Welcome to the Château de la Messardière

For almost 30 years now, we have been happy and proud to open our doors from April to October, at the Château de la Messardière, our 5 star luxury hotel of France: a haven of peace and a welcoming place for the world of art. Year after year we have pushed our requirements up to the highest level with a succession of enlargements, renovations and innovations that have enabled us to reach the excellence of a discreet and authentic, luxury palace. We are continually looking for the best, so that our guest’s stay will be unforgettable.

When staying with us, you can enjoy walking through our large park or contemplate nature while resting on a bench made of lava from Salernes. A natural path, that has pushed me over the years, to develop the harmony between the Château and its estate. It has been 8 years now, that our bees have been producing the honey that we propose with our cheese platter in the evening at l’Acacia our gastronomical restaurant. The olive trees are centuries old and enable us to produce a high quality olive oil. 

New, in 2019, near the pétanque ground where families and friends can play boules, we have also installed the “Kingdom of princes and princesses” for children from 1 to 12 years old as well as the games ground all made of natural wood. There are many ways of enjoying our magnificent, natural environment… the proof of our permanent quest for the best. Another novelty for the children to be able to play together while letting their parents enjoy some peaceful moments around the pools of the hotel, from mid-June to mid-September, we have a Kid’s Club that is open every day from 10am to 8pm, with our team of group leaders to take care of them as from the age of 3 (or when they are clean).

The Château de la Messardière is also very involved in the associative and cultural life of the Saint-Tropez peninsula and actively supports several associations. Recently, as President of the Société Tropézienne des Amis de la Musique, I offered two recitals to 400 students and their teachers who were able to discover “the little story of great music”. Interpreted by the musicians Emanuelle Bertrand, Pascal Amoyal and Alma, their 11 year old violinist daughter (and as guest star, her 7 year old sister Sarah), the show was very much appreciated by the children of Saint-Tropez, La Croix-Valmer and Cavalaire. This year, the Château de la Messardière also supports “BAB Charity” whose aim is to improve the quality of life, of sick children and their families. Also to be noted is that this year the “Grand Prix de la Photo Saint-Tropez” will be punctuated by an auction sale for the benefit of the “Sponsorship of Cardiac Surgery for the Children of the World” on August 20th, 2019, at the Messardière. Both past and future events that enable us to redistribute tens of thousands of Euros and to confirm our role within society.

I would also like to share, through this magazine, my passion and enthusiasm and the commitment of our team, for this great house and hope that you enjoy discovering it’s many aspects.

Enjoy your stay at the Château de la Messardière

The beautiful history of the Château

It has survived the centuries without losing an ounce of it’s beauty, transformed into a palatial hotel 30 years ago, every season, thanks to you, it is rejuvenated…

The name Messardière goes back to the reign of Charles Martel, Charlemagne’s grandfather. It is linked to the Frankish dynasty of kings and it was in 1669 when Renée, the daughter of the Lord of the Messardière, married the Count Léonor Le Brun that the coat of arms of the dynasty appeared with the motto “Victor et Inermis”, Victorious even when unarmed.

Finished in 1904, the Château was the superb wedding gift for an unusual couple, Henry Brisson de la Messardière, an officer and an excellent cavalier and Louise Dupuy d’Anjeac, a young, very modern artist. Two children were born to the couple and life at
the Château was happy and sweet, rhythmed by long horseback rides and piano melodies. Fate would have it that Henry died prematurely and to avoid being completely ruined, his dynamic young widow decided that she would open the Château to high class guests and young ladies from good families who wanted to perfect their education. 

But Louise who excelled in society life was not a good administrator. Between the huge receptions and the grand parties the domaine declined. She was obliged to sell, the Château changed hands several times and began it’s low dark period, rumour had it that it was haunted!

The Château began it’s re-birth in 1989 when it was restored and enlarged under the aegis of the head of Historical Monuments architect, Jean-Claude Rochette who added two wings facing the sea, a central swimming pool and renovated the adjacent
farmhouse. It was transformed into a luxury hotel in July 1990. here, the walls have a story or two to tell…

The swimming pool, the heart of the solar life of the Château

The pool, that is one of the main centres of interest for the guests at the Château, is also a centre of interest for Alexandre Durand-Viel, thanks to him, renowned artists and craftspeople, the best technicians and the faithful teams of the Château de la Messardière, conjugate their talents and contribute to the magic of this unique spot.

A sweet melting-pot of artistic signatures

Thanks to a recent collaboration with the Galerie Estades, the Château de la Messardière, this season, invites you to discover the exceptional bronze sculptures by Sylvie Derely. For the last 25 years Nicola Rosini di Santi and the Château de la Messardière, have shared a beautiful artistic complicity. The painter, sculptor and designer has signed many works of art for the hotel, especially the exceptional sculpture in bronze patinated resin, that represents delicacy, balance and harmony. The works of Shine Mosaique had travelled to New York, Moscow, Paris, Monaco and Saint-Tropez before they seduced Alexandre Durand-Viel. At the bottom of the small pool, the mosaic work of
Graziella Pizzi and Laurence Capelli, inspired by the grounds of this luxury hotel, “the magic of beings, animals and nature”. After more than 10 years of working with the Château, Alexandre Audonnet, a craftsman who specializes in stainless steel, copper and brass has accentuated the beauty of this pool, especially with the swimming ladder and the contours.

The expertise of the best technicians

For your well being, the team of technicians scrupulously maintain the swimming pool under the direction of David Gangloff who is in charge of the hotel’s maintenance. This winter the stones of the pool were sanded to ensure your comfort Michel Abed and his team who have 20 years experience in the “know how” of flooring, also enhance the natural beauty of the marble in collaboration with Azur Pool Concept of Philippe Pettavino who ensures the quality of the water throughout the season, all while respecting the environment. 

A pleasurable spot to be throughout the day

Your days will be peaceful around the mirror pool with the magical view of the Gulf of Saint-Tropez. Dive into the warm blue water of the Olympic size pool, tan in the solarium or just relax on the chaises longues or the comfortable sofas while enjoying the panorama of Saint-Tropez. Just a few feet away, Alain Péant who is in charge of the bars of the Château, proposes light detox cocktails full of vitamins, elaborated with fresh fruit and vegetables, to keep you in shape all through your
holiday! If you’re feeling peckish there are all sorts of tasty little dishes to enjoy while in the sun, and new this year, we have the famous Barbarac

The pool, a place to make friends

It’s around the pool, the veritable heart of the Château, that many friendships have begun. The beauty of the spot and the warm welcome of our professional teams, contribute to the relaxed atmosphere, as two regular guests Pascal and Dominique explain: “the swimming pool is such a magical place for several reasons; exceptional grounds, an unbelievable view, first class infrastructures, a refined deco, a hospitable team, quality menus… Nothing on the Riviera can compare! It’s here that we met our best friends”.

Glamour : le film La Piscine 

de Jacques Deray fête ses 50 ans

(Hommage à Michel Legrand)

This classic in French cinema, first shown in 1968, the legendary actors, Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, Jane Birkin and Maurice Ronet, were filmed around a superb pool in a secret villa in Ramatuelle, the story was of two men, each trying to attract the favours of a woman. The music was by Michel Legrand who also composed for other legendary French films as well as The Thomas Crown Affair, he was also the sponsor of the Messardière Novel Prize of summer 2015. The collaborators of the Château at the time, remember him with emotion, he honoured us with his presence, accompanied by his wife, the actress Macha Méril.

Michel Legrand, Macha Meril et Didier van Cauwelaert lors du Prix Messardière en 2015


Bay of Pampelonne : a rebirth

A new chapter in the history of Pampelonne beach has begun this season. What are the changes generated by the plans of the commune of Ramatuelle ? Which establishments and services will you find on the beach this summer ? Which are the new establishments ? Which ones have disappeared ?

Four and a half kilometres of coast land and 27 hectares of magnificent beach bordered by vineyards and pine forests, mythical estalishments frequented by film stars, powerful industrial business people  and the Happy Few of the planet. Twenty six new plots have been attributed for a period of twelve years… welcome to the new Pampelonne beach !

70% of the establishments are back

It’s with great pleasure that you will find some of the most famous beach establishments: Club 55, Moorea, Tahiti Beach, Le Bar du Soleil (the four are on private plots of land), Jardin Tropézina, L’Esquinade (Brigitte
Bardot’s favourite), Les Murènes, Cabane Bambou, Tropicana, Indie Beach House and Neptune. Some of the well known beaches have moved, Les Palmiers and L’Orangerie have moved to the Tamaris area.

Six new operators

Three beaches linked to hotels in Saint-Tropez or Ramatuelle are now present at Pampelonne, La Réserve à la plage (La Réserve hotel, Ramatuelle) in the Epi area, Byblos Beach (Byblos Hotel) and La Serena(Hotel de Paris, Saint-Tropez) Boulevard Patch. As for Tropézina, the partner beach of the Hôtel de la Messardière since 1997, they stay in the Tahiti area. The beach Loulou à Ramatuelle managed by Gilles Malafosse (Restaurants Palais de Tokyo and Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris)  will welcome their customers all year round in the Tamaris area. The Plamayigos and Alma beaches are installed close to the Toison d’Or. Route de l’Epi near the Nikki beach (club located of private land), the new establishment Verde by Yeeels you will be welcomed by the director Yannick Maillot.

Possibilities of opening all year round

The beaches Tropézina, Loulou à Ramatuelle, Les Palmiers, L’Orangerie, Cabane Bambou, Indie Beach, L’Esquinade and Tropicana, may, if they wish, stay open all year round or for a minimum period of 48 weeks according to the official documents. “The commune of Ramatuelle reminds you that over a century ago, the fashion of swimming in the sea and the sea air on the Riviera during the winter, were well known virtues !” Certain beach restaurants will be allowed to open in the evenings as long as the ambience remains rural rather than urban.

An architecture integrated into the natural 

surroundings and first class services

Faithful to the tradition of an authentic beach but also to it’s glamorous image, Pampelonne will be “more natural”, the architecture will be integrated into the surroundings and the constructions will be made with natural materials and pastel colours, there will be something for everyone… restaurants, sunbeds, boutiques, swimming lessons, massages and, of course, the public beaches.

A symbol of 21st century tourism

Over and above holidays to suit everyone’s budget, Ramatuelle has made sure that all the establishments include access to those who are physically challenged or handicapped and that the rest rooms should be available, free of charge, for the people on the public beaches. Pampelonne will need to reconstitute the dune and the exceptional flora that goes with it, hopefully with the help of a generous sponsor. Roland Bruno, the Mayor of Ramatuelle, is persuaded that with the melting pot of establishments, Pampelonne will be an excellent 21st century seaside destination.

Pampelonne 2019 en chiffres 

4,5 kilomètres et 27 hectares de sable

21 lots « Établissements de plage » dont 6 nouveaux.

2 lots « Loisirs nautiques motorisés »

3 lots « Loisirs Nautiques non motorisés »

Des concessions attribuées aux exploitants par la commune de Ramatuelle pour une durée de 12 ans.

Les absents en 2019



Les nouveaux établissements de plage 



à LA PLAGE, verde by yeeels, Alma beach

Les nouveaux établissements de loisirs sportifs 



L’Atelier San Gregorio

The passion of architecture, from father to son

For the last 20 years, the San Gregorio workshop has been undertaking, with passion and fidelity, the transformations at the Château de la Messsardière, while, at the same time, signing many other architectural wonders.

Finished in 1904, the Château de la Messardière, property of Henry Brisson and Louise Dupuy d’Anjeac, was the favourite place of the socialites at the time. It awoke again from its long sleep, after a complete renovation of the building by Jean-Claude Rochette, Chief architect of historical monuments. Eleven years later, the new owner gave Bruno Bortoluzzi the mission of restructuring and modernizing the grand house so as to turn it into a luxury hotel. The volumes were transformed and opened on to the park, a Spa and a top class gym were created.

In 2014, Julien Bortoluzzi, the architect, prolonged the work of his father, by completely renovating and transforming the two levels of the central part of the Château, refurbishing 50 rooms, transforming the boutique, re-designing the bar and the reception area, reconfigurating the outside spaces and the bathrooms. L’Atelier also imagined the new natural and solar look of the beach restaurant Jardin Tropezina, that you can discover this season on Pampelonne beach.

Large scale projects

Created in the Parisian region by Bruno Bortoluzzi the San Gregorio workshop moved to the Riviera in 2008. Graduate of the Superior School of Architecture Lumini in Marseille, the project chief in the different architecture agencies, Julien Bortoluzzi, manager of the agency, orchestrates the contemporary projects. Regularly solicited to conceive individual housing projects, the San Gregorio workshop is well versed in the administrative, economical and ecological constraints that such projects require. The architecture agency accompanies the project managers from the drawing stages right up to the delivery of the work. L’Atelier developed more and more and became more diversified and wide spread. three new branches were opened in 2018, one in les Issambres, one in the centre of Marseille and one in Paris.

L’Atelier San Gregorio in figures:

-Approximately 30 villas per year, construction and renovations

-4 complete reconversions of apartments

-3 residential buildings under construction and 6 studies underway

-7 restaurants including 4 on the beach

-2 architecture agencies

-2 boutiques

-2 hotels including the luxury Château de la Messardière


Atelier San Gregorio

Place San Peire 83380 Les Issambres

T. 04 94 45 46 25

595 Avenue de la Corniche d’Azur 83370 Fréjus

T. 04 94 96 40 84

8 rue Sainte 13001 Marseille

T. 04 65 57 36 47

22 rue Michel-Le-Comte 75003 Paris

T. 06 73 00 62 99

Inès de la Fressange

Ines de la Fressange heads the jury of 

the 5th Grand Prix Photo of Saint-Tropez

With Ines de la Fressange as head of the jury and the Cardiac Surgery Sponsorship Association, the Château de la Messardière, partner of the Grand Prix Photo of Saint-Tropez, will orchestrate the prize giving evening of the competition on August 19th, and the auction of the exceptional photos will be held the next day.

For this 5th edition on the theme “Contrast”, there are 525 participants from 31 countries who have sent in 2,280 photos! It was in the prestigious Harcourt Studio in Paris that the jury composed of some well known names in the photography and art circles, selected the photos to be shown in Saint-Tropez. Several exceptional spots, in the open air in the heart of the village, will be the stage of these artists works until August 31st. In June, the Place Bianqui, just steps away from Chanel and the Museum of the Gendarmerie and Cinema exhibit “Et ils créèrent Saint-Tropez” by Daniel Angeli, a good opportunity to  see the mythical BB, Johnny and other stars of the Dolce Vita, the gardens of the Annonciade museum on the port recounts the saga “Riva, Legendary Glamour on the French Riviera”, at the Lavoir Vasserot, Jacques Renoir the great grandson of the well known painter Auguste Renoir shows his exhibition “Au-delà du regard”, at the Salle Jean Despas, Place des Lices, will be exhibiting photographs on the theme of contrast, and in July and August the photos will be exhibited on the slopes leading to the Citadelle.

The totality of the profits from the auction sales, orchestrated by Auction Art Rémy Le Fur & Associés, on the appraisal of Theo Lavignon, will be donated to the Cardiac Surgery Sponsorship Association for the Children of the World. This is a French Association which enables children  with heart problems from poor countries, to come and have their operations in France when it would have been impossible in their own countries. These children stay with volunteer foster families in 9 French towns. Almost 3,000 children have benefitted since the creation of the association in 1996 by Professor Francine Leca.

Le Palmarès du 5e Grand Prix Photo : 

JEUNES TALENTS : Nicholas Simenon

PASSIONNÉS : Rémy Pinaton

PREMIUM CLASS : Bertrand Bayer

PRIX CANON : Elise Azria

COUP DE CŒUR DU JURY : David Van Ruymbeke




The St-Tropez peninsula, cultural highlights

The St-Tropez peninsula, cultural highlights 

Alexandre Durand-Viel, General Director of the Château de la Messardière, music lover, a man of letters and cultural complementarity, presents his cultural favourites of the season, they will probably be yours too…

The International Theatre Festival of Saint-Tropez

This new Tropezien festival has programmed some very high quality shows including a tribute to Michel Legrand, eternal star of the Château de la Messardière. From June 7th to 11th at 8.30pm at La Renaissance Theatre, Place des Lices.

Picasso, Signac & Delacroix at the Annonciade museum

As part of the closing of the international cultural event “Picasso –
Méditerranée”, enjoy the new exhibition of limited editions of ceramics, etchings and photos of original creations by the Master! 

From July 13th to October 13th, the exhibition Delacroix/Signac: the colour of neo-impressionism will be an exciting event, this avant-garde movement, represented by Paul Signac.

Société Tropézienne des Amis de la Musique

Two series of concerts that we hereby present in this magazine. It is very difficult for me, as President and organizer of these two festivals, to have a favourite… all of the artists that we welcome, have different sensibilities.

The Nights of the Château de la Moutte

For 44 years, the Nights of the Château de la Moutte, rhythmed by some of the greatest music in the world, are absolutely magical! August 9th, the great Russian soloists of the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra directed by Vladimir Spivakov, and on August 12th in the palm grove of the Château, the great Hamond B3 organist, Madam Rhoda Scott and her Ladies All-Stars, including the fabulous sax alto player, Géraldine Laurent.

Le Mas des Escaravatiers, all summer at Puget-sur-Argens

I love the eclectic programming and the relaxed atmosphere of this stage beneath the stars, just a few miles from Saint-Tropez. 

Depardieu sings Barbara, August 11th at the Festival de Ramatuelle

Jazz in Ramatuelle from August 16th-20th. Jazz in all its diversity! A new journey… with “Bird and String Revisited”: Charlie Parker reinterpreted by a full string orchstra. Lyrical music, both smooth and dreamy… you may even melt with pleasure.

The great Barbara Hendricks sublimates the 10th anniversary of Caval’Air Jazz Festival! On September 6th in the Salle Henry Gros from 9pm.

Société Tropézienne des Amis de la Musique

Created in 1983, the Société Tropézienne des Amis de la Musique (STAM) “Tropezien Society of Music Lovers”, has been presided by Alexandre Durand-Viel for the last 6 years and welcomes to Saint-Tropez, some of the greatest names in classical music, during the spring and summer festivals.

The eleventh musical spring in Saint-Tropez

The renowned musicians sublimated the three wonderful evenings of this concert… a big thankyou goes out to the cellist Emmanuelle Bertrand, the pianist Pascal Amoyel, the accordionist Elodie Soulard, the violinist Laurent Korcia and the pianist Nelson Goerner.

Three exceptional evenings for the 17th autumn festival

The pianist David Fray interprets Bach (September, 4th)

Under the impetus of his recent album with the violinist Renaud Capuçon, David Fray confirms his passion for the great German master.

The poetry of the pianist Fanny Azzuro (September, 26th)

After a grand tour of the United States and some superb concerts in France, this very up and coming pianist will put you under the spell of her intense and poetic show in Saint-Tropez.

The cellist Bruno Philippe (revelation of Victories of Classical Music, 2018) and the pianist Tanguy de Williencourt interpret Schubert and Beethoven (October, 22nd)

Prizewinner in 2017 at the prestigious Queen Elizabeth of Brussels competition, Bruno Philippe will play, with Tanguy de Williencourt on many French and international stages. This really beautiful repertoire by the two young, very promising musicians, can be classed as one of the greatest interpretations of romantic masterpieces.

Here’s wishing you some enjoyable evenings!


Concerts au Cinéma-Théâtre La Renaissance Place des Lices 

à partir de 19h.

Billetterie : Office de Tourisme de Saint-Tropez : 

Quai Jean Jaurès – T. 0 892 68 48 28

Et Aussi Géant La Foux (Gassin) – Espace Culturel Leclerc (Cogolin). 

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Saint-Tropez and art

An  inseperable relationship

At the end of the 19th century, Saint-Tropez was already very popular with actors, writers and painters. It was here, in the countryside of Salins, that the impressionists such as Camoin, Derain, Seurat or Matisse would enjoy getting together in the modest workshop of their friend Signac. Then came the pre and post-war actors and Pablo Picasso who was a regular guest at the Hôtel de la Ponche. He had deserted Mougins at the time, for the heart of a beautiful local girl, he could often be seen at Le Gorille. The Annonciade museum has often paid tribute to the works of this major 20th century artist.

Contemporary art remains a sure value

Because contemporary art has become one of the few safe haven values, it benefits, in certain cases, from tax exemption. The professionals of the art world are very present in Saint-Tropez which includes 4 museums, many local artists and multiple galleries like that of Corinne Kowalski,
very inspired by the sea and the boats, who has had her gallery since 1993 near the church, or Gérard Leroux whose gallery, opposite the Town Hall, has been present for 35 years.

The art market is in very good health

With staggering records in the auction rooms, the art market arouses a lot of interest… investors and collectors are completely fascinated by the head spinning figures: 45 million for a painting by Basquiat (New York 2018) and more than 81 million for the most expensive sculpture of the year by Jeff Koons.

Between 2018 and 2019, the town has become the playground for some important galleries who want to promote their favourite artists.

Just steps away from the Place des Lices, the Garance Montador space will share its passion for contemporary art, with the public. In the forefront Robert Combas, one of the living giants of French paintings. The worth of Combas is accelerating with repercussions even in Asia. Encouraged by a positive fluctuation (+500% since the year 2000) the top collectors are progressively putting back on the market, some major works, some of which have not been seen for over 20 years, and give the artist more international exposure.

Galerie Garance Montador, 5 avenue Paul Roussel. 

Entrée Libre  – Tel. 04 94 97 61 82 


On the Place des Lices

A former private mansion, where the four floors have been magnificently renovated, welcomes the Linda and Guy Pieters Foundation since 2018. The charismatic protector of Flemish art spends his time between the Riviera and Knokke-le-Zoutte where his gallery is a must for the north European collectors. Here, Guy Pieters has promised to organize some unusual happenings around the artists Venet, Niki de St Phalle or Arman…

For the Foundation, 2019 is a year dedicated, amongst others, to Michel Folon (1934-2005) and Jan Fabre, a creative Belgian artist whose works conjugate sculptures, theatre or choreography. His Tropezien exhibition entitled “The boy who carries the moon and the stars on his head”, shows sculptures in golden bronze, wax models and 24 original drawings and collages, all inspired by the cosmos but also very mystical imagery or the poetic universe of Le Petit Prince by St Exupéry.

Fondation Linda et Guy Pieters

Place des Lices : 28, bd Vasserot 83990 Saint-Tropez

Entrée libre toute l’année / Ouvert tous les jours, 

sauf mardi-mercredi, de 10h00 à 19h00 

T. +33 (0)4 22 84 01 89 –

T-Rex de Koen Vanmechelen,
bronze, 140 x 64 x 40 cm, 2014 – D.R.
Courtesy Fondation Linda & Guy Pieters
Le garçon qui porte la lune et les étoiles sur sa tête de Jan Fabre, cire, bois, métal, 178,5 x 41,2 cm x 79 cm, 2019
D.R. / Courtesy Fondation Linda & Guy Pieters