French Riviera Rental Apartments-Owner Information

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Riviera Pebbles is a holiday rental company based in Manchester, UK and Nice, France (under Nice Pebbles SARL). We have self-catering apartments, houses and villas in Nice, Cannes and Antibes and throughout the French Riviera. We are always looking to grow our portfolio of holiday rental properties across this gorgeous part of the world.

Riviera Pebbles evolved following the success of Nice Pebbles, a holiday rental business we set up in 2006.

We have now welcomed over 15,000 guests to our holiday rental apartments. Our websites receive over four hundred visitors a day, and for half the year, the demand for our holiday rental apartments outstrips supply. Over 30 % of our guests have booked a second trip to stay in one of our holiday rental apartments or villas or have recommended us to a friend or family member.

Both Riviera Pebbles and Nice Pebbles have excellent positioning in the major search engines, including Google. Both sites are on page one of google for "rental apartments in Nice". Riviera Pebbles is on first page of google for "rental apartments in Antibes" and "rental apartments in Cannes". Both sites are high on google for "holiday apartments in Nice", "French Riviera Rental Apartments".

Our properties are listed as recommended places to stay in some of the most respected travel resources including Time Out and Fodors where we are the only rental apartment agency listed. You can see the links on our home page.

To find out more about us and how we can help you with your rental property, please read our Frequently Asked Questions for Owners, or send us an email through our Contact page. We can send you an estimate of the level of annual return you can expect when you list your holiday rental apartment with us. Renting your apartment in mid and low season as well as the summer months can give most property owners well over a net return of £10,000 per annum. We can give you more information should you wish to set up an appointment with us.

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If you would like to list your holiday rental apartment, we would love to hear from you. Please fill in the contact form explaining which services you are interested in.

Once we receive the contact form we will contact you by email.

Let us tell you about the services we can offer you and find out more about your individual requirements to make sure our services are right for you and your holiday apartment in Cannes, Antibes or Nice.

For more information on listing with us, please see the FAQs.

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Our on-line booking system has proved invaluable for guests this year and the feedback has been extremely good. The system does not replace the personal touch, but enhances the customer service we can give to guests wanting to book an apartment rental quickly. Through the on-line booking system, guests can now book their flights and their rental accommodation within 30 minutes which appeals to most guests. We are always on hand to answer all queries by email and telephone and guests also find this reassuring. We promise to answer an email enquiry within 24 hours, but most guests receive replies immediately or within a few hours. We know being able to contact us quickly is paramount to securing the best bookings for our holiday properties in Nice, Cannes and Antibes.

Our on-line booking system also means that Owners can track bookings and revenue on line. As bookings come in, Owners know as soon as we do about the bookings, the amount secured for the booking and the dates the rental apartment will be occupied. We aim to be as transparent as we can at all times. Owners can also reserve their own dates on-line.

Our experience shows that happy guests come back and tell others. Holidays are precious. Personal recommendations are worth so much to a potential guest and are priceless to us and our owners. We ensure we deliver what we promise: a universally high standard and quality properties in Nice, Cannes and Antibes.

To monitor our standards, every property is vetted and often improved to meet our standards before it is taken onto our holiday apartment listings. Additionally, all guests are invited to give us feedback on the holiday apartment they have stayed in.

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There is an initial one-off fee to load up your rental apartment listing with us for the first time. Please consult us for full prices.

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Nice Pebbles moved into sales in early 2009. This decision was made after many guests approached us for advice on which apartment to buy in Nice for rental investment. Today Nice Pebbles Sales has grown to five real agent agents, all available to offer you advice to buy your perfect holiday home.

You can find out more information at Nice Pebbles Sales where there's a wealth of information about buying and selling.

Contact us with your property requirements.

You can pop in and see us at 20 Rue de L'Hotel des Postes.

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Bespoke Design Service for Your Apartment

Nothing sells a holiday rental apartment better than the right look and furniture. If you do not wish to kit out your holiday apartment yourself, there are companies here who can do so for you.

For Liz and Jim Gibney of Liz Gibney Interiors no project is too large or small. They offer a professional interior design service specialising from whole room projects to a complete home transformation. Highly recommended, they will discuss and listen to ensure that the end result perfectly matches your preferences and compliment the style of the apartment with the insight for letting and selling. They organise every aspect from start to finish, on time, to the right standard and within budget. To see their fantastic results take a look at the Cognac apartment. It is beautifully finished. The owners (Gayle & Matt Roberts) were delighted with the finished apartment, and were impressed how guests were quick to book.

Living Space

Sofa/Sofa bed - For two bedrooms plus, we would not recommend a sofa bed. This will only result in cramped surroundings for your guests. For one-bedroom apartments, a sofa bed is often desirable. Try to buy an expensive sofa bed that will look good on photographs. This will be well worth the extra expense. Consider corner sofas on longer thin lounges.

You need comfortable seating for as many people as the apartment can sleep. Properly seating four can take some careful planning if you have one bedroom and a sofa bed, but if you are advertising sleeping four, then you need sofas to comfortably seat four. One sofa and two hardback chairs or similar will lead to complaints.

Coffee table - Without a table guests will leave wine glasses on the floor that could result in spillages.

Lights/lamps - Soft lighting for reading is recommended for your guests’ comfort. Bear in mind that if you have a sofa bed, the sofa bed should have the facility to read from the bed, and some draw space near the bed for the person using the sofa bed is ideal. Check that the main lights are sufficient in the evening or buy lamps.

Dining table - For the kitchen or lounge you will need somewhere a dining table with seating for number of people the apartment is able to accommodate for sleeping, i.e., if it sleeps up to six, it needs table seats for six.

Do not underestimate the benefits of plenty of soft furnishings and final touches such as artwork, mirrors, cushions, and rugs. These make your holiday rental apartment a home.


Essential: wine glasses, tumblers, Brita water filter, corkscrew, bottle opener, tin opener, kitchen knives, cutlery, utensils, scissors, pans, baking tray, roasting tin, frying pan, saucepans, salt and pepper set, dinner plates, side plates, bowls, egg cups, mugs, kettle, coffee machine, chopping board, colander, tea towels.

Recommended: Toaster, juicer, champagne flutes, teapot, serving jug, cheese grater,

Ideal: microwave, scales, sieve, storage containers, measuring jug, potato peeler.


Essential: 2 pillows for each person, mattress and pillow protectors, bedside tables with drawers, bedroom reading lights, coat hangers, wardrobe space.

Recommended: cushions to decorate the beds, throws to sit on the bottom of the beds to dress the beds, mirror, pictures above the bed (these add interest to the photographs), hooks on back of doors

Ideal: waste bin, alarm clock,

Check how dark the room is at night. Are the shutters/curtains sufficient or does the light come through? It is essential that your guests can sleep in a dark enough room.


Essential: mirror, soap dish, toothbrush holder, toilet roll holder, shelf or other space to put toiletries (it ruins the feel of a luxury rental apartment if a guest has to put these on the floor), waste bin, towel rail, high-powered hairdryer, hooks on back of door, lock on door, bath mats.

Ideal: shaving mirror, linen/towel basket

If you have a glass shower screen, check the seal on it, floors can be very slippery if the seal is not great, and the shower water leaks onto the floor.


A washing machine is very desirable in a holiday rental apartment. If nothing else, they appreciate being able to wash a beach towel in summer. A tumble dryer is also desirable, as is a dishwasher.

Iron, ironing board, mop, and bucket, vacuum cleaner, supply of light bulbs for the various lights throughout the apartment.

Mop and bucket, sweeping brush, brush pan and brush, are all necessary items.

A doormat is useful.

Guests expect at least two sets of keys for their rental apartment.

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John Holding at HSBC can provide sound help and advice on a wide range of financial products, such as opening a French bank account and applying for a euro mortgage.

If you are looking for a mortgage to fund your rental property, then Peter Brookes is resident in Nice and is a registered financial advisor.

Michael Hackney provides assistance on arranging French mortgages. He excels at finding people mortgages whose financial circumstances are more complex than most.

French inheritance laws are very complicated and very different to English inheritance laws. If you need to draw up a new will to take into account your French property, then Lindsay Linnealy at Pannones in Manchester UK heads a team of lawyers who deal with all aspects of property abroad and speaks fluent French. She can help not just with wills and probate but also with any legal issue that might arise with your French property.

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We are looking for agents to manage Riviera Pebbles rental apartments across the French Riviera. If you are interested in working with us, please and tell us the area you are interested in.