Old town apartment near the beach, 2 beds, big terrace and view over the sea .
- english, french
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.......
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
pets not allowed
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
We loved this perfect little gem in heart of Villefranche sur Mer. When we stepped outside the door we stepped straight in to the street where the best and cutest restaurants were. There are quite a few stairs but Julie the manager gave us a hand with the luggage so all good. We found being charged a cleaning fee separately to be unusual, we didn’t mind but it made for some last minute scrambling at the ATM. I’ve gone back on the booking forms prior to paying and can’t see any reference to the extra charges until after we’d paid. I rent Airbnb and Homeaway often in fact this year alone I’ve stayed in Oslo, Rome, San Gimignano and Paris and haven been charged for cleaning separately. Let me say it wouldn’t stop me coming back it was well worth it just unusual. The property is fabulous!
I am delighted that Ann and her party loved my apartment. . Most colleagues I know who have rentals in the area adopt the cash on arrival housekeeping fee system. I live in the UK so we ask that guests pay the fee for my staff in cash on arrival. This is NOT an extra fee but calculated in a way that means the housekeeping and manager are paid free of exchange rate or bank fees. I am always happy to answer any questions related to this.
I look forward to welcoming many more lovely guests in the future........
Lovely location of villa - spotlessly clean and very homely. The only reason for the two four start ratings are follows:
Check-In. We were unable to access the property as the cleaner was not there when we arrived - despite being promised that she would be. Also it would be easier if the individual properties had numbers. Neither were a major problem, but made check in slightly harder than it might have been.
Accuracy of Online listing - the air conditioning units in the bedrooms are yet to be installed and this was disappointing; also there is no mention of the steps from the street to the property, which again was ok for us, but could be restrictive in other cases.
As an observation only, (as there were only 2 of us) the property is not really set-up for 6 as advertised, There is no where for example where 6 could eat together, and it would be extremely 'cosy' if 6 wanted to relax on the balcony.
These issues are only pointed out for future reference - we still had a lovely weeks break and would happily return to both the area and the property.
Check in is 3pm but as Mrs & Mrs Bridges were arriving early Julie, our manager, tried to accommodate them by asking the cleaner to let them in early. However they were late due to a slight delay with their flight so she had to leave. She did come back again but they had decided to go and have lunch. They sent a message to Julie saying “we are having a ‘lovely leisurely lunch’ and will be back at 3pm. Julie checked them in at 3pm. We did everything we could to get the guest settled before the published time so I do feel this comment is pretty unfair.
I advertise my apartment for 4 guests (2 bedrooms) but we do have three bedrooms with proper beds - not sofa beds like some apartments. Most often we have four adults and perhaps a couple of little people. I have never had complaints about the terrace not being big enough even when there have been 6 people. It is rare to find a terrace this size in the old town and the patio doors fold right back expanding the size of the terrace into the living room.
Stairs are mentioned in the description of the apartment and if you know Villefranche there is no avoiding stairs or steps wherever you stay.. The advantage of Artistes Tresor is that the location means access to the sea front can be step free….
We have air conditioning in the living room which is sufficient most of the year. It is difficult to install this on the village side due to local restrictions. I have several Dyson coolers and ceiling fans in the bedrooms . I was there at the end of June when it was extremely hot and found the combination of air condition and fans more than sufficient.
I am grateful for all reviews and take comments very seriously. I trust future guests make up their own minds on whether comments seem reasonable. I am more than open to discuss any concerns a guest may have in order that their choice of apartment fits their requirements. Please see the other apartments that I manage and have been managing in the area since 2003.
Thank you and I look forward to welcoming many more happy customers in future. Mattie
Perfect for families
The stairs were the biggest challenge, due to lots of luggage on our part! Everything else was great!
Delighted to know everything was great - We try to remind people that they need far less than they think in the South of France!
Looking forward to welcoming many more happy visitors!
To celebrate my big birthday this year I rented this beautiful flat with 4 other friends. I'm familiar with Villefranche and this is in the best location, just a short block up from the sea and in the center of town. The beds and bedding exceeded my expectations, the bathrooms were high quality, and the kitchen was well-furnished. And oh the balcony, that was fantastic. We'd be out there for coffee and in the evenings with wine. The flat is up 3 flights of stairs or so but given the amount of amazing food, was grateful for the tiny bit of exercise. The property manager was quickly responsive to the little questions I had. We were there during a hot spell and it was a tad warm with only one a/c in the living room, but there were fans and I understand the owner will be adding a/c units. I would absolutely stay here again, it was one of my best rentals anywhere. Thank you!!
I am so delighted that guests love Artistes Tresor as much as I do!
Looking forward to welcoming you in 2019! Wow time flies and it will be 17 years in January since I opened my door to guests and have worked with HomeAway. It has been a total joy! Looking forward to many more years!
Beautiful apartment in a perfect location
The apartment was in a perfect location in Villefranche-sur-Mer with lots of very good restaurants on the doorstep. Right in the heart of the old town with a fantastic sea view. We really enjoyed sitting on the balcony watching the boats coming in and out of the harbour. The apartment was well equipped and comfortable for our family group of six and we would all recommend to friends and family. Hope to return to Villefranche in the future and would definitely hope to stay st Artist Tresor!
It always give me such please to read a great review and know that we are doing a good job. We make every effort to look after our guests and hope to welcome many more in years to come!
Lovely apartment, tremendous location
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.
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.