Welcome to... Mandelieu
Situated at the gateway to both Cannes and Nice - between the outstanding Esterel hills and Tanneron woods - sits a sweet small town called Mandelieu. Regarded as one of the most beautiful coastal resorts on the French Riviera, Mandelieu La Napoule is the destination of choice for both nature loving tourists and investors alike. It has just about everything.
Mandelieu was first settled by the Romans around 2,000 years ago. Change comes slowly to this region…evidence of its historical past is all around; within its character, part of its charm. The harbour frontage is still today, dominated by its magnificent fortress which has been destroyed and rebuilt several times over the centuries. Originally constructed by the Villeneuve family during the 14th century, it became a glass factory later in the 19th century. The renowned American artist Henry Clews Jnr acquired the dilapidated property in 1918, and lovingly set about renovating the property with his wife, Marie Elsie Whelen Goelet. The outstanding sea view terraces, fountains and topiary that embellish the formal gardens, designed by Marie Clews, reflect the Clews diverse and free spirited taste perfectly.
After Henry's death and during the Second World War, the castle was captured by the invading German army; during occupation Marie Clews remained and served the German soldiers as maid, so she could continue to live in her home and close to her memories of her beloved husband Henry. The Château de La Napoule, is today a registered monument historique
The Côte d’Azur is a region of light, of fragrances and colour; the sweet smells of lavender and jasmine are familiar to those who are resident, or who have visited the area. Mandelieu for some years now has enjoyed a love affair with the mimosa plant with the hills and gardens of the village positively shining brilliant shades of gold and yellow when the mimosa is in bloom.
Each winter, during January and February, the landscape comes alive, blooming, with the captivating sight and fragrance of the most delicate of pretty flowering plants. As a joke to winter, the hills and gardens light up with gold and spread an unforgettable perfume when the mimosa is blooming.
The celebrated and popular mimosa festival is held locals every year in February and is a tradition steeped in local folklore, attracting visitors and locals from far and wide.
Buying property in Mandelieu , whether as an investment or for residential use requires expertise and local knowledge. Estate net France with offices in the very heart of the Côte d’Azur, and a multilingual team of advisors and representatives on hand, is able to provide a full range consultancy and sales services. We have a wide selection of desirable properties for sale or lease in south eastern France, from private and elegant villas and apartments to town houses, cottages, and renovation projects.
The list of activities in close proximity to Mandelieu is large and various. If your preference is to be near the glamour and style for which the region is famous but want something a bit quieter without compromise of standards or facilities… then Mandelieu could be for you. There’s plenty to do and see all year round, it just seems there is not enough hours in the day to get round to it all. There is abundance - as one would expect of the treasure trove that is the French Riviera- of fine restaurants, atmospheric and chic cafes and bars; galleries and museums. For the more active there are water sports, kilometres of splendid path and bridle ways to walk and discover, and much, much more. This little piece of heaven also boasts two fine golf courses, including the oldest, created in 1891 by the Tsar’s nephew.