Nestled among ancient olive groves planted for past princes of Monaco, this fabulous villa, former home of Coco Chanel is for sale with a price tag of £34million.
Built by architect Robert Streitz for Mademoiselle Chanel in 1927, La Pausa has spectacular panoramic views of the Mediterranean coastline – as well as a colourful history.
Chanel’s guests included the Duke of Westminster, Pablo Picasso, Paul Iribe, Salvador Dalí and Luchino Visconti.
The romantic six-bedroom home, on the market through Knight Frank, is high in the hills of La Toracca. The Italian border and village of Menton is to the east and Monaco to the west.
In the 1950s the villa was bought by Emery Reeves, author, writer and publisher. Reeves entertained the Riviera glitterati of the time, including the likes of Greta Garbo, Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco, the Duke of Windsor, Aristotle Onassis and Sir Winston Churchill.
Churchill is understood to have written and edited parts of his ‘A History of the English-Speaking People’ at the villa.
Another chance to own a piece of history
Meanwhile, literary fans have another chance to buy a piece of history, as Teversal Manor – the eight-bedroom mansion which inspired D. H. Lawrence's famous novel 'Lady Chatterley's Lover' has gone on the market for £1million.
Referenced several times in the 1928 novel, the picturesque property in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, was Lawrence's inspiration for Wragby Hall - where Constance Chatterley lives with her paralysed husband Clifford in the novel.
It is said the author, who grew up in nearby Eastwood, fell in love with the manor house while taking a walk around the area in 1926.
The mansion's owners put it on the market after restoring much of the house and grounds for the past 19 years.
The property dates from the 16th and 17th centuries and stands in 17.89 acres of magnificent gardens, paddocks and woodland.
It has five reception rooms, all looking out across the gardens, as well as a large breakfast kitchen and workshop.
'Lady Chatterley's Lover', which was banned in England for over 30 years, tells the story of an upper-class woman who creeps off from the mansion to visit her working-class lover.