Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild : the remarkable Gardens of the French Riviera

21 June 2021

It is one of the most famous properties on the Côte d'Azur, not only for its history and location, but also for the magnificence of its gardens which have built its reputation across the globe.

The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild.

It was in 1905, when the Côte d'Azur was the ultimate high society vacation spot, that Baroness Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild discovered Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat. She was immediately seduced by the beauty of the place and acquired 7 hectares of land there, right next to the plot of King Leopold II of Belgium.

Five years of work were necessary to build this property in style inspired by the Italian Renaissance. The baroness insisted that the dominant color everywhere should be pink and organized the layout of the house into a series of cabinets and lounges, suitable for accommodating all the aristocracy of the time.

But it is above all the gardens that would make the reputation of this residence. There are 9 of them, made by the greatest landscape architects of the time and recalls all the trips made by the baroness around the world: Spain, Japan, Italy, Provence, Exotic… The villa Ephrussi will also receive the Remarkable Garden label of the Ministry of Culture in 2005. It will also serve as a cinema set for many feature films including one of the best known, the James Bond which will mark the return of Sean Connery in the role of agent 007 , “Jamais plus Jamais” in 1983. Upon her death in 1934, the baroness bequeathed the villa to a foundation bearing her name so that it could become a museum. Today, nearly 150,000 visitors discover this mythical place imbedded in history every year.

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Crédit photos : Berthold Werner.

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