Exceptional historic property in Villefranche-sur-Mer – with previous residents including royals – with 6 bedrooms, big garden, pool, rooftop terrace, panoramic sea view & plenty of parking spaces. Very rare find!

This unique villa is located in the heart of Villefranche-sur-Mer, within walking distance of the beach and this charming town’s many amenities, yet set back from the noise of the town almost in its own private domaine. Surrounded by high stone walls of a fortress, the property offers lots of parking spaces – a rarity in Villefranche-sur-Mer – and plenty of potential to create your dream home in a very special location with a rich history.


Upon arrival at the property you are greeted by large majestic gates leading you into a gravel courtyard with several parking spaces. The high gorgeous stonewalls resemble those of some of the world’s most stunning castles, and the purple bougainvillia climbing up the walls adds to the beauty. Two arched gateways are located on either side of a charming pedestrian entrance, and upon entering one of those and arriving at the front of the villa you have space to park even more cars – a dream come true for the passionate car collectors.

This large villa built in 1920 is divided into two parts – the historic part, wits its old features such as exposed stone walls and old grand fireplace, and a section of the villa which has been renovated to more modern standards and also houses a lift.

The grand entrance hall has double aspect floor-to-ceiling glass windows with doorways in the middle, leading out to the garden and courtyard, and a quirky ‘glass cabinet alcove’ which could be used to display beautiful items and artwork, or turned into something more practical such as a coat room. On the ground floor is a spacious kitchen, also with two floor-to-ceiling glass windows with doorways in the middle, as well as utility and storage rooms. To the side of the house, next to the kitchen, is a space which could be used as a summer kitchen / terrace, or even turned into more parking spaces.

The vast living room is situated on the first floor and boasts views out to the garden from its many windows. The living room has fabulous features such as an old fireplace with bench inserts, dark wood ceiling joists, a beautiful lit up exposed stone wall behind a glass window, a whimsical mosaic fountain, and a charming minstrel’s gallery perched under the high ceiling – the perfect place to bring a toast and entertain guests.

The villa has 3 bedrooms on the first floor, all facing south with views over the stone walls. There are two more double aspect bedrooms situated on the second floor, both with access to a terrace stretching across two sides of the building overlooking the stone walls and the garden. And you even have a sea view from the bathrooms! Move one level up to the top of the building above the height of the surrounding stone walls, and you’ll find a splendid bedroom with its own fireplace and private terrace offering a dreamy view over the Bay of Villefranche and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. On this level is also a rooftop terrace with a jacuzzi and panoramic sea views – a truly magnificent place to relax and unwind.

The property has been the home of royalties in the past, and you can tell why they ended up occupying such a one of a kind place, because the ambiance of the place is very unique. You are in your own haven of peace, with its many levels and stairways taking you on adventures in your own garden. The large deep blue pool invites you to revitalise in a tropical oasis, surrounded by beautiful Mediterranean flowers and bushes, with ample space to soak up the sun in a legendary location famous for its more than 300 days of sunshine a year! The property has many quirky features, such as an old lion’s head hidden in the corner of the garden behind glass (!), a stairway leading up to a simply fantastic little viewpoint where you are overlooking your whole paradise and the sea beyond, your own private tower by the entrance, and a grotto dug into the rocks where your imagination is the limit – perhaps it would make the perfect wine cellar…

The main villa has a large covered terrace area – perfect for outdoor dining – and below the pool is also an independent poolhouse/studio apartment.

Although not a modern villa the property is perfectly habitable in its current condition, and with a little bit of refreshment it would make a lovely permanent residence or holiday home. Equally you could take it to the next level and redo the interiors to your personal taste, knowing your investment is safe because properties like this don’t come along often and Villefranche-sur-Mer is a very sought after area of the French Riviera.

Within walking distance from the property is Villefranche-sur-Mer’s charming old town with its cobble-stoned alleys and many excellent restaurants and bars, and the long sandy beach. The town has a vibrant atmosphere around the year, and next to Villefranche are other busy towns such as Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and of course the city of Nice. Both Nice airport and Monaco are a 20-30 minute drive from the villa.

Time is running out to secure this exceptional property, and we welcome any bids. Registration to take part in the auction should be done by the 10th of May 2023 in order to qualify for a 50% reduction in the sales fee (later registrations are of course possible). Bidding opens on the 11th of May 2023 and closes on the 16th of May 2023 – get in touch now for more information… Terms and condtions of registrations, including proof of funds and deposit, apply.

Plans and architect’s drawings and walkaround videos, as well as more photos, are available on request. For overseas clients we would be happy to conduct live video viewings over WhatsApp where we take you on a full tour of the property.

Property Features

  • Garden
  • Jacuzzi
  • Pool
  • Sea view

Energy Efficiency

  • Energy ClassC