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View of the château and its garden
View of the château and its garden
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La Seyne-sur-Mer

Château de Mar Vivo

The finest castle facing the Mediterranean Sea

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This Belle Epoque style castle by architect Lucien Gassier, classified as a remarkable monument, offers a stunning turquoise panoramic view of the Mediterranean sea, just a few steps away from the famous Les Sablettes beach.

The finest castle facing the Mediterranean Sea

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"Striving to revive the castle's grandeur, every efforts were made to ensure a refined experience."

Built in 1898, the Château de Mar Vivo underwent a luxurious restoration from 2017 to 2019, led by an entrepreneur passionate about preserving architectural heritage. This transformation turned it into a spacious and elegant residence with five bedrooms, each featuring its own en-suite bathroom or bath. The extensive renovation beautifully combines the charm of this unique architectural work with modern comforts. Set in 4000m2 of outdoor space, surrounded by pine trees, olive trees, and yuccas, the property features multiple terraces, a heated infinity pool, a petanque court, and various entertainment options, all contributing to a truly magical stay.

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Sunlight entering the ground floor of the house

Sunlight entering the ground floor of the house

Set amidst a beautifully restored historic backdrop and a fantastic location, the refurbishment of the castle caters perfectly to families desiring an elegant getaway and groups of friends seeking a unique and unforgettable experience. The villa, thoughtfully equipped with an elevator for accessibility, ensures a comfortable and hassle-free stay for all guests.

From serene moments by the sea with provided canoes and paddleboards to bespoke services like bike rentals, private boat charters, gourmet catering, and wellness sessions such as yoga…all you wish for is possible here. With a range of inclusive hotel-like amenities and a suite of additional services available upon request, Château de Marvivo promises a truly wonderful stay.

 

Stunning view upon the sea at Château Mar Vivo © Antoine Verdet

Stunning view upon the sea at Château Mar Vivo © Antoine Verdet

Dive into History

Lucien Gassier’s deep admiration for Indochina is reflected in the castle’s unique design, echoing the revered structure of a Buddhist pagoda. The turquoise faience embellishing its corners and the three dragons adorning the rooftop terrace, originally brought from Indochina in the late 19th century, testify to Gassier’s profound connection with the region. The painted ceiling in the main salon narrates the building’s unique history, further embodying Gassier’s distinct bond with Indochina and giving the castle its distinctive character.

The estate surrounding the castle, once encompassing the entire Mar Vivo district until 1944, stretching down to the Sablettes beach below, suffered fragmentation during the war, leaving visible traces of bunkers where the vast gardens once thrived. Lucien Gassier’s architectural prowess extends beyond the Château de Mar Vivo; he also masterfully crafted the Water Division Pavilion at Chutes-Lavie in Marseille, now revered as a historical monument.

Painted ceiling in the living room, bearing witness to the house's history

Painted ceiling in the living room, bearing witness to the house's history

The 3 things

we love the most

The unique architecture
The location in front of the sea
The space and comfort in the house

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Destination La Seyne-sur-Mer

Transports

Toulon Station

15 min

Marseille Airport

60 min

Restaurants

Le Ponton

7 min

Le Pastel

15 min

Au Clair de la Vigne

25 min

La Table du Castellet

40 min

Shops and Craft workshops

Provençal market

10 min

La Boite à biscuits (biscuits)

10 min

Nature, Culture and Heritage

Notre-Dame du Mai

15 min

Calanque de Port d’Alon

20 min

Plage du Mont Salva

20 min

Cassis

35 min

Château de Mar Vivo

7 Boulevard Henri Villat, 83500, La Seyne-sur-Mer, France

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