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Charming town house centrally located in the Historic town of Vence sleeps 4/6

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Provencal townhouse in town centre, with lots of original features and roof terrace, sleeps 4/6

A delightful 18th Century town house in the heart of the medieval village of Vence. Situated down a quiet side street, it is only a few steps away from the local farmers market in the morning, the delicious smelling bakeries and the main square cafés (Place du Grand Jardin). There is also a public underground car park within a 1 minute walk from the house.

Owned by the same family for two generations this cosy french town house has kept it's original stone walls and wooden beamed ceilings and has local art throughout. It is on 5 floors with a spacious and bright open plan salon and kitchen on the 4th floor with all the necessary amenities (WIFI/TV , large dining table, Electric stove and oven) for relaxing and entertaining.

It has two bedrooms, one with a kingsize bed and en-suite bathroom and toilet, the other with twin beds that can convert into a double bed if desired with an en-suite shower room and toilet. In the downstairs lounge on the ground floor there is a double sofa bed (sized suitable for 2 children to share or one adult and a child).

The fifth floor has a small tranquil roof terrace with marble table & chairs overlooking the provencal rooftops with mountain/sea views. Ideal for a bit of sunbathing, finishing a good book or enjoying a glass of Rosé at aperitif time in the cool evening air!

The closest public car park is a 1 minute walk away (under the Place du Grand Jardin) and has a great deal for a weekly subscription.

Vence also has regular buses to all the “must see” destinations of the Cote d'Azur. St Paul de Vence for the Arts, Grasse for it's perfumeries, Cannes for the Croisette and beaches and Nice for an authentic Southern France City day out. Centrally positioned and only half an hour from the International Airport Vence is an ideal base for visiting the French Riviera!

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James & Jill Phinn
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
26 April, 2017

About James & Jill Phinn

We are an English family from Nottinghamshire, and my sister and I first started coming to Vence for summer with our parents around 20 years ago. We have been coming back to the town for holidays every year since!

James & Jill Phinn purchased this house in 1997

Why James & Jill Phinn chose Nice Area

This is a very central (just behind the main Place du Grand Jardin) and a short walk to the town centre and local shops, restaurants, bars and galleries.

What makes this house unique

There is plenty of space in the house to relax, wine and dine with friends and family, with a large table and lovely adjoining kitchen. The salon is in traditional French open plan style with stone walls, beams and traditional pendant lighting, with fireplace, L- settee and TV.

This leads up to a roof terrace rare amongst townhouses in Vence, looking out over the rooftops of the old town, and over to the Baou mountains in one direction and the distant sea in another. We often retreat there for a drink and to eat in the cool evening air!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Vence in Cote d'Azur - Riviera

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • mountain
  • town
  • village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 bathrooms: En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with bath/shower over, WC, sink and separate bathroom with WC, shower and sink next to twin bedroom.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: King-size double Bedroom en Suite on 2nd Floor, Twin Bedroom on 1st Floor and small double sofa bed on Ground Floor. Cot available on request.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Outside: A beautiful roof terrace on the 4th floor, with retractable awning and marble table and chairs, provides a welcome outdoor relaxing and dining area, with lovely views over to the Les Baou hills, and also rooftop views to the distant Côte d'Azur sea. Utility Room: Utility room off the cave (ground floor) contains a washing machine, iron and ironing board, clothes dryer and other equipment. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Fresh towels and linen are provided, and the house is cleaned prior to stay (and more frequently by arrangement for an additional fee). Cleaning and linen fee of 100 euros is charged per stay, payable on arrival.

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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(9 traveller reviews)

Columbus, Ohio, USA

Wonderful property in terrific hill town.

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Phinn property in Vence. The property itself is an excellently restored townhouse style apartment in an old building. (Well, new compared to the old city across the street--built in the 1600s.) The manager, Melissa, was helpful and courteous.

The apartment is located 100 meters from one of the gates to the old city, and the same distance from the central Place du Grand Jardin, which has an excellent fruit and vegetable store as well as farm stands offering local produce and cheeses almost every day. The most important bus stop in Vence--the end of routes to the city--is about 250 or 300 meters away. From there one can travel to Nice, Grass, or surrounding hill towns. It takes about 15 or 20 minutes for Uber drivers to arrive. Uber fares to nearby hill towns are reasonable, although not as reasonable as the E1.50 price on the buses.

The apartment has two very nice, large bedrooms with bathroom attached or across the hall. One has a tub/shower, and the other a shower. Water pressure is so-so when having a hot shower. The place is ideal for four. The first floor salon can provide sleeping quarters for two more, but they must share the bathroom on the floor above.

The flat is on four floors, with a salon and laundry room on the first or ground floor (counting American-style), with the bedrooms on floors two and three, and the well-appointed kitchen/sitting room on floor four. So one must be able to climb three flights (and take luggage up one or two).

There is a great boulangerie around the corner and another across the street. There are a number of restaurants on the Place du Grand Jardin and around it. There are many others in town within walking distance. Grocery shopping is close by and excellent.

Vence is a hill town completely different in vibe from Nice and the coast resorts. We spent a week there after two in Nice, thoroughly enjoying it, and still returning to Nice twice. The bus takes an hour. Two different ones depart at about 45 minute intervals. When we did not want to wait for return buses from nearby hill towns--harder to time the schedul--we took Ubers at between 9 and 12 euros. Likewise when we stayed out beyond the times of bus services, which end in the early evening. The longest wait was after a show in one town--about 20 minutes or 25 at 10:30.

Altogether a great time.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Charming property. Close to everything.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic French house

  • 5 of 5

We were greeted at the house by the local agent Melissa, who showed us round and made sure we had everything we needed, including a bottle of Rose, which was lovely. The house was perfect for us, and the roof terrace was the cherry on the top.

The stairs kept us fit all week, but there was everything we needed in the house to make for a lovely week.

The town of Vence is really lovely. The house is bang in the centre but in a little side street so it takes seconds to get to the old town, but you're tucked away.

We'd recommend Henry's Bar for your first coffee of the day and watching the world go by, and plenty of patisseries for the all important breakfast and we had a lovely meal in Le Pigeonnier on the last night, which made us wish we'd gone there sooner.

All in all a fantastic holiday and we're all still suffering from post Vence blues.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A beautiful house (LOTS of stairs) close to the cafes and open air pool

  • 5 of 5

The house is stunning (huge beams and tasteful decor) and comfortable, though set over so many floors you need to be fit! The roof terrace is amazing; you can see the sea and hills and catch the breeze, pull out the awning or enjoy sunbathing in private.

Despite such proximity to the buzz of the town it's incredibly quiet and peaceful.

Everything we needed was supplied and easy to use.

I would absolutely recommend this property for families (possibly not toddlers because of the stairs), couples or friends sharing.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Melbourne, Australia

The perfect house for our family

  • 5 of 5

Located down a wonderful narrow street, this house is the perfect base from which to explore Vence and surrounds. Our family of four loved the house, and all of its character - there are plenty of stairs to help work off the amazing pastries! We had no need of a car, with the bus and shops readily accessible.

This was a family holiday to remember.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A delightful lucky choice.

  • 5 of 5

Luck was certainly with us when my friend and myself opted for this property. It is everything that others have written. We loved it. We felt so at home in it and it's situation couldn't be bettered. It is on five levels, including the wondrous sun terrace, and so it is not suitable for people with mobility problems. As with town houses, the only way is up! We each had one of the two main bedrooms which were spacious and had lots of storage space, particularly the lower twin bedded room. The kitchen/living area, which is on the third floor, is, again, spacious and comfortable and the kitchen well equipped. We loved Vence. It is so French! Yes, there are the "tourists" but they affect life in Vence not a jot. It is also a good base for exploring other places. We used the bus all the time. Number 94 serves Vence from Nice and the 400 serves Vence from Nice via St Paul de Vence. Both buses stop at the airport for arrival and departure. At 1.50 Euros however long the journey, it's a good option. Do make use of the Tourist Office in Vence. There is so much to see other than the coast.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

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Mid Season 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
High Season 2017
1 Jun 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Mid Season 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Low Season 2017/18
1 Nov 2017 - 31 Mar 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £421.1

An additional cleaning & linen fee of €100 euros, plus €23 per person after the first 2 people, is payable on arrival (in cash) to cover cleaning of the house and linen, which is the usual cost which the Owner is charged for this service locally.

Booking Notes:
Please contact Owner via email, via the website.

Changeover Day:
Flexible changeover - we do not require that you arrive or leave at the weekend.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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