Utopia, at one with nature, nestled between mountains and the sea. The house is perched on the edge of a nature réserve, with breathtaking views overlooking the Mediterranean and the oldest and most ancient parts of the principality of Monaco on one side of the house and the mountains of the Alpes du Sud on the other side of the house. This is a house with history. When Rudolph Nureyev, one of the greatest ballet dancers of all time, defected from the former Soviet Union he came to Monte Carlo and pointed up to the mountains above, stating with great aplomb and authority that he was going to have his first home there.. And he did. Villa Arcadia was his haven, his little pièce of the homeland with its wildly overgrown garden and his very own dance studio, where he would practice with Margot Fonteyn for endless hours. There are also tales of wild parties from locals who were his neighbours and stories of his sister to whom he eventually gave the house. After Nureyev's death his sister sold the house to the Nice Conseil Générale who sadly left it derelict for over 10 years. In 2007 the house was sold at auction and for the following ten years it was painstakingly transformed by a family who fell in love with it. In a labour of love, the dance studio was restored with its original sprung floor and barres and its versatility has been fully utilised for evening soirées from classical ballet, Indian dance to art exhibitions. Underneath Nureyev's dance studio there is an independent one bedroom apartment which has the original parquet floor from Nureyev's bedroom and study in the villa. The interior of the main house has been totally renovated with thought and sensitivity. The front door is handmade of solid oak. As you enter the house, natural light envelops you. The villa is set on two floors. There is under-floor heating throughout with a combination of stone and wooden floors. The latter have been used in each of the bedrooms to create a further feeling of warmth. The balustrade was designed using the swirling patterns of Nureyev's dance steps. The Bulthaup kitchen has been painstakingly thought out to the highest standards and will be a dream come true for anyone with a passion for food and cooking. The upper ground floor benefits from high ceilings with exposed wooden beams and a working fireplace. The principal bedroom suite is also on the upper ground level, comprising of bedroom, bath and shower room, dressing room, a further dressing room, which is currently being used as a study or can also be used as a fifth bedroom. Downstairs there are a further three bedrooms, all en-suite. There is a large utility room with an airing room which leads into a good sized store room and a large changing room with shower and toilet, which can be accessed directly from the infinity swimming pool. The swimming pool has stunning views over the sea and the village of La Turbie. The garden has been designed by the internationally renowned and innovative designer, Diarmuid Gavin. Using bmboo instead of the traditional Cypress, he has created a feel of an even warmer climate, which has also added an air of tranquility with the sound of the bamboo leaves rustling melodically in the breeze. The villa is surrounded by light throughout the day with the contrasting east and west facing gardens and views encircling it. There is a little herb and vegetable garden accessible from the kitchen and below that there are terraces of fruit trees. The gardens have been carefully planned to reflect the different colours of each season.