Peer through the looking glass into the past at Sylviane Estate, a magnificent hideaway that can accommodate up to 20 people. Built by monks in the 17th century, this palatial residence in the Alpes-Maritimes region of Southeast France was once home to Napoleon’s generals and the Grimaldi family. Follow in their footsteps as you discover the estate's secrets amid a landscape of 500 olive trees. The property is situated in the heart of the French Riviera, with a host of gorgeous destinations at your fingertips. Walk the idyllic cobbled streets of nearby Valbonne, immerse yourself in the culture of Cannes just 10km away, or travel an hour or so by car to take in the glamour of Monaco.
The bedrooms of this country retreat are spread over four buildings, creating a great set-up for a memorable reunion. You'll stay in the spectacular main house, waking up in one of five sunlit bedrooms where heritage architecture meets the clean lines of modern décor. Your guests will be well catered for in the three other guest houses. The two independent apartments of La Ferme feature striking rustic detail and are perfect for whiling away an afternoon with a book. Le Pigionnier is a three-bedroomed former dovecot where loved ones can gather around the family kitchen table or host afternoon tea in the beautiful saloon. The oldest building on the property, La Bergerie, is where your more independent visitors can make quality time really count. It features two bedrooms, a large outdoor table for entertaining, and its own access to the garden and pool.
This is a place that really promises to ignite the imagination, as you walk in the footsteps of monks, French generals and European royalty. Spend the morning exploring the immaculately manicured gardens, take a dip in the pool after a a leisurely game of tennis, or jet off to Monaco to try your luck at the tables, Kir Royale in hand. After wandering the shops and cafés of Valbonne, end the day by gathering the troops for an extravagant al fresco dinner under a canopy of colourful blooms and lanterns.