Maison des Chênes, La Turbie

Sleeps 12

£11,136 - £18,683 per week

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.

The upper floor features an exquisite master suite which shares its ensuite bathroom with a guest bedroom. The ground floor features three king size guest rooms, all with ensuite bathrooms.

The guesthouse, formerly Nureyev’s personal ballet studio (his practise wall bars are still there), includes an additional king size bedroom with ensuite bathroom and open-plan living/dining area plus kitchenette.  In addition there is a well equipped private gym.  This space can also be transformed  into a stunning indoor entertaining space for events and functions.

Outside is the beautifully landscaped garden with cobbled walkways, lush green lawns, elegant topiary and manicured flower beds.  The garden area also features a basketball hoop and badminton court for the sporty!  A heated saltwater infinity pool overlooks the sea and village below with poolside sun loungers and a hammock.  There is also a changing room and shower directly accessible from the pool.

There are multiple sitting areas from which to catch the sun at various times of the day from the large terraces – perfect for a morning cup of coffee or an evening sundowner watching a spectacular sunset over the sea.  A wooden deck stretches out over the hillside, overlooking the sea and Monaco, with a dining table and sitting area – perfect for al fresco meals.

Just ten kilometres from Monaco, Maison des Chênes is perfectly positioned for exploring the Riviera and Alpes-Maritime region.  You are an easy drive from several renowned beaches, including Cap d’Ail and Menton, as well as the towns of Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Menton, and St.-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

Price Guide 2020:

£11,136 – £18,683 per week

Sleeps:  12

Main House:

  • Living/Dining Room
  • Fully equipped Kitchen with breakfast bar and Espresso/Latte machines
  • Office space
  • Master Bedroom (super Kingsize), Ensuite Bathroom with stand-alone rain shower and bath tub, walk-in Closet and Loung Area
  • Bedroom 2 (Kingsize) with shared access to Bathroom with Bedroom 1, Desk
  • Bedroom 3 (super Kingsize), Ensuite Bathroom with stand-alone rain shower, Desk
  • Bedroom 4 (Kingsize), Ensuite Bathroom with stand-alone rain shower, Desk
  • Bedroom 5 (super Kingsize), Ensuite Bathroom with stand-alone rain shower and bath tub.

Guest House:

  • Bedroom 6 (Kingsize), Ensuite Bathroom with stand-alone rain shower and bath tub, Kitchenette, Living room area.
  • Fully equipped Gym


  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Personal Laundry
  • Pool Maintenance
  • Garden Maintenance
  • Weekly linen change

At extra charge:

  • Cooking, serving and waiting is not included in the housekeeping service but can be arranged.
  • Activities and excursions
  • Additional linen change
  • Villa pre-stocking
  • Airport transfer and driver
  • Saltwater Infinity Swimming Pool 11.5m x 5m (heating included)
  • Pool Changing room with stand-alone shower room
  • Badminton Court
  • Basketball Net
  • Flat screen TV with Orange TV
  • WiFi
  • Fully equipped Gym/Fitness Room
  • Gas Barbecue
  • Underfloor Heating
  • Gated property with security cameras (outward facing)
  • Parking
  • La Turbie 1km
  • Monaco 10km (15 mins drive)
  • Beaulieu sur Mer 13km
  • Menton 14km
  • St. Jean Cap Ferrat 16km
  • Nice 18km
  • Cap d’Antibes 40 mins drive
  • St. Tropez 1.5hrs drive


  • Cap d’Ail beach 12km (10 mins drive)
  • Menton and Monaco beaches 14km


  • Monaco Heliport 14km
  • Nice Airport 27km (30 mins drive)
  • Sophia Antipolis Airport 43km
  • Cannes – Mandelieu Airport 53km

Please note that the map is only a general indicator of location

What Sarah thinks:

“I was enchanted by this house.  So slick – with fantastic contemporary styling, finishes and wonderful views, yet with a sense of great soul.  You can well imagine Nureyev still leaping on his lawn and in his studio.”

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