A magical villa with a Rock & Roll history in an equally impressive private setting with fabulous views over Vence to the sea. The property which is distributed over 3 levels offers extensive accommodation and ample entertaining space ideal for large families and groups.
The house comprises of 8 bedrooms including a 2 alcove double bed studio on bottom floor plus a separate 2 bedroom annexe. Additionally 6 bathrooms with showers 2 including baths and 2 outdoor showers.
It has many large and small spaces inside and outside through the 3 levels of this sprawling house including a larger upstairs and smaller downstairs tv area. There are plenty of areas for entertaining and private quiet areas inside and outside seating areas and 2 outdoor sofas offering a choice of sunshine or shade.
The main bedroom has its own balcony and private dressing room. Most of the bedrooms have their own private or shared balcony. On the bottom level there is another large table for eating and a second inside kitchen along with outside a substantial gas barbecue. Around the pool there are numerous sun loungers and a table tennis table.
This villa was once owned by Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones, and there is a very interesting book left at the property which tells more of its story.
We are happy to consider Wedding Parties Please contact the owners for more information on updated T&C’s for this purpose.
Golf: There are various golf courses around the area, Valbonne being the closest. Booking advisable, we have details at the villa
Cycling: There are numerous amounts of keen riders that visit this area as there are an abundance of steep hills
Please Note: The owner of this property accepts payment in the original currency specified (Euro), before use of conversion tool. The conversion tool is provided for your convenience only. The owner may accept other currencies if specifically agreed in advance.
• Extra fee if pool is required to be heated.
• Security deposit of 1000 Euros against damages.
rates include linen, towels, pool towels, gas, electricity, weekly clean and change of linen.
• Additional maid service, cook and babysitter available upon request at negotiable price.
• All sun lounge mattresses and sofa cushions are to be removed indoors in bad weather or damages will be incurred. Protective covers are provided for the sofa and outdoor marble table and chairs.
Please confirm booking via the telephone to avoid unnecessary phising scams. Payment details will be sent once we have confirmed your booking.
• As the house is not on mains waste pleas refrain from putting sanitary products down the toilets.
• Please replace any moved furniture to its original position before leaving as our cleaners are not able to move large items
We bought the property from Bill Wyman after spotting it for sale on Honeymoon in France. The house has been maintained very much in the style he designed the house to be. It is a wonderful large property and we hope you choose to come stay with us soon.
More information about the history of this beautifully appointed house. It built Mr Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones.
Introduced to the sunny south of France by Mick Jagger, Wyman originally rented a place in the Seventies in L’Oustaraun, not far from the beautiful hilltop town of Vence. He fell in love with this quiet out-of-the-way setting within easy reach of star-studded Cannes and Bohemiam Artists private hideaway Saint-Paul-de-Vence and started hunting for land.
His maid, who also cleaned for French President Giscard d’Estaing, said she owned some left to her by the old Marquise. He snapped up this sloping hillside plot in 1974 and built his own Provencal style house. He even helped design it, making the modern house appear at least a century older by installing old tiles, beams and doors with much inspiration from the famous La Colombe d'Or in neighbouring Saint-Paul-de-Vence
He named it La Cabra D’Or, the Provencal phrase for ‘the golden goat.’ The house was named after a 300 to 400-year-old painting of a golden goat discovered on the borders of his land ‘The legend is that the golden goat represents treasure, so there could well be some here.
That being said it has been affectionately called Vence Rock due to its legendary roll call of guests over the 30 years Wyman owned it.
Security is extremely important to anyone in the south of France. La Cabra D’Or’s one-way approach up a winding road will put off even the most determined burglar. Then there is the Electric gate. If you rang the police, they would catch him on the way down.
‘It is an idyllic spot, At 600 metres, you don’t get the humidity that hits you further down on the coast, there are no mosquitoes and very few tourists.
‘The 180-degree views are amazing. You can see from Nice right round to Cap d’Antibes – and even as far as Corsica on a clear day.’
‘It is quite sociable here, with a whole mass of English and Americans. Celebrities feel comfortable in France as the French really don't care who is who
Stars who have come to relax by the poolside and have given the place the thumbs up include Mick Jagger and former wife Jerry Hall, Monty Python comic Eric Idle and Beatle Ringo Starr, who loved the pretty tiled house with its Italian fountain so much, he remained in residence for three months
Before leaving Wyman transformed the once small ground floor kitchen into an open plan kitchen/breakfast room and twin double alcove bedroom area and his old music studio into a separate guest quarters annexe.
More recently Gilbert Tremeilat who worked alongside the now very famous Chagall who was a good friend of Wyman (see book Wyman on Chagall) did a private commission on many of the bathrooms the Master bathroom being in the photos.
St Paul de Vence is a historic town located 10 miles from Vence. Famous artists from around the world used to swap there master pieces for there supper and you will find a famous Picaso painting in the Columbe D'or restaurant along with various others. The beach is 20mins drive from the property and the ski slopes are approx 45mins to 1.5 hours depending on your ability. Monaco is 45 mins, Antibes 30mins and Nice 20mins drive.
Our property was formerly owned by one of the rolling stones and it has breath taking views. There is a great water park in Antibes and fantastic restaurants to choose from. Vence Rock is very private and can sleep 16 to 20 people. Vence its self has a local music festival in August of varied music and is fun and easy.