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“We’re coming back! I can’t wait to enjoy being right on the water in your beautiful Petit Bijou — everything you do — the time, energy and thought that you put into your properties is just so exceedingly special. Because of the creativity, attention to detail and your warm personality with which you design your properties, they all exude a feeling of romance. They just wrap themselves around you and make you feel completely at home and part of a very special community. Thank you!!”
– Joanne from Michigan, USA

“This property, the ‘Jewel-box,’ is aptly named. It is stunningly situated with breath-taking views, and easy walking distance to the beach. The property is well-equipped with many thoughtful touches. The balcony is great to sit out on, but does lose its sun soon after midday, as do most of the properties in Villefranche. We were bowled over by the town which is genuinely old and unspoilt by commercialism.”
– Andy & Sue from the  UK





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Le Petit Bijou
Seaside holiday let apartment on the beautiful bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer, French Riviera on the Mediterranean. Sandy beach lined with bougainvillea, soon to be a blue flagged beach. Holiday let apartment on the waterfront of Villefranche-sur-Mer, walking distance to the Institut Francais, the world-renowned French language institute in Villefranche-sur-Mer. Enjoy old town living, spectacular, 180 degree views of the Bay of Villefranche and Cap Ferrat while living in an old town, medieval French village with still an authentic culture. This holiday let, self-catering apartment has beautiful views of the azure Mediterranean sea from everywhere you sit in this lovely apartment on the water's edge of Villefranche. Walk to the sandy beach in minutes or to all the shops and restaurants. Privacy from your own balcony where you can see the fish swim below in the sea. Come for a month and attend the world renowned French language Institute, the Institut Francais. Artist's have always flocked to the Cote d'Azur. Villefranche-sur-Mer is a famous spot for many artist's who have painted here including Matisse, Chagall, Seurat, Cezanne, Picasso, and many others. Rent a holiday let apartment or villa for short term or long term and you can visit the many places artist's painted on the French Riviera. The turquoise, azure Mediterranean sea is at the edge of your balcony as you look over the Bay of Villefranche, Cap Ferrat, Beaulieu sur Mer beyond, Eze and Monaco. Just minutes from Nice. Consider one of Riviera Experience apartments for a month or longer and telecommute as each apartment has an office and wireless broadband DSL. Or attend the famous French language institute called Institut Francais. Waterfront apartment and balcony on the Bay of Villefranche overlooking the sandy beach over a kilometer long and soon to be a blue flagged beach. Visit old Nice, Monte Carlo, Antibes, Cannes, Juan les Pins, Vence, Grasse and many other sites. Or from your doorstep take any number of well marked walks along the edge of the sea or up into the hills immediately above town. Villefranche-sur-Mer sandy beach overlooking the palais des mariniers, the old palace of the dukes of Savoy. Visit the Italian Riviera, St. Tropez, Ramatuelle and many other beautiful Cote d'Azur cities. Or take a language course and the world famous Institut Francais, a French language Institute located in Villefranche-sur-Mer.
Le Petit Bijou

Le Petit Bijou (the Little Jewel)
1-Bedroom 1-Bath Apartment in
Old Town Villefranche sur Mer

  • €875 – 1400 per week  (see all property prices)
  • Newly remodeled apartment in historic 13th–18th century building
  • Private balcony, views of the bay, beach, Corniche cliffs, Cap Ferrat
  • Fully equipped modern kitchen & bathroom with washer/dryer
  • Wireless DSL, satellite TV
  • Perfect location in a charming quiet corner of the old village
  • Within walking distance to everything

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Apartment Setting

This apartment’s location is truly a jewel, hence “Le Petit Bijou.” Your eyes are constantly drawn out to sea and the scene on the bay. In the morning, you are greeted by sparkling bright light and the sounds and sights of the village waking up, playing or working on this very beautiful and special waterfront. In the evening, the dancing lights on the water and the surf’s gentle sounds sweep you into an elegant and romantic mood.

And the furnishings and design of the apartment are all done with this in mind — to relax, enjoy, recover and renew. The art featured in the apartment is from one of Villefranche’s finest painters and includes wonderful scenes of Villefranche. There are antiques from brocante markets and my secret stashes. The floor is a fabulous tile that was popular over 100 years ago — called the Spanish Tapis. Basically it is a tile rug within the tile floor — made popular in the Mediterranean by the Spanish over 100 years ago. The sofa is so comfortable it doesn’t just invite you, but pulls you into taking a nap because the view from sitting or laying on the sofa is so fabulous, and the sounds of the water and rocking boats is so peaceful. This is truly a couples’ romantic escape.

The Place Du Conseil

The street entrance to this historic Provençal building is on the Place du Conseil, an intimate village square complete with lion fountain and sitting bench at the end of one of the pedestrian streets of the Old Town where local villagers pause to chat or fill up their water jugs from the fountain. The front of the apartment — the balcony, living, dining areas, kitchen and bathroom, overlooks the waterfront and opens to your panoramic view of the bay, beach, Corniche cliffs, and Cap Ferrat. The back of the apartment — the bedroom — looks out onto the intimate little square with the lion fountain. At night, if you like to sleep with the windows open, you’ll enjoy the sounds of the fountain and of the sea lapping the shores, lulling you into a peaceful sleep.

A favorite Place in the Old Town, the Place du Conseil is quintessentially charming and French. The old folks often gather here for their morning chats and to enjoy drinking the fresh spring water from the lion fountain. The neighbors all know each other and exchange their morning greetings with lovely sing-song “bonjours,” as they open their shuttered windows to greet the day. From the Place du Conseil it’s a short walk along a pleasant lane to the beach and nearby restaurants.

Building History

This building, like all of the Old Town, has a long and fascinating history. The bottom level dates back 700 years and was one of the olive mills for the Old Town. One of the gates of this formerly fortified town was right at the corner of this building. For hundreds of years, the town defended itself against attacks here. That gate is gone now, and in its place is the little walking lane that leads to the beach, a wonderful place for a morning walk with a stop at one of the beach cafés.

Over time additional levels were added, all constructed with very thick stone walls. Now the majority of the building is over 300 years old. Close to conveniences — restaurants, shops, boulangeries, pharmacies, boucheries, traitteurs, grocery stores, the train station, bus stop and beach – it is nestled in a very quiet and private spot in the village.

Living, Dining, & Modern Kitchen

The main room offers living dining and kitchen areas that are expanded by the two sets of French doors, one on each end of the room, that open onto the balcony. The living room seats six comfortably and includes a sofa that opens to provide a bed for your visitors. There is also a comfortable reading chair and ottoman. The lighting is exquisite — very artistic and all on dimmers. It is complimented by good reading light. There is a small built-in office where you can set up your laptop and use the wireless DSL plus the phone line. In addition there is satellite SKY TV, a DVD player and stereo. The dining table, which can seat four, has two comfortable, cushioned arm chairs. Two additional arm chairs and cushions can be added from the balcony to accommodate 4 people. The cozy kitchen is fully equipped and designed for someone who loves to cook. It has a gas stove, oven, dishwasher, deep sink, and equipped with excellent pots, pans and acoutrements for cooking. Dishware is for 6, plus a nice variety of serving dishes, champagne bucket, wine and champagne glasses. We have tried to think of everything you could want to enjoy cooking and entertaining while “at home on the Riviera.” And if we forgot anything, just let us know and we will do our best to provide it.

Bedroom & Bathroom

Comfortably furnished with a very high quality, new queen-sized bed, bedside tables with halogen reading lights on both sides of the bed, and a large built-in closet. The lovely French window with an ornate grill and beautiful wooden shutters opens onto the charming Place du Conseil. The bathroom has a lovely soaking bathtub with shower, a sink, large mirrored vanity with lots of storage, a lovely large marble counter top, a “loo with a view” (a toilet with probably one of the best views in the world), overlooking the sea, beach and pedestrian scene along the quai. A clothes washer/dryer is also in the bathroom.


There is a dining table with two comfortable arm chairs and cushions that invite you to enjoy the balcony. There are two folding stools you can rest your feet on or use to accommodate additional guests.