Cannes is the home of cinema; every year the city rolls out its red carpet and welcomes stars from far and wide to participate in the iconic Film Festival. Along La Croisette the ghosts of Hollywood legends can be found at every turn, and only two miles away– at the magnificent Chateau La Croix des Gardes you will find the home that stole Grace Kelly’s heart.
Star of Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief, this majestic castle boasts an ever-growing illustrious history since 1835 when it was first created by Lord Henry Brougham. Since then it was housed owners of Burma Jewelry, Perrier, English architects and more.
Now, someone else has the rare opportunity to own this spectacular piece of Riviera history. La Croix des Gardes is one of the finest quarters in the whole of the area, and this castle is less of an address, but more the epitome of what Les Croix stands for.
The castle doesn’t fall short on space, standing proud on 24 acres of land, the striking home boasts no less than 13 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, a separate guest house, Turkish lodge, orangery, staff quarters and infinity pool with views of the sparkling sea and mountains.
After driving through the expanse of manicured green, dotted with eucalyptus and lavender, you come across the castle itself. The first thing to catch your eye is the honey white exterior with its palladium like columns, sweeping staircases on both sides, plantation shutters, and domineering elegance.
The drama doesn’t stop at the door, inside – the winter garden will make you swoon with her volcanic rock waterfall tumbling from the ceiling, and her fanned palm leaves bringing a hint of summer to the home all year round.
Exploring the rest of the ground floor will take you through the library and reading room where gauzy blue sea views can be peaked at over the top of books. The drawing room brings another sigh of sheer delight, with its murals and monuments leading to a sweet summer terrace and gazebo – an idyllic setting for Cannes Film festival after parties.
From this spot, you can also cast your eye across the infinity pool, blurring with the blue horizon and framed beautifully by the carefully designed gardens. Beside the pool, the Turkish lodge beckons as does a wander through the orchards heavy with summer fruit.
Back inside, on the second floor there are two master bedrooms; one boasting polished parquet flooring and the other sumptuously soft carpet. An office with a beautifully chiseled marble fireplace invites long afternoons for penning a memoir or reading film scripts with ease. The bathrooms are decadent to say the least, with endless marble hues and center piece bath tubs.
A little further up onto the third floor and we come across the remaining bedrooms, four with ensuite facilities along with well-appointed staff quarters. Despite not being furnished, the castle is full of character and invites a style that is part film star, part Marie Antoinette. Daring designers are sue to have fun with this fiercely proud property when the time comes. For more information contact Peter Illovsky at Sotheby’s.