Glamorous French Riviera villa that welcomed Winston Churchill and Picasso to the market for £ 9million
A glamorous villa that once hosted a series of figures including Winston Churchill, Pablo Picasso, the Duke of Windsor and Edith Piaf has been put on the market for Â£ 9million.
The exquisite Villa La Garoupe Beach has its own private beach at Cap d’Antibes, a seaside resort between Cannes and Nice and one of the most exclusive places on the French Riviera.
It was once a renowned beach club and the list of names associated with the property is endless.
French singer Edith Piaf hosted her engagement party there with Theo Sarapo and she was also visited by former US President Harry Truman, writer Ernest Hemingway, Bond actor Sean Connery and the star. movie theater Marlene Dietrich.
The exquisite Villa La Garoupe Beach has its own private beach at Cap d’Antibes, a seaside resort between Cannes and Nice and one of the most exclusive places on the French Riviera
The property has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a living room overlooking the sea.
It comes with a private beach with its own jetty, solarium, and some of its quirky beach cabanas.
There is also a heated swimming pool and solarium and parking for two cars.
According to Cap Villas estate agent: âThe villa is unlike any other in construction and design, having retained much of its original layout from its time as a renowned beach club.
They describe the interior, which is decorated in simple white tones, as “reminiscent of being on board a yacht,” but the property, which can still be leased before it is sold, has an illustrious history.
An American couple called Sarah and Gerald Murphy are credited with bringing their high society friends including Picasso (pictured together) to the beach in 1923 in Cap d’Antibes
Ernest Hemingway with other guests at Murphy’s in the south of France, the couple convinced their circle of friends to vacation with them in the then little-known town of Cap d’Antibes
The property was once a renowned beach club – which was frequented by some of the most famous faces of the 20th century
One of the property’s four bedrooms, which has patio doors leading out to the private natural sandy beach
A bar within the property – which was once a beach club – with chic white interiors and an indoor-outdoor feel throughout
French singer Edith Piaf hosted her engagement party there with Theo Sarapo and she was also visited by former US President Harry Truman, writer Ernest Hemingway, Bond actor Sean Connery and movie star Marlene Dietrich
The property in Cap d’Antibes has four bedrooms that can accommodate six to eight people, three bathrooms and a living room with sea views.
A shallow covered sleeping area at the villa. The interior is reminiscent of “being on board a yacht” with white tones
The land once belonged to a famous Italian-French family at the start of the 20th century.
Their daughter opened a beach and a snack bar and due to its ability to create ambiance and hospitality, the place exploded, attracting a crowd of celebrities.
In 1998, Villa La Garoupe Beach became a luxury restaurant and was then transformed into a private villa ten years later.
As well as being a glamorous wedding venue – with stunning views across the bay to the French Alps, Monaco and Cap d’Antibes – it is also a family villa and an exclusive rental property.
The property has a heated swimming pool and solarium and parking for two cars, as well as generous outdoor space
In 1998, Villa La Garoupe Beach became a luxury restaurant and was then converted into a private villa ten years later.
The property has been owned by the same owner for 22 years and is considered a “piece of Riviera history”.
A spokesperson for Cap Villas said: âThe current owners acquired the property in 1999. As soon as they returned from Tahiti, this adventurous couple found their personal piece of paradise on Garoupe beach – the turquoise waters and the countryside. mountains reminded them of their years in Tahiti. ‘
However, the owners decided that the time had come to move on.
Cap Villas manager Emilia Jedamska said the sale was: âA rare chance to own a piece of Riviera history. We think it would be perfect for someone who wants to revive the beach club or a family who wants to own a home in one of the most beautiful places in France. ‘
The glamorous carpeted path to the property’s private beach
The villa has an unusual layout which is perfect for entertaining, having retained much of its original layout from its days as a renowned beach club