Stunning Belle-Epoque vacation villa rental with heated outdoor pool located a short stroll away from the old town of Antibes and the beaches around Cap d’Antibes.
How would you describe Château Marteret in a nutshell?
Château Marteret is a fairy tale castle framed by four centuries-old cedars and set into the middle of 180 hectares of land. Built in 1846 as a hunting lodge, the château has since then been turned into a luxurious seven room vacation home in Gascony, France.
What can you tell us about the interior design of the castle?
The interior design of Château Marteret is all about the small but intricate detailing that can be found all around the house. With works by internationally renowned architects and designers, the house beautifully merges old structures with modern design.
Eriko Horiki, a Japanese artist who works with Washi paper, designed the incredible light structure right in the entrance hall as well as two others in the chateau. We have replications of Gaudi armchairs and Claudy Jongstra, a Dutch artist, created the hand-felted curtains, partially from wool and silk. Each of these curtains is unique and was color coordinated just for this château.
Our furniture is made from solid oak, which was oiled not treated in order to keep in line with our biological concept that we base everything on. Clay plastering was used for the bathrooms, crystals were artistically inset into the plaster and the floors were laid with Moroccan tiles.
What kind of guest would find this to be the ideal vacation spot?
This is a very secluded and peaceful vacation home. There are no neighbors close by; instead woods and fields surround the château. Consequently, Château Marteret is ideal for guests who are looking for a relaxing vacation, not someone who is looking to stay busy.
We often host families with small children, as well as several groups of people together. It is possible to stay here for seminars with a small number of participants. We can also host weddings or offer the ideal hideaway for a romantic trip or honeymoon.
What is so special about the property, which the château is sitting on?
Due to the sheer size of the property, which the château is located on, it feels almost like a remote paradise. There is a private lake that our guests can swim in, which is fed by a spring and isn’t very deep. We also have a small boat, which can be used on the lake.
The feedback we’ve been receiving from guests emphasizes the peaceful atmosphere and the exceptional chance to experience nature in a way that most people have never had a chance before.
What has been the biggest reward to you personally?
The contrast between this ancient castle and its modern ambiance offers a special charm that is in itself already quite unique. I truly appreciate being in such a beautiful and luxurious setting that enables me and others to experience its grand space, comfort and freedom – all of that in this incredible natural surrounding with wild animals, forests, hills, and much more.