Fotini Charalampopoulou

La Domaine de Beaumont, a stunning property on the French Riviera, which was once the favourite vacation spot of the Kennedy family, is now up for sale.
JFK and his siblings spent many summers on the Côte d’Azur while their father was the US ambassador in London, vacationing en famille at this emblematic villa near Valbonne between 1938 and 1940.

The family was familiar with vacation homes. They had famously spent their summers at the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port, Cape Cod, where they enjoyed sailing, golfing, and frolicking on perfectly mowed lawns. However, this one is undoubtedly the epitome of idyllic holiday homes, with a breathtaking view of the Côte d’Azur countryside, a 20-meter marble pool where JFK reportedly learned to swim, beautiful volumes and an outstanding main courtyard.

Joseph Patrick Kennedy Sr. wrote in a letter to the home’s owners in 1938, after their three-week stay, “We had a most delightful time there and enjoyed it more than I can tell you.”

It is easy to understand why the Kennedy family chose the Côte d’Azur over Cornwall, as “La Domaine de Beaumont” offers a stunning view of the Mediterranean and the Provençal countryside, making it the perfect vacation spot for anyone seeking peace, beauty, and tranquillity.

Designed by the renowned French architect Jacques Couëlle, the villa boasts a Provencal style emblematic of the 1920s. The property spans over 12,486 square feet and features fifteen rooms, including nine bedrooms, a reception hall, dining room, breakfast room, vegetable garden, tennis court, three kitchens, wine cellar, movie theatre, and separate staff living quarters, all adorned with sophisticated interiors that blend Provencal and Belle Époque aesthetics.

The villa’s exterior is defined by a natural stone facade and a wrought iron campanile, surrounded by vineyards, bougainvillaea, and a vast park with trees, numerous ponds and fountains, an olive grove, aviaries, and spectacular flower gardens. The stunning view of the Provençal villages below and the Mediterranean Sea is breathtaking.

The property is listed through Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty.