700 m2 – design by Charles Garnier
Built in 1892, this historic villa is the work of architect Charles Garnier, renowned for having accomplished projects of real magnitude including the Paris Opera House and the Casino in Monaco. The eclectic style and belvedere are recognizable features of the master’s work. The property originally extended from the hill to the sea. Today, the house stands in luxuriant grounds of approx. 3,000 sq.m. Benefiting from a commanding position, it overlooks the bay of Menton with the Italian coast and Cap Martin in the background.
The house of about 700 sq.m is built on three floors with superb volumes provided by ceilings over 4 metres high. On the ground floor, we discover a majestic entrance hall with a marble floor leading to a grand staircase basking in a well of light, two studies and a suite with a bedroom and large sitting-room. In the centre, a patio is richly decorated with period mosaics and ceramics. The sitting-room features an impressive fireplace in “rose de France” marble.
On the first floor, a suite with two bedrooms and a sitting-room opens out to a large terrace adorned with a huge stained-glass window. The west wing plays host to a second suite comprised of a bedroom and sitting-room with a mezzanine, reached by a solid wood staircase of geometrical design. At the top, a belvedere offers a panoramic view of the Bay of Garavan. This room with windows on all sides boasts a Moorish roof in the style of the Alhambra in Granada, a luminous dream of the East. A large roof-terrace lies next to this eagle’s nest.
Descending via a black wooden service staircase, we discover an entresol which has retained the original kitchen, a large tasting-room with pizza oven, a wine cellar, several workshops and storage areas.
An exotic garden with numerous different species such as palm-trees, melaleucas, cycas and giant strelitzias surrounds the house, forming a luxuriant Eden.
Finally, a free-form pool and an esplanade with parking space for three cars complete the property’s amenities..
The property has been carefully maintained and restored with respect for its original codes and materials. A unique architectural achievement, bearing witness to a rich past.
For fans of well-preserved historic architecture.
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“There is no choosing between the arts, you have to be God or an architect.” Charles Garnier.