An old medieval fortress rising up from the sea with its red stone and towers. Visit the Château Napoule Mandelieu and discover the home of an American couple that were both artists and somewhat whimsical: Henry and Marie Clews. Everything you need to know about this exceptional fortress on the Côte d’Azur!
CHÂTEAU DE LA NAPOULE: A PLACE THAT CELEBRATES ART…
…and works for international cultural exchange!
A Belle Epoque atmosphere, the inspiration and genius of this extraordinary couple permeates every corner of the Château de la Napoule. Henry devoted himself to the building’s architecture and his artistic works in the museum, his wife was behind the gardens that she designed with a talent that is still recognized today.
The couple spent 17 years restoring the castle which now houses the sculpture collection of Henry Clews (1876-1937) and also hosts international artistic projects.
ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF ITS GARDENS…
Venetian, Moorish, Roman, the art in the gardens is in the spotlight at the Château de la Napoule!
Did you know? Marie Clews, landscape architect, designed the gardens of the 4 hectare estate between 1919 and 1937, around her husband’s sculptures. She alternated French layouts with English style references, embellished with gardens and fountains. A wide central lane lined with boxwood leads successively to a Moorish garden overlooking the Port of Napoule, a Venetian garden centred around a well, and a Roman garden.
WHATEVER THE SEASON, IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THIS GREEN OASIS…
Original groves and zany gardens populated by amazing creatures…
Love gardens? Come and stroll in the shade of cedar and pine trees. Beyond the “Sarrazine” tower, a small intimate garden overlooking the Mediterranean imparting a romantic touch complements the mausoleum in which the Clews are united for all time. Today, the gardens of the Château de la Napoule – listed as a “Remarkable Garden” – are home to works by visual artists. It is an oasis of greenery and calm where you can take a walk whatever the season.
THE BONUS OF THE VISIT: A WALK ALONG THE SEASIDE!
The highlight at the Château de la Napoule has to be its exceptional location by the sea overlooking the Baie de Cannes.
The beach is just below the huge walls with a shaded terrace where you can eat. Ideal for a family outing, this stroll along the coastal path will delight young and old alike. Enjoy the sea, the sand and the magnificent panoramas after having visited the Château and its gardens!
Our Côte d’Azur France recommendation: In the summer, before leaving for a stroll along the seafront, remember to enjoy a delicious sea view break at the tea room on the castle’s terrace. Don’t wait, plan a visit to the Château de la Napoule!
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