Château Broc, Var

Sleeps 14

€7,363 - €9,994 per week

Set in sixty hectares of private grounds, Château Broc is situated just 35 minutes from the Mediterranean beaches of Nice and the airport and 1 hour 40 minutes from the ski resort of Isola 2000. In a truly tranquil setting, enjoy the private heated pool, various outdoor dining areas and panoramic views of the stunning Provence countryside.

The house is surrounded by south-facing olive terraces and is thought to date back to Roman times. Offering exceptional views, the extensive terraced gardens produce olive oil from the 350 olive trees within the estate. Around the property are the more formal gardens made up of lawns, gravel, stone terraces and paths with plenty of dining tables, garden seats and sunbathing areas. Mediterranean planting is enhanced by a mill stone fountain with garden statues and lighting throughout. The main lavender lawn can be found just outside the living rooms of the Château, together with a shaded dining terrace for up to 14 with panoramic views down the Var valley.

The luxurious and quite unusual accommodation stretches over three floors. The grand, high-ceilinged Entrance Hall with Cloakroom welcomes guests. There are four bedrooms spread out across the first and second floors reached via the original sweeping spiral staircase off the main entrance hall. On the first floor there are 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms with the charming circular en-suite ‘Tower’ bedroom on the second floor. The ‘Oriental’ is a double bedroom with kitchen and bathroom suite, ideal for guests or grandparents. The owner has renovated with great attention to detail to maintain as much authenticity as possible, beautiful fabrics are used throughout and the bed linen is exquisite.

From the Entrance Hall, double doors lead to the main Salon and through to the wood-panelled Library and its corner Wet Bar. Both the Salon and Library have French doors leading out onto the lavender lawn. Another set of double doors from the Salon lead to the double aspect Dining Room opening out onto the gardens and shaded Dining Terrace.

A large arched access leads into a fully equipped and contemporary Kitchen with a central island and breakfast bar, a double oven with induction and gas hob, two dishwashers and an American-style fridge-freezer – as well as a cheese and drinks fridge for all those French essentials.  Next to the kitchen, a second reception room (The sitting Room) has access to the front gravelled courtyard and is furnished with comfortable sofas, satellite television, DVD player, sound system and massage chair.

Stairs from the dining terrace lead down to the lower terrace and to the original 17th century Chapel. Here guests will find fitting ecclesiastical furnishings and illuminated roman remains below a glass floor panel in the centre of the room – as well as a large flat screen TV and Table Tennis Table with comfortable sofas and chairs and a small working organ.

Adjacent to the Chapel area and past the outdoor BBQ, there is another private lawn and garden with a loggia – La Chasse Bar – perfect for atmospheric dining whilst still taking in the spectacular scenery through the large archway.

The house and estate is accessed through electric gates, at the end of a half-mile private drive with a large gravel courtyard, allowing generous parking for residents and guests.

HISTORICAL NOTE: The property dates back to the 17th century, but underwent restoration and modification in the 1960s by famous architect, André Svetchine. ‘Of Russian origin, Svetchine established his reputation for creating classic masterpieces along the Riviera with commissions for Christian Dior, Marc Chagall, Aimé Maeght and the re-design of both La Mauresque (Somerset Maugham) and the Villa Claudia on Cap Ferrat. Many visiting the Colombe d’Or in Saint-Paul-de-Vence assume that the building has been there unchanged for centuries. In fact, this world-famous auberge was remodelled by André Svetchine and completed in 1950!’

January 2019. Château Broc has just been featured in the Spears 500 Travel Guide.  Please click on the link:  Spear’s Travel Guide 2019

Price Guide 2019:

April, May and October €7,363 per week
June and September €8,688 per week
July & August €9,994 per week
Long weekends and weddings on request

Sleeps: 14

The Master Bedroom – large double bed

  • The very generous Master Bedroom benefits from large windows overlooking the front courtyard and garden. There is an emperor-sized bed, a comfy seating area and a dressing room along with the luxury of ‘his and hers’ bathrooms, both with full size baths, separate showers, WCs and bidets.

The Louis XV Bedroom – double

  • With adjacent en-suite bathroom, this beautiful room boasts various original features including the terracotta floor and a decorative enamelled stove. With its own balcony overlooking the private outdoor pool area, this room also enjoys lovely views out to the east and south of the property.

The Bridge Bedroom – twin/double bed

  • With an en-suite shower room, wonderful wall hangings and its own private bridge leading to the upper terrace and swimming pool, this is another very special option for guests. The sleeping arrangements are flexible as the room can be configured as a twin or a double.

The Tower Bedroom – sunken double bed

  • This extraordinary circular room is located above the entrance hall in the main tower of the Château. A sunken double bed sits on the unique raised carpeted platform. The room has its own private en-suite shower and WC as well as air-conditioning.

The White Bedroom – large double bed

  • Accessed via cantilevered stone stairs from the kitchen, this is a light and airy room with its own beautifully designed deep pebble bath and separate WC.  The room is air conditioned and has sensational easterly views over the Var Valley.

The Provençal Bedroom – double bed

  • With large windows looking north towards the Alps and east to the Var valley and a Juliet balcony facing south towards Le Broc, this impressive, triple aspect bedroom displays the picturesque region of Provence in all its glory. The room’s own private and generous-sized bathroom can be found across the corridor and has a large shower.

The Oriental Room – double bed

  • A self contained apartment with a double bedroom decorated in rich red with oriental-themed furnishings, stained glass windows and with French doors on two walls.  There is a kitchenette and bathroom and, although part of the main house, it is not accessible from within. The Oriental Room has its own private front door accessed via a lower gravel terrace reached by steps down from the front courtyard.
  • Resident caretakers (separate cottage)
  • Weekly clean and change of linen
  • Extra services including daily cleaning and chef/cook available on request and at extra charge
  • Wedding/event organisers available on request
  • Circular pool 8m. dia. – saline, heated, alarmed
  • The Chasse Bar – outdoor bar for evening sundowners
  • 17th century Chapel suitable for celebration dinners and events, flat screen TV, sofa & chairs, small working organ
  • Table tennis
  • TV room with Satellite TV, DVD player, sound system, massage chair
  • WiFi
  • Library with bar
  • Professional kitchen
  • Cot & high chair
  • Nice International airport 35 mins drive
  • Beaches and Promenade des Anglais 40 mins drive
  • Isola 2000 ski resort 1 hr 40 mins drive
  • Le Broc village 5 kms: three restaurants, café bar, bakery, grocery store, newsagent / tabac and post office.
  • Large supermarket 20 mins drive

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What Sarah thinks:

“Just 35 minutes from the cosmopolitan coast, a chance to experience two very different worlds. Here you will find rural (and mountainous!) France, single track lanes, Knight Templar chapels and a beautifully restored old and important house“.

Client Reviews:

“We had a fantastic holiday at Chateau Broc. I would recommend it to anyone and we hope to return one day. Robert and Marion made us very welcome.”

“As we were heading up the mountain road for our two week stay, we wondered what on earth had we let ourselves in for……Arriving at the large, dark, imposing gates filled with trepidation and anticipation we pushed the bell hopefully ……….driving along the crunchy driveway looking out at the splendid valley views we were rewarded with what we had hoped for…a chateau……and on meeting Marion we just knew it was going to be perfect, but then Robert appeared, and we were certain that it would be a wonderful holiday. Some place.  One of our children was so smitten, he proposed marriage and was accepted there. It was so spacious and private for our party of 12, a real family party house, a perfect kitchen with even its cheese fridge, wine fridge, and the two dishwashers were in constant use. Each room and outside garden and bar spaces were individual and unique, and well used. The photographs certainly do not do justice to this atmospheric slice of perfection, but how could they, you need to be there. ”

“…. really rocks in every way…….and the charm of the local village, the bar, shops, restaurants and its inhabitants was a real testament to the esteem the Lawrence’s are held in.”

“We have just returned from a wonderful holiday at your Chateau – What an amazing house!”