“The Côte d’Azur will never be the same without André Svetchine,” wrote Le Monde on the occasion of an exhibition of photographs of his accomplishments at the Museum of Modern Art in Nice in April 2010.
Of Russian origin, Svetchine established his reputation for creating classic masterpieces along the Riviera with commissions for Christian Dior, Marc Chagall, Aimé Maeght and the re-design of both La Mauresque (Somerset Maugham) and the Villa Claudia on Cap Ferrat. Many visiting the Colombe d’Or in Saint-Paul-de-Vence assume that the building has been there unchanged for centuries. In fact, this world-famous auberge was remodelled by André Svetchine and completed in 1950!
A fitting tribute to his contribution to the architecture of this special part of the South of France was the holding of the memorial service following his death in 1996 in the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint-Nicolas in Nice; the restoration of which he had directed in the mid-1980s.
In an Exclusive Private Domain of only three properties (each benefiting from its own extensive grounds) and within walking distance of the justly-famous medieval village of Tourrettes-sur-Loup, this beautiful south-facing example of the renowned architect’s style enjoys a magical mix of panoramic sea views from Cap Ferrat to Cap d'Antibes and the Esterel from all its spacious rooms.
Only 15 minutes from Saint Paul de Vence and 25 minutes from Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport, this splendid Villa is surrounded by 7,800m² of level landscaped grounds with many mature olive trees and various Mediterranean species of plants and shrubs.
Large terraces surround both the Villa and its 16m overflow Swimming Pool (with safety alarm) providing an extensive choice of locations for dining or simply relaxing.
A recent renovation of the spacious 400 m2 interior (faithful to the original style of Svetchine’s design) provides all the amenities of modern living. The Villa is tastefully furnished throughout with a mixture of Provençal and contemporary styles and absolute privacy is assured as the property is not directly approachable from any public road.
The impressive Entrance Hall features a signature Svetchine balustrade staircase leading to the open Galleried Hallway and the upper floor.
The large Lounge, with its trademark feature fireplace and characteristic double-height vaulted ceilings, opens directly onto the vast main terrace via three large French windows. There is also an adjacent Television Room with a B&O Television with Satellite / Cable Link and a B&O Soundsystem with Airplay and Bluetooth.
The imaginative design of the ground floor flows directly from the Lounge through a separate spacious Dining Room (with open views to three sides) and sliding doors open onto a south-facing Covered Seating Area with views over the pool, the coast and the hills of the National Park to the rear of the property. This area is perfect for pre-dinner aperitifs or simply keeping a watchful eye on children enjoying the pool.
The flow continues through to a fabulous modern fully-equipped professional Kitchen with top of the range appliances (Gaggenau fridge, Gaggenau freezer with icecube maker and Garrenau winecooler); in turn opening onto a vine-covered dining/seating area with Barbecue, a Herb Garden and Olive Grove.
The Laundry / Utility Room is positioned between the Kitchen and Garage to receive delivery of provisions without disturbing the occupants of the Villa.
The spacious accommodation provides four individual Bedroom Suites; all with en suite bathrooms and private terraces. Each suite has full-height fitted wardrobes, bath, shower, double sinks & separate wc.
The Master Suite also includes a Study / Library overlooking the Lounge and a walk-through Dressing Room.
One bedroom suite is on the ground floor.
There is ample parking for 4-6 cars.