Jean Cocteau and Jean Marais haven listed by Sotheby’s for €13.7 million

In the hills above the Côte d’Azur, with views of the lush green hinterland, the Mediterranean Sea and the charming village of Cabris, sits a magnificent stone bastide built by the late French film director and artist Jean Marais that has been exclusively listed by Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty for €13.7 million.

An exceptional residence on a 15,000m2 tract of land around 30 minutes back from the coast, the property was designed by Marais himself in collaboration with his trusted architect and is a true work of art in all senses.  

It was where Marais and Jean Cocteau came together, living as a couple beneath its roof, but it was also a source of inspiration for the various works the two artists created, including Cocteau’s film Orphée, which featured Marais in a central role. 

The property was given its name, La Muse d’Orphée, in their honour by the owners who purchased the stunning 511m2 home following Marais’ death. The couple also oversaw some gentle renovations and modernisations of the bastide in the early 2000s. 

Today, the main building houses four generous bedrooms while a guest pavilion offers an additional three bedrooms.  

A vast saltwater pool lined with rare Corsican river stones helps the stone edifice blend into the landscape while its beautifully tended gardens, planted with native trees and shrubs, harmonise with the surrounding nature.

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For Frederic Barth, CEO of Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty and a member of the Private Desk, who is managing the exclusive listing, this property is exceptional due to its unique history and legacy as a retreat for the friends of the couple, such as Gabrielle Chanel, Pablo Picasso and Pierre Cardin. 

“It served as the haven for Jean Cocteau and Jean Marais, a sanctuary of arts and culture during the golden era of the French Riviera,” he tells Monaco Life.  

The listing describes the property as the embodiment of “the artistic and cultural heritage of Jean Marais, offering its future owners a piece of history to live with every day” as well as a “unique opportunity to own an exceptional heritage, steeped in passion, creativity and history”. 

To view the €13.7 million listing of La Muse d’Orphée, click here

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