La Bayadere

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Sleeps: 12 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 5

Overview

Wedding Venue Pool Beach Nearby Ideal for Kids Pets Welcome Walk to Village

The Côte D’Azur was a special place for Rudolf Nureyev, the world’s greatest ballet dancer who made France his home in the 1960s after he defected from the Soviet Union. He spent long summers here, swimming from private beaches near Monaco and Nice.

When he first came to Monte Carlo shortly after his famous defection in Paris he looked up towards the mountains and announced he would buy a villa in this extraordinary place. He did and this villa was La Bayadère, which soon became his retreat in southern France. He created his own dance studio, where he often danced with Margot Fonteyn, hosted wondrous parties and revelled in the wild gardens and beautiful surroundings.

The spirit of Nureyev lives on in La Bayadère. Named after the incredible ballet that Nureyev staged so close to his death in the late twentieth century, this villa has been passionately renovated by its new owners who rescued the home after it was left derelict. Original parquet flooring from Nureyev’s bedroom and study has been used in the apartment whilst the dance studio has been fully restored with its original sprung flooring and ballet barres, alongside modern gym equipment. The swirling design of the balustrade in the main house mimics Nureyev’s dance steps, whilst on the garden lawn, you can picture him dancing across the grass with the stunning backdrop of mountain views behind him.

Yet La Bayadère isn’t only a special piece of history, it is also a stunning holiday home in its own right. With natural light flooding into the upper floor of the main house, the living room offers a wonderful space to relax whilst the elegant Bulthaup kitchen and dining area is the perfect place to come together for feasts with fine wine and great food. Six contemporary bedrooms, five of which feature modern and luxurious bathrooms, makes this home perfect for family or friends wanting to relax in this magnificent setting.

Outside you can hear the birdsong alongside the flowing sound of the heated infinity swimming pool as you lounge on the decked terrace admiring the incredible views or gazing at the setting sun. The gardens that Nureyev so loved have been stunningly designed by internationally renowned Diarmuid Gavin who has created a truly special place, a haven just as it was when the ballet dancer was alive.

Wander into the nearby medieval village, La Turbie, where you can dine in excellent local restaurants and explore the historic delights of this pretty place. Head into the old town and discover idyllic flower-filled lanes filled with stone houses and little fountains. Drive down to the lovely beaches at Cap-d'Ail or explore the fascinating principality of Monaco with its characterful old town, fantastic Provençal market and glamourous casinos of Monte-Carlo, just a fifteen-minute drive away.

On the edge of a national park, there are some amazing walks across the region as well as tennis, rock-climbing and watersports nearby plus beautiful golf courses with glorious views. Explore further afield and drive to the wonderful beaches of the Cap-Ferrat peninsular, enjoy city life in Nice and you’re also not far from the glitz of Cannes. Inland there is a wealth of delightful villages to explore such as Èze and St Paul de Vence or head even further to swim in the waterfalls or rock pools at the Gorges du Loup.

There’s no doubt that during your time at La Bayadère you will soon discover why one of the greatest contemporary dancers ever loved this special place so much.

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What you should know…

  • The sixth en suite bedroom is in a separate apartment with its own living area and kitchen
  • The beautiful designer gardens are terraced in parts with many steps
  • 4 hrs daily maid service is included but it is possible to arrange further hours so that tasks such as laundry and washing-up can also be included – contact us for rates

 

 

Property Features

Private Pool Child-Safe Pool Heated Pool Internet BBQ Ground Floor Bed & Bath Cable TV Gym/Fitness Room Indoor Games Outdoor Games Heating

Villa Interior (425m2)

Upper Floor Main House

-    Stone hall entrance
-    Living room (5mx9m) with fireplace and doors leading to terrace and gardens
-    Kitchen-diner, well-equipped
-    Cloak room
-    Master double bedroom with king-size bed, dressing room and en suite bathroom
-    Adjoining private study/double bedroom with king-size bed (shares the bathroom with the master bedroom)

Lower Ground Floor Main House

-    Double bedroom with king-size bed and en suite bathroom
-    Double bedroom with super king-size bed and en suite bathroom
-    Double bedroom with super king-size bed and en suite bathroom
-    Laundry room

Separate Apartment

-    Open-plan living-dining room and kitchenette
-    Double bedroom with king-size bed and en suite bathroom

Annexe

-    Dance studio also featuring gym equipment

Outside Grounds

-    Heated salt-water swimming pool (11mx4.5m) with safety alarm, electric cover and pool robot system
-    Pool changing room and shower room
-    Various terraces for al-fresco dining
-    Gas BBQ
-    Beautifully designed gardens (1500m2)
-    Basketball hoop
-    Boules
-    Badminton net
-    Automatic gates

Facilities

-    Underfloor heating (main house)
-    Wi-Fi
-    TV with Orange TV
-    Gym equipment
-    Board games
-    Backgammon table
-    Basketball hoop
-    Badminton net
-    Boules

Location

About the surrounding area of La Bayadere
Beach Nearby Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Watersports Canoeing/Kayaking Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Tennis Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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In the incredible Côte d'Azur in southern France, La Bayadère is set in the hills on the edge of a pretty medieval village, only a 15-minute drive from Monaco.

You can walk to the picturesque village of La Turbie (1km) where you will find popular local restaurants including the Michelin starred Hostellerie Jerome and charming food shops. It’s a stunning hilltop village full of history including the remains of the impressive Roman Trophee d'Auguste and its small museum. 

In the old quarter, explore the narrow flower-filled lanes, passing stone buildings, pretty fountains and lovely churches. Enjoy magnificent views down towards Monaco, the Mediterranean and Italy.

There are some beautiful walks leading straight from the village such as towards Tête de Chien with an amazing viewpoint of Monaco and then down to Cap-d'Ail. The GR51 Côte d'Azur walking route also passes through the village. You’ll also find tennis courts nearby as well as the stunning Monte Carlo Golf Club with its incredible views just 5km north of the villa. Rock-climbing happens to be a popular pastime around La Turbie as well.

For a day at the beach, head down to Cap d’Ail (10km) where you will find Plage Marquet, easily accessed with shallow and clear waters as well as some watersports in the summer such as kayaks and catamarans. There are also some other stunning beaches reached via numerous steps, little paths and rocks. Further along the coast towards Nice, other beautiful seaside spots to visit include Eze-sur-Mer and Beaulieu.

It’s just a 15-minute drive down to Monaco, an incredible principality with four districts including the old town where you can stroll a warren of picturesque lanes and discover beautiful buildings such as St Nicholas Cathedral and Place du Palais. Visit Monte-Carlo and the famous Place du Casino to experience Monte Carlo’s high-life or head to the Codamine district and visit the atmospheric daily market where you can pick up some Provençal delights. Keen shoppers will also love the designer names on show in many of the boutiques found across Monaco.

Just under half an hour away is the charming city of Nice (18km) where you can explore the city’s art galleries and museums, visit the flower markets on Cours Saleya and admire the shops, restaurants and beach. Close to Nice, the peninsular of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is incredibly beautiful and has some amazing walking paths to follow with breathtaking views. The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is also a stunning villa and museum definitely worthy of a visit during your time here.

You are also only half an hour from the Italian border too, the pretty seaside town of Menton (15km) is just about on the French side or head further east to Sanremo (42km), Italy’s answer to Monte Carlo.

In the other direction, highlights of the French Riviera also include the glitz and glamour of Cannes (50km), the beautiful old town in Antibes (40km) as well as idyllic inland villages such as Èze (6km), St Paul de Vence (35km) and even Grasse (62km). Gourdon (58km) is another special place where you can swim from the rocks in the spectacular Gorges du Loup or discover the wonderful waterfalls nearby.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Nice

(26km)

Nearest Village La Turbie

(1km)

Nearest Restaurant La Turbie

(1km)

Nearest Shop La Turbie

(1km)

Nearest Supermarket Various around Monaco

(6-10km)

Nearest Town/City Monaco

(10km)

Nearest Tennis Tennis Club de Monac

(3km)

Nearest Golf Monte Carlo Golf Club

(4km)

Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Babies & Toddlers Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

There are some lovely beaches nearby, the nearest being in Cap d’Ail where you can choose between the family-friendly Plage Marquet, easily accessed with shallow and clear waters as well as some watersports or walk down steps from the cliff edge and follow narrow paths and rocks to find other stunning beaches. Further along the coast towards Nice you’ll also find lovely beaches and great facilities at Eze-sur-Mer and Beaulieu-sur-Mer.

Rock-climbing is a popular pastime around the local village of La Turbie and you’ll also find tennis courts nearby. Keen walkers who are used to hills and stone steps can enjoy some lovely walks straight from the village with many magnificent viewpoints towards the Mediterranean and even Italy.

Monaco is a glorious day out and there are lots of museums to discover from the Oceanographic Museum with its shark lagoon to museums in the Fontvieille district including ones specialising in old cars and ships. There’s also a lovely sculpture trail to follow as well as an impressive rose garden in this area and animal lovers shouldn’t miss the zoological gardens with around 50 species as well as a playground. Finally, young kids with tired legs can hop on the “Azur Express”, a tourist road-train that takes you on a tour through parts of the principality.

A little further afield, the water parks and funfairs or theme parks around Antibes, around 50-minutes away, will also keep kids entertained. Not to mention the wonderful boat trips from various marinas along this part of the Côte d'Azur.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Beach Nearby
  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Watersports
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Badminton
  • Basketball net
  • Board games
  • Boules/Petanque
  • Child-Safe Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Games
  • Outdoor Games

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Maid Service Included
  • Babysitting Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Transfers Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Maid Service Available
  • Maid Service Included
  • Babysitting Available
  • Welcome Basket Included
  • 4hrs Daily Maid Service Included

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting / childcare services

Extras included at this property:

- 4 hrs maid service per day
- Welcome basket

Extras available at this property (payable locally):

- Additional maid service / house-keeping which can include laundry, table-setting, washing-up etc.
- Chef service (full-time or for special occasion)
- Fridge-stocking/shopping service
- Babysitting
- Transfers

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Event information

Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.

All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €5000 charged to clients’ credit card before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m.
Departure time 10.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Linen & towels included? Yes, including pool towels. Linen changed weekly.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes, also 4hrs maid service included each day. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Pool heating charge? No. Please note that like all heated pools, pool heating and water temperature are reliant on weather and outside temperatures.
Changeover day Saturday.
Minimum stay 7 nights.
Smoking Allowed? Outside only.
Pets welcome? On request only and with prior agreement with the owner.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are on request only and subject to prior arrangement with the owner and additional charges.
Heating costs included? Yes.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period Weekly
Oct 23rd 2019 - Dec 21st 2019 £9,833
Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 5th 2020 £16,593
Jan 5th 2020 - May 11th 2020 £9,833
May 11th 2020 - May 23rd 2020 £14,135
May 23rd 2020 - May 30th 2020 £23,230
May 30th 2020 - Jun 29th 2020 £14,135
Jun 29th 2020 - Aug 31st 2020 £16,593
Aug 31st 2020 - Sep 19th 2020 £14,135
Sep 19th 2020 - Sep 28th 2020 £16,593
Sep 28th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 £9,833
Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 £16,593
Jan 2nd 2021 - Apr 25th 2021 £9,833

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period Weekly
Oct 23rd 2019 - Dec 21st 2019 €10,885
Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 5th 2020 €18,368
Jan 5th 2020 - May 11th 2020 €10,885
May 11th 2020 - May 23rd 2020 €15,647
May 23rd 2020 - May 30th 2020 €25,714
May 30th 2020 - Jun 29th 2020 €15,647
Jun 29th 2020 - Aug 31st 2020 €18,368
Aug 31st 2020 - Sep 19th 2020 €15,647
Sep 19th 2020 - Sep 28th 2020 €18,368
Sep 28th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 €10,885
Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 €18,368
Jan 2nd 2021 - Apr 25th 2021 €10,885

Prices based on an occupancy of 12 people:

Rental period Weekly
Oct 23rd 2019 - Dec 21st 2019 $12,111
Dec 21st 2019 - Jan 5th 2020 $20,437
Jan 5th 2020 - May 11th 2020 $12,111
May 11th 2020 - May 23rd 2020 $17,410
May 23rd 2020 - May 30th 2020 $28,611
May 30th 2020 - Jun 29th 2020 $17,410
Jun 29th 2020 - Aug 31st 2020 $20,437
Aug 31st 2020 - Sep 19th 2020 $17,410
Sep 19th 2020 - Sep 28th 2020 $20,437
Sep 28th 2020 - Dec 19th 2020 $12,111
Dec 19th 2020 - Jan 2nd 2021 $20,437
Jan 2nd 2021 - Apr 25th 2021 $12,111

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property?
For ten years, the first four of which were a total renovation and redesign. We have lived in and loved the villa since 2012 and filled it with family and friends.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
We would pass the villa on weekly walks from the nearby village La Turbie. Nestled in the woods, on the edge of a national park, the property had lain empty and abandoned for 15 years. It had an air of mystery and dreams, with many tales of its former owner. When the house finally came up for auction, 7 years after we had first seen it, 7 years in which we had searched high and low for a home in the region, we fell in love with the great volumes, the light and the airiness perched on the hill, with a certain aloofness, above the craziness of the coast.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
The house was first built by a British Viscount in the late 20’s, it had a few other owners, before becoming the mountain retreat for Rudolf Nureyev. The famous ballet dancer visited the Cote d’Azur in his first summer after his infamous defection in Paris and immediately declared that he wanted to live here. He bought Villa Arcadie within a year and it remained his place to rest and train in the dance studio that he built in the garden (his ballet barre remains).

For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...

Really do?
Take the brief stroll on Mont Agel to watch the paragliders launch toward the beach in Roquebrune.

Explore the tiny hill villages of Eze and Roquebrune, their cobbled streets, great restaurants…and the delightful surprises that you will find for yourself, no spoilers.

Really eat?
Barbajuan (savoury pastries) from the market in Ventimiglia – even better than the Nicoise version.

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