Situated just west of Cannes, the Panormaic Artist's Castle occupies a magnificent seafront site first settled by the Romans more than 2,000 years ago. Originally erected by the Villeneuve family during the 14th century, the fortress was destroyed and rebuilt eight times before it was transformed into a glass factory in the 19th century. In 1918, the American artist Henry Clews acquired the ruined property, which he restored with his wife, Marie Elsie Whelen Goelet. Two towers, Saracen and Romanesque, were integrated into the walled complex ; a turreted gatehouse, tall ramparts and sea view terraces reflect the Clews’ own eclectic taste.
Fountains and topiary embellish the formal gardens laid out by Marie Clews. It is Henry Clews’ sculptural decor, combining wit and turn-of-the-century sensibility, that makes the Panoramic Artist's Castle, registered as an historic monument, such a fascinating excursion into architectural history.
The Panoramic Artist's Castle's unique cultural and historical heritage whimsically blend centuries of art. Ancient Roman stone arches are adorned by 20th century sculptures and intricately carved wooden doors. The terraces offer breathtaking views of the Mediterranean coast.
Reception spaces include the vaulted Spencer Gallery and the White Gallery, formerly a miniature theater, as well as the main Courtyard.
Medieval Diningroom: 90 people
Salon: 70 people
Spencer Gallery: 120 to 150 people
Courtyard: 500 people
No accomodations available on-site, but many options nearby.