You know it has been a rough winter when even the Downton Abbey family feels the need to relocate to the south of France. In Downton Abbey: A New Era, which opened in cinemas on Friday, the Crawley clan swap Highclere Castle for a villa on the Mediterranean. But the filming location is not one of the usual Riviera honeypots: the Villa Rocabella is in the town of Le Pradet, on the coast of Var, far from the madding crowds of Nice and Cannes.
“The Riviera is famous, but this area is a lot less known — we call it the Var coast or the Provence coast,” says Tim Swannie, director of Home Hunts, a search agent. “It is a bit more wild and less built-up than the Riviera, which makes it very charming. It’s not too bling; it’s laid-back. You drive along the coast road and see lots of little creeks, and stop and discover hidden beaches and walks along the rocky coastline. It’s a lot more green.”
The article can be seen online here, it is a really interesting article with comments from Home Hunts and two beautiful villas, also from Home Hunts which are currently for sale along the Provence Coast.
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