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. Passionate about the French Riviera, the seaZen team approaches some of these luxurious homes from very close by in a solar boat.. The Lifestyle section of this blog unveils these sites of interest not to be missed during your sea excursion. We wish to visit the castle of La Croë at Antibes.


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

Where are the most beautiful villas in Antibes?

The town of Antibes, especially its cape, is a pleasant place to visit. The cap of Antibes is home to several majestic villas hidden in a forest of umbrella pines and some of them can be seen from the sea.

What's the history of this castle?

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.

Who owns it?

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 because we are sensitive to eco tourism.

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

How to admire the villas of billionaires?

The parks of these villas are open to the sea, but they are protected from view by walls that cannot be crossed from the land. Thanks to its unique offer of autonomous solar-powered electric boats, accompanied by a guide or license free, seaZen is at the forefront of approaching these sumptuous billionaire villas. The catamaran glides silently along the 300-metre coastal strip. The observation of these castles is always done with the greatest respect for the occupants as well as for the cultural heritage and the history of the place. The seaZen also moves away from the shore to sail between the yachts. It is therefore not uncommon for the crew to approach the Eclipse and other equally famous luxury yachts, always with courtesy.

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

As ambassador of the Côte d'Azur France brand, seaZen favours a esponsible approach to tourism. We invite you to discover as well the emblematic Greek villa Kerylos or the most sumptuous palaces of the Côte d'Azur, the Rothschild villa.

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