Photo by Matthieu Colin/age fotostock
Villas Ephrussi de Rothschild and Kerylos
The exclusive town of St. Jean Cap Ferrat is home to the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, a Renaissance-style palace with sumptuous furnishings and one of the most famous gardens in France. Beginning with a traditional French garden, the land is by turns tamed into a Japanese garden, a stone garden, and six other distinctive environments. Directly across the bay, the Villa Kerylos was built in the 20th century as a replica of an ancient Greek palace.
By Sylvia Sabes, AFAR Local Expert
A fantasy villa on Cap Ferrat
"I remember well the face of Mrs. Maurice Ephrussi, née de Rothschild, a face with immaculately delicate features, framed by silver hair. She was always dressed elegantly in blue, with a ribbon of the same color, and a small fox terrier lying at her feet... Born into a limitless horizon of wealth, yet not conspicuous, except when she held generous parties and, I remember, in particular, one summer night, when we had the privilege to see, in her gardens, which drew from her mansion across to the sea, and bathed in moonlight, Anna Pavlova dancing to the Chopin nocturnes." So the poet André de Fouquières wrote about the Baroness Béatrice de Rothschild, the creator of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, the romantic Venetian style palace perched atop 17 acres of gardens on Cap Ferrat, South of France.
By Guy Hibbert
1 Avenue Ephrussi de Rothschild, 06230 Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France
+33 4 93 01 33 09
Sun - Sat 10am - 6pm