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Review 3328: Owner, #61837
2bed/1.5bath apartment in Menton, Provence
October 2007, 1 week
The apartment is located in Menton in 17th century apartment. It overlooks the beach, harbor and Garavan area of Menton.
This section of town is called the Vielle Ville and is pedestrian only. The buildings run together separated by small stairways and alleys that lead up to the cemetery at the top of the old town, down to the beach or into the more modern pedestrian area. The buildings are painted lovely warm colors, yellow, ocher, terracotta with blue or green accents. The apartment is only about three buildings away from the edge of the old town so it is still easily accessible by car. You walk through an old town gate to pass from the modern city into an older time.
Everything you need is close by within walking distance. There is a large supermarche about three to four blocks away at the harbor. Along the way are also two small grocers and a bakery. It was a great place to pick up warm croissants in the morning. There were many restaurants lining the street below the section of the old town where the apartment building was located. In the opposite direction, the street where the apartment is located, would exit out of the old town on to a square and join another pedestrian street. There were many more restaurants located on the squares along Rue St. Michel. There is also a great daily covered market in this area which vegetable farmers, cheese, pasta, fish, meat and other deli. It is open daily until around 1pm. Also along Rue St. Michel are clothing stores, tourist shops, local jam stores, beer, wine and other specialty stores.
The building is from the 17th century and has been restored by the owner. The ceilings are frescoed. It is excellent condition and modern. There are two large windows which overlook the coastline. We loved the views and would always be drawn back to the view. It was very quiet.
It is on the second floor. The outside stairwell is old and worn but don't let it alarm you when you first see it. The inside is a modern refuge.
There is no outside area.
It is very well furnished and in good shape. The owner has done a great job of decorating. The living room has a comfortable sofa and large stuffed chairs. Also in this area is the dining table. There is also a TV, stereo and Wi-Fi.
The bed was comfortable and the linens very soft. There is lots of space to store and hang your clothes. The red toile pattern used for the bed covers and drapes made the room very inviting. There was also good lamps on both sides of the bed.
The second bedroom had a pull out trundle bed that we did not use.
The bathroom was in very good condition. The shower was next to the kitchen and the toilets just off the living room.
The kitchen had everything you needed. The pans were well stocked and in good condition. The dishes were in great condition and were nicely displayed in the provincial cabinet. It is an 'American' kitchen with a full refrigerator, range top, dishwasher, sink, microwave, American coffee pot and Italian stove top espresso maker. There is also a washing machine available in the kitchen. There is a dryer and a clothes line just outside the window.
We used the kitchen a lot since we ate our meals in the apartment most of the time. It was a pleasure to cook in.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owner is a pleasure to work with. She is so enthusiastic about the area and the apartment. She provides a lot of information about the apartment, Menton, the nearby facilities. She will give you with the key before you leave along with everything you need for getting to the apartment. She also provides several local contacts but we did not need them.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Absolutely. I would love to stay there again.
The only other item I would add is regarding parking. You will be parking your car either on the street or in a lot. We always found parking on Rue Laurenti. It is a dead end street and sometimes it was a little tight to turn around at the very end.
Things to do in this area
We were in Menton to visit the gardens. It was an easy walk to Val Rameh garden and the lovely villas in the Garavan area. We also visited Serre de la Madone and the botanical wonder, La Mortola in Italy.
It is easy to get to Nice, Monaco and the Cote d'Azur seaside towns by train. If you have a car, you can also visit the smaller hill villages such as St Paul de Vence, Apricale in Italy and the Maritime Alps. Other places, Gorbio, Eze, Villa Ephrussi. We ran out of time.
We economized and cooked in the apartment so I don't have any recommendations for restaurants. The apartment has several recommendations.
There are also many lovely small gift stores in Menton. It is fun to explore the area up towards the tourist office (Avenue Felix Faure and Rue Partourneaux) in addition to the more commercial stores along Rue St. Michel.
In the old town, I recommend walking through the lovely alleys and up to the cemetery. Menton was popular in the early 1900s as a place to go for people with health problems. Several famous writers lived in the town along with many Russian nobles. Also visit the Basilica St. Michel just a short walk from the apartment.
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