A major destination for vacation and relaxation of the world’s wealthy elite Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat epitomizes the concept of beauty, defined primarily based on perception. This cape located on Cote d’Azur separates Beaulieu Sur Mar and Villefranche, and couldn’t be perceived as anything else other than beautiful. It is not a surprise for anyone that some of the most high-valued, Belle-Époque style real-estate properties are found there.
I believe that Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, which today functions as a museum could be the sole reason to visit Cap Ferrat, of course depending on your interests.
If you are a not a museum person (like my boyfriend), who doesn’t get tingles by pretty gardens and singing fountains, then probably is not your place and you will be bored.However, if your personality resembles mine and you can enjoy yourself just by looking at fine art, dining with a view, travelling to places, which have intriguing history, then go for it.
So, here are some reasons why I strongly recommend visiting the astonishing villa.
The mansion situated by the seaside of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat was once constructed by Baroness Beatrice de Rothschild, member of one of the wealthiest banking families of all times and a spouse to Baron Maurice de Ephrussi (Russian banker).
What makes the villa so alluring is the design and decoration of the place in Venetian style, which was brought as an idea by Beatrice. Being a socialite with a strong traveling culture, the daughter of Alphonse de Rothschild had a good and sophisticated eye for the finest things.
I visited the place twice, the first time just to walk around, but the second time I took it more seriously because I wanted to find out more about the house and the history behind.
I did not know much about this mysterious Jewish clan, apart from the fact that they held a lot of power and money for decades. But there is a lot more to it, which is quite interesting or at least what is known to be kind of true.
The entrance fee was about 14 euros and upon arrival on the main entrance at the reception I collected headphones to hear some history of the Rothschild family .The audio guide provides information about different art objects, furniture and sculptures, as well as the Rothschild’s leisure activities.
Also, you can download an app, which navigates your tour and provides information, but I didn’t use it. Did not want to be looking at my phone, preferred exploring the place making my way through.
Villa Ephrussi is home to a selection of 9 magnificent gardens, which I believe could be a reason itself to visit the place. These green oases exemplify very high-end artwork done by several design artists hired by the Baroness in order to make the most of the harsh-weathered rocky terrain.
French, English rose, Spanish, Japanese and several other themed gardens are composed to take you through a fairy looking labyrinth towards the villa itself and the dancing fountains.
For those of you who like taking photos, the gardens are the perfect background for a little photo-shoot; the colors of these monumental spaces do not need any filters for the pictures.
Also, as you make your way out of the gardens heading towards the villa you will pop into the front side where you will find the dancing/singing fountains, they play approximately every 20 minutes, so keep in mind if you take pictures walking across the fount on the stone path that you may get a little shower.
Please keep up with this romantic portrait of the Jardins and let me give you the next reason why I recommend dropping by Villa Ephrussi.
Cap Ferrat and the whole French Riviera is home to numerous real estate properties and sites that were built underpinned by the desire for a breath taking view, and yes, they have it.
However, the seascape Beatrice de Rothschild had from her bedroom is “ one time”. Back in 1905 when she constructed her “ to be” home, Beatrice picked a top location allowing her to overlook East towards Beaulieu –Sur- Mer, Eze and Italy, and west towards Villefranche.
There are many spots where you can take fascinating photos and have an amazing background. Furthermore, when the weather is nice you can go and take a seat at the terrace of the villa’s restaurant, which is open for lunch and it offers a light lunch menu. The dinning area, which belonged to Beatrice, has a stunning view towards Villefranche.
Although I wasn’t thrilled by the food, I still enjoyed it. I don’t recommend relying on the lunch there, but you can take a pastry and a cappuccino, and sit under the orange trees outside the tearoom and still enjoy the moment.
In addition to being open to the public and functioning as a museum, the colossal villa also serves as a venue to variety of events. The elegance, which lies in the Italian style of the palace, makes it an ideal spot for all kinds of high-end affairs.
Numerous exhibitions, concerts and private occasions are held there throughout the year.
For example, on my second visitation I was pleasantly surprised to find out that there was a Rose Exhibition going on. Yes, it doesn’t sound exciting, but it was. There was this atmosphere where everyone was fascinated by the design of the whole event, the selection of rare roses in different sizes and the way they were used to decorate the villa encouraged people to participate in the workshops without much convincing.
Likewise the spectacular French Gardens that represent a replica of the popular Temple of Love in the Grand Trianon offer a perfect choice for a classy luxury wedding. When it comes to such special occasions Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is a preferred place by the wealthy elite.
I mean let me put it this way, if I have unlimited resources for my special day, yes I will chose Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, because it combines everything I adore.
So, my question is, does your personality resemble mine?
Do you get excited when you see beautiful gardens, sea views and ancient style architecture?
If the answer is yes, then you can plan your trip to Cap Ferrat with the sole purpose in mind-to visit the villa.