Perched in the hills above the Mediterranean, this Provencal-style dream with chic Saint-Tropez flair, Villa Salmanazar rests amid privacy and seclusion in the hills of Ramatuelle. At the very top, you’ll find some of the most breathtaking views on the French Riviera overlooking the famous bay of Pampelonne, Saint-Tropez, and the surrounding countryside.
Ramatuelle is one of the most desired places to holiday on the French Riviera. If you’ve been here before, you’ll know why. Saint-Tropez and the surrounding area is a paradise of rolling hills, sandy beaches, and rugged coastline. The little village of Ramatuelle is the yin to St Tropez’s yang. This is where you can truly get away from it all, let your hair down and live it up in a luxury villa.
Villa Salmanazar is approached either by helicopter (approximately 20 minutes from Nice airport), landing directly on the sweeping front lawn, or by car, along a quiet rural lane through picturesque vineyards arriving at the automated wrought-iron and stone entrance gates of this unique and impressive property.
Upon entering, the drive gently ascends through lines of majestic cypress trees and classic lavender borders to a covered parking area with spaces for four cars. A grand staircase with beautiful inset flowers and bordered by formal box hedging leads up to the stone archway of the main entrance where a heavy oak paneled front door opens to the welcoming entrance hall. Once inside, the house has a spacious and comfortable flow and effortlessly portrays a combined sense of relaxed authentic Provencal style with a chic and elegant aesthetic, offering both sophisticated entertaining on a grand scale as well as comfortable family living.
The large principal reception rooms all enjoy the captivating double-aspect views over the undulating landscape to the dazzling azure blue of the Mediterranean beyond. The thoughtful and intelligent design of this magnificent property has created light and airy reception rooms that flow seamlessly to the external covered terraces, embodying the indoor-outdoor lifestyle.
Fully retractable sliding glass doors disappear into the walls and open onto the large covered terraces, which are set up as further alfresco relaxing and dining areas. The double-aspect dining room opens onto an elegant courtyard with stone fountain and terrace on which to relax and enjoy the sea view beyond. There is a large and well-equipped kitchen, which is ideal for both professional and casual family cooking. Conveniently adjacent to the kitchen is the beautiful and atmospheric outdoor barbecue dining area, situated under a large wisteria- and vine-covered pergola creating soft dappled light.
There are four en suite bedrooms on the ground floor, with stairs winding up to the master floor, with a study, dressing area, master bedroom, and bathroom, which lead out to a large private terrace with panoramic sea views, perfect for tranquil relaxation. The garden floor also enjoys its own direct entrance opening onto the spacious games room, bar, and gym, as well as a massage/beauty room, wine room/store, and four additional en suite bedrooms. There is also a one-bedroom, self-contained apartment for staff or guests. Villa Salmanazar is not just a summer house but a comfortable home that offers year-round living.
The estate’s thoughtful design continues outside with immaculate and well-stocked gardens.One of the key aspects of the property is the design and practical use of the external space: from the loggias that blend the internal and external reception areas through to the terraces surrounding the beautiful oversized swimming pool, with multiple areas for sunbathing, relaxing, or entertaining, including a fabulous deck with a seating area, fire pit, and the raised stone bar, which exudes a beach club atmosphere.
Accessed immediately outside the main villa’s kitchen is a wonderfully authentic outdoor kitchen and dining area under a pergola and hanging vines comprising a large stone dining table and benches in front of an open stone oven. The garden to the front of the property, adjacent to the drive, is mainly laid to lawn, with thick, mature borders, rose beds, and a crushed-stone path lined by low box hedging leading to a boules court. In the middle of the lawn is a helipad, certified by Heli Securite. There is also a garage and additional storage.
This tranquil and unspoiled area is highly sought after, providing easy access to the Côte d’Azur whilst being private and away from the crowds during the summer months.
In the Var, an area within the Provence-Alps-Côte d’Azur region, the pretty and historic village of Ramatuelle, only a few minutes’ drive from the property, has a variety of restaurants and local amenities. The world-famous Club 55 restaurant, situated on Pampelonne beach, is roughly a five-minute drive away, while Saint-Tropez town is approximately 12 minutes by car. The A8 provides direct access to Nice International Airport, two hours away, and France’s national motorway network.
This stunning property is listed for $19,956,666 (€17,500,000) with Christie’s International Real Estate