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Now for sale: Brigitte Bardot’s huge former summer retreat just outside of Cannes

The glamorous hilltop property has been listed for a cool £4.9 million

Sophie Dickinson
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Sophie Dickinson
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Brigitte Bardot is one of the most glamorous film stars of all time. So it’s no surprise she had a sprawling summer retreat to match: Le Castelet, a fifteenth-century, 11-bedroom villa in a hilltop village near Cannes.

As you’d expect, it’s pretty damn OTT. There are two swimming pools, a cinema room, a sauna, a boules court and even an olive grove. Goals, right? The dream, right? So... want to know something really cool? It could soon all be yours – if you’ve got €5.9 million (£4.9 million, $6.6 million) to spare.

Brigitte Bardot house
Photograph: Carlton International

The huge villa was used by Bardot after her divorce from the director and screenwriter Roger Vadim in the late 1950s. Fortunately, it’s been renovated since Bardot’s day, so don’t expect dated interiors. The stables have been converted into a guest property – handy for when relatives visit – and there’s a giant garage for all your (presumably very expensive) vehicles. 

The property’s terrace looks out over the Provence countryside, and has its own infinity pool. If you were hoping to rent somewhere similar, other homes go for around £25,000 a week. A week! 

Brigitte Bardot house
Photograph: Carlton International

Other French cultural legends lived in the area previously, too. Actor Jean Marais, who starred with Bardot in 1955’s School for Love, lived up the road. And the novelist and playwright Marcel Pagnol was a neighbour, too. 

Come into a load of money of late? Fancy making an offer? Find the Carlton International listing here

Just... fancy a holiday on the Med? These are the 12 best places to stay on the French Riviera according to us.

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