Château ed la Napoule jardins

Situated just west of Cannes, the Château de La Napoule occupies a magnificent seafront site first settled by the Romans more than 2,000 years ago. Originally erected by the Villeneuve family during the 14th century, the fortress was destroyed and rebuilt eight times before it was transformed into a glass factory in the 19th century. In 1918, the American artist Henry Clews acquired the ruined property, which he restored with his wife, Marie Elsie Whelen Goelet. Two towers, Saracen and Romanesque, were integrated into the walled complex ; a turreted gatehouse, tall ramparts and sea view terraces reflect the Clews’ own eclectic taste.
Exhibition and performance spaces include the vaulted Spencer Gallery and the White Gallery, formerly a miniature theater, as well as the main Courtyard.
Fountains and topiary embellish the formal gardens laid out by Marie Clews. It is Henry Clews’ sculptural decor, combining wit and turn-of-the-century sensibility, that makes the Château de La Napoule, registered as a monument historique, such a fascinating excursion into architectural history.

Marie Clews created the Foundation in 1951, eight years before her death, in memory of her husband and in order to preserve the Château as an arts center fostering international and interdisciplinary exchange.

The Villa Marguerite, once the home of the Princess of Pless, born Daisy Cornwallis-West, forms part of the estate. Set amongst orange and lemon trees, the sunny belle époque residence boasts a music room and a conservatory.

Marie laid out for the Chateau a beautiful garden.

French style is harmoniously mixed up with Romantic English garden style.
 
 Fountains and topiary embellish formal garden.

A free treasure hunt is proposed to each child.
It offers a discovery of the beautiful formal gardens.
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