VILLA EPHRUSSI DE ROTHSCHILD

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Karoliina Kazi

Cote Azur is a pretty, pastel-painted area of wonders. Every corner you turn reveals something new. New rainbow villages to gaze upon, incredible views and spectacular bays to discover, wonderful restaurants to dine in, walls covered in bougainvillaea, ancient cobbled alleyways and scenic routes to ride on. There is one sight in particular, in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, that will take your breath away.

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Karoliina Kazi

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, an elegant pink villa from the early 1900s. Inspired by the grand Palazzos of Venice, the villa is a splendid combination of architecture and perfectly manicured landscaped gardens. The owner, Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild used the villa as her winter residence until the 1930s before donating the villa, its art collection, and the land to Académie des Beaux-Arts.

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Karoliina KaziVilla Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Karoliina Kazi

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Karoliina KaziVilla Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Karoliina Kazi

Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild had exquisite taste and collected an extensive assortment of Louis XVI furnishings, priceless paintings, sculptures and porcelain. The stories behind each room are fascinating, the hiring and firing at least ten architects during the seven-year building period, the monkey room dedicated to her two beloved primate companions, the parties and her team of team of thirty gardeners, all wearing berets with a red pompom – Béatrice was flamboyant persona who absolutely loved pink and gambling.

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Karoliina Kazi

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Karoliina Kazi

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Karoliina KaziVilla Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Karoliina Kazi

The views from the villa are breathtaking: rolling hills with Mediterranean greenery and glances to some of the most magnificent homes in Cap-Ferrat that sit along the turquoise water where white yachts and sailboats dot the bay.

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In the middle of our tour, we took a break in the sweet little cafe which is perfect for a little pick-me-up. Be sure to pop in for some coffee and desserts, they are sinfully delicious.

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Karoliina KaziVilla Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Karoliina Kazi

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Karoliina Kazi

 The grounds are absolutely stunning with nine distinctly themed gardens ranging from French to Florentine, Provencal to Stone, Japanese, Exotic, Rose and more! The balmy weather of the Côte d’Azur ensures that the gardens are always blooming but spring and high summer see the most vibrant colours. Wander around to discover the hidden gazebos, secluded corners, pools and waterfalls. 

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Karoliina Kazi

Every 20 minutes the dancing fountains put on a playful show, with the steams and jets carefully choreographed to classical music.

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Karoliina KaziVilla Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Karoliina KaziVilla Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Karoliina Kazi

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Karoliina Kazi

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Karoliina Kazi

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Karoliina KaziVilla Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Karoliina Kazi

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Karoliina Kazi

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Karoliina Kazi Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France | Karoliina Kazi

As a popular tourist destination, the palace might get busy during the summer months so we would recommend to plan ahead and arrive either first thing in the morning like we did, or towards the end of the day.

VILLA EPHRUSSI DE ROTHSCHILD

06230 Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat  |  +33 4 9301 3309   |  website

12 Comments

  1. 8th March 2018 / 5:18 pm

    Wow, what a beautiful sight. You truly have a great eye. And I can say the same for Béatrice Ephrussi. I’m loving the pastel and really how she accented the pink in her life. Truly, truly exquisite

    • 13th March 2018 / 12:38 pm

      I’m so happy you loved it as much as we did!

  2. 8th March 2018 / 5:44 pm

    Gorgeous! It reminds me of the Huntington Art Library in San Marino, California. In addition to housing a library that contains a Gutenberg Bible and many original historical documents available to researchers to study, the mansion displays original artworks including Blue Boy and Pinky. The estate grounds are made up of a multitude of themed gardens, many of which are used as settings in Hollywood films.

    • 9th March 2018 / 8:02 am

      I need to look up Huntington Art Library, sounds amazing! Blue Boy and Pinkie are wonderful paintings. As much as I loved the villa, I think I loved the gardens even more.

  3. 9th March 2018 / 8:54 am

    Beautiful! I love all the flowers and plants around that villa. 🙂 I cannot wait for the summer and seeing all the flowers blooming. And btw, those high tea kind of deserts look very beautiful, I bet they also tasted delicious!

    • 13th March 2018 / 12:39 pm

      They were delicious and very fitting for the pink villa 🙂

  4. Jasmin N
    9th March 2018 / 10:01 am

    Everything looks absolutely wonderful! I love that picture of your friend, where she’s walking on those rocks in the pool😍

  5. 9th March 2018 / 7:44 pm

    Wow, the gardens are so magical! What I wouldn’t give to have that as my backyard, haha!

  6. 9th March 2018 / 11:51 pm

    You always find the most incredible sights! And I have to say, that coffee and dessert is enough to make me get on a plane now! Ha!

  7. 10th March 2018 / 12:06 am

    Omg stunning photos what I wouldn’t do to see this in person 😊

  8. 11th March 2018 / 2:36 pm

    Gorgeous garden and what a marvelous home! Would love to travel here.

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