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room and bathroom at each end of the large living room, plus a third guest WC in the entrance hall. We were concerned that it had no balcony, but Laura assured us that there was so much going for the apartment it would not affect the rentals, and she has been proved right. Matt of Nice Pebbles recommended Liz Gibney Interiors to furnish it; so another enjoyable day was spent with Liz and her husband Jim in their super shop, Coup de Foudre, in St-Paul-de-Vence which is a real treasure trove of beautiful things. It was decided that we would just leave it to Liz as we had no fixed ideas of what we wanted (luckily), just a mix of old and modern. Liz and Jim also assured us that they would be able to carry out the small amount of renovation work and install ceiling fans in every room.


Anne and Huw Collings came to stay with us as rental guests and fell in love with the French Riviera. Like many of our guests, a few holidays later they decided that owning their own slice of the French Riviera as a holiday home was achievable, especially if they rented it out when not using it themselves. Here is their story.


“My husband and I first visited Nice in Spring 2008. We felt that it was a city that ‘had it all’ and decided we would perhaps invest in the property rental market. We had already discovered Nice Pebbles, loved their informative website, and decided that if we did buy anything, we would ask them to rent it for us. As luck would have it, they also had a sales section, so we contacted Laura of Pebbles Sales who we eventually met up with in May 2010. We spent a few thoroughly enjoyable hours with her viewing apartments with two bedrooms. It was great fun—‘A Place in the Sun’ come to life. “One apartment we particularly liked. It was excel- lently located in Rue Alberti, so close to everything a visitor to Nice would want. The layout was perfect; it was light and spacious, catching the morning sun and overlooking the gardens of apart- ments opposite. The layout was ideal with a bed-


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“Laura suggested a notaire and the purchase of the apartment went smoothly, enabling a much earlier completion than anticipated. This meant that we might be able to take advantage of September bookings, which Laura hoped might be possible. We were a little doubtful as it meant bringing Liz’s deadline forward by a couple of weeks, but she and her husband pulled out all the stops and by 18th August it was finished. I’ll never forget walking into the transformed apartment. We were both quite overwhelmed; it was superb. We were so glad she had taken on the project, as we would never have achieved ‘the look’ which she had. We loved the prints and paintings (some original), the soft furnishings which picked up the colours of the trimmings she organised on the inherited curtains, the lamps and so many other things which made the apartment feel homely, yet so stylish. In fact, she supplied everything from the beautiful old trumeau mirror sitting over the original fireplace to the last teaspoon.


“We enjoyed just three days in the apartment before moving out to enable our first guests to move in, and it rented out solidly until the end of October. We have had some great feedback from guests that has been so nice to hear.


“We are delighted with our purchase, the rental income we are receiving, and the knowledge that the apartment is being well looked after. We have found Nice Pebbles a very professional company to deal with, always approachable, friendly and helpful.”


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