Dream prop­erty...

Ev­ery so of­ten we come across a French prop­erty that knocks us for six. This month, Vicky Leigh falls for a villa with a sea view in Alpes-Mar­itimes

Living France - - DÉCOUVREZ -

I’ve al­ways been drawn to the Côte d’Azur, and I know I’m not the only one. Af­ter all, who wouldn’t be at­tracted by the prom­ise of blue skies and seem­ingly end­less sun­shine, with a gen­er­ous help­ing of glitz and glam­our thrown in for good mea­sure? Even the roy­als have been charmed by this south­ern cor­ner of France – Queen Vic­to­ria be­came a fre­quent vis­i­tor to the French Riviera in the 19th cen­tury – and if it was good enough for her then it’s cer­tainly good enough for me.

Built in 1903, this tra­di­tional villa in Théoule-sur-Mer boasts high ceil­ings through­out, which add to the feel­ing of grandeur and make the al­ready spa­cious liv­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion seem all the more size­able. There is a sep­a­rate kitchen and din­ing room, as well as a lounge and a veranda, while up­stairs there are four bed­rooms.

There’s no short­age of out­side space ei­ther in the form of a very pretty gar­den, and a sunny ter­race boast­ing spec­tac­u­lar sea views. I’m sure I’d spend many a happy hour out

there en­joy­ing the warmth of the sun with a good book, not to men­tion a chilled rosé – from Provence, nat­u­rally. You wouldn’t have far to go to en­joy a dip in the sea, but if you like the idea of swim­ming even closer to home then there’s enough space in the grounds to in­stall a pool.

The glam­orous re­sort of Cannes is just 25 min­utes away and Nice air­port can be reached in less than an hour, so some­thing tells me I’d have a steady stream of vis­i­tors. I think I’d bet­ter stock up on the rosé. 3dfrench­prop­erty.co.uk



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