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Chateau de Garibondy is situated on the western edge of Cannes sitting high on its own hill overlooking the bay of La Napoule and the Esterel mountains. The chateau stands in the middle of 15 acres of its own formal gardens and grounds, planted with hundreds of years old oak, decor, cypress, olive and umbrella pine trees.
From the chateau some of the most spectacular views in the south of France may be seen. It is also only a few minutes’ drive to the beach and ten minutes’ drive to the Croisette and the centre of Cannes.
The chateau is an elegant and substantial property, with twelve bedrooms and bathrooms, and numerous reception rooms. The nearby Old Stables provide further and separate accommodation of three bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and reception rooms.
Entry to the chateau is through secluded security gates. The chateau’s own winding driveway then ascends the hill until the chateau itself is reached at the top where panoramic views open out. To the south and in front of the chateau, are the Mediterranean and the Alps behind.
The interior of the chateau is spacious with high ceilings, large receptions rooms, halls and bedrooms. All the principal reception rooms and eight of the bedrooms have views to the south of the gardens and the sea. The other four bedrooms have views of the mountains. There are two substantial terraces for dining outside, both facing south; one adjacent to the dining and sitting rooms shaded by an umbrella pine tree planted by Queen Victoria over 100 years ago, and the other higher up outside by the summer kitchen and shaded by its own blinds.
The chateau is furnished with its own very fine antique furniture, paintings and china but also with modern comfortable sofas and chairs. It has modern bathrooms and kitchen facilities.
Garibondy is a place to relax - in the elegance of the chateau, wandering through, just sitting in its own gardens and grounds, or simply lazing by the pool. Here, even in the present day Côte d’Azur, one can recapture the tranquility of a far more leisurely age.
The main entrance door of the chateau leads into its two main reception halls. These, with the drawing and dining rooms (which themselves lead on to the main terrace), provide the principal entertaining areas of the chateau. They are furnished with antique Persian carpets, fine English and continental antique furniture and oil paintings.
The drawing rooms and dining room are each approximately 650 square feet in size and the hall areas are much larger.
The drawing room incorporates two towers, has a number of comfortable sofas and armchairs, antique furniture and paintings. It is a large but very relaxing, pleasant room. The chateau’s famous Wedgwood dining room provides the ideal setting for formal dining. The English Regency dining table can comfortably seat 20 persons. Both rooms open onto the main terrace where there are substantial teak tables and chairs for holding luncheon or dinner parties outside or merely pre-dinner drinks.
The main kitchen, which is completely modernised and well-equipped, is adjacent to the dining room. Also on the ground floor are a study, laundry and a downstairs cloakroom.
On the first floor terrace adjacent to the master bedroom is the substantial summer kitchen which has beautiful views, through all its French windows, of the Mediterranean and the Esterel mountains. It has its own dining table and chairs but opens onto its own terrace with further tables and chairs for eating outside whether under the shade of its own blinds or simply soaking up the sun.
On the first and second floors of the chateau are eight large bedrooms at the front, and eight bathrooms, five of which are en-suite. There is also a library and television room.
All of these bedrooms have views over the principal gardens, the Mediterranean and the Esterel mountains. They are attractively furnished, complementing the lovely old ‘tommette’ tiled floors with ceiling-to-floor curtains, warm rugs and beautiful antique furniture and paintings.
In a separate part of the chateau are a further four bedrooms and bathrooms, and a large sitting room. These have all been refurbished to a high standard and are ideal for extra guests or children, who may wish to have their own privacy or, alternatively, for staﬀ.
The oval pool is just to the side of the chateau and measures almost twenty metres long by ten metres wide. It enjoys the sun from the early morning until dusk and is heated, when required, outside the summer months. It has its own bathing pavilion converted from a former pigeonnier.
An all-weather tennis court is situated on one of the terraces to the side of the chateau. Adjacent to this is a badminton lawn. Both are screened from the chateau by well established trees and bushes.
Two guardians live permanently in separate accommodation in the grounds. One looks after the garden and grounds, maintains the swimming pool and puts out and takes in the garden furniture as required. The other attends the chateau for four hours each weekday to clean, change bedlinen and deal with other requirements. They will gladly see to your needs and ensure your stay meets your own requirements.
The grounds are entered through two separate entrances which are electronically controlled from both the chateau and the guardian’s house.
There is substantial lighting, controlled from the chateau, around it, in the gardens and down to the Old Stables and guardians’ accommodation. The chateau has a modern and flexible alarm system and the property benefits from the permanent presence of staﬀ to look after it.
- Rooms 15 rooms
- Condition Good condition
- 1 Master bedroom
- 11 Bedrooms
- 1 Living-room
- 1 Dining room
- 2 Kitchens
- 9 Bathrooms