Provençal par­adise

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Built in the early 1900s, Do­maine du Paradou is an old Provençal fam­ily home and for­mer win­ery, nes­tled in a val­ley in the hills, with sea views from parts of the plot.

Lo­cated be­tween the towns of Cavalaire and La Croix-valmer on the Riviera, the prop­erty in­cludes the main six-bed­room house, two guest houses, a staff house and a farm­house as well as var­i­ous out­build­ings.

De­scribed as a ren­o­va­tion project, it has seen a lot of his­tory in its rel­a­tively short life. It was built by Sir An­tonin Besse, a suc­cess­ful busi­ness­man and founder of St Antony’s Col­lege, Ox­ford. It also shel­tered Re­sis­tance fight­ers dur­ing WWII and saw reg­u­lar vis­its from Win­ston and Clementine Churchill who were friends of the fam­ily. The ex­plorer and film­maker Jacques Cousteau was also a reg­u­lar visi­tor.

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