This is the town described by the National Geographic as one of the seven most beautiful on the French Riviera.

But it’s also a town with a history going back to Roman times and a vibrant artistic and cultural heritage which continues to thrive.

And it’s all within an easy walk of your front door.

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The Gatehouse Studios

There are three studio apartments spread over two storeys of The Gatehouse.

Access to the studio apartments is gained via the original stone-hewn spiral staircase leading to each of the separate levels.

With this in mind, we suggest you consider the accessibility of the studios in terms of the relative mobility of each member of your party. There is no lift/elevator in the studios.

Whichever Studio you choose, you are certain to enjoy the authentic, provincial charm, with all the comforts of home, including a practical kitchen and private en suite.

Each studio is fully self-contained, with its own entrance from the spiral staircase.

• No smoking
• No pets

Each studio is fully set up with

  • heating
  • wifi
  • ensuite with shower; hair dryer
  • kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave/convection oven, two hotplate stove, electric kettle
  • full crockery and cutlery and utensils
  • linen and towels
  • iron, ironing board, clock-radio
  • double bed and roll-away bed
  • hair dryer
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A typical studio floor plan

approx 23 square meters

Booking your Provence Holiday

Each studio costs €572 per week and takes a maximum of three adults.

Bookings are from Saturday to Saturday. Check-in after 4.00pm and check-out by 10.00am. Arriving after 8pm incurs a call-out fee - no arrivals after midnight.

Longer stays attract a special rate so please enquire if you're thinking of spending more than a week with us.

On confirming your booking, we ask for a deposit of €343.

Payment can be made through Paypal

Because there are three apartments to choose from we can usually accommodate small groups.

Let us know how many people are travelling and when you are expecting to be in Vence and we’ll be able to accommodate you.

We don’t have on-line booking and we don’t have a calendar of availability - we’d much prefer to talk to you first.

Making a booking or making an enquiry is just so easy. Use the form to contact us, and if you include your phone number, we’ll happily give you a call.

Once you’re happy with arrangements, we’ll make the booking and ask for a deposit and then final payment (by Paypal).

And then, all you do is arrive in Vence and your apartment will be ready waiting for you.

Let us know when you're thinking of coming to Vence, how many guests there will be - or just have a chat about holidaying in Vence

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Reviews by guests of The Vence Gatehouse Studios

Liz and Roger Enjoyed our time once again. Met some wonderful people and visited a range of restaurants. Really liked the Ambroisie nearby and the Bistro du Peyra. Went to all the usual venues and St. Jeannet a new one. We can see how all have developed over the last ten years. Had a stroll around the cemetery and spotted some of Rogers family perhaps. Thanks for another memorable experience. Fond regards
Denis and Barb.

History of The Gatehouse Studios

The Gatehouse was built into the medieval walls of Vence - a large stone on the building is carved 1592, the year the locals won out in a widespread religious war. The victory is still commemorated each year with a mass at the Cathedral.


In 1787, as a convenience to the then Bishop of Vence the Porte d’Orient or Western Gateway was cut through the city walls, right next to the Gatehouse - in this photo you can see the "new" masonry infill over the gateway.

The Gatehouse studios have been in the Badalassi family for more than sixty years and are now owned and managed by Roger Badalassi and Liz O’Shaughnessy.

When you holiday with us, you are dealing directly with the owners. Liz and Roger divide their time between Melbourne and Vence.

Kirsten, your Gatehouse Studios Concierge

Looking after you during your stay in Vence is Kirsten.

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Kirsten has extensive experience, previously living and working in Paris, Amsterdam and Copenhagen, but luckily for us she has now chosen Vence as her home.

Kirsten has a bubbly personality, an infectious laugh, and a wonderful sense of humour. All the characteristics needed for her role.

Apart from these traits, Kirsten has a very sound business background, and is fluent in Danish, English, French and German

If you’re flying into the region, the nearest international airport is Nice.

From the airport to Vence by car is about 25 minutes if you’d rather avoid tolls. Paying a toll saves 5 minutes.

There is public parking close to your studio apartment in Vence.

The most direct bus route from the airport takes about 45 minutes, which includes a ten minute walk to the bus station near the airport, and five minutes when you get off at Vence.