John Taylor, an English aristocrat, acquired the 17th-century estate known as “La Bastide Saint-Antoine” in 1864. He made several improvements to the property: added a new wing, landscaped the gardens, and built a hunting pavilion on the then 350 hectares of olive groves. A close friend of Joseph P. Kennedy, American ambassador in London from 1937 to 1940, the Kennedy family and their children regularly spent their vacation here.
In 1948 his daughter, wife of Lord Montaigu, sold the property to the “Maître de Forge” of Pont A Mousson, Mr Robert Labé. He took full advantage of the grandeur of the surroundings to throw huge parties, stage fabulous fashion shows and invite show-biz celebrities - like the Rolling Stones - who stayed there for a whole year in 1975.
In 1996, Odette and Jacques Chibois enlarged the splendid country house, taking great care to preserve its original Côte d’Azur features. Appreciated by celebrities the world over, La Bastide has gone from strength to strength with the elegant décor and wellness facilities one would expect of a Relais & Châteaux, not to mention yet another feather in its cap - the Michelin-starred restaurant, which ranks amongst the “Finest Restaurants in the World.”