There are places in the world that are like time portals. Definitively, they’re sometimes called “transportive,” which by definition conveys an ability “to carry away with strong and often intensely pleasant emotion.” Domaine la Sylviane, located outside the quaint medieval village of Valbonne in France, is just such a place.
If romance, history, and owning something transcendent appeals to you, this former monastery delivers a unique opportunity. Located on 25 acres of secluded grounds a short drive from the French Riviera, the property was originally occupied by monks in the 13th century and then further developed in the 17th century. In the early 19th century, Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte bequeathed the estate to one of his generals. Subsequently, the general’s daughter, Sylvie, inherited the property now bearing her name. Once the home of the family of Prince Rainier III of Monaco, the estate’s current owners purchased it in the early 1970s.
Set in the midst of ancient olive groves, verdant gardens, and wild nature are five ancient buildings that have been converted into a family paradise. In all, the property has 10 bedrooms and nine baths, spread over nearly 13,000 square feet of living space in five main buildings. La Bastide, which is the multi-level primary residence, has five luxurious bedroom suites, including a spacious master bedroom on the ground floor. The main house also has double reception areas, an additional bedroom, a stunning country kitchen, formal and informal dining areas, a laundry, a wine cellar, and much more.
An adjacent residence, Le Pigeonnier, features a reception area, a gourmet kitchen, a laundry, three bedrooms, and two full baths. La Ferme is another adjacent accommodation with two individual apartments. Finally, La Bergerie, the Olive Press, and the caretaker’s house extend the estate’s living spaces to suit any gathering or occasion. There’s also a pool house and gymnasium on the grounds. An in-ground, heated swimming pool, a tennis court, a barbeque area, and countless al fresco dining or picnicking spots can also be found on the grounds.
In nearby Valbonne, the estate’s owners and their guests can enjoy the little town’s picturesque square, countless chic boutiques, and a wide variety of gourmet dining experiences. A short drive away are the French cities of Nice and Cannes, where international flight connections and world-famous touring, entertainment, and sporting experiences await.
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● 10 bedrooms
● Historic property
● Unique location
● Expansive accommodations
● Stunning architecture
● Heated swimming pool
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