Villa of the Côte d’Azur - Château de la Croë

The French Riviera is full of sumptuous houses. Architectural treasures that few people have the chance to visit. Thanks to seaZen and its license-free boat rental service, you can approach these luxurious homes very closely. Our blog reveals the points of interest not to be missed during your sea excursion. After the villa Kerylos and the Ephrussi de Rothschild palace, we wish to visit the castle of La Croë at Antibes.

View of the castle Croë overflown by a Drone after its renovation

Heading toward the cap of Antibes

The town of Antibes, especially its cape, is a pleasant place to sail at sea. Even if the distance is too important from the port of seaZen, the cap of Antibes deserves to be presented. Several majestic villas are hidden in a forest of umbrella pines and some of them can be seen from the sea.

A castle laden with history

Have you ever seen the movie "Gatsby the Magnificent"? This work perfectly reflects the spirit of the wealthy bourgeoisie during the Roaring Twenties. The story takes place in a very upscale residential area where important personalities meet to party in a beautiful home. Surprisingly, the history of La Croë Castle is very similar. In 1938, the Roaring Twenties did not seem to be over for the Duke of Windsor and his wife Wallis Simpson. Extraordinary receptions are held in this castle. For many years, the Duke's Villa is known as the most select place in the region. For many years, the duke's villa is known to be the most select place in the region. Became King of the United Kingdom and Emperor of India, Edward VIII must abdicate in front of the outcry aroused by his proposed marriage with Wallis. This love story inspired many filmmakers, including W.E. Wallis & Edouard, co-written and directed by Madonna.

An exemplary renovation

Built in 1927 in a Victorian style, for the English aristocrat Sir William Pomeroy Burton, this building looks exactly like the White House.

Left to be abandoned for thirty years, nothing remained of the castle but a burnt ruin and a wasteland. Under the impulse of a famous Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, in love with the French Riviera, the castle was completely renovated from 2008 to 2010.

A swimming pool could be installed on the roof. This is an architectural masterpiece. Indeed, the building being classified, it was necessary to preserve the design of the building. More recently, a new ecological pool has been installed in the extension of a waterfall. This ecological basin is easily recognizable by the color of the water because it is not the artificial blue of any swimming pools of the Côte d'Azur. This detail is important for the crew of seaZen, sensitive to the eco responsible approach.

Satellite view of Chateau la Croë with its rooftop pool and ecological pool

Courteous approach of the billionaire's villas and yachts 

The Eclipse Yacht, also owned by Mr. Abramovitch, frequently moors in the bay of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, near Nice.

The eclipse of the same owner as Chateau la Croë, is one of the largest yachts in the world
The eclipse of the same owner as Chateau la Croë, is one of the largest yachts in the world

During its sea trips, the seaZen has specialized in the courteous approaches of villas and yachts. Thanks to its pioneering eco-navigation program, seaZen approaches 100 meters from the most beautiful villas on the shoreline, then moves away to navigate into the bay between the yachts. It is not uncommon for the crew to approach the Eclipse or other famous luxury yachts such as the Dilbar or the Galaxy of Hapiness. We present some of these yachts, follow our Instagram account to find out more.

SeaZen is ambassador of the Côte d'Azur France brand. We favor a courteous approach to tourism. Our solar boat is limited to 6-8 people, it sails in silence and without odor and does not cause waves in its wake. It does not bother boaters more than bathers or the inhabitants of these villas.

SeaZen is ambassador of the Côte d'Azur France brand.