La Pausa, Coco Chanel’s residence in the French Riviera from 1929 to 1953, is up for sale. The villa was one of her residences away from Paris and she entertained Stravinsky, Cocteau, Picasso, Bonnard, Luchino Visconti, and Somerset Maugham among others.
Chanel was very involved in the design of La Pausa and the stairway in the foyer was inspired by the stairway she climbed everyday in the orphanage she spent time at in her youth in Aubazine, France. Many of the original furnishings, including her wrought-iron bed frame with stars (a recurring theme in her designs) still remain.
According to the realtor’s website: “It was later inhabited by author, literary agent and art collector Emery Reves: during that time, Winston Churchill was a frequent guest. But the villa was also a social destination for such other figures as Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery, the Duke of Windsor, Noel Coward, Aristotle Onassis, Greta Garbo, Rose Kennedy, as well as Graham Sutherland, Prince Rainier and Princess Grace, Konrad Adenauer, Anthony Eden, and Paul Reynaud.”
For £35m La Pausa could be yours. I wish the French government would purchase the property and make it a museum! If £35m is beyond your means, you can imagine yourself there as you spritz yourself with Les Exclusifs de Chanel in 28 La Pausa, a scent created by Jacques Polge inspired by the villa.