A Historic French Villa That Once Hosted Grace Kelly Just Listed for $8.6 Million

A French villa near Nice where Grace Kelly, the late Princess of Monaco, used to vacation is up grabs. However, this isn’t the first time that the palatial property has been on the market.

Dubbed Les Moulins du Villars, the Provence-Alpes Cote d’Azur residence was listed for a whopping $12.5 million back in August 2023. After failing to find a buyer, the estate is now back up for sale six months later at a discounted €7.95 million (or roughly $8.5 million) with Jack Harris of Knight Frank. The home itself, which was originally built way back in the 14th century as an olive oil and flour mill, has been completely transformed in the years since. The swanky spread was renovated in the ‘70s by Count Jean Fernand Joseph Gouin de Roumilly and entirely rebuilt over a decade ago in 2012. In 1980, Princess Grace was reported to have frequented the property with her daughter, Princess Caroline. The Hollywood starlet later died in a car accident in 1982.

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Located on the French Riveria in the village of Gilette, the digs measure 6,000 square feet and there are seven bedrooms split between the main dwelling and guest house. The roughly five-acre property also holds a slew of modern comforts too—though, you wouldn’t assume it based on its medieval surroundings. There’s an elevator, a tennis court that doubles as a helipad or soccer pitch, a wine cellar, and a fitness studio. At the same time, dotting the grounds are tons of citrus and olive trees, two vegetable gardens, a Koi pond, and a natural spring that, according to the listing, “is believed by locals to possess healing properties, historically making the mill a pilgrimage site and sanctuary for treating chronic ailments.”

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The residence was a frequent hideaway for Grace Kelly, the late Princess of Monaco.

Spanning four stories, the manse is made from local, indigenous stone and is decked out with original period furnishings and bespoke artwork. Another design detail is a glass-encased wrought iron wheel that was replaced in 2012. Inside, there’s essentially double of everything—two living rooms, two kitchens. However, there’s only one media room. Outside, the lot features several outbuildings, including a ruin that has been recently restored and a heated infinity pool that overlooks the picturesque Latti Valley.

Click here to see all the photos of Grace Kelly’s vacation villa. 

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