Neo-Palladian Architecture : Mediterranean Villa On The French Riviera

“Castle of la Croix des Gardes”

The Castle of La Croix des Gardes is a magnificent luxury villa
 on the French Riviera with unsurpassed panoramic
 Mediterranean sea and snowy mountains views.

Its rich history dates back to 1919 when a Swiss gentleman, Paul Girod,
 purchased the top of this hill and built the “Castle of la Croix des Gardes” 
with Florentine style fa?ade. Years later the new owner commissioned English
 architect Alan Gore to extend and redesign the mansion in neo-Palladian 
style borrowed from the Wrotham Castle.

With its prime location and its breathtaking views, the mansion became
 a legend and was the setting for the Alfred Hitchcock’s film
 To Catch  A Thief starring Grace Kelly and Cary Grant.

The 13,000 square foot main property also comes with a guest house, 
staff accommodation and outbuildings all scattered around the park. A sublime
 landscaped garden frames the swimming pool overlooking the Bay of Cannes.

via Sotheby's International Realty France-Monaco

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