This former water mill surrounded by greenery is listed for sale with BARNES Valbonne. A family-friendly property decorated with exquisite taste and ideal as both a holiday home and main residence. SoBARNES takes a look around.
What is wonderful about the French Riviera are the treasures you come across when you’re least expecting them. Just picture this property with the feel of a country refuge, composed of two timelessly elegant stone buildings and lost in the vegetation on the hilltops of Grasse. And still emanating a certain je-ne-sais-quoi of freshness, harmony and light by virtue of its original vocation. Far removed from the world, yet less than 20 minutes from La Croisette and the beaches of Cannes.
“These 17th century bastides have undergone phenomenal restoration, and have been converted and decorated by a famous Italian architect”, says Shirley Thompson of BARNES Valbonne. “Nowadays they represent the epitome of Country chic, both inside and in the delightful 6,500 sq.m. (1.6-acre) grounds.” »
This modern-day solitary retreat now offers 9 bedrooms, 7 of which are in the main house. It goes without saying that each one is its own cosy cocoon, given that tranquillity and serenity reign supreme here. “It’s rare to find a property in Grasse with 700 sq.m. (7,535 sq ft of living space) this well laid out” adds Shirley Thompson. “Even more so given that it’s in the Saint-Jean area, one of the most sought-after and most prestigious neighbourhoods”.
Shirley also let us in on her fondness for the summer lounge with its vaulted bay window opening directly onto the garden: “This light-filled room is a pleasure in all seasons, and tends to be where the family spend their time”. The once-mill can easily adapt to use as a main residence or holiday home, or why not a combination of the two thanks to the flexibility offered by the guest house as a home office space? Grasse’s international school, the Institut Fénelon, is just minutes away, making it possible to live here year-round with children of primary school to upper secondary school age. The heated 11x5m pool is sure to be a big hit with them...
Could this be the perfect property? It may well be. Call Shirley Thompson on behalf of SoBARNES and she’ll be happy to sing its praises. The price of this gem is €4.45M. Or slightly more if you want to keep the furniture and decoration, which if you ask us is a fantastic idea!
BARNES Valbonne - 35, rue Gambetta, 05560 Valbonne Sophia Antipolis - FRANCE
Tél. : +33 (0)4 22 70 01 07 / Barnes-valbonne.com
Shirley Thompson : +33 (0) 6 74 62 71 35
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