Thursday, September 8, 2011

Up At The Villa

I hereby bequeath to the Institut de France, for the Academie des Beaux-Arts, the Villa Ile de France, in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, together with all the works of art and furniture, and the gardens surrounding the villa, for the purposes of creating a museum...To this new museum, I bequeath all my works of art, whether in Paris, 19 Avenue Foch or in the Villa Soleil and the Villa Rose de France in Monte Carlo: paintings, furniture, porcelain, tapestry, etc. it is my wish that as much as possible the museum keeps its current appearance as a salon, and that the valuable pieces are kept behind glass.

A Clause from Beatrice de Ephrussis will.

Young Beatrice

Visiting the Ephrussi de Rothschild Villa and gardens is almost a spiritual experience, you feel like a privileged guest, free to roam round the magnificent house and gardens, whilst your hostess, Beatrice has popped out on an errand...

There are nine gardens in all and they all flow into each other, it's like walking through a series of magical outdoor rooms...
 Spanish Garden

Florentine Garden

Views on all sides of the Cote d'Azur and neighbouring Villas

 The Stone Garden

 Beautiful stepped passages

Japanese Garden

 View through the Bamboo in the exotic garden

Rose Garden

View From the Provencal Garden

 The Temple of Love

 View from the Temple of Love

 View of the Villa and the French Garden

If this has whetted your appetite, you can read the fascinating story of Beatrice and the Villa Eprhussi de Rothschild, here

Visit the website here


  1. Who says you can't go to Heaven til you die?

  2. Hello Dash. Thanks for stopping by today. Hope your wifi connection is back and running. I knew it! I had guessed! It was the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild! Now I am really sorry I did not go last month. The gardens look absolutely stunning, and the view, ah, the view... That is settled. I am going next year!
    Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

  3. God Dash what a gorgeous place .. stunning .. xx

  4. A Temple of Love AND a Japanese Garden? What else could one want?

  5. What a gorgeous place, you can just walk through the photos and feel
    the enchantment...


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