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Glamorous villa in French Riviera that has hosted Winston Churchill and Picasso on market for £9m

A glamorous villa that once hosted a string of VIPs including Winston Churchill, Pablo Picasso, the Duke of Windsor and Edith Piaf has gone on the market for £9million.

The exquisite Villa La Garoupe Beach has its own private beach in Cap d'Antibes, a resort town between Cannes and Nice and one of the French Riviera's most exclusive spots.

It was once a renowned beach club and the list of names connected to the property are endless.

French singer Edith Piaf hosted her engagement party to Theo Sarapo there and it was also visited by former US President Harry Truman, writer Ernest Hemingway, Bond actor Sean Connery and movie star Marlene Dietrich.

The exquisite Villa La Garoupe Beach has its own private beach in Cap d'Antibes, a resort town between Cannes and Nice and one of the French Riviera's most exclusive spots

The property has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a living area overlooking the sea.

It comes with a private beach with its own pontoon, sun-deck and some of its original beach cabins.

There is also a heated swimming pool and a solarium and parking for two cars.

According to estate agent Cap Villas: 'The villa is unlike any other in its construction and design, having kept much of its original layout from its days as a renowned beach club.'

They describe the interior, which is decorated in simple white tones, as being 'reminiscent of being aboard a yacht' but the property, which can still be rented before its sale, comes with an illustrious history.

An American couple called Sarah and Gerald Murphy are credited with bringing their high society friends including Picasso (pictured together) to the beach in 1923, in Cap d'Antibes

Ernest Hemingway with other guests of the Murphy's in the South of France, the couple convinced their circle of friends to holiday with them in the then little-known town of Cap d'Antibes

The property used to be a renowned beach club - which was frequented by some of the most famous faces of the 20th century

One of the four bedrooms in the property, which has french windows overlooking the private natural sand beach

A bar within the property - which was formerly a beach club -with chic white interiors and an indoor-outdoor feel throughout 

French singer Edith Piaf hosted her engagement party to Theo Sarapo there and it was also visited by former US President Harry Truman, writer Ernest Hemingway, Bond actor Sean Connery and movie star Marlene Dietrich

The property in Cap d'Antibes has four bedrooms suitable for six to eight people, three bathrooms and a living area overlooking the sea

 A shallow roofed sleeping space at the villa. The interior is 'reminiscent of being aboard a yacht' with white tones

The land was once owned by a well-known Italian-French family at the beginning of the 20th century.

Their daughter started a beach and snack bar and because of her ability to create ambience and hospitality, the place boomed, attracting a host of celebrities.

In 1998 Villa La Garoupe Beach became a luxury restaurant and was later remodelled back to a private villa around ten years later.

In addition to being a glamorous wedding venue - with jaw-dropping views across the bay to the French Alps, Monaco and Cap d'Antibes - it is also a family villa and exclusive rental property.

The property boasts a heated swimming pool and a solarium and parking for two cars, as well as generous outdoor space

In 1998 Villa La Garoupe Beach became a luxury restaurant and was later remodelled back to a private villa around ten years later

The property has been under the same ownership for 22 years and is said to be a 'piece of Riviera history'

A spokesman for Cap Villas said: 'The current owners acquired the property in 1999. Having just returned from living in Tahiti, this adventurous couple found their personal slice of paradise at Garoupe beach - the turquoise waters and mountainous landscape reminded them of their years spent in Tahiti.'

However, the owners have decided that now was the right time to move on.

Director of Cap Villas, Emilia Jedamska, said the sale was: 'A rare chance to own a piece of Riviera history. We think it would be perfect for someone who wanted to revive the beach club or a family who want to own a home in one of the most beautiful places in France.'

The glamorous carpeted path down to the properties own private beach

The villa has an unusual layout that is perfect for entertaining, having kept much of its original layout from its days as a renowned beach club

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