We have had several holidays in Villefranche, but as we had less lead-time this trip, our previous rentals were not available. We chose this apartment because we knew it was in a good location at the top of the old town (close to the 100 bus route) and very close to our favorite bakery for those morning necessities. The location also provided easy access downhill to the beach as well as all the old town restaurants. With all the good eating in Villefranche, that uphill walk at the end of the evening was a good thing!
The apartment looks exactly like the pictures, and while not overly equipped, it has enough of the basics for simple meal preparation. A coffee drip filter was provided, (although a coffee maker or cafetière would be a welcome addition.) The best feature is the covered terrace, which comfortably accommodates four people around the table and provides a lovely view of the bay and Cap Ferrat. The large sliding doors across the living room and one bedroom keep the apartment very bright.
The second bedroom has a large window with an exterior fixed blind that doesn’t open, as it is right on the street. It means that the room is good and dark for sleeping, but airflow comes either from the room air conditioner or from leaving the door open so that air comes through the living room sliding door.
There is a linen fee according to the number of occupants, which includes a generous number of bath towels plus beach towels. For part of the time, we were a group of 2 couples, so the 2 bathrooms were much appreciated. The washing machine in the kitchen even has a 15-minute speed cycle setting - a dream for those who like to travel light.
This was the first time we rented an apartment without reviews, so after a few e-mails back and forth, we placed a call to Damien and felt confident enough to book. Donna, the property manager, met us at the apartment on arrival and came by later to bring some extra supplies. She was just lovely to deal with, and she was easy to contact when we had any questions or requests.
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