You can live in the opulent palace used as a set in the classic film “To Catch A Thief,” the 1955 Alfred Hitchcock production. The home has only grown in splendor since Cary Grant and Grace Kelly wandered its rooms and grounds in Cannes, France. Known as the Castle of la Croix des Gardes, the owners listed the property with Côte d’Azur of Sotheby’s International Realty.
Owned for 56 years by the owner of the bottled water firm Perrier, the palace, built-in 1919, lies within the Quartier des Anglais. For an investment of $53.5 million, the 13,000 square feet of space and its vast 24 acres of manicured lawns and forest can become yours. You can luxuriate in its infinity-edged swimming pool nestled into its emerald lawns. Enjoy its orangery, winter garden, classical gardens, and its mountain and sea views.
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Approach the Greek-revival mansion from its wide walkway to enjoy its balconies and airy architecture marked by a multitude of dormer windows. Ideal for a large family that entertains frequently, the thirteen-bedroom, the nine-bathroom home provides added living quarters in its guest house and staff quarters. The property also houses a Turkish lodge as well as maintenance structures.
Its formal grand foyer features potted plants and trees amidst the transom windowed room with arched French glass doors. The foyer leads to its massive white ceilinged and floored living room. This friendly room stays toasty in winter due to its far wall’s fireplace.
Both it and the dining room featured muted beige walls with the dining room’s stately presentation that receives a boost from peach moldings. During spring and summer, enjoy the outdoor kitchen and entertainment area which features a grilling station.
Among its bedrooms, you will find the primary bedroom home to herringbone hardwood floors and muted beige walls. A fireplace helps keep the room balmy in winter.
Each well-appointed bathroom has its own special features. One features a large bathtub that seems to float due to its mirrored base. Mirrored accent walls make the roomy restrooms seem even larger.
While you may think you would never want to leave the house, it does rest quite close to the entertainment centers of Cannes, annually the site of the world’s most famous film festival. The palace provides quick access to shopping, dining, nightlife, and cultural events.
The home also provides easy access by car or bicycle to the nearby lake or the ocean. You can quickly drive to the mountains from the castle.
You can set up a tour of the home and its grounds by contacting Côte d’Azur of Sotheby’s International Realty. Set aside a morning or an afternoon to view the entire property and don’t forget to wear your walking shoes.