Liam Neeson's 'enchanting and truly magical' cottages in south of France go on market
Film star Liam Neeson may often return home to his Ballymena roots and regularly frequents nearby towns like Cushendall, but changes are afoot in another part of the world which brought him so many happy memories.
The actor described it as a "truly magical and enchanting place" and he was talking about a little hamlet of cottages - equipped with an outdoor swimming pool - hidden away in a beautiful tree-lined valley in the south of France.
The cottages were owned by the Richardson family and Neeson often visited there with his late wife, actress Natasha Richardson.
A short distance from the glitzy St Tropez area, Le Nid du Duc was owned by the Richardson acting dynasty but now it is on the market.
The eight stone cottages were renovated by the Richardsons and for years they provided the perfect getaway for the family and many of their friends.
For Neeson, who was married to Natasha Richardson until her tragic death in a skiing accident in 2009, Le Nid du Duc holds many happy memories.
He said: "One always felt so at ease, aligned in its environs."
He added: "Ley lines must pass through there.
"Some of the best laughs and conversations I've ever had occurred on the terrace... every thing seemed possible and filled with potential.
"One can easily see why it attracted writers and artists."