Summer in the South of France...
Such a nice ring to those words…
The name 'French Riviera' conjures up images of sunshine, blue skies, incredible vistas, the golden era, celebrities and fashion, not to mention the outstanding cuisine.
After Paris, the Côte d’Azur is the second most popular tourist destination in France, attracting in excess of 11 million tourists a year and for many good reasons. In the early 1900s, F. Scott Fitzgerald immortalised the Côte d’Azur in his later books and Coco Chanel made tanning fashionable - both were part of the early 20th century celebrity crowd who put the Côte d’Azur on the map.
Boasting exceptional transport links and some of the world’s most sought after addresses, not to mention a glittering social calendar, the French Riviera attracts visitors and buyers from all over the world.
If you are looking to start your French Riviera adventure, you could opt to stay in a hotel, or you could live like a local and experience the true Riviera lifestyle by renting a property.
So, what are the key things to know when holiday hunting?
• Rental property on the Riviera that is available for holidays and short term lets is known locally as 'location saisonnière'. This term translates into English as 'seasonal rentals' and you will find properties advertised under these terms, in English and French, or under 'locations courte durée'.
• Many top rental properties have a minimum rental period, especially in key locations where there is a high demand, such as St Tropez and St Jean Cap Ferrat.
• Upon a decision to rent, you will be issued with a contract, and due to French Law this will be in French, which holds precedent, however, many agents offer a bilingual version.
• A deposit will need to be paid in advance. This varies in relation to the price of property but expect to pay circa 25%.
• Some villas offer additional services such as a chef, cleaner or driver. Make sure you are clear as to what is included in your rental and the costs incurred for any additional services required, such as catering.
• Don’t be afraid to look at alternative locations. Inland areas are often overlooked in favour of sea views, however, locations such as Grasse, St Paul de Vence and Mougins are all well-known for good reasons.
• Seasonal rentals are not all about the summer season; it's never too early to think ahead to this year's ski season.
• Last but not least, make sure you research local events and festivals that are taking place while you are staying in the area. There is a lot going on throughout the summer, whether you are interested in the Fête de la Musique, the exceptional firework displays on the coastline, the celebration of perfume in Grasse or the historic Les Voiles de St Tropez.
For further information about rental properties in the French Riviera, please do not hesitate to contact our knowledgeable and multilingual team.
Savills French Riviera Seasonal Rentals
+33 (0)4 93 87 41 15
Disclaimer: The information provided is not exhaustive and is only offered as an introductory guide, without liability. It should not be considered as formal advice and does not constitute an opinion and should not be relied on as such.