FALL TO THE ALLURE OF THE CÔTE D'AZUR
This exceptional estate just north of Cannes, highlights the idyllic South-of-France lifestyle from the exceptional finish of the main chateau to the stunning views over the Provençal countryside
On the outskirts of the Old Town of Mougins, ideally located for both the glamour of the Côte d’Azur and the beauty of the Provençal countryside nearby, Manoir de Pigranel is a property of exquisite beauty. Set in 11 private hectares of expertly landscaped grounds, it perfectly captures the atmosphere of this beloved part of France.
The manoir has views over the countryside and valleys to the aquamarine Mediterranean Sea. It’s less than five minutes from the autoroute yet completely secluded, allowing swift access to Nice airport, Monaco or the vineyards of Provence.
Together, in the main house and guest house there are nine bedrooms, including a master suite with its own private terrace, and 10 reception rooms. The south-facing terrace has been artfully designed so that even on a sunny winter’s day it’s warm enough to sit outside.
Each French door opening onto the terraces has been set into a single piece of hand-carved stone, there are 18th- century flagstone floors and fireplaces, artefacts brought from Italian monasteries and high ceilings, the perfect house to display exceptional artwork.
For Edward de Mallet Morgan, a Partner with Knight Frank’s Super Prime Sales Team, Manoir de Pigranel is truly special. “The location, the thought and detail that has gone into every aspect of the restoration and the magnificent gardens make it exceptional,” he says. “This is a refined, elegant and wonderfully authentic property.”
The gardens, influenced by master landscaper Jean Mus, include Italian and Provençal details with a focus on providing year-round colour and scent – in spring, wisteria tumbles down the side of the pool house, while in summer, lavender competes with poppies and rosemary beneath the olive grove.
“Other than on historic estates such as Ephrussi de Rothschild, it is rare to find gardens of this beauty, quality and maturity on the Riviera,” adds de Mallet Morgan.
EXPLORING… MOUGINS, FRANCE
Winding up the hillsides from Cannes, the picturesque town of Mougins encapsulates the finest in Côte d’Azur living
With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, exquisite architecture and an alluring old town that has long reflected the artistic sensibilities of its inhabitants, it’s easy to see why Mougins has come to epitomise the best in small-town living on the French Riviera.
Perched atop the Cannes heights, the city itself is only a 15-minute drive away. Internationally connected, Nice Côte d’Azur Airport is only 16 miles away, while the glittering coastline of the Côte d’Azur provides a scenic backdrop for anyone making their daily commute by car.
Originally the commune was known for its floral production, with jasmine, lavender and roses cultivated by local perfumeries for their scents. The town’s association with local fauna speaks to the abundance of natural beauty surrounding it. The surrounding Valmasque forest’s sweet-smelling pines, low-hanging olive groves and vertiginous cypress trees cradle the local habitat, while inviting intrepid ramblers and hikers to explore deeper into the 1,386 acres of parkland. The sandy beaches and boardwalks of Cannes, meanwhile, are only a short drive away.
Mougins’ culinary history is rich, with the old town home to several Michelin-starred restaurants, including Roger Vergé’s Moulin de Mougins and Basile Arnaud’s Le Candille at the five-star hotel, Les Mas Candille. Le Petit Fouet is a more informal option, offering typical French fare, while L’Abreuvoir de Mougins is a fantastic hidden cocktail bar for late-night sojourns after a day exploring the local area. The village also hosts the annual international gastronomy festival, Les Etoiles de Mougins, a three-day culinary bonanza held in June.
In the centre of town a number of cultural attractions mean residents are hard-pressed to find themselves at a loose end. These include the Musée d’Art Classique de Mougins (MACM), which houses a large collection of ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian artefacts as well as an array of contemporry art from the likes of Picasso (a former resident of Mougins), Matisse, Dali, Warhol and Hirst. The Musée de la Photographie André Villers, the Espace Culturel & Musée Maurice Gottlob, and the Musée d’Histoire Locale have long contributed towards its appeal as a haven for artists.