Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

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One of the most famous tourist attractions on the French Riviera is the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild on Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. It was built between 1905 and 1912 by Baroness Béatrice Ephrussi, née Rothschild, on a magnificent plot of 17 acres (69,000 square meters) of some of the most beautiful real estate on the Côte d'Azur. The villa is surrounded by several spectacular gardens and has become home to the Baroness' spectacular art collection.

On May 6, 2016, more than 25 years after moving to this area, we finally managed a visit! We took a train from Cannes to Beaulieu-sur-Mer and walked the short distance to the sea and onto the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat peninsula. From the shore of the Mediterranean, it is a bit of a climb up to the villa, but the destination is definitely worth it! Following our visit, we stopped in Beaulieu for lunch before taking a train back to Cannes. The Nikon stayed home for this one; all photos were taken with the Fujifilm X100s.


Walking from the Beaulieu-sur-Mer station to the villa The Mediterranean from the villa entrance

Walking from the Beaulieu-sur-Mer station to the villa

The Mediterranean from the villa entrance


Gorgeous Bougainvillea by the villa entrance The tour of the gardens starts here

Gorgeous Bougainvillea by the villa entrance

The tour of the gardens starts here


Passing by the tea room The Spanish garden

Passing by the tea room

The Spanish garden


Looking up at the villa from the Spanish garden The grotto

Looking up at the villa from the Spanish garden

The grotto


The grand staircase in the Florentine garden Getting closer for a detail view

The grand staircase in the Florentine garden

Getting closer for a detail view


In the Florentine garden In the Florentine garden

In the Florentine garden

In the Florentine garden


Japanese maple The Japanese garden

Japanese maple

The Japanese garden


The Exotic garden The Rose garden

The Exotic garden

The Rose garden


Waterfall to the French garden View of the Villa from the French garden

Waterfall to the French garden

View of the Villa from the French garden


Water displays accompanied by classical music The view from the back of the villa

Water displays accompanied by classical music

The view from the back of the villa


Rose hedges on the southeastern side of the villa The columns are made of pink Verona marble

Rose hedges on the southeastern side of the villa

The columns are made of pink Verona marble


In the French garden The terrace behind the villa

In the French garden

The terrace behind the villa


The boudoir The Rotunda, part of the master bedroom

The boudoir

The Rotunda, part of the master bedroom


The ceiling above the bed In the Rotunda

The ceiling above the bed

In the Rotunda


In the bedroom In the Lesser Reception Room

In the bedroom

In the Lesser Reception Room


In the Lesser Reception Room In the Great Reception Room

In the Lesser Reception Room

In the Great Reception Room


Inlaid backgammon table In the 'Directoire' room on the second floor

Inlaid backgammon table

In the Directoire room on the second floor


The Tapestry Salon In the Monkey Salon

The Tapestry Salon

In the Monkey Salon


The Coromandel lacquer screen In the Blue Room

The Coromandel lacquer screen

In the Blue Room


Looking across the patio into the Loggia In the patio by the exit

Looking across the patio into the Loggia

In the patio by the exit


Back at the Beaulieu-sur-Mer station waiting for our train to Cannes

Back at the Beaulieu-sur-Mer station waiting for our train to Cannes

The photos on this page were all taken on May 6, 2016.




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