Fall in love with Nice this autumn….

From beautiful vacation rentals to stunning apartments, the holiday rentals market is booming in Nice, and it’s not difficult to see why. Located in the French Riviera, right on the French coast of the Mediterranean Sea, and nestled at the foot of the Alps, there are more than a few reasons why people fall in love with Nice la Belle.

From as far back as the 18th century, the English have been packing up their bags and making their holiday plans in Nice, due to the stunning views, warm weather and beautiful beaches that delighted a country far more used to wet, windy weather throughout autumn. Since then, Nice has become a hotspot for visitors across every month, with visitors enjoying the laid-back metropolitan vibe that the city provides with plentiful shopping, great food and mild weather.

Here are just some of the reasons you’ll fall in love with Nice this autumn:

Visit the Riviera

With many picturesque coastal towns, beautiful blue seas and countless yachts dotted along the waves, you don’t get much more glamorous than the French Riviera – which is probably why all the celebrities choose to sun themselves there too. Boat tours, driving tours and more allow you to further explore the coast, from Cannes to Monte Carlo. Mediterranian architecture in earthy tones is everywhere, creating the feeling of a river lost in time that is anything but autumnal.

Experience the taste

Nice takes the metropolitan feel even further with a huge variety of eateries, delis and restaurants to choose from. If you’re looking for gelato or ice cream, you’ll certainly be spoiled for choice, with some establishments having been open for more than 50 years. Whereas it’s time for hot chocolate and warm jumpers in the UK, in Nice you can sample gourmet French cuisine, as well as get a taste of the Mediterranean with Italian-style cooking and bakeries if that’s more your kind of scene.

Take in the history

Not only is Nice beautiful, it’s got a long and storied history that’s fascinating to learn about. Discover the Victorian Promenade des Anglais, one of the most famous and lengthy beaches on the Riviera; or visit La Colline du château, the site of an ancient fortress that’s now the ideal place for a picnic with beautiful greenery. Nice also features multiple stunning art galleries and museums to explore, and thanks to the lack of rainy, miserable weather you can enjoy a picnic at many historical locations.

Want to explore the area for yourself with vacation apartments in Nice? Contact us today to discover what the French Riviera can offer you this autumn. We’re sure you’ll fall in love.

Create a second income, from home…

Growing bills and household expenses means we’d all love to have a bit of extra money coming in. However, unless someone invents a way to put more hours in the day, it’s not always possible for French property owners to take on extra hours at work or second jobs.

So how can you work from home in France, and increase your revenue?

A picture perfect income source

If you own a holiday apartment in Nice, then you have access to some of the most beautiful French countryside and coast, as well as colourful sights and events. Why not pick up a camera and see if you can make money from the global fascination with digital imagery?

Become a YouTube star

One of the best opportunities afforded by modern technology is the lucrative market in YouTube videos. There is some serious money to be made in producing online video material.

You could turn your Nice apartment kitchen into a cooking demonstration backdrop. Your bedroom into a beauty technique studio.  Or maybe, your living room into a venue for hobby tutorials.

Write an eBook

The digital age has also made it much easier to release your inner author. Based in the truly inspiring backdrop of Nice, why not create a masterpiece to offer to publishers or self-promote on the internet?

Become an eCommerce entrepreneur

Countless people in France are generating a second income by selling products and services online, from the comfort of their own homes.

It could be anything from homemade preserves and furniture restoration to beauty products and car repairs.

Holiday rentals in Nice, France

Undoubtedly one of the best and easiest ways to generate a second income if you have an apartment in Nice is to use a property management company to hire it out for holiday lettings.

Nice has the advantage of offering all-season attractions for tourists looking for short breaks and holidays. This means there is always demand for Nice apartments for vacation rentals.

One of the advantages of using your Nice property to make money in partnership with Harrison Brook, is that the management and bookings are handled seamlessly by someone else. This leaves you free to concentrate on your primary job, from wherever you live during the rental period. Plus, you can choose when to offer availability around the year. You can suit it to your own preferences and needs, and still be sure of a good source of income.

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.

Making the most of your trip to the French Riviera

For many of us, a holiday is a perfect opportunity to really get the feel for a city. Immerse ourselves in the culture and lifestyle of somewhere far from home. But, sometimes it’s good to see the bigger picture!

Soaking up the charms of Nice on foot is a great way to get to grips with this quaint city – you can stroll along streets lined with traditional seafood restaurants, shop in tiny local boutiques and wander down the promenade to get a feel for what life in Nice is like.

Hire a boat for a trip off the coast of Nice, is also perfect. You’ll be treated to some of the best views there are of this delightful French seaside city. By taking the long view you can see all that this wonderful city has to offer in one panoramic view.

It’s not the only reason you should hire a boat, of course. For the keen scuba diver, there are some fantastic opportunities available. The French Riviera has some of the best underwater wildlife anywhere in the world. A trip beneath the waves will not disappoint.

For those with a more sedentary approach to life, hiring a boat can be the ultimate luxury. You can sunbathe, enjoy a glass of wine and feast on some local cheese and meat for an off-shore picnic whilst acting as your own private sun-lounger moored off the coast of one of France’s most beautiful cities.

If you’ve got kids in tow, your little ones will love the excitement of doing something different; and unlike other modes of transport, it may even be safe for them to take their turn at steering (under close supervision). It’s a great mid-week treat if you’re staying in Nice on holiday, to mix things up a little!

How can we help

The ocean is just one of many things that draws thousands of tourists to Nice every day – and it’s the perfect spot for a family holiday. If you’re thinking of booking a trip to Nice, take a look at the properties we have available to rent. Get in touch today for the best rate!

The Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monaco attracts thousands from around the world. The huge car racing event takes place yearly and sees some of the biggest names in the industry whizzing round the public (but closed for the event, of course) streets of Monte Carlo.

If you’ve found yourself here then I’m sure you already know plenty about Formula 1 itself. So today I’m going to focus on the other side of the event – the life of Monaco.

As said by Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff at last year’s Grand Prix- “It is glamorous”. This is exactly it. Peel your eyes off the track for a second and spot the likes of Justin Bieber and Cara Delevingne draped in designer gear eager to join the event. Look further past the seating and you’ll find a queue of Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s and if you’re lucky there’s always a Bugatti to spy.

If cars and celebrities are for you then don’t worry. Monaco boasts some of the best nightlife in the world, and during the Grand Prix this is only amplified. So after a day of drinking champagne on luxury super yachts prepare to party at one of the biggest events of the year.

But where does Harrison Brook come into this?

To match the luxury lifestyle presented during this momentous event, HB property offers a selection of opulent properties for rent. We have an unparalleled personalised service, offering airport transfers, cleaning, fresh linens and even groceries!

For a step outside the busy event we offer apartments in, and around, the chic town of Nice. Enjoy the boulangeries, restaurants and handmade products found in the old town; stroll along the famed ‘Promenade Des Anglais’ or indulge in some culture with the various museums found around the coastal city.

With trains to Monaco taking less than 20 minutes it’s not surprising that Grand Prix guests come flocking every year.

So for accommodation for the Monaco Grand Prix, get in touch with HB Properties for a paramount service at a very competitive price.

Nice Holiday Rental – How to have maximum impact? 

If you’re dipping your toe into the Nice holiday rental market, then you’ll want to maximise your holiday home or apartment’s booking potential by putting some thought into the way you style your property. Owners of holiday apartments in Nice often comment on the great feedback they receive when they’ve taken the time to style their property, and the repeat bookings and word of mouth recommendations they receive as a result. They say a picture speaks a thousand words, but to get those perfect photos that hook potential renters browsing the web you need to have styled your rental apartment to appeal to your chosen market.

  • Style your Nice holiday rental for your target market

Do you have a cosy studio ideal for a romantic break, or a larger apartment that’s perfect for a family holiday? The key to getting the style right is to identify your target market and develop a decor plan accordingly.

For example, if the luxury market is on your radar, then WiFi, docking stations and a home cinema system are a must, plus fluffy bathrobes, high-quality bath products and a concierge service. Try a palette of rich golds, camels and creams for a true luxe feel.

For the child-friendly market, make sure you provide baby equipment, books, games and DVDs and secure the pool. Keep the colour scheme light and neutral with low maintenance, easy-clean fabrics and wall finishes.

Take your style inspiration from your surroundings; for example, if yours is a character apartment, then blend shabby chic with modern convenience. Consider that your renters want to visit your holiday apartment to relax and recharge so keep colours and lighting schemes restful and calming.

  • Sell the complete experience

Getting the styling right is only half of the equation. You’ll need some great interior and exterior shots – consider setting up an Instagram account as part of your marketing strategy – and a full description that goes beyond simply letting renters know where to find the apartment and the amenities available.

If you’re struggling to market your apartment’s USP, then HB Property is here to help. Harrison Brook property management can make renting your holiday apartment simple and stress free. Contact us for more details.

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.

Visit Nice – 4 Great Reasons 

To visit Nice is to discover the beauty that is Nice in France, one of the best destinations in Europe for a city break or a long indulgent couple of weeks away. Here are our top four reasons why a holiday to Nice should be the next destination on your list!

1. Sunshine all-year-round

The city of Nice enjoys the longest hours of sunshine in the region of the French Riviera. It enjoys approximately 2668 hours of the sunshine per year which means there’s never a bad time to visit Nice. It all depends on what you want to do. If you fancy a dip in the sea, then the best month to visit is August when the average sea temperature is around 24°C.

2. It’s the perfect exploration base

If you fancy wandering beyond Nice, you’re in luck. The city of Monaco is only a low-cost bus ride away (around €1.50). It gives you the opportunity to bask in the lavish luxury of the harbour and its surroundings. You can also hop on a bus and discover many authentic ports and perched villages, which will enable you to see a unique side to Nice.

3. Nice oozes romance

Whilst Paris and Rome might be the first destinations that pop into your head when you think of romantic cities, Nice is underrated. Take the miniature train from the Promenade des Anglais up to the Château Gardens high above Nice. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy romantic company whilst embracing the beauty of Nice. You could even check out the famous flower market in Cours Saleya which is located in the heart of Old Nice. Stroll hand-in-hand amongst the smells and bright colours of the beautiful flowers – why not pick a bunch for your loved one?

4. Wine region

If you are a wine consumer, you will love what Nice has to offer. As well as its fabulous wines on offer in many restaurants, you have the opportunity to indulge in a wine tasting tour. Try an organic wine tour by visiting two vineyards on Bellet Hill. Taste organic rosé, white and red wines! Head to Côtes de Provence where you can taste wine from a region that specialises in the best rosé wines in the World.

Now that you’ve discovered visit Nice is the perfect destination for your next trip, the next thing you need is accommodation. 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.

Nice holiday home

If you’ve decided to rent out your Nice holiday home for the first time, there’s a lot to think about. One issue on your agenda should be the things you should leave in your property ready for guests to use. Aside from the essentials, like cutlery, bedding and crockery, here are four other items that could help make their stay memorable . You can boost their chances of recommending your property:

  1. A basket of goodies for their arrival

When guests arrive to stay, they’ve often been travelling for hours. They’re tired, thirsty, hungry and need a rest. What better way to greet your guests in their temporary home than by leaving a special basket of goodies to welcome them?

For example, a French stick, some local speciality cheese, butter, a bottle of French wine, soft drinks if you know children are coming, pastries, chocolate or biscuits. It doesn’t have to be expensive items, but if you package it up nicely in a basket. It will make a good impression when they arrive and they’ll have something to enjoy as they settle in.

  1. A welcome pack

It’s always a nice touch to leave your visitors some kind of guide to the property and the area. But rather than just leaving a bundle of information guides or home appliance booklets, why not go one step further and make a special welcome pack?

You could include details of the property, how things work, what to in the local area, details of restaurants nearby. Also what to do if there’s a problem and include details of how they can contact you if they need to. If you’ve got WiFi in the property, don’t forget to include the code too!

  1. Maps of the local area

While a lot of people rely on GPS or their mobiles for maps these days, it’s still nice to leave some paper maps of the local area in your property. It gives people the chance to pore over a map in the evening as they decide what to do and is especially useful if there’s poor, or no, WiFi in the area.

  1. Toiletries in the bathroom

Many properties don’t provide any toiletries for guests, but it can be a nice added touch to leave a few items. You can either add a small basket of essentials to a bathroom – a small bar of soap, a small bottle of shampoo or a shower cap – or add a larger bottle of bath and shower gel. The latter can be easily fixed to the wall and simply topped up when required.

Contact us for more information on renting out your holiday apartment in Nice, get in touch with Harrison Brook Property today.