Welcome to... Grasse

Visiting the South of France as a tourist is a wonderful experience, it is a country that will draw you back time and time again; just when you think it cannot get any better, and you’ve found a little piece of heaven on earth… you discover yet another gem, one to be explored and savoured: but next time. As someone seeking to purchase a property of residence on the Côte d'Azur…you too are spoilt for choice: the region is positively awash with glitz, glamour and old world charm.

Set against a backdrop of mountains, forests, blue sky, and panoramic views over the bay of Cannes and Antibes, the town of Grasse is an interesting and popular destination for visitors and those seeking a more relaxed lifestyle. Take in the sights…then pause, close your eyes, and breathe in the sweet fragrances that are carried on the breeze…you are in the heart of French perfume country - the smell of flowers and fresh air will lift you up, and carry you away…

The old town of Grasse is large, old, and extremely interesting. Winding alleys and backstreets weave a maze around this enchanting little Shangri-la, its charm and character steeped firmly in the 17th and 18th century. Grasse has been a perfume town ever since the 17th century and today is renowned as the perfume capital of the world. Grasse was a favourite resort of Queen Victoria who spent several winters here, residing in the Rothschild's sumptuous villa, or at the Grand Hotel. Napoleon himself passed through Grasse in 1815, but had other things on his mind at the time, and did not stop off to appreciate the scenery or climate.

Take the time to visit awhile the three-tiered Place aux Aires fountain in the square of the old quarter of town. Relax and enjoy a coffee as the crystal clear waters bubble and gurgle gently in the background. From here you can continue your journey of discovery, unravel the secrets and hidden treasures of this little known, but nevertheless fascinating historical town. When you leave Place des Aires, with its elegant arcades and Louis XV fountain, seek out the Saracen tower, and the remains of the 16th century ramparts.

Further down the old part of town, a narrow street leads onto the Place du Petit Puy with its 10th century Notre Dame du Puy Cathedral, and its large 18th century clock tower. Inside is the beautiful altar attributed to Louis Bréa, plus stained glass windows and a collection of statues by Baillet. The cathedral houses a number of fine paintings, including three by Rubens, when the artist was little known. Nearby, in the Place Godeau stands the impressive 12th-century "Tour de Guet" watch tower.

Estate Net France has an extensive range of  real estate in and around the Grasse region including luxury villas with landscaped gardens, pools and spectacular views, prestigious apartments incorporating  the most up to-date amenities and facilities, penthouse apartments, farm and town houses. Renovation projects too are seen by investors as an excellent opportunity. Whatever your requirements, we at Estate Net France will provide a personal service with our representatives here to assist you in finding the property that meets your exact specification.

Throughout the year Grasse and the surrounding area plays host to a feast of festivals, carnivals and concerts. As one would expect in a land steeped in culture and artistic tradition, there are an abundance of museums, and art galleries. Top class restaurants, charming cafes and chic bars, all make daylight strolling, and candlelight dining, pleasures to be savoured. The list of “things to do” in Grasse is long and varied. Almost every pastime and leisure activity is catered for here; from nearby water sports and deep sea fishing, to horse riding along kilometres of unspoilt landscapes, to taking on the challenging nearby golf courses, or if something even more challenging takes your fancy, then try caving! Or just sit and relax by the pool and watch the world go by.

Things To Do In Grasse

Grass Cathedral - Grasse's main attraction is its Cathedral, which is dedicated to the late Notre Dame du Puy and was founded in the 11th century. The cathedral is famous for the displayed works of art by Rubens and one by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, a French painter native of the town.

Perfumeries - The city of Grasse is very much considered as the world's capital of perfumery, known for its perfume from the early 18th century until today and being one of the main centers of perfumery in France. Try Parfumerie Fragonard, as this is the oldest perfumerie in Grasse,founded in 1926, obtaining its name from the painter, Jean-Honore Fragonard. Downstairs in Fragonard, You will be presented with the methods of making perfume traditionally. Upstairs you will witness many traditional costumes and the store itself with fragrances and other body products for you to try.

Musee Fragonard - This chic house set in the countryside dates back to late 17th century, and sits amongst beautiful gardens. The house hosts art by the famous Grasse artist Jean-Honoré Fragonard and his family. Replicas of paintings for the Countess of Barry entitled 'The Progress of Love' adorn the walls of the museum.

Golf Country Club de Saint Donat - If you enjoy golfing in beautiful surroundings, then this is the course for you. Surrounded by trees, this country club is one of the leading golfing establishments in France. Once you have finished a day of golfing you can also relax in the restaurant for a meal of mouthwatering French cuisine.

Club Hippique de La Brague - Enjoy horse riding in the countryside at this beautiful ranch and stables. Why not take your children for a riding lesson?

Grasse Schools

Lycée Amiral de Grasse - This public high school is a boarding school for both boys and girls ages 12-18. The school specialises in technology and science as is multilingual, teaching French, Spanish, Italian and French.

College Canteperdrix - This secondary School is situated in Grasse and teaches English, German and French. It also presents a localised place for inclusive education (ULIS)and cognitive disabilities.

Institut Supérieur Technique Privé Fénelon - This private school is located in the heart of Grasse and caters for higher education students.

Travelling To Grasse

By road - To get to Grasse you must take exit 42 on the A8 which is signposted Grasse/Cannes.

By rail - You can get to Grasse by train directly from Nice and Cannes, so no need for changing at other train stations mid-journey.

By bus - Buses run frequently every 30 to 40 minutes to Grasse from Nice. The Journey takes around an hour and a half and tickets are available to buy on the bus.

Properties In Grasse

We have amazing properties on the French Riviera to suit all prospective property buyers. Why not go for a magnificent stone bastide with the luxury of a pool and stunning sea views from your windows.

If you prefer, you could also try our newly renovated 18th Century Monastery in Chateauneuf de Grasse.

Places Close to Grasse

Antibes is one of the most stunning places to visit on the Cote d’Azur, as it is actually the biggest port on the Mediterranean Sea and is bustling with people and things to see and do. The town is known for its real work ethic, and the resort stays open throughout every season, so you are able to visit at all times of the year.

Why not get a boat to the Île Ste-Marguerite? This island is setting to many rustic restaurants, trails and paths through pine forests. You may also visit the 17th-century Fort Royal, which now harbours the 'Musée de la Mer'.

Contact

Knight Frank Mougins

1 rue Honoré Henry
06250 Mougins - France

Phone : +33 4 97 97 32 20
Fax : +33 4 89 73 22 80

Knight Frank Valbonne

3 rue Grande
06560 Valbonne - France

Phone : +33 4 97 97 32 40
Fax : +33 4 89 73 22 80

Knight Frank Cannes

12 Boulevard de la Croisette
06400 Cannes - France

Phone : +33 4 97 06 30 30
Fax : +33 4 89 73 22 80