5 reasons to holiday in Nice during spring

If you’re looking for an excuse to travel this spring, you could do a lot worse than Nice. Though generally a classic summer destination, thanks to the Mediterranean warmth and beautiful tourist trap beaches a holiday in Nice during spring has its advantages. Here are just a few reasons to try out this French paradise early this year:

Less tourists

The number one advantage of giving Nice a visit during the spring season is the substantial reduction in tourists. Though during the school holidays there will likely be a steep increase; booking outside these times will see beaches and tourist spots significantly less crowded.

Lower heat

Though the beautiful summer weather in Nice is world-renowned, in spring the city reaches acceptable temperatures of at least 17C, which is warm enough for comfort without being too hot to do or see anything. You may not want to lie on the beach all day, it does give you an opportunity to do more.

The opportunity for exploration

Unlike a standard beach holiday, visiting Nice off-season boasts a fantastic city to explore. A city with a long and fascinating history, immerse yourself in the artistic culture and history of the place.

Cheaper prices

Another considerable advantage of off-season travel is reduced cost. For anything from flights to accommodation, travelling to Nice in spring gives you fewer costs and therefore more money to play around with. Whether you choose to upgrade your property or eat out three times a day is up to you – but you’ll enjoy your cash more when it’s not spent on trains, planes or petrol costs.

The beauty of spring

Nice is stunning in summer, but a holiday in Nice during spring allows you to see the city bloom. As the beginnings of long, lazy sunshine-filled days begin, a riotous amount of flowers, both grown from baskets and window boxes and grown naturally, fills the city with perfume and makes for the perfect, idyllic photos to post on your Facebook. Need we say more?

If you own an apartment in the Nice area and you’re looking for a great property management company in Nice, France, or if you’re looking for a stunning location to rent this spring, contact us at HB Property today. We’d love to help.

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.

Your property in Nice has the potential to bring in a significant second income for you and your family, but you need to maximise the property to get the best results you can from it. Here we explore how you can make your Nice property better suited for holiday guests.

Solve their little problems

Everything you can do to make the arrival at the property easier and more comfortable for the tenant will make it an easier sell. Consider the initial arrival in terms of the review that you want to receive at the end. Putting a bottle of local wine, some milk, coffee and tea out ready for them adds little expense to your set up but means that they can get comfortable right away.

You should also provide towels, bed linen and wifi so that they can set up immediately upon arrival with minimal stress. These simple services will lead to better experiences and better reviews that will, in turn, draw more customers in.

Make it easy to find

No matter how good your property is, holidaymakers will go elsewhere unless you make it easy to find. In a nearly saturated market, this can be difficult, but with the right property management company in Nice, you won’t need to worry about this. By allowing a large business that specialises in holiday rental properties to promote your property, you will be able to tap into a larger customer base and will start to fill your property more readily and easily.

Recommend the best of the local life

With your local knowledge, you can easily help to improve the experience of the holidaymakers on your property. Tell them where the best beaches are, where to go for the finest foods and the local tricks to avoid paying parking charges and getting ripped off as tourists. Leaving a welcome pack with some local knowledge like this in the property will help to improve the visitor’s experience and doing so will lead to better reviews and more custom.

 

Remember that it is all about making the property work for the holidaymaker. If you can promote their comfort and get good reviews from them, then you will have no problem filling your vacation rental. For more information about renting your Nice property, get in touch with Harrison Brook Property today.

HB Property Wine Tasting

What a great way to end a work year and get ready for the holidays! A wine tasting with our friends from Vin de Terre. The HB Property team participated in an open house wine tasting event in the original location where Vin de Terre is based just in central Nice. We have tasted a large variety of white wines with special notes like the Duberny Chardonnay Viognier, Pouilly Fume and the Saint-Bris Sauvignon Blanc. Every sip came with a little anecdote and a piece of history so time and glasses just flew by.

 

Vin de Terre

We’ve learned that a good Chianti wine can be recognised by a label with a black rooster. An important lesson learnt! This will not guarantee that you are drinking the best Chianti but it will say it is a good quality one. We also tried Spanish red wine from our friends at Vina Ijalba and we were quite impressed by the Ijalba Graciano – the first 100% organically-grown Graciano in the world.
So whenever you are in Nice and you are looking for a nice experience that involves wine, friends and interesting historical facts don’t hesitate to contact Ewan from Vin de Terre. Needless to say, all tours and wine tasting events are bilingual so everyone can join in. You don’t even need to travel far thanks to their central location!

 

Vin de Terre

Feeling thirsty? Harrison Brook Property can arrange your stay on the French Riviera. We deal with everything from fresh linen to airport transfers. We’ll even stock your fridge, and of course, include a bottle of wine from our friends at Vin de Terre. So, whether you’re ready for a holiday or you’re looking to rent out your property get in touch today! We’ll remove all the stress and make your experience unforgettable.

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.

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.

Nice is a city that is very much alive whatever time of year you visit. Making it the ideal out of season destination. Renting your holiday homes in Nice outside the high season window is viable. For example, a focus on Christmas can be both enjoyable and lucrative.

1. The perfect festive getaway

With a little research, you can provide your guests with an itinerary for a Christmas they’ll never forget. From the Circuit des Crèches in the nearby hilltop village of Luceram to skating in Monaco harbour, to the wonderful Christmas markets in the region, this is the perfect festive getaway. And with world class ski resorts just an hour away, your guests can hit the piste to ski away that Christmas dinner. Provide outstanding service with plenty of information, website addresses and details of car hire and public transport and you’ll get five-star reviews on your holiday apartments in Nice.

2. Market the ideal Christmas

Emphasising the appeal of your property whatever time of year you’re hoping to attract new guests is important. Perhaps you’re a short walk from the glittering festive Ferris wheel with its stunning views over the town and coast – just perfect for a romantic getaway. Or maybe you’re on the seafront, so an adventurous family can take part in one of the Christmas swims that happen throughout December – Santa hat obligatory! A tight focus on a particular marketcan reap rich rewards.

3. Take the time to decorate

Provide a tree and some appropriate decorations. Featuring the famous clay santons of the region is a touch that elevates your homes in Nice above other options. Why not add some Christmas food and wine regional specialities likethe thirteen desserts of dried fruit and nuts. Maybe even add a bottle of a good Provençal rosé or a French fizz to celebrate with?

4. Ask the professionals

You can offer an outstanding Christmas experience to your guests if you have the time and expertise, or you can let a professional agency like Harrison Brook property handle it for you, making renting out your property in Nice simple and hassle free. Contact us to see how we can help you create the ideal holiday rental at any time of year.

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!

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.