near a medieval citadel just 15 minutes from Cannes
This property stands on the outskirts of a medieval town on the edge of the Cannes hinterland and yet is just a few minutes’ walk from the town’s amenities and attractions. Backing on to a wooded town square, it has the benefit of absolute tranquillity and a panoramic view over the surrounding hills. The workshop section borders the square and could easily be turned into a small art gallery.
The main villa
Constructed at the beginning of the century from rendered local stone, this villa spans two levels of unequal lengths. On the garden side, a double living room is followed by a covered arcade and a large terrace, looking down on to a swimming pool. Floors are covered with miscellaneous ceramic and terracotta tiles. Wooden-framed, small-paned French windows and windows are straight, regular and protected by slatted shutters, giving the home a private and typically Provencal air.
The villa is reached from the courtyard via the main door, opening into a lobby that gives direct access to a living room, or via the kitchen door off a little terrace. The ground floor houses the living space, composed of two living rooms, with fireplaces, and a large kitchen as well as a comfortable bedroom. The arcades that extend the living room along the full length of the building provide welcome shade during the summer months and let in the winter sunshine. A large terrace, paved with terracotta tiles, borders the living room and the bedroom, to which it gives dominant views over the verdant, undulating surroundings.
The upstairs is reached via a stairway, going up from the living room to two large bedrooms and a bathroom. Most of the floors are laid with strip pattern parquet flooring and the high ceilings are sloping. A south-facing, Haussmanian style balcony, looking out over the garden, runs alongside the French windows of the bedrooms and comes to an end in a large terraced area on the south-west side of the building. Shady, spacious and meticulously finished, with its terracotta tiles and its wrought iron pergola, it provides a wonderful vista over the surrounding hills.
The interior courtyard
Reminiscent of an Italianate patio or a farm courtyard, the large exterior area that houses the property entrance is laid out behind the main building, on the kitchen side, in front of which a shady eating area looks out on to the verdant courtyard. It is completely covered with miscellaneous shrubs as well as trees and has a vegetable patch, an arbour and a variety of shady spots. It extends alongside the workshop and, at the end, borders a pleasant self-contained studio flat.
Composed of three terraced areas, a verdant, tiered garden slopes down the hillside behind the house to a fairly wild section at the bottom. The first tier is reached via a flight of terracotta tiled steps, leading to a large, tiled, comma-shaped swimming pool, measuring 10x4.50 m. Another flight goes further down to a second tier, with a shed housing the pool machinery and a little terrace, where two large windows, created on a whim of the constructor, look inside the swimming pool. The very bottom of the garden is a wooded area, planted with a variety of species.
Constructed after the villa by the painter living there, this workshop forms an integral part of the courtyard courtesy of its architectural similarities with the main building. It spans a surface area of approx. 55 m² and comprises two large rooms, both featuring high ceilings with exposed beams, a storage room, a laundry room, a bathroom and an attic. Already partially converted into a bedroom, this workshop could easily be transformed in keeping with the first conversion works, unless the new owners prefer to revamp the painter’s workshop, keeping it private and closed or opening it to the public via its entrance off the town square bordering it.
The self-contained studio flat
Discreetly laid out at the end of the courtyard, a pleasant self-contained living space, with a separate kitchen and all necessary home comforts, completes the buildings. This can constitute a reception or a rental area depending on requirements or the season. This self-contained studio flat has an independent entrance off the street.
Laid out at the end of the workshop, this garage can take a car or be used for storing personal possessions or large quantities of materials.
Forming a verdant oasis very near to Cannes and the coast, this property and its exterior areas benefit from the precious tranquillity of the hinterland and an original, elegant and functional layout comprising a multitude of living and working areas. Its composite and yet harmonious character holds great promise for a variety of possible uses for the property, the versatility of which is one of its assets.
Its heart swings between town and country: looking south over the natural surroundings, it is a pleasant holiday home, with a wonderful swimming pool, wooded terraces and panoramic views; looking town-wards, its interior courtyard, its workshop and its self-contained studio flat indicate the potential of a semi-public activity, a small art gallery, a tourist rental unit or even accommodation for inviting family and friends to these spacious, welcoming premises.
|Land registry surface area||955 m2|
|Main building surface area||123.62 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||4|
|Outbuilding surface area||82.84 m2|
Emmanuel Honold +33 1 42 84 80 85
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.