. There is a laundry closet with a new washing machine. There is central air conditioning if you like, but the sea breeze is lovely with the French doors left open.