Villa Lola – Roquebrune Cap Martin
This villa offered for sale in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin has long nourished the splendor and legend of the French Riviera. The former property of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana has long been the Côte d’Azur anchor of the jet set. Today, transformed into a magnificent family residence, it offers a unique experience, facing the Mediterranean.
This is undoubtedly one of the most emblematic properties offered for sale on the French Riviera. Its current owners, residents of Monaco, have renovated it to create a family environment that corresponds to their lifestyle. But they wanted to keep the “coup de coeur” effect that had seduced them when they first visited it. Starting with the extraordinary panoramic views of the Mediterranean, the bay of Menton and Ventimiglia. One of the places this family loves most of all is the covered terrace, where they can share dinners with the feeling of absolute privacy and infinite space. The multiple terraces are indeed one of the main attractions of this villa, as they are a perfect link between the interior and exterior.
The entrance is via a large driveway and a majestic staircase. In the opinion of all those who have had the privilege of visiting it, the whole property is impressive, even grandiose. Without ever being overbearing. The sleek design, clean lines and contemporary materials combine perfectly with the warm atmosphere desired by its current owners. This 437 sqm villa has welcomed the biggest stars of show business, art and fashion when they came to the French Riviera. Its walls still remember the sleepless nights under the stars during the Cannes Film Festival or the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix… Today reconfigured as a family residence, it has two master suites with their own private terrace, three suites and an independent service room.
A place dedicated to resourcing
Walking from room to room, it’s impossible not to be strucked by the way the spaces flow harmoniously together, from the living room with its fireplace to the elegant dining room, while remaining permanently connected to the outside, as is the Azure tradition.
What remains of the Dolce & Gabbana era in the villa? A few highlights like the huge wooden bench on the terrace, which they used to improvise fashion shows with and for their guests. Or the black-clad bathrooms, so representative of their baroque style. But more generally, there remains something of a state of mind, found in the open plan reception rooms, whose bay windows communicate seamlessly with the terraces, offering views of the gardens and the sea.
It is important to remember that even in the time of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, this property was designed as a place to relax and recharge. The two designers loved to shop in the neighborhood, dine at the famous restaurant Le Pirate, enjoy their free time by the pool… Just as they loved to go to Monaco with their labradors, one of which, Lola, was named after the villa. This is just a glimpse of the art of living that this house distills, mixing elegance and modernity. Its illustrious owners understood this, as do its current owners, in a different register. It is now up to its future owners to define their own way of enjoying its charms.
The pool in a dominant position
We now turn to the landscaped grounds where palm trees, traditional Mediterranean plants, lush flowers and vibrant colors are mixed. A large part of this garden is still based on the original plans, which gives the property that extra dimension that you discover day after day. Not to mention the vegetable garden or the discreet terrace covered with vines.
However, the highlight of the show is undoubtedly the infinity pool located on the upper level, with its huge terrace and its shaded cabin that served, in the time of Dolce & Gabbana, as a champagne bar. Curled up in the sofas against a wall of pine and bamboo trees, in front of this unforgettable panorama oscillating between the blue of the sky and that of the Mediterranean, between the light of the sun and that of Menton, Ventimiglia and Bordighera, it is the magic of the Côte d’Azur that is offered to us. And its legend.