Located in a dominant position in the commune of Speracedes, very close to the village of Cabris, the property was built in 1938 and is full of character.
This unique property has a really interesting history and stunning views down to the coast. It consists of a large building and annexes with gardens, terraces and swimming pool.
The main building is three storeys high (plus basement) and offers around 400m2 of living space in total which includes::
On the garden level : an entrance hall, a living room, billiard room, dining room, small living room, large kitchen, master suite, dressing room and shower room with bath and shower, guest toilets, terraces with French garden
On the first floor : two bedrooms, one of which is vaulted with shower rooms and dressing room;
On the second and top floor: the tower with panoramic view;
In the basement: an office, a former laboratory, a cellar, a storeroom, technical space; a flat, a large storage space (former monks’ cells). There is also a car-port for two vehicles.
An adjoining plot of land with a total surface area of 19001 square metres, landscaped with a swimming pool of 11 metres by 4 metres and pool house.
Built by Aline Mayrisch, wife of the famous Luxembourg industrialist Emile Mayrisch. She devoted herself to many social and philanthropic works and also devoted herself to literature.
She was friends with many writers and artists from Europe and beyond and this property became a meeting place and refuge for many of the well known intellectuals of the time.
André Gide, at the beginning of the Second World War, was the first to settle there. During his stays in Cabris, he produced many articles taking advantage of Mrs Mayrisch’s rich library and composed part of her “Diary”. He transformed “la Messuguière” into a privileged place for many writers among whom we will find great names of French literature. Among the many writers who stayed at the property we can mention: Paul Valéry, Paul Claudel, André Malraux, Gaston Gallimard, Roger Martin du Gard, Henri Michaux, French poet and painter of Belgian origin, Bernard Franck, author of the novel L’illusion comique in 1955, Jean Schlumberger, Henri de Montherlant, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus…
A large number of them took advantage of the quietness of the site as a privileged place of creativity to take up their pen and write a few passages from their works.
After the war the property became a rest home for intellectual workers, it continued to welcome many writers, scholars and teachers as well as other guests from a new generation for another twenty years.
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