If you are working in the property industry, you will be looking forward to the next big event, and might be looking for an accommodation in Cannes during the MIPIM 2019.

The property is often booked by companies preferring booking a bigger villa rather than many hotel bedrooms.

Villa Val de Clauvin

Located in Le Cannet, only 10 minutes drive from the Palais des Festivals, the Villa Val de Clauvin is the perfect property for a group.

Indeed, it features 6 bedroom and can sleep up to 12 people. There is an independent studio and a pool house for more privacy.

In addition, there are 7 bathrooms in the Villa, making it perfect for rushed morning.

Wifi is installed so you won’t be disconnected and will be able to check your emails.

Accomodation in Cannes for MIPIM

accommodation le cannet

The Villa Val de Clauvin used to be the residence of a Russian count. Overlooking Cannes, you will get amazing panoramic sea view and a stunning garden if you want to relax after a long day of work.

If the weather allows it you might even want to make the most of your time there and spend some time by the swimming pool. Alternatively it has three fireplaces, great to have a nice hot drink and relax.

Pictures are worth a thousand words so here is a video of the villa:

Villa Val de Clauvin – Le Cannet

Book your stay today

Don’t risk of missing out on a fabulous accomodation in Cannes for MIPIM 2019, enquire today.

On top of a stunning property, you will be the HB Property service, including a welcome pack with local wine, as well as professionnal cleaning and high quality linens and towels.

Get in touch with HB Property to check availability and get your booking in.

If heading to the South of France for the holiday, Cannes is destination you can’t miss. Known across the world for its International Film Festival, Cannes is also very busy all year long. Whether you are in Cannes for pleasure or for an event, here are the top things to do in Cannes:

1. Le Suquet

Loose yourself in the old Medieval quarter of Cannes, Le Suquet. Climb up and have a wander through the winding streets. There you can discover the very typical architecture of the Old Town. You will find plenty of restaurants in those narrows streets as well.

When reaching the top you will find a place where you will find Cannes’ iconic clock tower. The view you get from there is spectacular, the Baie de Cannes and Iles de Lerins will be at your feet.

One thing that you shouldn’t miss in Le Suquet is the old chateau, that once was property of the Lerins Abbey and now hosts the Musee de la Castre. This museum showcases a collection of primal arts from around the world as well as an extensive collection of musical instruments. Climb up the Tour Carree, or squared tower, that was built in the 12th century, to get a 360 degrees view of the town and its surroundings.

Things to do in Cannes Le Suquet
View from Le Suquet

2. Le marche Forville

On your way down back to the city centre make sure you stop by le Marche Forville, the town’s market.

This covered market burts with local producers, from fresh fish to flowers and seasonal produces, you will find there a real provencal feel.

Opened every morning from Tuesday to Sunday, you will also find it opened on Mondays from 7am til 5.30pm exclusively selling antiques.

3. La Croisette

La Croisette is to Cannes what Les Champs Elysees are to Paris. Make sure you take a walk along the 3 kms promenade. Starting next to the Palais des Festival you will see the beautiful private beaches and palaces. Stop to admire the stunning architecture of the Carlton and take a moment to watch the sea, sitting in one of Cannes’ blue chairs.

Once well rested, if you fancy a longer walk, head towards the end of the Croisette and discover a quieter part of Cannes, the Palm Beach. From one side you will see up to Antibes and on the other side you will be so close to Les Iles de Lerins that it feels like you can almost touch them.

4. Les Iles de Lerins

Made up of four smalls islands, of which the bigger two are accessible by ferry, the Ile Sainte-Marguerite and the Ile Saint-Honorat.

Ile Sainte-Marguerite

The Sainte-Marguerite Island is the first Island you will see from Cannes, it is also the biggest one. To reach it from Cannes, you will need to take a boat, regular boat departures are possible throughout the day.

Once there you will discover a beautiful pine forest and the most beautiful beaches in Cannes. If you enjoy some beach time, this is where you should go as you will find some idyllic beaches. From one side of the island you will see Cannes and from the other side you will see the other island Saint-Honorat. In the Summer you will see hundreds of private boats moored in between the two islands.

Le Musee de la Mer, or the Museum of the Sea is located not far from the Pier. Located in the most ancient part of the fort, you will find there the cell of the very famous and mysterious “Homme au masque de fer” or “Man in the Iron Mask” in english.

Ile Saint-Honorat

The Saint-Honorat island is the smallest island, located slightly further back. Exclusively inhabited by monks, they share their time mainly between prayers and producing wine.

Also accessible by boat, the monastery is a must-see. The island is perfect for meditation and peace.

Things to do in Cannes: Ile Saint-Honorat
Ile Saint-Honorat

5. Shopping

Last but not least, one of the top things to do in Cannes is obviously some shopping!

Walking on the hotel side of the Croisette you will find there a succession of luxury boutiques. Do some window shopping or treat yourself, this is a must-do experience in Cannes.

Head to the very busy Rue d’Antibes where you will find the biggest prêt-à-porter brands. Have a wander through the Rue Meynadier too. Popular and historic street of Cannes, and pedestrian from end to end, you will find some of the best gourmet addresses in Cannes.

We hope you now feel ready to head to Cannes for a day (or more) in the French Riviera. If you are looking for accomodations, HB Property has a selection of beautiful villas and flats. Don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Typical costs associated with buying property on the French Riviera

Expats in France or non-residents looking to buy a property on the French Riviera would do well to consider our helpful advice prior to making any firm buying decisions.

About buying a home on the French Riviera

The French Riviera is seeing an upsurge in property interest from UK buyers. So there’s no time like the present for buying your new home. Many buyers are purchasing homes in the area between Nice and Cannes, whether they opt for modern apartment homes or luxury villas. This area is extremely diverse, with a multicultural community that’s very welcoming to expats. It’s a good idea to check out all the different types of French mortgages available. This way you can find the best deals, along with the typical costs associated with property purchase.

What are the costs entailed with buying a property?

On top of the cost for the property you buy, you will also need to factor in costs relating to any applicable mortgage and associated professional fees.

The kinds of fees that will be levied include: 

Deposit

You will need to pay a purchase deposit for your new home on the date you sign the sale agreement (Compromis de Vente). This is usually between 5% – 10% of the purchase price. It’s best to pay your deposit to the Notaire handling the purchase and not direct to the property vendor. Doing so it can then be held as security until completion takes place.

Mortgage deposit

If you already live in France and pay taxes on your income, you could qualify for a 100% mortgage. However, all other nationals generally need to provide deposits of between 25% – 30% of the total purchase price. HB Property can offer advice on the best available deals to suit your needs. 

Notaire

You should expect legal fees and taxes to amount to around 7% of the purchase price of your property. These Notaire fees will pay for any land or property registration. This is the equivalent of the stamp duty paid in the UK. All Notaires offer the same standard fee for their services, so you won’t be able to negotiate a cheaper deal elsewhere. 

Agency fees

If you buy your French home through an estate agent you should expect to pay fees of between 5% – 7%. These fees are generally built into the sale figure of the home and will be paid by the vendor once the sale goes through. You should check this is the case prior to making any firm buying decision. 

Get in touch with HB Property to discover all the ways we can help smooth the buying process for your French Riviera home.

When looking to buy a house in France, it can be helpful to learn a bit about the process. As with any property purchase, it can be daunting, especially when you are buying in a foreign country.  Understanding the process can make taking that leap a bit easier. Have a read through our guide to buying a property in France. Then, get out there and find your dream home.

Finding a property

You can use the same method as you would here in the UK to find a French property. So, think online searches, newspapers, or find a agent immobilier (estate agent) to assist with your search. Once you’ve found the perfect property, you should make an offer.

At this stage, you need to ensure that:

  1. You have finances in place
  2. You decided on what types of mortgage you will choose 
  3. Any surveys that you want prior to the purchase going through are done

Acceptance of offer

When the offer is accepted, you and the vendor should sign a compromis de vente. This is basically the exchange of contracts. In France, it happens at the beginning of the house purchase, rather than at the end. Consider if you need to add any clauses to the contracts, such as whether the sale would be dependent on planning permission being granted or if it is subject to the results of a survey. At this point, as the buyer, you need to pay a 10% deposit to the notaire (the solicitor responsible for transactions).

Cooling off period

After the compromis de vente has been signed by both parties, the buyer has a 10-day cooling off period, during which time they can pull out of the sale and still get their deposit back. When this 10-day period is over, the contract is legally binding and either party will be subject to a penalty if they decide to pull out.

Completion

Once all the searches are complete you will be invited into the office of the notaire responsible for your transaction to sign the acte de vente or the final contract. Now that you have signed the final contract, you will need to pay the rest of the fees before you receive an attestation de propriété. This is a certificate which confirms that the property now belongs to you. You will also receive the keys at this point and then you are all ready to move in.

Are you feeling ready to make the move and buy a house in France? Please do get in touch with one of our French Mortage Advisors here at Harrison Brook Property so we can assist you.

Not sure whether you prefer a ski or sun holiday this Winter? Visit the French Riviera and get both!

The French Riviera is the perfect Winter holiday location. Indeed it’s only 2 hours away from the UK but the change of scene is magnificent.

Since the Queen Victoria started visiting Nice in 1882, the French Riviera has been a beloved Winter holiday location for British people. This is mainly due to the mild and sunny weather.

Ski holiday at Isola 2000 & Auron

Isola 2000

Located 90 kms from Nice, Isola 2000 is the closest ski station from the sea. Accessing it from Nice is no struggle, it is a 1 hour 30 minutes but you can also take a shuttle. There are numerous accommodations, lovely restaurants and shops. Buy a ski pass when you get there and enjoy various level of difficulties. Don’t worry if you don’t have any equip;ent you can rent them there.

Auron

Also 90 minutes drive from Nice is the ski station of Auron. Finding accommodations and restaurants there is as easy as Isola 2000. They are fairly equal in terms of commodities, what differentiate them is the architecture and the nature. Isola 2000 is more modern whereas there is a bit more nature in Auron.

Winter events in the French Riviera

Carnival in Nice

Each year around February/March, Nice organises a beautiful carnival with flower and carnival parades. You also get lights parade, it really is an amazing experience.

Nice Carnival will take place this year from the 16th February to 2nd March 2019. You can book already now to reserve your seat or standing space.

Fête du Citron in Menton

Meanwhile in Menton, it is the lemon that is celebrated each year. Indeed, the town is called “la ville du Citron” or Lemon city. Similar to Nice Carnival there are magnificent parades but instead of flowers, they use lemons. This year will be the 86th time the event take place. La Fête du Citron is another institution on the French Riviera.

Coastal cities

Cannes

The city hosting the International Film Festival is also a real gem in the Winter time. A lot quieter at this time of the year, you can enjoy a mild weather and have a coffee by the sea. The view remains stunning and you might even see some people going for a dive. Not many, but there are people swimming all year round in Cannes.

Antibes

On top of the stunning sea you will be able to see the snow on the Alps. Because it is so calm in the Winter, many restaurants will close their doors but you will still find plenty of options in the Old Antibes. If you enjoy French Theatre, do check to see what plays they have on when you’re planning to visit.

Perfume in Grasse

Last but not least, do have a stop in Grasse to visit the Perfume capital. The Provencal city has a very typical old town with a very dynamic modern part. You will find that most big French perfume creators have their factory there, to create the scents we are dearly fond of. The Perfume Museum is a must-see if you’re interested by its 3000 years worth of history. Galimard, Fragonard or Molinard are houses that organise premium tours for visitors.

We hope that with this article you have no more doubts and will pick the French Riviera for your next Winter holidays and you will get to enjoy the sweet balance of sun and ski. If you are looking for an accomodation, Harrison Brook Property offers various different locations with a very exclusive service. Get in touch.

 

You have decided to spend New Year on the French Riviera but you haven’t planned anything yet?

Here are some of our favourite ideas to spend New Year (know here as the Saint Sylvestre) in the South of France like a local!

New Year’s Eve in Cannes 

Cannes is a great city to spend New Year’s Eve. The Crazy Horse, will perform in the Palais des Festival for a few days at the end of December. The famous Parisian cabaret is only there for five days so don’t miss this opportunity. God Save Our Bareskin will kick off the party and will be followed by a succession of glamorous, colourful dances. 

And what best way to start the year than watching striking fireworks from the Baie de Cannes? The fireworks will begin at Midnight so make sure to head towards the beach to enjoy the view. 

If the Crazy Horse is not what you fancy, you could have dinner at one of the numerous restaurants Cannes has to offer.

New Year French Riviera

New Year’s Eve in Antibes

Cannes is a bit too glamorous for your liking? Or you might be looking for something quieter? Then head to Antibes and celebrate New Year’s Eve in the small coastal city.

With its wide range of world cuisine you will be sure to find something you will love, in a picturesque town.

The party does not end at midnight, you can assist to a gig by an orchestra at the Palais des Congres. One session will start at 11am and a second one at 4pm.

 

New Year’s Eve in Nice

As a big city, Nice offers various options. The Cabaret du Casino Rhul hosts a New Year’s Eve event with over 1h30 of spectacular show. You could even go enjoy the Casino after the clock strikes midnight and party until the morning!

If you fancy a different type of cabaret, the Theatre de la Cite organises a Burlesque New Year’s Eve event. Dress up as a pin-up, gangster or retro chic and enjoy a glamorous night.

 

New Year’s Eve in Monaco

The city organises a big music show from 9PM to 3AM with DJs and fireworks at midnight. The party will take place in the heart of the Christmas Village on Quai Albert Ier.

If you’re feeling in a gambling mood to celebrate the New Year then head to the neighborhood of Monte-Carlo. You could visit one of the Casinos, Casino de Monte-Carlo or Casino Café de Paris, just to name a few.

 

New Year’s Eve in Saint Tropez

Saint-Tropez is the place to be in the Summer but it is also an amazing place to spend New Year’s Eve. Treat yourself to one of the numerous restaurants offering a New Year’s Eve menu.

Finish the year watching a beautiful firework over the Pier.

 

HB Property has a wide range of properties to rent across the French Riviera. Get in touch to start organising your next trip!

If you are looking for the best Christmas markets whilst visiting South of France, search no more!

When talking about Christmas markets in France, most people usually think of cities in Alsace or Paris. Little do they know that in addition to a lovely weather, the South of France also has an array of Christmas markets. There are mini-versions in most towns but we’ve selected the nicest ones for you. Have your camera at the ready and prepare yourself for some festive French delicacies.

 

Nice Christmas Market

The city of Nice organises each year a really nice Christmas Market (see what we did there?), with over seventy chalets selling handcrafted products. This year it also features a 400 square meters (over 4300 sq ft) ice-rink, big enough to bring joy to everyone in the family. Don’t forget to bring gloves!

Free shows and surprises are also organised, don’t miss out on the craft-gifts ideas.

Additional information:

  • When – from 30th November 2018 to 31st December 2018
  • Where – Place Massena, Jardin Albert Ier
  • How much – Free entry to the market, the ice rink costs 5€ skates included for 1 hour

christmas markets in South of France
Nice at Christmas time

 

Monaco Christmas Market

The independant city-state of Monaco also celebrate Christmas with the Christmas Village. This year’s theme is New Orleans, so you will find a bit of the USA in the dreamy location.

Children will be able to participate to many activities and Santa Claus will make a trip from the North Pole to take a picture with them.

Additional information:

  • When – from 7th December 2018 to 6th January 2019
  • Where – Port Hercule, Quai Albert Ier
  • How much – Free entry to the village, attractions individually priced

 

Cannes Christmas Market

Cannes does not only host the International Film Festival but is also home to a Christmas Village. This year they also have smaller parts of the market located in various areas of Cannes but the heart of the action is in the city-centre. There you will find many chalets selling handmade crafts but also some delicious churros, vin chaud or marrons chauds.

There are also attractions for everyone. Ice-skating fans, don’t fret, there is an ice-rink; made of natural ice we’ve been told.

Additional information:

  • When – from 1st December 2018 to 6th January 2019
  • Where –  Les allées de la Liberté, Esplanade de la Pantiero
  • How much – Free entry to the village, the ice rink costs 3€ skates included for 45 minutes

 

Menton Christmas Market

Each year, the lemon city transforms into a Winter Wonderland. And this year is no exception! There are lots of attractions set up on the Promenade and nearby. Children will be able to ride donkeys or discover farm animals. Adults, you won’t be left out with some delicious food stalls and Christmas shopping.

Additional information:

  • When – from 7th December 2018 to 6th January 2019
  • Where – Different locations in Menton, check the map below for more information
  • How much – Free entry to the village, attractions individually priced
  • Free parking

christmas market menton
Menton Christmas Market Plan

 

Antibes Christmas Market

Last but not least, Antibes is also celebrating Christmas. Take a ride in Antibes’ Ferris Wheel and enjoy the fantastic view of the sea and the town besides you. Then, carry on your stroll amongst the 22 chalets to unearth unique Christmas presents for your loved ones. Children can ride the carousel in the Village de Noel and other attractions on the Place De Gaulle.

The Christmas village also boasts a 450 square meters ice-rink, the biggest of the five Christmas markets presented here. It also has a section exclusively for children age 2 to 10.

Additional information:

  • When – from 15th December 2018 to 6th January 2019
  • Where – Esplanade du Pré des Pêcheurs, Place De-Gaulle, Place Nationale
  • How much – Free entry to the village, attractions individually priced, the ice rink costs 3€ from 11 year-old

The team at Harrison Brook Property is here to help you find your home away from home. We offer a range of accommodations from central cosy flats to striking Villas overlooking the sea.  We can also assist with your mortgages needs if you are planning to settle on the French Riviera. Contact us today so we can help you plan your dream stay.

You have decided to buy a property in wonderful Nice, and you’ve got your eye on a French mortgage? One that is perfectly adaptable to your needs.

But, you feel the city may be too busy for your liking?

You may dream of picturesque mountains, sandy beaches with gorgeous people and tantalising cuisine…  And you are still mulling over your options of where you might enjoy long sunsets, delicious wine and precious family moments. Or even a promising business venture. 

Then this article is for you! Here are some interesting facts about our favourite small towns in the French Riviera:

The town of Le Cannet

Just north of Cannes, we find Le Cannet, a small town full of art deco buildings and open air restaurants and delis, certainly a spot for excellent food.

Explore art at Musee Bonnard, or meander around boutiques after a relaxing morning at the beach. The sea is just a short car journey away but you can also take the bus number 1.

Every Tuesday morning the Petanque players of the Place Jean Jaures make way so the Market can take place. You will find there fresh produces and local artisans. Le Cannet has a great balance of calm and French Riviera action.

The town of Saint-Laurent-du-Var

A suburb of Nice, the town lies to the west side of the River Var. This area offers a great quality of life, and being close to the sea means you’ll enjoy walks and many invigorating activities, as well as excellent seafood.

Discover the old village or indulge at one of the biggest mall of the French Riviera, Cap 3000. Currently being renovated, the “Centre commercial” will soon boast some amazing restaurants overlooking the sea. The town is also minutes away from Nice International Airport, so very handy for family, business and travellers.

Overall, Saint Laurent-du-Var is eclectic and offers something for all.

The town of Juan les Pins

The classic sandy beach town is lively and bustling with restaurants, nightclubs and casinos. Perhaps suited to those of a more extravagant lifestyle but still offers something to all.

Juan les Pins has daytime beach activities, miles of stunning scenery, and many fantastic restaurants. The town will blow you away with all it has to offer. It is the perfect way to escape the city.

The town of Biot

The commune of Biot is found on a hill, overlooking the mesmerizing Mediterranean. The town can be characterised by its classic French architecture and is famous for its pottery and glasswork. Biot is wonderfully serene, and will suit those looking for something away from the tourist areas. It is the perfect small town in the French Riviera.

The town of Menton

town Menton French Riviera

Located just near the Italian border, Menton is all you can imagine when you think of a small town in the French Riviera. It has the sea, a medieval old town but also a range of fantastic restaurants. The town is also known for its lemon, and hosts each year in February the “Fete du Citron” or Lemon festival.

No matter your choice of location, us at Harrison Brook Property are here to help you with French mortgages to suit every buyer, from non-resident mortgages to high-net worth mortgages.

Contact us at Harrison Brook Property today for more information.

Situated on the Mediterranean coastline, the city of Nice is the fifth largest city in France with a population of 350,000. Located in Cote d’Azur region in the south of the country, Nice boasts stunning views across the Bay of Angels making it a hotspot for natives and tourists alike! Therefore, where better to base HB Property Management and Holiday Rentals. The company was formed to support the varying needs of property owners and holiday rental customers.

To help clients manage or rent apartments in Nice, we have carefully selected our team based on their wealth of experience in the industry and their proven track record of delivering exceptional customer service to ensure we are caring for you and your customers’.

To summarise, we are here to support you and your group from booking your chosen apartment in the stunning city of Nice through to leaving the property. Putting people first is truly important to us and is underpinned by our core values that are communicated through the Harrison Brook way.

The Harrison Brook way

When devising the Harrison Brook way, we did so with careful consideration of you, the customer, to ensure that our values were truly in line with your needs.

Quality

From our customer relationships to product lines, we understand how important it is to maintain quality standards and exceeding your expectations is paramount to us.

Transparency

We know you want honesty, so it is our aim to be completely transparent in all areas of our business and communication with you. Regardless of whether it is spoken or written, we want to ensure that you understand all of our fees clearly.

Customer service

Regardless of how we come into contact, you deserve the same excellent and consistent customer service as everyone. Our team is experienced, friendly and understands the importance of listening to customers. We want people to remember the exceptional service we deliver with the hope that they return to us again. If you have any requests or issues, we are happy to help.

Beyond this, we approve all apartments in Nice, and other properties, advertised on our website to ensure they are up to the requisite standard for your needs for both long and short term rentals.

Additionally, in line with our transparency value, we’re happy to be clear about our charges, so please feel free to explore our services including transport, the property, welcome packs and cleaning. Alongside this, we can offer a range of additional services including cleaning during your stay, as well as offering you reassurance through the opportunity to provide guest feedback, our regular quality services checks, damage limitation and emergency call outs.

Caring for you is what we do. The Bay of Angels awaits… so get in touch with Harrison Brook today.