An outstanding historic holiday rental in the rural heart of the Cote D’Azur

Once the home of the Comte de Martini, this beautifully restored château with parts originating from the 17th century offers a wonderfully welcoming and truly unique stay for up to 12/14 people.

Following a faithful and full restoration in 2012, this superbly secluded property has been lovingly lead into the 21st century, offering a home-away-from-home for guests.

Set in 60 hectares of private grounds, Chateau Haute Germaine is situated just 35 minutes from the Mediterranean beaches of Nice and its international airport and 1 hour 40 minutes from the ski resort 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 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.

The luxurious accommodation stretches over three floors. The grand high-ceilinged Entrance Hall with Cloakroom welcomes guests. An original spiral staircase leads to the first and second floor.

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 which lead out onto the Lavender Lawn. Another set of double doors from the Salon lead to the Dining Room. With its double aspect, this bright Dining Room opens out onto gardens and the shaded Dining Terrace.

A large arched access leads into a fully-equipped and contemporary Kitchen benefitting from 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.

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Lovingly renovated 17th century château in 60 hectares

From the kitchen, open tread stones stairs lead up to the ‘White’ room, an en-suite bedroom with stunning views east over the Var valley. From the Sitting Room a private corridor leads to the ‘Provençal’ bedroom and bathroom.

There are four bedrooms spread out across the first and second floor which are reached via the staircase of 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’ room (available by separate arrangement and at an additional charge) is a double bedroom with kitchen and bathroom suite. It is part of the main house but not accessible from within the château; it has its own front door situated in the lower gravel terrace and accessed by steps from the front courtyard.

The beautifully restored interior is matched by the equally impressive outdoor areas which boast a main formal dining area, lawns for lounging, a fountain and Mediterranean garden, together with a shaded dining terrace which offers exceptional views down the Var Valley.

On the lower terrace there is a further private lawned garden with a loggia housing La Chasse Bar and dining area with a BBQ by the original chapel.

Also within the vast estate, an olive grove of over 350 trees produces delicious gourmet olive oil. On the upper terrace and to the south of the house, a fully heated circular private saline pool (8m diameter) offers a fabulous sun terrace equipped with loungers and parasols.

Peaceful & private hideaway with stunning views

History

The property dates back in part to the 17th century, but was created, restored extended and modified 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.

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