The bustling yet beautiful city of Nice has been a firm favourite with the English since it was discovered by the late Queen Victoria in the 19th
century when she came to escape the harsh British winters. The city, situated on the seafront between Monaco and Cannes, is also an increasingly popular place in which to buy luxury The bustling yet beautiful city of Nice has been a firm favourite with the English since it was discovered by the late Queen Victoria in the 19th
century when she came to escape the harsh British winters. The city, situated on the seafront between Monaco and Cannes, is also an increasingly popular place in which to buy luxury French property.. Boasting some breathtaking Belle Epoque architecture, the city exudes a charm and elegance that is not found anywhere else along the French Riviera. It was without doubt this regal atmosphere, coupled with the mild winter weather, which initially attracted Queen Victoria to the Cote d’Azur. The queen’s first visit to Nice came shortly after she was widowed in 1861. Suffering from ill-health herself, she decided to spend some weeks on the Cote d’Azur. It is said that she immediately fell in love with the warm winter sun, a factor that is key to many of our clients searching for luxury villas in Cap de Nice
Queen Victoria and her entourage of 100 accompanying servants returned again and again to the French Riviera, staying on a number occasions at the Grand Hotel in Cimiez while Nice’s Excelsior Hotel Regina was completed, very much with her needs in mind. The luxury hotel, which had 400 rooms looking onto a vast garden with the sea in the background, was inaugurated by the queen in 1897 and quickly became a home from home for the elderly monarch. From there, Queen Victoria liked to drive in her carriage to places like Villefranche-sur-Mer and Beaulieu, where she enjoyed in the winter sun. Today, the Excelsior Hotel Regina is no more but the charming atmosphere still prevails. With approximately 10km of seafront lined with smart beach restaurants, a state-of-the-art tram system and a string of exclusive boutiques it is no wonder Nice is becoming so popular with those hunting for luxury French property. And it should be no surprise that Queen Victoria’s old haunts – Cimiez - boasts some of the most sought-after luxury villas for sale in France. Situated on a hill above the centre of Nice, Cimiez is a hugely popular suburb where the majority of properties enjoy breathtaking views over the city, to the sparkling waters of the Baie des Anges. For further details on any of our luxury villas for sale in France please visit our website at www.carlton-international.com.