Inside Johnny Depp’s Compound In The South Of France
Set amid the gently rolling hills of glorious Provençal countryside, the A-list actor’s sanctuary is located just 17 miles north of Saint-Tropez in the picturesque village of Le Plan-de-la-Tour. The 37-acre estate centers upon an authentic 19th-century Provençal village, and Depp himself oversaw the careful restoration of the village’s native-stone structures, the thoughtful conversion of the dwellings for luxurious modern living, and the décor of each interior space.
Since acquiring the glorious but forgotten property two decades ago, Depp has invested over € 10 million during his 14-year relationship with French actress and singer Vanessa Paradis, creating an artist’s haven and family-friendly retreat defined by a deep respect for the original architecture and history. His meticulous efforts and gift for marrying the traditional and modern are immediately apparent. From the first step into the village square, guests are enchanted by this storybook sanctuary and delighted by the discoveries greeting them at every turn.
The property includes an entire 19th-century Hameau — a small Provençal village — with more than a dozen structures that together measure more than 10,000-square-feet with a total of 15 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms. The approximately 4,300-square-foot main house has five bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, a deconsecrated church is now a guesthouse wherein the confessional was converted to a closet, and a gipsy-style covered wagon serves as a quirky guest suite complete with a bathroom and kitchen. The estate also includes a swimming pool, an art studio and a private restaurant Depp named Café Marcheline.
Depp himself is a talented painter as well as a passionate art collector, so the artist’s studio on his estate is among his favorite rooms. For more than 25 years, Depp has been collecting the works of the Neo-Expressionist American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Recently, Depp sold nine of his Jean-Michel Basquiat paintings at the Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary auctions in London. In fact, these seminal works led the auctions’ success, attesting to Depp’s profound understanding and engagement with modern art. This same impeccable taste powered the creation of Depp’s one-of-a-kind estate in beautiful Le Plan-de-la-Tour. Depp has been trying to sell the property a few times. According to our sources he still owns it, it's up for sale at € 63m.
Photo courtesy of Christie's Real Estate.