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If swashbuckling in the Pirates of the Caribbean isn’t enough for Hollywood actor Johnny Depp, he is now selling a multi-million pound property in France. This isn’t just your average villa in the South of France or a coastal retreat. No, Johnny is selling an entire village.
It’s an enchanting hilltop hamlet of honeyed stone, with a little square, a church and a café. Set among olive trees, ancient oaks and trickling water, the commune comprises a main house and six guest houses.
The little church with its flagstone floor and vaulted roof has retained the confessional box, although it’s now used as a wardrobe. There’s an artist’s studio, where Johnny loved to paint, a covered wagon and a cave that is used for wine tasting. There are two pools, one with its own beach, and 37 acres of land, including an elaborate skate park. The bright lights of St Tropez are just a short drive away, too.
He bought the commune with his then wife, Vanessa Paradis and they holidayed here. But Johnny is ready to move on. All the fixtures and fittings are included in the sale. So you could recline in the filmstar’s chair and gaze at his artworks, read his books or watch one of the DVDs in his collection.
The Hollywood actor has already sold a palazzo in Venice and a penthouse in LA. And his four other apartments in the iconic Art Deco Eastern Columbia Building are also up for sale. All are decorated with a stylish Depp touch.
Everything has its price. Bought in 2001, Johnny has put his heart and soul into the abandoned village in France, transforming it into what it is today. When his French property didn’t sell previously at $26m, he relisted it and doubled the price to $55.5m (£46m).
He spent €10m (£9m) on restoring the 200-year-old buildings. Michael Zingraf of Michael Zingraf Real Estate (www.michaelzingraf.com) who are now marketing the property, says the estate is so unique it stands a good chance of making the asking price.
As Jack Sparrow once put it: “Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.”
• The property is for sale (£46m) through Michael Zingraf Real Estate. For more details, visit www.michaelzingraf.com