Five Sprawling Luxury Estates in the South of France

Summers in the South of France - so utterly idyllic, it would be unfair to leave anyone at home. So grab the whole family, rally all of your friends and head south to the fabulous shores of the Cote D'Azur, with our pick of the best luxury estates. From sprawling properties set among the vineyards of Provence to show-stopping homes in the exclusive hills above Cannes, these 10-bedroom beauties are perfect for special occasions, corporate retreats and large groups of family or friends.

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1. La Longere D’Esterel

A haven of peace, this expansive villa is spread across 30 hectares of landscaped parkland, directly overlooking the Bay of Cannes just 15 minutes away. Take in sweeping views of the sparkling city below you, or make use of the helipad, fitness room, tennis court and of course, full staff. For larger groups, this property can be combined with Domaine Des Oliviers and Domaines Des Montagnes for a total of 17 bedrooms across 2000 square metres of sheer elegance.

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2. Le Preverger

Follow in the footsteps of legendary actress Jeanne Moreau and iconic English interior designer Laura Ashley, both former residents of this luxury chateau. Set across 140 acres and complete with helipad, this 15-bedroom estate provides a tranquil sanctuary overlooking the glamorous playground of St Tropez.

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3.Bastide de Saumane

This 18th-century Chateau never fails to impress. Iron gates lead down a cypress-lined drive to an elegant, ivy-clad exterior hiding 9 bedrooms, complete with grand piano, gym in the tower room, fireplace and air-conditioned bedrooms. Four acres of gardens boast expansive views, historic ruins and a large infinity pool offering sweeping views of the Provencal countryside. With two treehouses as well as a private tennis court - this property will keep the kids entertained all summer long.

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4. Sylviane Estate

Dating from the 17th century, this historic estate is so grand, it was once given by Napoleon to one of his generals. 10 bedrooms are spread across 4 properties with a total living space of 1200 square metres, alongside an enormous swimming pool and tennis court set among 500 olive trees just 5 minutes from beautiful Valbonne.

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5. Le Mas de Gancel

With 6000 square foot of living space and 9 air-conditioned bedrooms, this pretty Provencal mansion comfortably accommodates larger groups while maintaining a cosy, luxurious atmosphere. A large heated pool, small private vineyard and stone terrace provide the ideal setting in which to while away long summer days, while a bakery, bar and restaurants, as well as Roman ruins and nature trails are all within easy walking distance.

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