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Property: France; May 2023 offerings

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La belle vie

Leggett Prestige have expanded from the French heartlands. Now venturing into Corsica, the properties on offer remain of the highest quality

Eymet (24500)

Just 25 minutes from Bergerac airport and 90 minutes from Bordeaux lies this elegant property, nestling alongside a river and within walking distance of a lively mediaeval bastide town.

The castle has been lavishly restored with crystal chandeliers imported from Prague and features rooms with fabulous proportions, beautifully manicured gardens and a swimming pool. It would make a perfect wedding venue, maybe a restaurant, hotel or B&B, or simply a grand family home.

Set over three floors there is a large entrance hall on arrival with plenty of original features and flooring. Off this hall lie a reception room, a garden lounge / games room with views over the garden and pond, an elegant 19th century dining room and a grand salon with a majestic fireplace and the original 1895 wall mouldings.

Also on this floor is a newly installed kitchen and pantry offering access to the sunny terrace along with two guest cloakrooms. There is the added benefit of a self-contained studio apartment which has a new kitchen and a refurbished wet room.

On the first floor are five named suites and the master suite. The Raspberry, Saffron, Lavender, Anthracite and Coral suites all have ancillary bathing facilities while the master suite has a private living room, a magnificent bathroom with bath and a walk-in shower.

Up one more level the second floor was completely renovated in 2022/23 with custom-made double-glazed windows and a new wooden floor. Here there is another self-contained apartment with a spacious bedroom, living room and large bathroom.

On the second floor there is also a library with garden views along with two habitable bedrooms (one of which can fit two double beds and four singles). There is a further bedroom in need of renovation.

An exceptional 19th century riverside château, beautifully situated in a lively bastide close to Bergerac

Downstairs and there is a spacious basement, with numerous storage rooms, which houses the oil boiler and the hot water tanks.

Outside the main castle the gardens have neat gravel paths and picturesque ponds. There is parking for up to 24 cars and an outdoor building with its original rustic features that has the potential to be converted into an outdoor bar to service those relaxing by the 10m x 4.5m heated swimming pool with views of the garden and Eymet village church or for when hosting weddings.

There is huge potential for the barn, garage and stables. The current owners had planned to convert the barn into a rustic wedding venue highlighting the interior courtyard features. The aviary would make an outstanding terrace overlooking the pool and gardens.

Additional rooms could be created above or be transformed into a commercial space for meetings, yoga retreats or an art gallery space. The stables would make a wonderful private spa with sauna and jacuzzi and gym and would provide a year-round income.

  • Château – Eymet (24500)
  • €1,700,000
  • 600sqm habitable
  • 11 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms
  • 16 rooms
  • 1.76ha land
  • For more information see the Leggett Prestige website

Corbara, Corsica (20220)

Near Calvi, in north Corsica, Leggett Prestige have this very rare seaside estate on offer. This exceptional property is located in the heart of one of the most exclusive and sought-after areas of Corsica. It offers stunning views of the sea and the mountains and has direct access to the fine sandy beach in front of the property.

This fabulous property could be a new family home or a luxurious summer retreat, offering a wide range of possibilities.

The description ‘exclusive’ applies not just to its first-class location, but also to the villa itself. The 230sqm estate was designed by an architect using contemporary lines. It has generous volumes with high ceilings and lots of natural light.

That light is augmented by stunning sunset views over the Mediterranean. Its 1,300sqm landscaped gardens, infinity pool and numerous terraces make it idyllic.

Inside, on the ground floor, there is a 53sqm reception area alongside a generous kitchen and pantry. There are also three en-suite bedrooms as well as designated office space. Upstairs there is a 25sqm private master bedroom and an indoor pool.

To round off the indoor space, the basement houses a gym and, for when you want to drag your eyes away from the staggering views, a home cinema room.

  • House – Corbara (20220)
  • €3,450,000
  • 203sqm habitable
  • 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms
  • 1,313sqm land
  • For more information see the Leggett Prestige website

Apartment – Villefranche-sur-Mer (6230)

Located on the top floor of a luxurious residence with pool and fitness room, this large, four-bedroomed, south-facing apartment will seduce you with its breathtaking views of the Bay of Villefranche and St Jean Cap Ferrat.

The Belle Epoque-era mansion, Nellcôte, on a headland above the sea at Villefranche-sur-Mer, is where the Rolling Stones recorded their 1972 album Exile on Main Street and the town has been a natural set for movie makers over the years – Alfred Hitchcock filmed To Catch a Thief here and action thrillers such as the Bond spectacular Never Say Never Again and The Bourne Identity (the 1988 original) were also shot in the town.

Inside the property, the entrance with a cloakroom leads you on to the large living and dining room of 90sqm, all opening onto the large terrace. There is a fitted kitchen, a master bedroom with bathroom, three further bedrooms with showers and plenty of storage. There are four cloakrooms in total.

Despite the property being an apartment there is double parking and cellars included within the offer. All of this is in a very secure building meaning this is a very rare property to come on to the market.

  • Apartment – Villefranche-sur-Mer (6230)
  • €3,700,000
  • 203sqm habitable
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 4 bathrooms
  • For more information see the Leggett Prestige website

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