Fait Accompli!

I did it! Finally, and a couple of months behind schedule but I did it! All of La Jolie Grandmere's stories have been retyped and that part of the book is now finished! Of course, now comes the hard part... I must locate various recipes, letters from Thornton Wilder and write my own stories. But I have finished a (small) portion of the project and it feels so wonderful!

In the final chapter my grandmother talks about her friendship with Thornton Wilder and the designing and building of her home in Cannes. I was transported back in time to the most wonderful place on earth that provided the most wonderful memories for me. The loss of my grandmother is truly profound, yet I truly appreciate all that she has left me. As I look around at all my wonderful possessions I can feel her presence as though she is actually here with me. I returned the large scrapbook of stories to its home in the large brown shopping bag and came across the sales brochure for her magnificent home, Jardins des Arbres. Upon opening it up and reading it, I was immediately transported back in time to a most wonderful and happy place.

I have copied it here for you... won't you please join me on the tour?
Keep in mind, when reading the brochure that the house was built in 1967!

Montpelier International Properties

This outstanding property, situated on a wooded hillside just behind Cannes, is set in 2,150m of totally secluded gardens. This must be one of the most sought-after properties along the Cote d’Azur and offers a rare opportunity to live so close to Cannes and yet sufficiently far from the town centre. Jardins des Arbres was built in 1967, and has been featured in many well-known magazines throughout the world as being one of the most superbly designed houses on the Cote d’Azur.

Situated on the Avenue de Vallauris, one enters the large front gates, which are operated trough an intercom system linked directly to the house and the Master Bedroom. The entrance hall contains an exquisite water dining room and glass ceiling, affording views of the sky and trees. Here, one can see the outstanding Roman Tented swimming pool which commands the most spectacular views across the whole Bay of Cannes and the Esteral Mountains beyond. This tented pavilion seats over 30 people and is ideal for large receptions.

The entrance hall leads to a large drawing room and one of the main features of the room is the library area and open fireplace; this room leads on to the terrace/swimming pool area. The terraces cover some 175 m and consist of a summer dining area. They also contain the pool and Tented Pavilion and are constructed in Etruscan Travertine. There is also a built-in Hi Fi system, which features throughout the property.

On the ground level is the Master Bedroom with a ceiling that pyramids to a height of 12 m. There is a balcony and terrace on either side and a superb bathroom en suite. There are obviously extensive fitted cupboards throughout the bedrooms. The No. 1 Guest Room (same size as Master Bedroom) has a tented ceiling, some 12 m high with a bathroom en suite.

On the garden level there is a further Guest Suite which is combined to feature a bamboo grove with a four poster bamboo bed. The room opens out onto the gardens on two sides and has a bathroom en suite and a small adjoining study. There are ample staff quarters on this level and also an enormous “cave areal which contains wine cellars, a further bathroom, laundry and washing machines.

The kitchens, situated on the main level with a pyramid ceiling of 13.5 m contain the obvious fixtures of extremely high standard, imported from America, though all appliances can be served in Cannes.

There is a Radiant Underfloor Heating System which gives uniform heat throughout the property and is one of the most advanced systems in its field.

The swimming pool is heated and cleaned electronically. The filtered system needs no chemicals, therefore absolutely pure water can be used.

Security can be one of the most vital features for many people wishing to live in such superb surroundings and the entire house has heavy iron grills built into the walls, which automatically fold back and are unseen when not in use. The intercom and telephone system have their own switchboard and are linked to all the rooms in the house.

Throughout Cannes and its surroundings, building permission is now virtually unobtainable, however, the Jardins des Arbres has an added feature of being entirely protected on all sides and planning for other properties would be virtually impossible to ever aquire.

This must be one of the most sought after properties in the world and needs to be seen to be totally appreciated.

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