From Ch'tis to Americans!

An essential heritage of French Riviera : Mandelieu has two remarkable castles in the colors of the Estérel, facing the Mediterranean as well as the ruins of the Château de Villeuneuve at the top of Mont San Peyre. There is also a 360° panoramic orientation table. A must-see in Mandelieu.


It is the emblem of Mandelieu, leaning against the hill of Mont San Peyre and with its feet in the water, it is the lung of the La Napoule district; unmissable with its remarkable garden and this building in the colors of the Estérel.

Ep.1 The Château de La Napoule feet in the water

Discovered by the Romans, it was in medieval times that the Villeneuve family erected a fortress on the site, which was destroyed and rebuilt several times throughout history. It was not until 1918 that a couple of American artists and patrons – the Keys– acquire the ruins of the fortress and decide to rebuild it.

The castle today... The Château de La Napoule houses and preserves the cultural and historical heritage of Henry and Marie Clews. In parallel, The Napoule Art Foundation owner of the castle allows the reception of international artists. Thus, accomplished and emerging creators from around the world are selected each year to participate in the artist residencies at Château de La Napoule.

The Henry Clews Museum, meanwhile, is the showcase of the secret world of Henry and Marie Clews. The mystical and strange sculptures of Henry Clews integrate perfectly with the building and the gardens bringing their touch of strangeness to the place.

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Social and solidarity above all! Built in 1918 by a certain Harry Legland of Lengley, it bears the name “Agecroft Castle” in memory of the property his grandfather owned in Scotland.

Better known as “Château des Mineurs”, this Scottish-style castle was purchased in 1947 by Mr. Delfosse on behalf of the Houillères du Nord-Pas-de-Calais. He will rebuild the castle which was partly destroyed during the war in order to accommodate miners and their families for a well-deserved vacation. Now classified, it is surrounded by an area of ​​14 hectares and is supported on all sides by a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean. Today it is a modern holiday residence managed by Miléade for the beneficiaries of the EDF and RATP Works Councils.

Good plan : Mainly reserved for the Works Council, it is however possible to have lunch there or have a drink at the restaurant located in the castle while enjoying a view overlooking the sea!