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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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|Land registry surface area||6200 m2|
|Main building surface area||900 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||290 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.