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I’ve been to the French Riviera a few times in the past and every time I visit I’m always in awe of its beauty. It’s like the perfect blend of turquoise sea, pastel-colored homes, and colourful flowers.
I was even more excited for this trip when I found out that this pink villa is a five-minute drive away from the hotel I’m staying at. Thanks to the wonderful concierge service at Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, a luxury Mercedes car ushered us on the hilltop route of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, with a view of the blue sea lined with fancy yachts and sailboats.
This incredible giant pink villa was built in the early 1900s has spectacular architecture. This is a popular attraction, especially during the summer months. As usual, mornings and early afternoons are always the most popular hours. Want to have the place to yourself? The best time to visit is after 3.30 pm when peak time ends. The site closes at 6pm so there is enough time to browse 8 different gardens and tour the main house.
A young and attractive lady, Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild inherited her father’s considerable wealth. Béatrice’s father died in 1905 and the Baroness inherited his immense fortune. That same year, she decided to construct her dream home in Cap Ferrat. When she first discovered this plot of land, she was immediately seduced by the beauty of the surroundings. She decided to build her summer home and began to work on the gardens began immediately and took seven years to complete. Béatrice made the Villa her winter residence in 1912 and came here regularly for a period of ten or so years, dividing her time between Paris, Monaco, and Deauville.
In 1933, a year before her death, Beatrice bequeathed her Villa and the entirety of its collections to the Académie des Beaux-Arts. The Académie also received the 7 hectares of land and some 5,000 works of art. During the World War II, the property was left unattended for awhile after awhile the gardens were returned to their former glory and the house was renovated back in place. Did you know the building was once ochre yellow, the Villa was painted in pink hues, providing it with a Venetian air.
The ground has more than 8 exotic flowers which originate from other countries such as France, Japan, and Spain. Each ground has its unique character, which is phenomenal.
The warm weather, elegant gardens and tasteful furniture makes the Villa Ephrussi De Rothschild a great place for entertainment. Hosting a wedding maybe? Who knows?
Photos by Diana Martin Photography