residences for sale - var department in france - in the east var

An Anglo-Norman style villa with 6,000 m² of parklands
in the east Var’s seaside resort of Saint-Raphaël
Saint-Raphaël, VAR provence-cote-dazur 83700 FR


On the French Riviera, in the French department of Var, in Saint-Raphael’s Valescure district. Bathed by the Mediterranean Sea, the town is set between Cannes and Saint-Tropez. Reached via an exit off the A8 motorway. A TGV train station is 5 minutes away. St-Raphaël and Santa-Lucia marinas are 10 minutes away. The town of Fréjus is close by, with its numerous Roman vestiges, its marina and its seafront shared by the two towns. Shuttle boat links go to Saint-Tropez and Ste-Maxime. Valescure international golf course is 2 km away. A road leads to the town centre in 5 minutes.


This villa is one of the first built in the 19th century near to Saint-Raphael in the Anglo-Norman style. At this time, fascinated by the verdant countryside as well as the climate, the English aristocracy had magnificent residences constructed from Menton to Nice and along the coast to Cannes. Thus giving rise to holiday tourism which helped the economic development of the region dubbed the “Côte d'Azur” or “French Riviera”. Saint-Raphael, which was then but a fishing village, appealed to those known as “winter tourists” courtesy of its proximity to Cannes and the presence of the Maures and Estérel hills which protected the town from the Mistral winds. In the village of Valescure, then isolated in the midst of hills planted with pine, oak and mimosa trees, architect Jacob-Walton-Houtelet constructed a first Anglo-Norman style residence in 1886 which was purchased shortly after by Lord-Bullock-Hall. Said residence was to receive politicians, writers and personalities well-known at that time. Following his death in 1904, architect Léon-Sergent added a bow window to the facade and other features confirming the style of the villa. This building currently belongs to a family of architects who would like its appearance and Anglo-Norman charm to be preserved. The rear terraced parklands are spread out over more than 6,000 m². An old ornamental pool, in a section on the east side, has been transformed into a swimming pool. A carpark for several vehicles is laid out at the foot of the house.

The villa

This recently renovated residence, constructed in keeping with Anglo-Norman style manor houses, has retained its appearance and its dusty pink hues. A stone rendering made with marble dust was made especially for this villa. A row of balusters protects the lower section of the building on the rear facade and goes up via a straight flight of steps to the main entrance. Another flight of steps on the west wing leads to the back entrance. The roofs are composed of several overhanging trusses, covered with interlocking tiles. Exposed rafters, painted white, enhance the design of the roofs. The semi-circular arched windows on the ground floor have large slatted shutters. A marble terrace, with pear-shaped balusters sloping down towards the parklands and the swimming pool, extends the large lounge.

Ground floor
The vestibule provides access to a large lounge, an artist’s workshop and a long gallery with floors covered in marble tiles featuring inlaid decoration. French ceilings go up to a height of more than 4 m. Tall, semi-circular arched French windows, with glass fanlights, let in copious amounts of light. In the large lounge with its randomly matched parquet flooring, a turning stairway with intermediate landings and open woodwork, leads upstairs. The other section of this level houses a kitchen, a pantry and a linen room which can be reached from the outside. There is also an artist’s studio, with a private entrance, which has been transformed into a 2-storey flat. This level spans a floor surface area of 295 m².
First floor
This level comprises four bedrooms, with their own bathrooms, as well as a fifth bedroom laid out in the upper section of the artist’s studio. The interior stairway also acts as a back stairway which leads to the pantry. This level spans a floor surface area of approx. 295 m².
Second floor
This level, spanning 112 m², includes five bedrooms, a shower room and a bathroom as well as a dressing room. Each bedroom has a marble fireplace. A back stairway also goes down to the ground floor and the pantry.
Laid out under the lounges and the terrace, this basement comprises five rooms that could be converted. The boiler room houses an oil-fired boiler. Several doors lead outside and an interior stairway links this level to the ground floor.

A 2-storey artist’s studio flat

This former artist’s studio has been transformed into a 3-roomed flat spanning approx. 134 m². With two levels, it communicates with the residence. The lounge has a wooden fireplace, flanked by two twisted columns, decorated with pinecones and adorned with gilt capitals. A large atrium window spans the two floors. There is parquet flooring throughout.

Ground floor

First floor

The parklands

The south-facing leisure parklands, set out all around the villa, are planted with umbrella pine, cork oak and mimosa trees as well as a superb bamboo grove. Pathways lead to a small stone bridge which crosses a stream. A wonderful, 19th century pergola is but waiting to be restored. They also include an old well and its water storage tank as well as ornamental pools, bordered by papyrus and other exotic species, clustered in front of the villa. Two rare Atlas cypress trees are listed.

The swimming pool

An old ornamental pool has been converted into a swimming pool. Set at the foot of the villa, it blends perfectly with its parkland surroundings.

Our opinion

This property nestles in verdant surroundings such that it appears to be a thousand leagues from the town, and yet Saint-Raphaël stretches out at its feet. It is true that its large Mediterranean parklands are classified as a protected area and that its two precious Atlas cedar trees are duly listed. The villa, equally well preserved, is outstanding courtesy of its architectural style which, although transplanted from the Channel coast, blends perfectly with this residential district where it stands side by side with other villas from the same period. Its vast rooms are steeped in a light which reflects the refinement of its decoration and the nobility of the materials used for its construction. And yet time stands still between its walls and major works need to be scheduled in order to revive its faded splendour.

3 000 000 €
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Reference 920903

Land registry surface area 6200 m2
Main building surface area 607 m2
Outbuilding surface area 340 m2

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NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.

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