Chateau reborn in South of France

Glamorous property lures stars and celebs

The Chateau Saint Jeannet, located just outside of Nice and only 30 minutes from Cannes and the Monaco Grand Prix, is enjoying a star-studded comeback.

It began life in the 11th century as a fortress, was owned in the late 20th century by French film star Viviane Romance, who entertained the jet set there, but has most recently made headlines when Madonna stayed there during her European tour and found her staff in public rebellion over being relegated to cheaper digs in Nice while she luxuriated in proper diva style.

To put the difference in lodgings in perspective: their rooms were reported to cost $100 per night, while the Chateau rents for around $100,000 per week.

“It was not considered habitable when I bought it,” says Jon Acevski, who renovated it into an ultra-luxury holiday villa. It is perched high atop a hill and accessed via a snaking road. Views extend from the snow-covered southern Alps to the Mediterranean.

“It’s very private, quiet and secluded,” says Acevski. The property boasts 15 spacious suites, a swimming pool, waterfall, Jacuzzi, outdoor gym, four Bulthaup semi-commercial kitchens and a large outdoor stage.

“It’s a place for … royalty, wealthy Russians, big pop stars, film stars, the studios, corporations,” he adds.

“The whole idea is to rent out the entire villa, a week minimum, and then you own the place,” says Acevski. It’s got 15 bedrooms and enough space outside to accommodate 600 people for a nice quiet dinner. “We have an agent who will arrange cars, restaurants — everything.”

But all of this luxury comes at a hefty cost — even with a discount Acevski’s initiated. “Originally, the weekly price was e135,000 ($180,500), but due to the credit crunch, I made a conscious decision to release it to the agents for E80,000 ($107,000) a week.”

Even the wealthy need a bargain these days.

More Scene

  • Issa Rae, Natasha Rothwell and Yvonne

    'Insecure' Season 3 to Introduce New 'Timely' Show Within The Show

    The Chateau Saint Jeannet, located just outside of Nice and only 30 minutes from Cannes and the Monaco Grand Prix, is enjoying a star-studded comeback. It began life in the 11th century as a fortress, was owned in the late 20th century by French film star Viviane Romance, who entertained the jet set there, but […]

  • 'The Sinner' film premiere

    Jessica Biel Closes Her Kid-Friendly Au Fudge Restaurant

    The Chateau Saint Jeannet, located just outside of Nice and only 30 minutes from Cannes and the Monaco Grand Prix, is enjoying a star-studded comeback. It began life in the 11th century as a fortress, was owned in the late 20th century by French film star Viviane Romance, who entertained the jet set there, but […]

  • Comedy Converstion with L to R:

    Just for Laughs Festival Honors Tiffany Haddish, Hannah Gadsby, More

    The Chateau Saint Jeannet, located just outside of Nice and only 30 minutes from Cannes and the Monaco Grand Prix, is enjoying a star-studded comeback. It began life in the 11th century as a fortress, was owned in the late 20th century by French film star Viviane Romance, who entertained the jet set there, but […]

  • Paul Krassner Memoir Illustration

    Paul Krassner on Resisting With Humor

    The Chateau Saint Jeannet, located just outside of Nice and only 30 minutes from Cannes and the Monaco Grand Prix, is enjoying a star-studded comeback. It began life in the 11th century as a fortress, was owned in the late 20th century by French film star Viviane Romance, who entertained the jet set there, but […]

  • Just for Laughs Festival Montreal

    Just for Laughs Festival Is the Coachella of Comedy

    The Chateau Saint Jeannet, located just outside of Nice and only 30 minutes from Cannes and the Monaco Grand Prix, is enjoying a star-studded comeback. It began life in the 11th century as a fortress, was owned in the late 20th century by French film star Viviane Romance, who entertained the jet set there, but […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content