Two minaret-like towers, a large square building within a main building, a vast lawn dotted with palm trees: Château Borelli stands out on the paradisiacal Saint-Pierre peninsula. One of the not-to-be-missed Saint-Tropez attractions, contemplate it from afar, from the sea, or even from the Sezz Saint-Tropez!
Philippe Octave Borelli was 51 years old when he returned to settle in France after an adventure-filled career in Egypt. Born in the year 1849, he was an opponent of English supremacy who founded a newspaper there and participated in the creation of the National Bank of Egypt and of the Aswan Dam. When he returned to Saint-Tropez in 1900, the château that he had begun building five years earlier was ready. He lived there peacefully until his death in 1911. Today, he rests in the Marine Cemetery of Saint-Tropez, close to his family and in the heart of the Var village that was his home for the latter years of his life.
Large frescoes, high ceilings, wide corridors and vast reception rooms; the residence of the “Bey” (a title that was awarded to him by the Sovereign of Egypt) is truly grand and an excellent illustration of sumptuous Moorish architecture. Add a splendid park planted with exotic species and huge palms overlooking the bay of Canoubiers. Requisitioned and damaged during the war, the house was purchased in 1988 and, after several years of meticulous work, restored according to its original plans. It is divided into six prestigious apartments and has direct views of the tranquil Mediterranean Sea. The château has regained its natural place in the chic, very chic even, landscape of Saint-Tropez.
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