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A dream villa overlooking the most beautiful bay on the French Riviera.
In the heart of the French Riviera, between Nice and the Principality of Monaco, Villefranche Villa 8852 enjoys a splendid panorama over the Bay of Villefranche Sur Mer, one of the world’s most beautiful areas, against the backdrop of the promontory of Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat.
Entirely rehabilitated in rigorous respect of the spirit of the times, it now offers a chance to plunge into the magnificence and comfort of the legendary Riviera’s heyday. In the late 1870’s, this exceptional location charmed one of the region’s greatest families who had the original structure built; the whole project, including the magnificent iron dome, was commissioned from Gustave Eiffel, the famous french engineer.
A sumptuous wrought-iron gate opens the way to the estate and onto an alley leading through the park to the circular entrance. Access to the Villa’s main courtyard is through a monumental marble staircase rising to the porch with Doric columns leading to the main entrance hall.
A series of arcades, highlighted with white stone columns in the middle, surrounds the Villa. It supports a terrace that is amplified by a rotunda in front of the lounges, overlooking the garden with the outdoor swimming pool and pool house.
In a dominant position over the sea, the vast 15000 square meter park is entirely planted with fine trees, including centuries-old olive and palm trees, Aleppo pines and cedars of Lebanon.
A home dedicated to the art of fine living, the designers conceived it from the start as an exceptional venue for vacation and rest, and those who recently renovated it sought to prolong this state of mind while hoisting it to the most modern standards of comfort.
With a total surface area of 2800 square meters, plus 700 square meters of porches, terraces, balconies and inner patios, the Villa is made up of 5 levels.
On the Garden level, this is mainly for recreational activities and cooking.
There is an entrance hall, central game room, gym, indoor swimming pool, steam bath, TV room, industrial kitchen and pantry equipped for 60/80 people.
On the Second floor are the reception rooms. Monumental outdoor staircase, large terraces (320m2), indoor lounge, library, office, TV room, living room with fireplace, smoking room.
On the Third floor there is a central hall, guest closet, master suite with living room and two separate apartments each with a bedroom with fireplace, dressing room, marble bathroom with Jacuzzi, safe; plus 3 apartments each with one bedroom, dressing room and marble bathroom with Jacuzzi.
On the Fourth floor there is a central hall, cloakrooms and 6 apartments each with a bedroom (21 to 42m2), dressing room and marble bathroom and Jacuzzi.
On the Fifth floor is the laundry room, as well as 5 attic rooms for staff.
In all, the Villa offers 11 apartments and 14 bathrooms for 22 guests in optimum conditions of comfort and space.
In the huge high-tech kitchen where the most cutting edge standards of hygiene are the rule, the chef and his team prepare a tantalizing variety of dishes which are served "à la française" in the magnificent dining room.
After lunch or dinner, you can slip into the smoking room to savor a fine old cognac.
If you prefer to resist the call of the elegant, comfortable reception lounge, you can seek inspiration in the warm office library to do some work. This room's particularly cozy atmosphere is perfect for business and board meetings.
Superb period furniture of the finest quality, sumptuous tapestries and precious paintings bestow on the apartments an incomparable atmosphere of luxury and refinement.
A master elevator takes you to the suites and vast rooms, all with period fireplaces which were designed to be a genuine invitation to a journey into the night.
The French oak floors with their classic pattern, inspired by parquets in the finest old homes, confer on the rooms a quaint charm. The solid walnut woodwork is superb, draped with attractive silky wall hangings. With their relaxing comfort, all the suites and rooms are equipped to meet the most demanding expectations.
They all have air conditioning with automatic regulation and thermo-ventilation.
The bathrooms are genuine jewels of polychrome marble, all with Jacuzzi, dressing room and private cloakroom.
Amenities include: Air-conditioned with individual regulation in each room. TV, phone and centralized soundproofing system. Outside Bang & Olufsen sound system.
Special care has been brought to the choice and quality of the materials: large-scale marble bathroom revetments and floors of night areas, solid French oak apertures, solid walnut interior and closet doors, insulating double glazing.
The estate also comprises a lovely little separate villa for housing the caretakers.
The area reserved for cars comprises two levels: a covered level that can accommodate five big cars and a stall for two-wheeled vehicles; and a parking level on the terrace for another five vehicles over approximately 180m2.
All the buildings and the park are naturally equipped with a video-surveillance system to ensure complete protection of the facilities and their occupants.
The immense sun drenched terrace invites you to peaceful breakfasts facing the splendid panorama of the gleaming bay, pleasantly cradled by the waves. These terraces special configuration and their magic are ideal both for tranquil stays dedicated to your rest and well-being and for sumptuous receptions, elegant dinners and lively fêtes.
The Villa provides a selected, courteous and efficient staff: caretaker, housekeeper, butler, chambermaids, French chef surrounded by his team, waiters, gardener, bodyguard, chauffeur, to suit your needs at all times. Fitness professionals, gym teacher and masseur are also available, to make your stay an unforgettable experience.
From its location in the heart of the French Riviera, in a few minutes, you will have access to the countless activities it lavishes on its admirers.
Whether you enjoy practicing your favorite sport, discovering the most famous names in Haute Couture, renting a day-cruiser, attending an exciting show in one of the world’s most brilliant artistic seasons, thrilling to the passion of the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Monaco or quivering with emotion at the International Film Festival in Cannes, the French Riviera offers, compared to any other location in the world, the most complete range of entertainment and will delight you throughout your stay.
A truly unique destination for sheering enjoyment or enchantment, the French Riviera stands out as a magical concentrate of French-style art of living. Since its discovery by European aristocracy, some two centuries ago, it has become an exciting artistic and cultural destination.
The villa is located in the heart of the legendary French Riviera, in the most southeastern part of France, between the city of Cannes and the Principality of Monaco. It stands on a remarkable natural site, in the territory of the small town of Villefranche-sur-Mer, overlooking one of the world’s most beautiful bays, contiguous with Baie des Anges on which stands the city of Nice, capital of the French Riviera.
The French Riviera benefits from an exceptional microclimate of approximately 300 days of sunshine a year, which has contributed to its world-wide renown for nearly two centuries. Overlooking the sea and protected from the wind by the surrounding hills and mountains, it enjoys a climate that is never too hot in summer and always mild in winter.
The region is served by the Nice-Côte d’Azur International Airport, located just 14 kilometers, also provides daily helicopter flights to heliports in Cannes, Monaco and Saint-Tropez.
The Riviera offers top-quality medical and hospital facilities, making it one of the best equipped European centers.