The Pirates of the Caribbean star wants to “move on” by selling the 200-year-old French village he bought as a holiday home and and spent years lovingly restoring
The actor is selling a sprawling 37-acre estate above St Tropez in the south of France for €23 million (£16.5 million) to “close the chapter” on his life with the French singer and actress Vanessa Paradis.
The buyer will also get the Hollywood actor’s furniture, books, artworks and other personal belongings included in the sale. One room in the main house even has a “Pirates of the Caribbean” theme, with skulls and brightly coloured scarves adorning the walls and furnishings.
Depp reportedly decorated much of the estate himself, spending millions renovating the buildings where he relaxed between films with Paradis and their two children. Depp and Paradis separated in 2012 after a 14-year relationship.
The holiday home includes a church that the actor converted into a guest house featuring a confessional transformed into a wardrobe, a café, two swimming pools, a gym and a skate park built for Depp’s son Jack and daughter Lily-Rose.
“Johnny has decided to sell the Plan de la Tour property to close this chapter of his life and move on,” Alexander Kraft, head of Sotheby’s International Realty France which is handling the sale, wrote in a description of the estate.
“He decorated everything, paying attention to the smallest detail, in a ‘Bohemian’ or ‘artistic’ style and the property is being sold with all its contents, books, DVDs, furniture and some works of art,” he said.
The decision to sell the estate comes at the end of a turbulent spring for the star, who has a string of hit films to his name including Edward Scissorhands and Donnie Brasco.
In February the 52-year-old married US actress and model Amber Heard, 23 years his junior, whom he met on the set of The Rum Diary and started dating soon after his breakup from Ms Paradis. But the couple have since been plagued by break-up rumours.
Depp also sparked controversy earlier this year when he illegally brought his pet dogs into Australia – where he was filming “Pirates of the Caribbean 5” – without putting them through quarantine.
The Hollywood A-lister bought his French estate in 2001 when it was little more than a derelict, abandoned hamlet dating from the 18th century, and subsequently spent around €10 million on renovating the stone-built structures.
The main building is a rambling house of about 4,300 square feet, with five bedrooms, three bathrooms and an art studio where Depp indulged in another of his passions – painting.
There are also several several guest cottages, a workshop, garage and staff quarters.
The estate is about 30 miles east of a chateau owned by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. The Hollywood power couple are reported to be about to buy an entire Greek island, which they hope will make them and their children less exposed to the prying eyes of paparazzi.