The Villa Nellcote mansion is one of mystery and counter-culture. Though its origins were simple enough, built by a banker in the 1890s and sold to merchants, the estate played a prominent role in 20th century history. Located in Villefranche-sur-Mer, France, the mansion was used by the Gestapo during the Nazi occupation of France. Later in the same century, it housed the Rolling Stones while they recorded Exile on Main Street. Keith Richards was barred from France for two years as a result of dealings in cannabis while renting the property, further cementing its counter-cultural allure.
The scent, 19-69 Villa Nellcote, is true to its origins: you can smell the salt air and citrus groves, as well as a hint of mystery. Unlike the villa during the Stones’ tenure, there is no cannabis in this perfume.