Roman Roots


Abode2 visits a one of a kind Roman Villa in Cannes, unique as it is with its original Roman foundations

On the very same slope where the author of Jean de Florette and the La Gloire de mon père wrote several of his most famous depictions of Provence, you'll find the valley's oldest property, le Castelet, where parts of the foundations are from Roman times. Here, with a glorious view of the Esterel Mountains and with the Mediterranean in the background, lies a unique property for someone who longs for the true Provencal combined with all the modern features that are expected in the 2020s: Two pools (one for pleasure the other for exercise), outdoor spa, hammam, airconditioning, elevator between pool level and different terraces, floor heating, cold room, sound system (even underwater), complete outdoor kitchen with barbecue and Italian pizza oven, large screen cinema and of course wifi almost everywhere. At the far end of the property, there is an olive grove with some 90 oil-producing trees; under a row of shady plane trees, there is a classic boule court. On the property, there is also a vineyard with some 300 plants that every year ends up as thousands of wine bottles in the winemaker's cellar. Here are guesthouses and small hideaways in the form of a roofed gazebo or a furnished stone shed adjacent to the vineyard.

This beautiful Bastide is the epitome of French glamour. Its romantic architecture and interior design sets a new benchmark for the properties of this style. This picturesque home is located in the country town of Cabris. A medieval village in the countryside surrounding both Cannes and Antibes. The village has excellent road links to the nearby cities and is within a 20-30 minute drive from the beach.

This outstanding villa will take your breath away. Built-in the 15th century, its historic beauty demands attention. Its romanesque design and romantic character ensure that the villa remains true to its regional roots. Yet, this remarkable villa remains unique with its magical allure.

This majestic mansion has been renovated to a luxurious level. The interior displays an open-plan style - with a regal finish.

The charming original features retain the magical ambience of the villa. Current comforts ensure this villa will compete with modern mansions.

This property consists of two elegant buildings. The main 7 bedroom 'bastide' - a name given to historic Provencal homes found in southern France. The second building is a 4 bedroom guest house. As we enter this beautiful home we first notice the elegant high ceilings and delicate cornices. The impressive entrance evokes presence with its grand staircase. There are several reception rooms in the living area. Such as a living room, lounge, an open-plan kitchen and formal dining area. The living area has a cosy fireplace, original wood beams, and exposed stone walls. The entire villa has been designed with large windows which flood the home with daylight. The natural light lifts the intimate atmosphere to an airy presence.

The beautiful landscaped gardens and grounds complement the villa and add an extra element of grandeur. The grounds include manicured gardens and over 80 mature olive trees and cypresses. In addition, there is a private vineyard. Naturally, this impressive villa has a large infinity swimming pool, spa, and pool house. There is a large sunbathing terrace with Provencal trees. There is a magical ambience as you wander around the ancient property. The pool has a roman style design with cypresses, pillars and archways. Designed to ensure its owners enjoy the long summers in the south of France. This is why there are various terraces and balconies to enjoy the sun. In addition, there is an outdoor kitchen and alfresco dining terrace. You can dine in the sunshine whilst overlooking the gardens and pool.

The guest house has 4 bedrooms and a living area. The living area includes a kitchen and living room, bathroom, and covered terrace. Built for hosting friends and family.

To finish, this property has a wine cellar, carport, and an elevator. The home has is safe and secure with state-of-the-art security. Fitted with a full security system, air conditioning and alarm.


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