At St Tropez House, we believe there is something very chic about men in polo shirts cantering around a field wielding a mallet, so it seems apt that St Tropez, home to our portfolio of magnificent St Tropez villas for rent, has its very own polo club.
Established in 1998 on a 30 acre site of secluded land a stone’s throw from the Mediterranean coast, the Polo Club Saint Tropez is one of the world’s most esteemed sporting associations.
It is located in the charming village of Gassin, a popular destination in its own right for clients choosing St Tropez House villas near polo club for rent because of its breath-taking views and sedate pace of life. Indeed, you would be hard pressed to find a more perfect setting for a genteel game of polo.
The sport, supposedly the chosen game of kings, is one of the oldest in history. It is thought to have been invented in Persia some 2,000 years ago, before catching on in India in the 13th century. British army officers and tea plantation workers fell under its spell in the 1800s and it was only a matter of a few years before the first active club – the Calcutta Polo Club – was set up in 1863.
Over the last 15 years many of the world’s best polo players have come to compete at the Polo Club Saint Tropez, which hosts a number of international events during the summer months.
This year’s packed calendar kicked off with a 15th Anniversary Cup on May 31st followed by the Saint-Tropez Ladies’ Amateur and Var Tournament in June, a hugely popular month with clients looking for villas near St Tropez Polo Club.
Meanwhile July will see the long-standing International Polo Cup take place, attended by the great and good of the polo set, whilst the Open de Gassin will be held the following week.
In August, the main attractions at the club are the Cote d’Azur Polo Cup, the Open de Saint-Tropez and the Open du Soleil. And in September, the eagerly-awaited season will finish with the Gold Cup.
The Polo Club Saint Tropez makes the perfect day out for those on holiday in one of our St Tropez villas. Watch one of the games and then retreat to the wonderful club house with its first-class restaurant called La Table du Polo, open every day in the summer months and on Tuesday to Sunday from April to October.