Documents quote, “The house is situated on a terrace overlooking an olive grove and enjoying a superb view over the Var Plain and the Maritime Alpes. On the ground level of the old part is a vaulted room with arched barrel timbers and paired brick, the old Chapel.” Later in the 18th century it was deconsecrated by Bishop Bourchenu.
Little is currently known of Monsieur and Madam Spindler who commissioned André Svetchine to extend Germaine. It is believed that M. Spindler worked for the law enforcement agency, INTERPOL.
Germaine was later acquired by Sir Donald Arthur Rolleston Albery and his wife Nobuko. Sir Donald Albery was an English Theatre impresario who did much to translate the adventurous spirit of London in the 1960s into theatrical reality. Born into a theatrical family, his father was director, Sir Bronson Albery and his first job was to manage Sadlers Wells Ballet during the air raids of World War II. In 1953 he launched the Donmar company and championed plays by Graham Greene, Tennesee Williams and an adaptation by J.B.Priestly of an Iris Murdoch novel. He also produced the first London production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot . In 1960 he produced Beyond the Fringe in London and again in New York in 1962. From 1964 to 1968 he served as director and administrator of The London Festival Ballet. Lady Nobuko Albery was born in Kobe, Japan and attended Waseda University and later New York University where she received her Master’s in Drama. She is an author and Theatrical Producer.
In 1985 Germaine was purchased by Lord Sandberg CBE. Michael Graham Ruddock Sandberg was Chairman of The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC), overseeing substantial expansion and acquiring a controlling stake in Marine Midland Bank whilst establishing Hong Kong Bank of Canada and Australia. His wife, Lady Carmel Sandberg is an Irish born accomplished artist.