French Riviera apartment rentals | tips for letting holiday apartments in Nice

To get the best out of your French riviera apartment rentals you need to be smart about how you promote the property. Here we explore some top tips for increasing the profitability of your holiday apartments in Nice.

Use a property manager

Using property management Nice, France, can help you to get more exposure for your property and ensure that more people are seeing it. This will help to keep the property full and maximise your profits.

Update your calendar

Keeping your calendar up to date is hugely important and the sooner you can provide availability the better. Plan your own holiday in your holiday apartments in Nice and then open up every other date to customers to get them filled.

Upload more photos

Showing the customer exactly what you have to offer them can increase interest. Remember, people will assume that anything you are not displaying is not attractive, so ensure that you photograph the whole property. With more information you will be more likely to get bookings.

Request reviews

Customers want to see reviews from other guests and they will be more likely to book your Nice apartments if there are good reviews of the property when they look. Requesting reviews from guests will help to increase your profile and bookings.

Accept online payments

One big downfall for many people letting properties by themselves is not being set up to take money in an easy and simple manner. If you cannot take online payments then you will lose a great deal of interest in the property. You can using a pre-existing online payment system without the cost of setting one up and running one yourself.

Provide detailed information

Finally, you should give as much information as possible. Inform tenants of the local attractions such as beaches and restaurants as well as their locations. With more information guests are more likely to decide on your apartment over another and pay their rental to you.

To find out more of the information and services Harrison Brook can offer please visit our website.

Make money leasing! Residents of Nice, France are getting paid to go on holiday

Romantic, relaxing and radiant with sunshine, Nice provides the kind of heaven that people dream of all year long.

In fact, France is the most popular tourist destination on the planet. 86 million foreign tourists annually is now a common statistic for the country. The French Riviera plays host to a lion’s share of this market, with a long tourist season starting in March and ending in October (with major peaks during the Monaco Grand Prix and Cannes Film Festival).

But even when you live in paradise, you still want to explore.

With an upsurge in vacation rentals in recent years, property owners in Nice are realising that when they go on holiday, they could break even – or even make money leasing their home.

<h2> The vacation rental market in Nice: bigger and better than ever </h2>

Over the past five years, Airbnb has normalised the holiday rental market – there’s no doubt about that. But with new political and legal obstacles revealing themselves every month, it’s not for everyone.

Awareness of ‘hosting’ is at an all-time high; but many people are put off by the worry of becoming embroiled in the smaller irks – or even legal nightmares – of the relatively unprotected route to the vacation rental market. Instead, responsible property owners are turning to property rental services like Harrison Brook Property Holiday Rentals.

The ultimate benefit of Airbnb is a passive income, but that’s traded off for risk. Harrison Brook Property Holiday Rentals is providing Nice residents with the ability to make money leasing with none of the risk. On top of this, we’re experts in the Nice vacation rental market, so we attract the kind of guests any host would be delighted to have.

<h2> €1200 a week for homes in Nice </h2>

A typical home with two bedrooms in Nice generally attracts between €900 and €1200 for a week. Great locations and extra special touches can take that figure even higher.

At Harrison Brook Property Holiday Rentals, many of our property owners come home and tell us they actually made more money by going on holiday than they would have if they’d stayed at home. For them, and perhaps for you, it’s a no-brainer.

So sit back, relax, and let the passive income flow. All you have to do is decide where you’d like to do it.

Holiday home ideas | Pumping local culture into your apartment in Nice

Nice is an extraordinary place. You probably already know this though because you’ve purchased an apartment there and chosen to share it with the world. You shouldn’t take for granted just how much more alluring your rental can be if you pump some local culture into it. This isn’t to say that you need to go overboard with new furniture and furnishings. Instead, there are some smaller touches that you can include which will show that you’re fully embracing the joys of the French Riviera. Here are three holiday home ideas that are easy to carry out and that will impress your guests.

Artwork

You can find shops and stalls that sell local artwork in the Old Town. These pieces will often be unique and inexpensive. Meanwhile, you can get more well-known prints from locations such as the Musée National Chagall, a museum dedicated to the famous Russian-French artist Marc Chagall. Whichever artwork you can get your hands on, it can easily be the icing on the cake for people staying at your vacation rental in Nice.

Literature

Nice is a great place to unwind, kick up your feet and tuck into a good book. Thankfully, a few of history’s best novels have actually been set in the French Riviera. If you can get hold of texts like F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘Tender Is The Night’ or Ernest Hemingway’s ‘The Garden of Eden’, then it’s just another way that you’re allowing your guests to succumb to the romance of Nice. All you need is a few texts on a shelf to make people feel at home.

Pebbles

Pebbles are synonymous with Nice. After all, the bulk of the beaches feature pebbles rather than sand, therefore setting them apart from other locations in Europe. You can bring these pebbles – which are often smooth and shapely – into your home as a quirky decoration. Try collecting some in a jar or dish and featuring it as an ornament in your apartment.

Unleash your imagination

You’ll be onto a winner by celebrating the local culture and bringing it into your Nice apartment in the most subtle ways. Meanwhile, the management of your home can be left in the hands of HB Property. This will ensure that your place is one of the most popular vacation apartments in Nice.

When you’re preparing to rent out your apartment in Nice, it’s the attention to detail that will make the difference between an average review and a repeat booking. And a welcome basket should offer that unexpected wow that makes your guests’ stay a memorable one.

Create a five-star experience

Renting vacation apartments in Nice is now no longer the preserve of the holidaymaker on a budget. Experienced world travellers appreciate that renting holiday apartments in Nice offers greater freedom and flexibility to really experience a city, but they also have high expectations of their stay and expect it to offer the same comfort and convenience as a 5-star hotel.

So how can you replicate that experience? Imagine your guests are tired, stressed out and hungry on arrival and create a Nice apartment welcome that helps them to relax immediately in their new surroundings.

The food and drink option

A bottle of good Provencal Rosé chilling in the fridge and some carefully sourced artisanal Pâté and chèvre cheese with a fresh baguette and some delicious black Nicoise olives could form the basis of your welcome pack. Make sure that the kitchen is stocked with good coffee, herbal teas and drinking chocolate and that you provide bottled water and fresh milk. Fresh croissants, butter and delicious local jam will be welcome at breakfast time.

You could also go the extra mile and arrange a restaurant booking, set up options for click and collect shopping with the local hypermarkets and leave a full list of directions to your favourite market stalls, boulangeries and gelato shops.

Going the extra mile

If you’re welcoming a family with children, then provide age-appropriate toys – from a teddy to a games console – to keep them occupied. Discount vouchers from local attractions will also be appreciated.

For business travellers, hi-speed WiFi is essential so invest in a WiFi booster if necessary. You could also leave a useful power bank as a gift, branded with your logo and contact details.

If you offer a premium experience for a romantic retreat then scented candles, high thread count bedding, an iPod dock and samples of some delicious local olive oils, chocolates and other artisanal products will add to the atmosphere.

If you’d prefer to focus on the finer details and leave the management of your property to the professionals, then contact us at Harrison Brook Property and we’ll be pleased to discuss your requirements.

Whether you’re currently renting our your holiday apartments in Nice to visitors and tourists, or you’re just thinking about leaping into your first property investment, there’s a lot to think about. While your decor might be acceptable, with so many stunning properties out there, it’s important to ensure yours stands out from the rest – impressing your guests and improving your chances of return custom. Here are some of the latest trends you can incorporate into your property to inspire your visitors and improve your profits.

Modern fixtures

Many vacation properties feature stunning views, gorgeous furniture and great proximity to local amenities. But can lose out with less than up-to-date features, such as an old-fashioned kitchen or a retro bathroom. Though these aren’t dealbreakers for most, there are always guests who want to feel at home in their apartment, from being able to cook a meal purchased from authentic French markets to relaxing in the tub at the end of a long day of sightseeing. Providing attractive modern amenities ensures every part of your guest’s visit exceeds their expectations.

Unique features

We’re firmly in the time of social media, and there’s nothing better than seeing your property elicit delight or encouraging additional bookings thanks to an Instagram post or Facebook review. Something as simple as statement wallpaper, beautiful toiletries or vibrantly coloured furniture can make your property attract a younger, more social media savvy crowd – offering you free advertising and great reviews.

French inspired decor

If modern isn’t your thing, Nice’s floral and romantic Mediterranean past is another way you can differentiate your property. Combine French decor with painted shutters, well-maintained climbing plants and luxury furniture for a more classic feel that can transport your guests back in time. To those who live in Nice, it may feel a bit cliche, but to holiday goers these little touches will add to the novelty and romance of a vacation in Nice.

Feeling inspired? If you’re ready and raring to rent out your Nice property, we can help. At Harrison Brook Property, we take the stress out of holiday letting, leaving you to enjoy your profits and positive reviews. Set your property apart with stylish decor, exciting features and a stellar management service and you’re sure to impress. Contact us today to start your journey to profitability.

If you own a property in Nice and you’re thinking of letting it out to holidaymakers, you may be wondering whether to use a property management company or to take the DIY route.

Here is a run through of the advantages and disadvantages of using property management in Nice, France.

Advantages

One big advantage of handing over your holiday let is that you will have much more free time. Property management is time-consuming and can be a hassle, especially if you don’t live in France.

A good property management company will have a decent knowledge of the current rental market for the area. This should mean that you get more guests who are perfectly suited to your property. Happy guests mean repeat bookings. The management company’s tried and tested marketing strategy should also mean that they know who, where, and when to target. They will also have plenty of experience in dealing with guests who can be problematic and will have a good idea of which bookings to accept and which to decline.

A management company will take responsibility for all guest queries and will also take charge of chasing payments. In addition, they will look after guest arrivals and departures. Making sure that your property is left clean, tidy, and in good repair ready for the next arrivals is another great bonus. Your agent will also be on hand to handle any guest emergencies at any time; a very important consideration if you live in the UK and are not local to the property.

A good management company will look after all the paperwork associated with holiday letting, from booking confirmations, contracts, and accounts. They will also keep you up to date with current French legislation pertaining to holiday rentals.

Disadvantages

Despite all the advantages of contracting the management of your holiday let to an agency, there are still a few things to consider.

You will have to pay the agency’s fees, which could be between 20 and 40 percent of the letting income. This will reduce your potential profit, although the time and hassle you’ll save is worth the cost.

The other potential disadvantage is that you might not be able to use your property whenever you want to, depending on the contract you’ve agreed with the management company.

Do you have any questions about property management for your holiday apartments in Nice, or want to talk through the options? Get in touch with us at Harrison Brook today.

Nice marathon… the perfect excuse to see the city and stay fit

Whether you’re the sporty type or you prefer to watch the runners commit to a 42 kilometre run along to coast, the Nice marathon, otherwise known as ‘marathon de Alpes Maritimes’, is an event you don’t want to miss.

The event, taking place on November 5th 2017, will mark the 10 year anniversary of the Nice marathon. The marathon is open to everyone and offers a shuttle service for those a bit out the way. 

The run will see you beginning in Nice and crossing the finish line in Cannes. Your victory is rewarded upon arrival in Cannes as you’re given a “FINISHER” t-shirt courtesy of Skechers.

Taking place in November means a fresh air and maybe a slight breeze. But, sun lovers, don’t forget you are in the South of France. The sun is almost sure to be shining at some point during your trip.

The beautiful course is set along the coast. Running between palm trees with a beautiful sea view is juxtaposed by snowy mountains in the background.

If running 42 kilometres sounds a little bit steep to you, that shouldn’t put you off participating. You have the option to run the marathon and at the 21-kilometre mark switch with a partner who will finish the race you started! It’s a great way to get involved and run for the cause of your choice.

Practicality

The French Riviera is a popular holiday destination year round. Offering warm weather and beaches in the summer and Christmas markets, shopping and even skiing, just an hour away, in the winter. So if you’re coming from afar it’s important to book ahead.

With the large event drawing in athletes of all levels from across the world it’s almost certain that hotels will boost their prices. A private apartment may be the perfect solution.

Here at HB Property, we have on offer a range of apartments in and around Nice. With airport transfers, fresh linens, professional cleaning and even grocery shopping our rentals are perfect for a stress-free holiday.

If you’re interested in joining the Nice marathon or any events on the Cote-d’Azur, get in touch today for first class accommodation.

Hidden Gems of the popular Cote-d’Azur town, Nice.

Nice is one of Europe’s most beautiful and enjoyable cities. But, did you know it offers much to do outside of the usual tourist attractions? Here, we’re going to take a look at some of Nice’s hidden gems, ideal for when you fancy going off the beaten track.

1. Rue Bonaparte

Set next to the Place Garibaldi, Rue Bonaparte is a stylish network of bars, restaurants and cafes perfect for when you feel like unwinding on your vacation. Despite having lots to enjoy, Rue Bonaparte doesn’t have the same touristy feel as some of the city’s other venues, even in the busier season.

2. Chateau de Bellet

If you’re a wine fan, the Chateau de Bellet vineyards are definitely worth a trip to see. The combination of rare grapes and sulphurous terrain lead to wines that are quite unique and offer a once in a lifetime chance for any vino lovers. Take the tour and you’ll be able to enjoy the vineyards themselves, as well as the wine cellar and the Belletchapel. And, of course, there’s the chance to participate in tasting sessions.

3. Galerie Eva Vautier

If you love art but want to avoid the busier venues Galerie Eva Vautier is a great option. It’s based in the Liberation part of Nice town centre, and shows off the best contemporary work from France and beyond. The gallery also regularly puts on cutting-edge expositions, so if you time your trip right you might be able to catch some of Europe’s most compelling work.

4. La Grande Corniche

The south of France has long attracted driving enthusiasts, and La Grande Corniche is one of the most stunning roads in the region. The scenery along the road – which will take you all the way to Italy, if you want it to! – is jaw-dropping in places, taking in some of southern France’s most beautiful towns, as well as a unique bird’s-eye view of Monaco. For lovers of the road, La Grande Corniche is a must visit.

5. Coco Beach

For many people, holidays are all about the beach. In Nice, Coco Beach is the hidden gem. It’s never as crowded as the coastline and has an almost tropical feel. There are also a lot of opportunities for diving and climbing on the surrounding rocks. Snorkelling is also an option if you’re an animal lover and want to say hello to the local wildlife.

These hidden gems are a brilliant way to spend a day or two, especially when you have a great holiday apartment in Nice as your base. Contact us today to get your property sorted.

Once you’ve made the decision to let your property for holiday accommodation, you will want to do everything you can to ensure that it will appeals to guests and maximise your Nice holiday let. Here are our top tips for giving your apartment the wow factor:

1. Location

Nice is a winning location for holiday lets. The name is recognised the world over and brings with it associations of warm weather and beautiful scenery. Make sure that your listing makes the most of this, and of where in Nice you are. Are you close to any particular location or attraction which visitors may want to know about? Be sure they can tell.

2. Find your niche

Is your apartment particularly suited to one type of holidaymaker? Could it be perfect for families looking to escape to the beach, or is it the ideal romantic getaway? Is it close enough to the centre for those with mobility problems to enjoy sight-seeing or on a bus route for those without a car? Make the most of what is special about your place.

3. Tell a story

When creating your listing, don’t just deliver dry facts – tell people the story of what a stay in your apartment might be like. Talk about what other visitors have enjoyed, or what experiences are possible to have. Make it real – make it something that people want to experience, not just read about!

4. Exceed expectations

Having a great Nice holiday let is all about making the experience really magical for your guests. If you do then they are more likely to share their experience on review sites and help you build more business by word of mouth. Make sure everything is perfect, and if there are any problems then deal with them on the spot. It’s a rule of customer service that sometimes the clients who have the biggest problems end up being your biggest fans.

5. Let us help you!

We’d love to help you with listing your property. We are currently building up our portfolio of Nice holiday let properties, so if you have any questions, or you would like to hear more about who we are and what we do, then please contact us!

Nice has long been a firm favourite for holidays and getaways, due to its stunning scenery, culture, and architecture.  With so many things to explore, it can be difficult to fit everything in; that’s why we’ve compiled this list, so you can be sure to make the most out of this spectacular city.

Explore the culture

There are a plethora of museums to discover in Nice, varying from sport to contemporary art. There is a museum to suit all interests, but the Musée Matisse and Musée Marc Chagall are firm favourites that explore the works of some of France’s greatest artists.

The architecture of Nice is simply stunning.   You will never tire of seeing the city’s colourful buildings entwined with grand architecture.  You should make time to visit the Basilica Notre Dame, which is the oldest of Nice’s modern religious buildings and is perhaps even grander than its Parisian counterpart.  The Opéra de Nice is home to Nice’s philharmonic orchestra and national ballet. All of which are well worth a Visit during your stay.  If you’re visiting Nice in February, ensure that you take in the sights and sounds of Nice Carnival.

Eat, drink and relax

No visit to the French Riviera is complete without experiencing the vast array of wines and fresh produce it has to offer. Stop off at one of the many brasseries on the ever-popular Promenade de Anglais for a stunning Mediterranean view, and make sure to try a Socca – a chickpea flatbread that is one of the region’s specialities.

For something a little different, stroll down to Place Rossetti in the heart of the old town. Place Rossetti is right in front of the baroque Cathédral Sainte-Réparate and is filled with energy, music, and atmosphere. There are plenty of places to eat and drink nearby too.

Due to its location on the French Riviera, no visit to Nice would be complete without a day soaking up the sun on one of the region’s beaches. There are numerous private and public beaches in and around Nice – but do be aware of the pebbles!

Rent a holiday apartment in Nice

There is truly no better way to explore and do in Nice than from the comfort of your own holiday apartment. A holiday rental provides comfort, privacy, and space that a hotel room can not provide, and it is the perfect base to explore all of Nice, as well as its neighbouring towns and cities.

Here at Harrison Brook Property, we are passionate about helping you find the perfect holiday rentals in Nice, France, so do get in touch if you’re interested in booking your perfect escape today.

Nice is the perfect destination for your next trip and we can help with that. If you’re looking for high-quality accommodation, then our holiday rentals in Nice. France are a perfect and affordable solution for you. HB Property specialises in vacation apartments in Nice. We offer a fantastic range of vacation rentals and Nice apartments that are guaranteed to suit your needs.

Contact us today to find out more.