Villa Le Calme

Villefranche sur Mer, Alpes-Maritimes
+44 (0)7802 875656

£400 - £600
per night
£3000 - £4200
per week

Live out all your bohemian dreams at this arty villa, with garden and plunge pool, perched above the glittering Riviera.


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6

£400 - £600 per night

£3000 - £4200 per week

The Experience

This one-time residence of French artist Jean Cocteau has dreamy views over Villefranche-sur-Mer bay and Cap Ferrat. It’s filled with interesting art, original fittings and has a cool bohemian feel. Enjoy aperitifs in the garden, gather for meals out on the terrace, beside the pool or in the dining room – the kitchen is well kitted out and easy to use. Big bedrooms, two inside, one out, have sweeping sea views.

You’re in an enviable spot on the top floor of the tallest villa around, it’s a ten minute walk to the sea, and another ten minutes to shops, restaurants and bars before you get to the charming old town of Villefranche. This part of the Côte d’Azur still attracts artists, writers and creatives. Walk to Saint-Pierre chapel, decorated inside and out by Cocteau.

Visit iconic Nice and Monaco, both 20 mins, discover gorgeous beaches, belle époque villas, spectacular hilltop villages and mountain scenery. You won’t want to leave.

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We think you'll love

  • Feeling like a local staying in a house with so much bohemian history
  • Touring all the iconic spots in Europe's great seaside destination
  • Being able to walk to the coast and into Villefranche
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You should know

  • No babies or young children
  • There are a lot of steps to navigate
  • One of the bedrooms and en suite bathroom is in the garden


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming


Nightly price
from £400
Weekly price
from £3000
Damage deposit
1 House for 6
From £4003 bedrooms


Booking information

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Minimum stay: 4 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


The tallest building in the area, the property occupies the top floor of a villa with private, secluded garden and pool, offering wonderful views of Villefranche bay and Cap Ferrat. It has a spacious, airy feel, with period furniture, original art and a Bohemian ambiance, enhanced by the huge windows. Villefranche itself is one of the nicest places on the Côte d'Azur.

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The neighbourhood

Take stone steps down the steep hillside to the closest small, pebbly beach, Plage de la Darse, it's good for an evening dip or a snorkel. Further on you arrive in Villefranche, a picturesque village above an idyllic harbour overlooking the Cap Ferrat peninsula. The 14th-century old town, with its winding streets is a delight to amble around after a long, lazy lunch. Tour the coast and its sights.

Local points of interest from Howard Harrison

  • The unique Chapel St Pierre down by the port of Villefranche is one of the most remarkable treasures left by Jean Cocteau who once resided at Villa le Calme.
  • Villefranche's charming village market takes place every Wednesday and Saturday morning in the park along the road.
  • Below the house is the Port de la Darse, one of the oldest working boatyards on the Riviera. It is a delight to take a coffee at Le Baleine Joyeuse and watch the boats go by.
  • The remarkable Villa Rothschild Ephrussi stands on the skyline of St Jean Cap Ferrat across the Rade de Villefranche from the house. The gardens are one of the wonders of the Cote d'Azur and well worth a visit.
  • The neighbouring village of Beaulieu sur Mer has a market most mornings and an idyllic square where it is a delight to take a coffee and watch the world go by.
  • Above the house is the National Park of Mont Boron. At the far end the Fort de Mont Alban has amazing views of the coast from Villefranche to Italy.


Howard Harrison

Owner Howard is a theatre designer who lives in England. He's owned the villa for 20 years and is a regular visitor which gives the place it's homely charm. You're met by a local Englishwoman, Tamsin, who shows you around and is on hand if you need her - she's charming, welcoming and knowledgable about the house and area.