Gilette, Provence-Alpes-Cote D'Azur 06830, France
This property, called Les Moulins du Villars, is a historically important estate located in a stunning natural setting with connections to Grace Kelly. The estate is situated on a 2.1-hectare south-facing plot laid out in 16 entirely renovated lawned terraces at an elevation of 470 meters. The property boasts breathtaking views and natural spring-water streams throughout. It is situated in a nature reserve, making it a haven of complete peace. The estate of 600 sqm is partly planted with olive groves (own organic extra virgin oil production), citrus and many other fruit trees, and over 100 cypresses. There are also two vegetable gardens. The main villa, which is a former olive oil mill dating back in part to the 14th century, has been entirely rebuilt to the highest standards in 2012. The 540-square-meter villa has four floors connected by an elevator and includes two living rooms, a kitchen and rear kitchen, a wine cellar, four family bedroom suites, two guest suites (each with terrace), one single bedroom with an en-suite, an office, a Bollywood-style television room, and a laundry room. The villa is designed for year-round habitation. In addition to the main villa, the property features several other buildings. The Sanctuary, a semi-restored ruin dating from Roman times, is an ancient flour mill and industrial forge with ancient ornamental fish ponds. It is now used for parties, musical soirees, and seminars. The Cabanon is a charming two-room guest house with basic amenities. The India guest suite, situated next to the pool, offers luxury accommodation in a Rajastani ambiance. The property has a range of amenities for relaxation and exercise, including a spectacular swimming pool terrace with views of the village of Gilette and the Latti Valley. The estate is self-sufficient in water thanks to its two springs which to date have never been dried up, as well as by the passage of the Latti River below the property. The terrace incorporates a pool house, a large cool room, and a newly rebuilt 17x5m heated infinity pool with an OSPA drinking-water quality filtration system. There is also a fitness studio, which is a 67-square-meter room with panoramic views and a storage room. The tennis court/ helicopter landing pad is covered with astroturf and offers spectacular vistas. Other features of the property include a stone-built four-car garage and gardener’s lodge, a bicycle storage room, a pigeonnier housing heating equipment, a large greenhouse, a chicken house, a tunnel to La Source du Villars, a gardener’s equipment house with all equipment, and a security camera system viewable and navigable by remote access (iPhone, etc.). The property is very private, yet surprisingly close to Nice Airport (30 minutes) and Monaco (50 minutes).
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