Domaine la Sylviane: Beyond Unique

Once a monastery, now a masterpiece
BY Phil Butler TIMEMay 28, 2022 PRINT

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.

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Located just outside the medieval village of Valbonne, Domaine la Sylviane is a working estate that produces 1,000 liters of olive oil and other agricultural products that make the property virtually self-sustaining. (The villa owners/Carlton International)

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.

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The living spaces in all of the residences exude provincial charm and atmosphere. The result is traditional elements handcrafted into a nostalgic dream. (The villa owners/Carlton International)

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.

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On the upper level of the main house are four suites, each with a luxurious bathroom. A notable feature is accommodations for a live-in nanny. (The villa owners/Carlton International)

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.

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The main residence is a converted stone monastery that faces an olive grove, and backs onto a manicured courtyard and lawns. The estate maintains all the character and charm of its roots, while beig equipped with the modern conveniences discerning owners expect. (The villa owners/Carlton International)

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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The reception room features a double fireplace and furnishings acquired during the current owners’ world travels. Many of these wonderfully decorated rooms open out onto expansive lawns or ancient stone terraces. (The villa owners/Carlton International)

Valbonne, France
Price on request

● 10 bedrooms
● Historic property
● Unique location

Key Features:
● Expansive accommodations
● Stunning architecture
● Heated swimming pool
● Orchards/vineyards

Carlton International
Email: info@carlton-group.com
+33 493 95 1111

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A well-appointed country kitchen with a spacious pantry stands ready for the preparation of meals for the owners and guests. (The villa owners/Carlton International)
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On the garden level, a cozy Winter dining room has its own fireplace/grill, and connects to an outside pagoda and a wonderful sunlit dining spot. (The villa owners/Carlton International)
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All the adjacent residences have their own kitchen, dining, and social spaces. Throughout the property, a rustic ambiance harks back to a simple, more refined time. (The villa owners/Carlton International)
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Behind the main residence is a heated pool and a poolhouse, plus tennis courts and dense woods. The estate is an ideal place for secluded relaxation, or for entertaining large groups. (The villa owners/Carlton International)
Phil Butler
Phil Butler is a publisher, editor, author, and analyst who is a widely cited expert on subjects from digital and social media to travel technology. He's covered the spectrum of writing assignments for The Epoch Times, The Huffington Post, Travel Daily News, HospitalityNet, and many others worldwide.
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