This historic gem was once the home of dancer Rudolf Nureyev, who built a studio here in the 1960s. Superbly restored and renovated, with landscaping by Chelsea Flower Show garden designer Diarmuid Gavin, Maison des Chênes continues to be a beautiful private home on the Riviera. The house is located just above the Mediterranean on the edge of the village of La Turbie and just 20 minutes’ drive from Nice. There are unbeatable views of the principality of Monaco and the sea to the East and the French Alps to the west.
La Turbie is steeped in history with the 2,000 year old “Trophee d’Auguste” dominating the hillside. Here you will find several popular shops and local restaurants including the Michelin starred Hostellerie Jerome and Sarah and her husband’s favourite, Cafe de La Fontaine.
After leaving La Turbie you wind your way up the hill, towards the Monte Carlo Golf course until you come to a hidden lane where the villa is hidden behind a wide wooden gate. The detail referencing back to Nureyev starts as you walk up to the stone facade where window grilles have been forged to replicate his foot moving across a screen. Something of unique beauty, this is just one example of the current owner’s determination to honour and keep alive the memory of the previous owner.
Comprising a five bedroom main residence with a self-contained apartment, the villa is perfect for families or groups of friends travelling together or for guests travelling with staff (or noisy teenagers!).
The villa’s main living area is spacious and bright – a gorgeous blend of the traditional and modern, tastefully decorated with modern art and design pieces. With arched French doorways opening to the large terraces which span the length of the house and an open plan layout with high, vaulted ceilings and exposed timber beams, this is a really gorgeous room. Low-slung modern sofas enjoy the warmth of the fire, while the stunning, sculptural elegance of the pod chair adds a dash of modernist style. The fully equipped kitchen is light-filled and spacious, blending rustic accents with a minimalist sophistication and the beautiful dining table, set beside a rich scarlet wall, inspires memorable meals. There is also a home office for business travellers.