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“Gem on the bay”
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Large Penthouse / Loft -  luxury apartment by the beach
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Large Penthouse / Loft -  luxury apartment by the beach
Vast terrace overlooking the entire bay of Villefranche Vast, light open plan dining / kitchen / living area. All fully air-conditioned.
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Large Penthouse / Loft -  luxury apartment by the beach
Vast terrace overlooking the entire bay of Villefranche
Vast, light open plan dining / kitchen / living area. All fully air-conditioned.
Lounge with sliding glass doors opening onto the terrace
An art-filled tranquil space
Sliding glass doors also lead from the dining area onto the terrace
Italian Kitchen - cooking with a view of the Med
Main en-suite bedroom with king sized bed and sliding doors to terrace
Fall asleep to the sound of the sea
Luxury En suite bath and shower room - with sea view
En Suite bath/shower room - with sea view
The penthouse / loft can easily accommodate 4, but can sleep up to 6.
Second bedroom, with 2 double beds (Z bed and cot also available)
A screen divider can partition the 2 beds if required.
The Penthouse Loft occupies almost the entire top level of this former palace.
Luxury yachts ply to and fro
In the heart of the Old Town
A unique hideaway to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Set amidst one of the world's most stunning bays
Many of our guests regularly return.
In the heart of the old town, with the beach, restaurants and shops on the doorstep
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Overview
Condo/Apartment -
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Villefranche-sur-Mer, French Riviera - Cote d'Azur, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur

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MikeatTur...
Norwich, UK
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Gem on the bay”
Reviewed 4 October 2013 for a stay in September 2013
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Previous reviews have said it all. This is a little gem smack in the old town of Villefranche, a world away from the newer part of the town, based nearby around the coastal roads above.
You are right in the tourist action, overlooking, from your top floor balcony, the beautiful port and bay, with Cap Ferrat on the other side of the water. Yet you can easily be away from it all as well, in your own little world in this fine loft apartment.
It couldn't be more peaceful with plenty of room for living and sleeping, a wellstocked big kitchen area for preparing any snacks or do-it-yourself meals, and an excellent en-suite master bathroom with large shower and bath. The private balcony provides plenty of space for sunbathing, relaxing, eating or enjoying the stars in the night sky.
The ancient lift may sound a little cranky but it gets you up the floors if you don't fancy the climb. Neatly, you have a choice of exits, either right on to the waterfront street or, higher up, onto the meandering Rue du Poilu, which runs across the old town, at the back of the building.
This pedestrianised street takes you to many of the really good restaurants within easy walking distance, all of them with pavement tables. This is the south of France, so expect two things: only a choice of French cuisine (there is a small but good Vietnamese restaurant, to be fair) and fairly steep prices. However, the food quality is pretty high and most restaurants have excellent house wines, which helps to moderate the final cost of the bill.
The owners and the manager, Molly handled the booking and arrival efficiently - and there were many information brochures and books on hand in the apartment, as well as lots of tips from Molly herself.

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CAGSF
San Francisco, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A very solid 5!”
Reviewed 30 September 2013 for a stay in September 2013
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While I read tripadvisor reviews carefully, and they influence my decisions significantly...I prefer to keep my short and succinct. It is hard to imagine it being better than the loft, location, and service provided by Kate and Molly. Just the way my wife and I wanted to enjoy the south of France. I recommend you do to!

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Liked best: The openness of the loft, and outside deck. Fantastic!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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Bill L
Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Highly recommended”
Reviewed 27 August 2013 for a stay in July 2013
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The apartment is in a prime position on the bay, on the edge of the old part of town and within 5 minutes walk of the railway station and the beach. In the other direction, 5 minutes walk takes you to a large selection of good restaurants. The apartment is bright and very spacious with good quality furnishings and fittings and more than enough room to accommodate a family of four (we have two teenagers) or two couples.

Despite its central location the apartment is quiet at all times but the really unforgettable feature is the view from the terrace, which is truly spectacular. Both Kate the owner and Molly the on-site manager were a pleasure to deal with and made the booking process smooth and arrival/departure arrangements very convenient. Villefranche itself has been described in one guide book as a ‘miniature paradise’ and this is an entirely fair description so an apartment this good in such a place is indeed special.

I would recommend doing without a car on this holiday as finding a parking space can be difficult but train/bus connections are good and there are many opportunities to walk.

Highly recommended.

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Liked best: Location, facilities & view
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Teenagers
Your age range 50-64
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Welshman...
North Wales
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243 reviews
127 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
“Très bien situé”
Reviewed 8 August 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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Everything considered, we had a very good stay in this comfortable apartment which boasts one of the best locations and views in VSM. Between them, the apartment owner and manager provided an excellent personal service prior to, during and post stay. We will undoubtedly consider staying here next time we visit!

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Liked best: The view.
Liked least: Difficulty in finding a parking space without having to pay an exorbitant hourly rate.
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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mags2912
Motherwell, United Kingdom
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266 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
“Picture postcard setting a must visit”
Reviewed 15 July 2013 for a stay in July 2013
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person found this review helpful

The loft was fabulous. Molly the apartment supervisor was there to meet us. The owner Kate had arranged a taxi for us who was waiting for us which was very reasonable rates. The driver Chris was very knowledgeable about the area. We had asked if we could put our cases in and we were arriving in the morning which was no problem. We weren't expecting to actually get into apartment but were very pleased when the apartment was ready for us. This was an added bonus. Molly was very lovely and informative about how everything worked in the apt and also local placed to eat and visit etc. There was also a book of information for guests which was fab. Kate texted us and asked how we were which was a nice touch. The apartment was well stocked, extras were fresh flowers and candles and all kitchen essentials. Bed was very comfy, both shower rooms were very clean. Everywhere was spotless. Griddle next to oven was good in place of barby. The view from the terrass was just breathtaking. We would just watch ships come in and out. Cruise liners were there practically every day. It was hard to leave the apartment. A must visit is Eze village. Climb the steps to The Eagles nest where you can see all coastline very pisque. Best restaurants were African Queen in beulieu food and service superb and El Garcon just up steps from port in Villefrance, French menu but waiters were very helpful. Lamb and chicken curry luvly and fillet steak with pepper sauce yummy. Best Carpaccio ever tasted. El Cosmo was disappointing service and food. Lizza,place next door does carry outs which are fab. Drinks at Wine Pier next to the port, luvly glass of fizz and good nibbles. Extra for us was Michael Caine came off the boat with his entourage, that was exciting. Fireworks twice over the sea were fantastic. Cannot fault the holiday. Missing the views already. Pictures do not do the loft justice. All in all very chilled hol and would love to go back.

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Liked best: the views
Liked least: fridge could have been a bit colder
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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