The French Riviera is synonymous with luxury, style and glamour. Nestled in the quintessential French town is Château de la Messardière, a 5-star palace located in the Var region, spanning both Provence and the French Riviera. The exclusive château is Saint-Tropez’s largest hotel, featuring 117 guest rooms and suites, a Spa, gourmet restaurant, poolside restaurant, bars, an art gallery and magnificent 25-acre grounds which is an official French Bird Protection League/Bird Life International Ornithological Reserve. Château de la Messardière offers a magical backdrop for weddings and other prestigious events.
La Messardière is far more than a luxury hotel. Built in the 19th century, the Château was donated to officer and excellent horseman Henry Brisson de la Messardière and young artist and musician Louise Dupuy Angeac, at the time of their wedding. After Henri’s untimely passing, Louise used the château as lodging for prestigious guests.
After passing through the hands of a series of owners, the château was once again faced with ruin. Standing alone on the hillside, exposed to the four winds and pillagers, it was believed to be haunted. Some paranormal believers believed there was positive and negative energy fields around the Château walls, which added excitement and mystical aura.
The Château was restored and extended in 1989 under the supervision of the chief architect of historical monuments, J.C. Rochette. In 1992, it was purchased by a French Group and is now living a second youth. The interior design of the guest rooms are stunning.
The Château’s art gallery stages exhibitions by international artists, including the works of Victoire de la Messardière. Victoire’s ancestors built the original Chateau in the 19th century and her art permanently adorns the château walls. It also, hosts numerous exhibitions by international artists during the summer season.
If you’re planning a trip to Saint-Tropez this summer, or any beach, I picked a “few” essentials to pack along.
Wishing you a wonderful week.