This Côte d’Azur villa held a special place in the heart of the Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly: she stayed at Les Moulins du Villars in Gilette several times in the two years leading up to her death in 1982. Now the converted mill is for sale via Sotheby’s International.
The interiors and owners have changed several times since the High Society and Rear Window actress vacationed at the Gilette villa with her daughter, Princess Caroline. However, there are still a few statues gifted by Kelly to its previous owners inside the French Riviera dwelling, which dates back to the 17th century.
Once a working mill, the 6,500-acre estate was bought by Count Jean Fernand Joseph Gouin de Roumilly in the 1970s and quickly became a mecca for celebrities and royals. The Count sold it in the 1990s, and its present owners purchased the property in 2006, renovating and reconstructing the main house in 2010, according to Sotheby’s and Town & Country magazine. Its gardens have also been extensively landscaped and cultivated.
Les Moulins du Villars has seven bedrooms, a separate guesthouse, an infinity pool, an extensive wine cellar, a gym, tennis courts and a helicopter landing pad. Signs of its former life are proudly celebrated in the house’s main reception room, where the mill wheel is housed in a glass box at the centre of the floor plan.
Gilette is a small town about an hour’s drive from Nice in the French Riviera. Les Moulins du Villars is for sale via Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty – The Private Desk for $12.92m.