Tuesday, February 21, 2012


  Coco Chanel’s romantic summer residence, which was constructed on a plot of land gifted to her by her former lover the Duke of Westminster, is on sale for an estimated £32 million.
Dubbed La Pausa, the 10,000 square foot house occupies nine acres of idyllic countryside near Monte Carlo on the Cote D’Azur and has seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, impressive views of the Mediterranean and elegantly worn interiors and furnishings, some of which have been updated in the intervening half century.
Whoever snaps up the swanky summer villa will also be buying plenty of A-list celebrity history alongside the furnishings. The property was once a haven for the rich and fabulous welcoming the likes of Igor Stravinsky, Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso, and Pierre Bonnard, before it was sold to literary agent and art collector Emery Reves in 1953.
But the stream of notable names didn't stop there, as Reves rented the house to Winston Churchill for the purposes of completing his memoirs, and also entertained Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, the Duke of Windsor, Noel Coward, Aristotle Onassis, Greta Garbo, Rose Kennedy, Prince Rainier and Princess Grace. Quite a dinner party.