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Superb 2 bedroom apartment in Nice Old Town - fully redecorated by artist owner!

Bedrooms 2
Space 678 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 - 6 nights
Popular Features
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 bathroom, apartment sleeps 4-5, floor area approx 63m2

Wonderful light and airy 2 bedroom apartment in the Old Town (Vieux Nice) which my son (Edward) and I totally redocorated in January 2018.

Our apartment is on the 2nd floor of a typical Nicois building in Rue Francois Zanin, a quiet but wide pedestrian street just round the corner (literally!) from the Old Town’s fabulous markets, shops, bars and restaurants and less than 10 minutes walk from both the beach and the port. It is also only a couple of minutes walk from bus and tram stops on Nice’s excellent public transport system which provides excellent services to the airport (20 minutes) and the many attractions in Nice and the wider area.

The apartment comprises a large (5m x 4m) double-window sitting room with dining area, a modern American-style kitchen, 2 bedrooms (one with a double bed and a walk-in wardrobe, the other with two single beds) and a modern WC/shower room.

The Old Town of Nice is one of Euope's 'jewels' - the historic buildings and pedestrianised streets are filled with the atmosphere of the local markets, restaurants and street cafes which you can enjoy or wander through, by day or night, relaxed and secure. Don't get put off by the city's reputation as a playground for the rich - the close proximity of the beach and the bus and trams stops (providing services not just to local attractions but also to Monaco, Cannes, etc) and the myriad of very reasonably priced restaurants and cafes means that you can have just as much fun on a tight budget!

More Details
Registration Number : 06088003800HS

Iain Vellacott
Member since: 2006
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 June, 2018

About Iain Vellacott

In 2005 my wife and I decided to move our family from Oxfordshire to South West France where I now work as an artist ( as well as returning to the UK to continue my professional consultancy practice.

Iain Vellacott purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Iain Vellacott chose Old Town

We bought this apartment because of its wonderful location at the top of the Old Town - less than 10 minutes stroll through the pedestrianised streets to the front, only a couple of minutes from stops on Nice's excellent tram and bus network and just round the corner from Place Garibaldi with its restaurants, bars and supermarket - yet quiet (important to me as I am a light sleeper!)

What makes this apartment unique

Our fundamental objective has always been that people should have a great holiday so we did up the apartment and maintain it (with the help of our excellent local agent) in the way that we would want to find an apartment ourselves.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Your apartment was fantastic and really was like being home from home. We have said we want to return to Nice in a couple of years or so and I hope

you will still be letting your apartment out by then as we would definitely return to your apartment.

Many thanks. You've made good job of doing up the apartment - we found it very comfortable and had a great time there - a very good location. MC

My family and I had a most enjoyable stay at your apartment. I would not hesitate to rent your apartment again when we next visit Nice. DG

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Nice and the accommodation played a huge part. We will recommend 4 rue Francois Zanin without hesitation. MO'S We had a lovely time, the apartment was perfect! TO'D
Nov 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Old Town in Nice

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 678 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • city centre
  • near the sea
  • town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Superb 2 bedroom apartment in Nice Old Town - fully redecorated by artist owner!
average rating of 4.7674417 based on 44 reviews

Great apartment in a perfect location.

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying in Iain's apartment. We were exactly where we wanted to be in Nice - the heart of the Old Town but in a little back street so noise was never an issue. We were in walking distance of everything we needed on a day to day basis (the sea, shops, bars, restaurants) and a short tram ride away from the train station when we wanted to go further afield (Antibes, Cannes etc). The apartment was clean and exactly as described - we had everything we needed for a family of four. Iain was exceedingly good to communicate with and the lady who met us, Samira, was lovely and very helpful. We would highly recommend. Thank you for a great holiday!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Juliet - I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay. Best wishes. Iain
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Lovely apartment with everything we needed in a great location.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely apartment with everything we needed in a great location. Iain always replied very promptly - from initial enquiry through to during and even after our stay. The apartment has a good sized living / dining area and the decent kitchen has all the essentials. The two bedrooms are a decent size too, and the apartment even had a few beach mats and blow up beds available. The bathroom and washing machine all worked well. The apartment is in a super location - in a quiet street but just a few steps and you're into the buzz of a busier part of the old town. There are a few supermarkets less than 5 mins walk away (we found the larger monoprix the best of these). The park which is less than 5 mins walk away has so much to offer - a safe space for the kids to play, water fountains springing up from the pavement and climbing frames etc as well as free evening concerts during one of our weeks. The beach (Castel Plage) is less than 10 mins walk away and even in July has plenty of space for the family to base themselves at the end of the beach, on the (free) public part where the kids could jump off the rocks & swim with the fish. The apartment does not have air con but there are fans and the temperature in the apt in July is fine since the tall old buildings of the old town offer sufficient shade. The apartment is also well situated to visit the port where you can also catch the bus to Monaco and just a few mins walk uphill from the apartment is the beautiful parc de la Colline du château. Overall Iain's apartment has all a family could need (with good wifi, tv & DVD player too), in a great location with really prompt & friendly communication. Thanks for helping us have a super 2 weeks in Nice Iain.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Paul - I am so pleased that you and your family had such an enjoyable holiday. Best wishes Iain
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Excellent apartment

  • 5 of 5

An excellent apartment in a fabulous location with everything you could possibly want within walking distance, restaurants, bars and shops also a short walk to the sea front.

The owner Iain is extremely friendly and helpful, I would highly recommend this apartment.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great apartment in a great location!

  • 4 of 5

Me, my wife and our adult daughter stayed for a long weekend, well virtually a week in all. Our primary purpose for being in Nice was to attend the F1 in Monaco but we wanted somewhere nice to be for the days either side of the weekend as it was a special trip in our 30th anniversary year. I don't think we could have done better!

The old part of Nice is full of life and character and the apartment is in the heart of it all. With easy access to trams, buses and the railway station our trips into Monaco were easy and our time in Nice was thoroughly enjoyable. Plenty of shops and stalls to browse and completely spoiled for choice when it came to eating and drinking.

Overall we had a fantastic time and we very much appreciated the flexibility of the owners who allowed us to stay over a weekend from mid-week to mid-week.

Would recommend and would stay again!

  • Review Submitted: 30-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review and I am delighted that you and your family enjoyed your stay and the wonderful location in the Old Town. And congratulations for your 30th wedding anniversary - my wife and I are only five years behind you! Iain
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Excellent location

  • 5 of 5

We spent one week in the beautiful old town of Nice. The apartment is in a superb location for exploring all of Nice and is equipped with everything one would need. The owner Iain is extremely helpful and makes the entire process of booking etc completely stress free . We hope to return.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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We loved this property, what a fantasic stay!

  • 5 of 5

This propety is very comfortable and worked very well for the four adults in our party. It is well maintained and very functional. The atomsphere is perfect for a stay in Old Nice. The location could not be better. If you like to cook, the ingrdients for anything you could think to make are just steps away. There are three butcher shops; several cheese and sausage shops; two spice shops and a daily fresh fish market in the plaza about a block away. For produce go to the daily market, a 10 to 15 minute walk. You will be amazed! As for restaurants. Probably the best restaurant in Old Nice is on the first floor of the building. It is owned by the Alziari family who are very gracious and we ate there at least five times. The two other resaurants that can be seen from the apartment windows, are also excellent. There are many restaurants in Old Nice and we never had a bad meal. The only issue we had with the area is being awakened by the wonderful smell of the restaurants preparing their stocks and other prep cooking for the day's offerings. It is amazing. The beach is only a 15 minute walk away as well. Iain, the property owner, is extremey easy to work with and was very helpful to us in answering any questions we had. Another perk to this apartment is having a dish washer and clothes washer. There is a dryer, as well, but we opted for hanging our clothes out to dry on the lines prodived out the windows, just like the locals. I highly recommend this property and would certainly rent it again should I return to Nice in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7 Kilometres
Nice International
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
Nice (for trips to Corsica)
Nearest Train
1.5 Kilometres
Gare Riquier
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Sortie 55 on A8
Car: not necessary

Our apartment is situated in a quiet but wide pedestrian street just round the corner (literally!) from the Old Town’s fabulous markets, shops, bars and restaurants and less than 10 minutes walk from both the beach and the port. It is also only a couple of minutes from stops on Nice's excellent bus and tram system offering excellent services to the airport (20 minutes) and the many attractions in Nice and the wider area.

Other Activities: Art Galleries, Opera, Museums, Gardens to visit, markets, designer shopping


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Changeover day is generally Saturday but we can sometimes do Sundays and occasionally other days depending on other bookings - please discuss with us.
We can sometimes accomodate guests over the Monaco Grand Prix weekend - please contact us for prices.
We ask for a £150 (200 euro) returnable security deposit which will be returned to you within a few days of your departure once our local agent has confirmed no breakages or damage.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.