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Château Lérins: an exceptional historic property in Mougins

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Château Lérins: an exceptional historic property in Mougins

Discover Château Lérins: a rare pearl in Mougins offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea. Nestled in a secure estate between the charming towns of Mougins and Cannes, this sumptuous Demeure de Maître majestically overlooks the Bay of Cannes and the Estérel mountains.

This historic 17th-century residence has been carefully restored and modernized to guarantee the highest levels of comfort and security, while retaining its timeless elegance.

A rich history at the service of an exceptional architecture for this castle in Mougins

Facing the Iles de Lérins, the château is actually a former monastery built by the island's monks. Although it was transformed over the years into an aristocratic residence, it has retained its name and homage. It became an emblematic residence of the French Riviera, thanks to the vision of Sir Edwin Lutyens, who completely transformed it in 1912.

Sir Edwin Lutyens: renowned architect in the service of the greatest in Mougins

Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) was a renowned British architect, widely recognized for his diverse and influential work in the field of architecture. He is often associated with the Arts and Crafts movement, as well as with the Georgian Revival architectural style. His architectural style was characterized by a combination of tradition and innovation, integrating classical and modern elements to create buildings that were both elegant and functional.

Lutyens had a unique ability to adapt his style to his clients' preferences and the characteristics of the site, which led to a variety of designs. Known for two types of building, he successfully completed military memorials and castles in France, England and India.

Lutyens was involved in the design of the new capital of British India, New Delhi. He was behind the construction of Viceroy Castle (now known as Rashtrapati Bhavan), a central feature of the capital and today the official residence of the President of India.

Among the castles he built was Castle Drogo, in Devon, England, an emblematic work of the Arts and Crafts movement, with its meticulous architectural detailing and meticulous interior design.

Château Lérins is actually one of his first large-scale achievements and is a grandiose testament to his art in France.

A worldly estate in Mougins

After the First World War, the château was bought by the British banker and statesman Baron de Wolverton, who made it his family's vacation residence for several decades.

Just before the Second World War, after the death of Baron Wolverton and his heir, his widow sometimes rented out the property as a summer residence to wealthy holidaymakers. In the summer of 1939, the Kennedy family rented the property while Joseph Kennedy was US Ambassador to the United Kingdom and John F. Kennedy (his son) travelled around Europe getting to know the continent.

In the 1980s and 1990s, the château played host to some of the biggest names in art and cinema, who stayed in Mougins in conjunction with the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. These included Catherine Deneuve, Elizabeth Taylor, Sharon Stone and Sean Connery.

Top-of-the-range amenities at the Château Lérins

Very recently, the château has been completely renovated to bring it up to modern luxury standards. This cocoon of prestige and privacy extends over hectares of classified forest, olive groves and Mediterranean flowerbeds. A haven of peace just a stone's throw from Cannes' sunny beaches, this residence offers absolute privacy.

Fully equipped, this luxurious residence offers a beautiful swimming pool with a 90 m² pool house, ideal for savoring the pleasures of summer, a clay tennis court, a 130 m² golf practice range with putting and chip practice area, a relaxing spa, a gym and even a pétanque court, adding a touch of harmony to this exceptional environment.

A janitor's cottage of around 170 m² and a sheepfold in need of restoration (offering a potential surface area of around 350 m²) complete this unique ensemble in the hills above the Bay of Cannes.

Living in Mougins

Mougins is a destination that exudes culture and embodies a prestigious art of living. This charming Provencal commune has seduced artists and aesthetic enthusiasts alike with its rich heritage, exquisite gastronomy and elegant atmosphere.

Its culture

Culture in Mougins manifests itself through its picturesque alleyways, art galleries and museums. The village has long been a haven for many artists, including the legendary Pablo Picasso. The famous painter spent the last years of his life in Mougins, leaving a lasting imprint on the town.

Its art of living

The art of living in Mougins is synonymous with luxury and refinement. Michelin-starred restaurants offer memorable gastronomic experiences, where Mediterranean flavors are sublimated by talented chefs. Local markets abound with fresh, colorful produce, offering a plunge into authentic Provencal cuisine.

Its architecture

Mougins' architecture reflects its rich history, with stone buildings, colorful townhouses and sumptuous villas blending harmoniously into the landscape. Mediterranean gardens, fountains and terraces offer spaces for relaxation and contemplation, where the art of living takes on its full meaning.

Its balance between pomp and family privacy

Mougins embodies a refined culture and prestigious art de vivre that attract lovers of beauty, history and exceptional cuisine from all over the world. It's also thanks to its international schools and high-quality infrastructure that it attracts new residents from the four corners of the globe.

Halfway between the hinterland and the Croisette, Mougins is easily accessible from Nice international airport.

Whether you're passionate about art, gastronomy or simply looking for an extraordinary sensory experience, Mougins welcomes you with its timeless charm. Don't miss the opportunity to discover this exceptional property that invites you to experience absolute enchantment.

Plan an unforgettable visit to Château Lérins today.

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