Sale House

  • House
  • Villefranche-sur-Mer
  • 70 000 000 €
  • 20
  • 2800 m²
  • 1225699

VILLEFRANCHE In the heart of the French Riviera, between Nice and the Principality of Monaco, Villa Schiffanoia enjoys a splendid panorama over the Bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer, one of the world’s most beautiful, against the backdrop of the promontory of Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat. Particularly inspired, the Italian poet Gabriele d’Annunzio, after several stays here, named it La Schiffanoia, meaning “far from boredom”. Entirely rehabilitated in rigorous respect of the spirit of the times, it now offers a chance to plunge into the magnificence and comfort of the legendary Riviera’s heyday. In the late 1870’s, this exceptional location charmed one of the region’s greatest families who had the original structure built; the whole project, including the magnificent iron dome, was commissioned from Gustave Eiffel, the famous french engineer. A sumptuous wrought-iron gate opens the way to the estate and onto an alley leading through the park to the circular entrance. Access to the Villa’s main courtyard is through a monumental marble staircase rising to the porch with Doric columns leading to the main entrance hall. A series of arcades, highlighted with white stone columns in the middle, surrounds the Villa. It supports a terrace that is amplified by a rotunda in front of the lounges, overlooking the garden with the outdoor swimming pool and pool-house. In a dominant position over the sea, the vast 15,000m2 park is entirely planted with fine trees, including centuries-old olive and palm trees, Aleppo pines and cedars of Lebanon. The immense sun-drenched terrace invites you to peaceful breakfasts facing the splendid panorama of the gleaming bay, pleasantly cradled by the waves. These sites special configuration and their magic are ideal both for tranquil stays dedicated to your rest and well-being and for sumptuous receptions, elegant dinners and lively fêtes. In the huge high-tech kitchen where the most cutting-edge standards of hygiene are the rule, the chef and his team prepare a tantalizing variety of dishes which are served "à la française" in the magnificent dining room. After lunch or dinner, you can slip into the smoking room to savor a fine old cognac. If you prefer to resist the call of the elegant, comfortable reception lounge, you can seek inspiration in the warm office-cum-library to do some work. This room's particularly cozy atmosphere is perfect for business and board meetings. Superb period furniture of the finest quality, sumptuous tapestries and precious paintings bestow on the apartments an incomparable atmosphere of luxury and refinement. A master elevator takes you to the suites and vast rooms, all with period fireplaces which were designed to be a genuine invitation to a journey into the night. The French oak floors with their classic pattern, inspired by parquets in the finest old homes, confer on the rooms a quaint charm. The solid walnut woodwork is superb, draped with attractive silky wall hangings. With their relaxing comfort, all the suites and rooms are equipped to meet the most demanding expectations. They all have air-conditioning with automatic regulation and thermo-ventilation. The bathrooms are genuine jewels of polychrome marble, all with Jacuzzi, dressing room and private cloakroom. Do you have a sudden desire for an improvised concert, an urge to play a feverish game of billiards, the wish to laze about the swimming pool? Do you feel like swimming in the heated indoor pool or undertaking some serious athletic training in the vast gym and then relax at leisure in the steam bath? La Schiffanoia has all the answers ! To meet all your expectations, a selected, efficient and courteous staff (concierge, housekeeper, butler, chambermaids, French chef with his team, waiter, gardener, bodyguard, chauffeur, gym instructor and masseur) will be at your disposal to make your stay an unforgettable experience. Contacts: Mob.: +33 (0)6.60.54.05.02 - www.fabriziogibelli.com

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