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.

The HB Property team has enjoyed the beautiful Fete des Roses at the Ephrussi Rothschild Villa in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, here in the French Riviera. 

The amazing villa is a must do for anyone coming to visit the French Riviera. Not only for the magnificent gardens but also in order to get that insight feeling of what life must have been like for the rich and famous a century ago. The villa is a heaven for art collectors with porcelain, furniture –  a games table that once belonged to Marie Antoinette and a Louis XIV rug – and paintings by the Great Masters. 

You might find the entrance fee a bit expensive – 15 euros – but it is money well spent as the location has a lot to offer. Nowhere else on the French Riviera will you find a better place to enjoy art, architecture, nature and history all in one place.

The only downside we have found is that it is not easy accessible to people with limited mobility or pushchairs.

The English visitors might be particularly interested as the villa has an amazing tea room. The tea room’s terrace overlooks the Bay of Villefranche and offers unrestricted views of the bay. You can enjoy your high noon tea in the conservatory area overlooking the garden while also admiring the impressive porcelain collection of Baroness Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild. 

The villa is also available to rent for receptions and/or weddings so if you are looking for an original and charming location for an important event in your life this is the place to choose.

Why not visit the Rothschild Villa on your next visit to the French Riviera? Get in contact with HBProperty your perfect apartment and villa partner on the French Riviera.

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 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.

Things to do in Nice

In this blog, we’ve already covered many of ideas of ‘Things to do in Nice’. We have revealed Nice’s myriad attractions, including the best beaches, day trips and, most recently, the finest art and culture to be found in this picturesque Côte d’Azur city.

What we’ve yet to mention, however, is OGC Nice, the city’s football team, who are currently flying high in third position in Ligue 1. Here are three reasons you should go and watch Les Aiglons (‘The Eaglets’) while you’re here in France.

  1. They play in an ultra-modern stadium

Nice have played their football at the Allianz Rivieira, a state-of-the-art, 35,000 capacity stadium, since 2013. Located on Rue Jules Bianchi and constructed at a cost of €250 million, this eye-catching structure played host to four games at last summer’s European Championships, including Iceland’s shock win over England. French rugby club Toulon – winners of three Heineken Cups in 2013, 2014 and 2015 – also trot out there.

  1. They’ve got Mario Balotelli

The maverick former Manchester City striker joined Nice in the summer after an ill-fated spell at Liverpool, where he managed just one league goal in 16 appearances. Since moving to France, the Italian has found a new lease of life, netting 10 times. Crowds never know what to expect from the unpredictable ‘Super Mario’; he’s already been sent off twice as a Nice player, but has inspired his team-mates to an unlikely title charge…

  1. This is their best team since the 1950s

A traditionally unfashionable club who have had to live in the shadow of south coast neighbours Marseille for much of their history, Nice haven’t won a trophy since 1997. Before this season, they hadn’t challenged for the league title since their golden era of the 1950s, when they won ‘le championnat’ on four occasions.

But, masterminded by coach Lucien Favre and star players Balotelli, Alassane Plea and Jean Michaël Seri, Nice started 2016/17 like a house on fire, remaining unbeaten until the start of November. A series of draws after Christmas have handed the advantage to the much-richer Monaco and PSG, but Nice are still looking likely to qualify for the prestigious Champions League for the very first time.

Interested in a holiday rental apartment in Nice or to know about things to do in Nice? Get in touch with HB Property.

5 Nice landmarks you won’t want to miss

Located on the warm Southern coast of France, also known as the fashionable “French Riviera”, it is little wonder that so many people choose to visit Nice landmarks. 

With a pleasant climate, family-friendly culture and wonderful holiday apartments, Nice has for generations been the first choice for people looking to relax on holiday. People from all over France, Europe and the rest of the world flock to Nice for its world-class beaches, exquisite cuisine and unique cultural and historical nice landmarks. With so many wonderful places to visit, it might initially feel overwhelming, so we have picked five places you should not miss out on:

1. Place Masséna

The main square in the city, Place Masséna is surrounded by beautiful red ochre Italian architecture and hosts many different events such as concerts, festivals and carnivals throughout the year. Whether or not there is an event on, there is plenty of atmosphere and wonderful sites to soak up.

2. Nice Cathedral

Built between 1650 and 1699 on a religious site that dates back to the 11th century, Nice Cathedral is a beautiful baroque-style building that houses ten chapels and an iconic bell tower. The Cathedral has a rich history and is held in high esteem by locals and visitors alike.

3. Place Rossetti

Arguably the most pleasant place to spend the later part of an afternoon, Place Rossetti has within it some of the finest places to dine in the area, hosting a delicious choice of restaurants. Even if you don’t fancy a meal, it is a wonderful place to sit down and relax with an ice cream, beer or glass of wine.

4. Promenade des Anglais

Built in the 1830s for the English aristocracy (hence the name), the Promenade de Anglais is a long stretch of walkway that hugs the coast providing a wonderfully picturesque route to stroll along the seafront and gaze out to sea. The miles of coastline that it runs alongside is regarded as one the best beaches in Europe and is a perfect place to relax in the sun or take a dip into the sea.

5. St Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral

A French national monument and the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedral in Western Europe, St Nicholas’ was built by Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and opened in 1912. The legal disputes of ownership (it is technically owned by the Russian state) does not detract from the grandiose and beautifully designed nature of the cathedral. The ornately painted domes and incredible religious iconography continue to fascinate visitors of any religion.

There are many great ways to enjoy this city but choosing to rent holiday apartments in Nice is one of the easiest and most enjoyable. Find out more by contacting us at Harrison Brook Property today.

Top four things you’ll want from your nice property management company

The most important thing if you’re looking for a company to manage your property is that they’ll treat it as their own.

At Harrison Brook Property we manage property in Nice on behalf of our clients and know what you are looking for.

If you want to rent out your apartment for a additional source of income then there are some important specifics to look for as well:

1. Are they available?

Good property managers won’t over-stretch themselves so that they can be available to check in, check out and look after your property whenever it’s necessary. How much attention your property will need will depend on whether you’re letting it out to long term tenants or as a short-stay holiday apartment.

The former will require frequent and more in-depth management, whereas the latter will require less work. However, inspections and maintenance checks must be performed regularly, not put to one side.

2. How do they find your tenants?

You may not want this service, you might be comfortable finding your own tenants and just want someone to manage the property. But if you do want it, find out how and where the property will be advertised.

Do they ask a lot of questions about the type of tenant you require? Will they be collecting rent? Do you want a full management proposal?

3. How are fees structured?

Find out exactly what fees are due and when.

4. What about after hours?

Will the property management company be able to handle emergencies outside office hours? Will they be contactable and will they handle problems themselves or use qualified local experts?

HB Property are here for you. Based in Nice, HB Property are here on the ground close to your property. We know that owners want to feel that their property is cared for and we understand precisely how to do that.

We operate a high quality, transparent property management and holiday rental company where customer service is our top priority.

To find out how we can help you today, contact our helpful team.