Mougins, France

Villa l'Ancienne Poste Telegraphe

Low season p/w from$3,997High season p/w from$5,710

Style

First-class français

Setting

Mouthwatering Mougins

Sleeps

12

Villa l'Ancienne Poste Télégraphe is a palatial six-bedroom former post office in the heart of the celebrated food-focused town Mougins, on the Côte d’Azur. The mail sacks and stamp books are long gone, replaced with sleek modern design and bespoke furniture. Yet the historic character is preserved, too, in exposed masonry, oak-beamed ceilings and original stone fireplaces. Iron-framed arched glass doors open onto the expansive gardens, boules pitch, and the sheltered courtyard pool. For once, going to the post office is anything but a chore.

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First Glance

  • A first glance isn’t enough – the villa extends over 500sq m, so there’s lot of exploring to do.
  • It’s a centuries-old former post office, with walls of creamy stone, painted shutters and a red-tiled roof.
  • Inside, the old-world character is preserved, but complemented by up-to-the-minute modern design – expect exposed beams, rough stone walls and oak parquet floors alongside the sleek lines of contemporary furniture.
  • Soft lighting and rich textiles in neutral shades of cream, grey and earthy beige make for a warm, relaxing ambience.
  • On the ground floor you’ll find a sunken lounge under a cavernous arched ceiling, with a stone fireplace and exposed-beam ceiling. There’s also a separate living room with comfy sofas
  • Downstairs on the lower ground floor there’s a media room with a 58-inch TV, a DVD player and surround-sound speakers.
  • The kitchen is fully equipped with a fridge, toaster, ice maker, microwave, dishwasher, Nespresso machine, Le Creuset pans and Villeroy & Boch glassware. Oh, and a wall of fine wines behind the marble bar.

Villa highlights

  • Côte d’Azur location
  • Historic post office
  • Courtyard pool

Sleeping arrangements

  • The six bedrooms each have a king-size bed, ensuite bathroom and flatscreen TV.
  • The master bedroom is secluded on the second floor. It has a high beamed ceiling and a bathtub.
  • Bedrooms 2, 3 and 4 are on the first floor, with wrought-iron-framed glass doors leading to a sun terrace. Each ensuite has twin sinks and a bath with an overhead shower.
  • Bedroom 5 is also on the first floor and has glass doors opening onto the terrace. Its ensuite has a walk-in shower and twin sinks.
  • Bedroom 6 is on the lower ground floor. It also has access to the terrace, as well as an ensuite with a bath tub, twin sinks and a shower.
  • Some rooms can be made up with twin beds on request.
  • There’s space for a cot in each room.

Key kit

  • WiFi
  • Air-conditioning
  • Sonos sound system
  • Laundry room
  • TV with DVD collection and Wii console

Poolside

  • The pool is set in a sunny courtyard, with an arched entrance on one side and cream stone walls lined with fragrant plants and trees
  • It’s 5m x 10m, 1.8m deep and unheated.
  • There are wide steps at one end and a trickling fountain at the other.
  • Six cushioned rattan sunloungers.
  • Pool-house with shaded sofas, plus a shower and bathroom.

Grounds

  • The grounds extend over 5,000sq m, including the pool terrace, boules pitch and mature gardens dotted with orange trees and manicured shrubs.
  • Outdoor lounging space with sofas in a tree-dotted courtyard.
  • Built-in gas barbecue and firepit.
  • There’s no parking at the villa, but you can drop off luggage at the door and then head to the village car park.

Location

  • Mougins is a postcard-ready hilltop town just minutes from the Côte d’Azur. It’s a favourite hangout for sophisticated celebs, including Dior, Piaf and Picasso over the years.
  • This is a prime base for exploring the French Riviera, 10-15 minutes from both yachters’ favourite Cannes and perfume-capital Grasse. On a day trip, you might choose St Tropez (an hour and a half away), Monaco, or the market town of Antibes.
  • Nice Airport is 30 kilometres (30 minutes’ drive) away. Private transfers can be arranged for €100 each way.
  • Nice is connected to major cities in France by the high-speed TGV train – it’s six hours to Paris.

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