Une touche contemporaine et un confort 21e siècle dans une villa Belle Époque superbement restaurée. A contemporary touch and 21st century comfort in a superbly restored Edwardian era villa.
Set to an Italian operatic aria
Occupying an imposing position on Cap Camarat on the south-east coast of the Saint-Tropez peninsula, chateau Volterra looks a little like a Tuscan villa. Built in the early 20th century, this chateau is unique in every way - by virtue of its location, history and architecture.
he story could have come straight from one of Perrault’s fairy tales. An English aristocrat visiting the Ramatuelle peninsula at the start of the 20 th century falls head over heels in love with a fisherman’s daughter. The couple married and built an Edwardian-style "chateau", whose construction began in 1906: the terracottacoloured stone was transported from the Estérel region on board local tartane ships before being carried along the coast by mules. In 1926, the chateau was purchased by Léon Volterra, a Parisian theatre impresario who had managed venues including the Casino de Paris and the Marigny theatre. Ten years later, he became Mayor of Saint-Tropez. Actors, writers and artists began flooding to Volterra, from Colette and Jean Cocteau to Joséphine Baker and Raimu. Followed, years later, by Jeanne Moreau, starring in "The Old Lady Who Walked in the Sea". The decor of the chateau conjures up images of Italian opera, with stone columns topped with gently sloping tiled roofs and a vaulted loggia, set back from the terraced gardens, in the centre of the front wall. After lying dormant for a few years, the chateau - reminiscent of an imposing Tuscan villa - was restored in 1999. The new owner now rents the property out occasionally to a happy few. The interior has been redesigned, the vast rooms and corridors have been transformed into warm, sophisticated reception rooms, just like the central loggia, serving as an ideal summer dining room. Like many chateaux in the Saint-Tropez region, Volterra has a six-hectare vineyard, tended by hand and replanted with local vines in the three colours - red, rosé and white. Just a stone’s throw from the villa, the wine cellar has also been fully renovated and currently houses beautiful vats hand-crafted from fine-grained French oak.
“from Cocteau to Jeanne Moreau, a setting made for artists and beauty-lovers”
Emile Garcin, Saint-Tropez agency / +33 (0)4 94 54 78 20