​Vanity Fair USA le 22 juin 2015

​Vanity Fair USA le 22 juin 2015
Johnny Depp Is Selling His Private Village in France

The 37-acre estate includes a bar, a chapel, and a pirate-themed wine cave.

If you are a movie star of Johnny Depp’s caliber, we imagine that there are few places where you can go without being immediately detected, harassed by paparazzi, and overwhelmed by well-meaning fans. So that privacy predicament, when paired with savvy investment impulses, may explain why Depp bought himself his own Caribbean island and a private village in the South of France. Now, however, the actor is unloading the latter, meaning that if you have about $26 million to spare, you can finally live out your fantasy of being one of the world’s most sought-after actors, finding solitude in a secluded 37-acre estate.

Per the Sotheby’s listing, Depp purchased the Plan de la Tour, France, estate in 2001, and “spent a substantial amount of time on the property with his then partner, French actress and singer Vanessa Paradis.” The actor also spent over $10 million restoring the village, which is made up of “more than a dozen buildings, including a main house, several guest cottages, a chapel, a bar & restaurant, a workshop/garage, [and] a staff house.”

“Contrary to many other properties of major international celebrities, Johnny Depp's estate has not been decorated by an interior designer, but by Johnny himself,” explains Alexander Kraft of Sotheby’s. “As a consequence, the estate is not a ritzy showplace, but an utterly charming family home that truly reflects Johnny Depp's unique character and taste.”

As such, the property features a number of wonderfully Johnny Depp—esque features that Kraft outlined to The Wall Street Journal. Among them:
  • “A covered wagon that Mr. Depp outfitted with a bathroom and kitchen.”
  • “[A] church that Mr. Depp converted into a guest house; a former confessional is now a wardrobe.”
  • “A restaurant with a full professional kitchen, which Mr. Depp used as ‘basically the dining room.’”
  • “A laundry building and a garage, all made to look like local businesses.”
  • “There are two swimming pools, as well as a gym and a skate park with a halfpipe that Mr. Depp built for his son.”
  • “A wine cave in the main house has a Pirates of the Caribbean motif, with skulls and brightly colored scarves.”

In addition to getting a Pirates of the Caribbean–themed wine cave designed by the headlining pirate of the Disney franchise, Depp is also including a number of his personal effects with the property including, “furniture, books, DVDs, [and] art.”

Written by Julie Miller