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Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild: Visit The Opulent Pink Mansion On The French Riviera

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild: Visit The Opulent Pink Mansion On The French Riviera

Nestled along the captivating French Riviera, Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild stands as a testament to opulence and refined taste, inviting you to step into a world where elegance meets extravagance.

This enchanting estate, perched on the peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, boasts breathtaking panoramic views of the azure Mediterranean Sea.

From the grandeur of the palatial interiors to the serenity of its rose-filled terraces, every corner of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild exudes a timeless charm that beckons you to explore its rich history and indulge in the splendour of a bygone era. Immerse yourself in the allure of the Belle Époque era as you wander through the meticulously manicured gardens, each one a living masterpiece representing different themes from around the world.

A visit to this architectural gem promises an unforgettable experience, where the whispers of history and the beauty of nature converge in perfect harmony.

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How to reach Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

The property and gardens are located 10 kilometres from Nice and Monaco. For this reason, visiting the sensational Villa Ephrussi makes the perfect day trip from either city.

By Train: The nearest station is Beaulieu-Sur-Mer, after which a taxi would be the easiest option.

By Car: A car park is available at the property, and road access is by the lower cliff road.

Along the way to Villa Ephrussi, you can also visit the enchanting hilltop village of Eze. Public transport makes getting to the villa from Eze difficult, so it would be advisable to grab a taxi.

Opening hours of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

The good news is that the gardens are open 365 days a year throughout the changing seasons.

The gardens are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., except during the long summer months of July and August, when they shut a little later at 7:00 p.m.

In the winter months of November through to January, it opens for the shorter hours of 2 p.m. until 6 p.m., and the tea rooms are open from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday to Friday and from 11 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. on weekends and bank holidays.

The last admission is 30 minutes before closing time.

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild History

Constructed between 1905 and 1912 for Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild following her divorce in 1904 from Baron Maurice Ephrussi.

It took seven years to complete due to Beatrice’s ever-changing demands on how she wanted it to look.

Maurice Ephrussi, 15 years her senior, gambled away his wealth and passed an illness on to the Baroness.

These health complications resulted in her being unable to conceive a child, and in 1904, a year before the villa’s construction, they divorced.

When her father, of the Rothschild banking dynasty, died in 1905, he left her his fortune, which enabled her to start constructing the Renaissance-style villa.

Beatrice created a private zoo within the gardens containing exotic animals from around the world. She used the villa until she died in the 1930s, after which it was bequeathed to the Institute of France as a fine art museum.

Villa Ephrussi in the 21st Century

Today, the villa emits a happy and carefree vibe with its pink and white facade, ponds, fountains and well-kept gardens.

Its pathways meander around the rocky landscape it is built upon and allow 360-degree views of the coastline.

Inspired by Beatrice’s travels, nine different gardens give the garden colour and interest. Plantings range from flowers to cacti, palm trees to grasses.

Angie standing by a pond surrounded by trees.

Dancing Fountains and Gardens 

A highlight of the visit is to see the magical water fountains in the French garden come alive.

Every twenty minutes, they dance to the sound of classical music, and the backdrop of the pastel-pink villa almost makes you want to twirl your way around the gardens.

It is such a pretty and photogenic place to visit that you won’t want to leave. The classical temple at the top of the French garden makes an enchanting point from which to view the Villa Ephrussi.

Fountains in the pond at Villa Ephrussi.
Angie walking beside the long pond towards the dancing fountains and the pink villa.

Lunch at the Villa Ephrussi

Before you look around the villa, you can enjoy lunch and refreshments in Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild’s original dining room.

The delicious food and the unrestricted view of the Bay of Villefranche are fabulous.

If you are lucky enough to get an inside window seat, you will be the envy of all. In the summer months, enjoy refreshments on the terrace underneath the orange trees.

Take a look inside the Villa Ephrussi

Inside the villa, you can admire the artwork, including furniture, tapestries, and porcelain, that the Baroness had collected over her lifetime.

Wander through her private quarters and imagine what it would have been like to live there.

Head to the upstairs balcony, look out over the gardens and water features and take away memories of your visit to the beautiful Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild.

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Christy

Friday 3rd of April 2020

What a magical place to be in. Love the touch of history on your post.

WhereAngieWanders

Friday 3rd of April 2020

It was such a pretty place

Karthika

Thursday 9th of January 2020

This looks like such a beautiful villa and those gardens are so pretty! How long did the whole tour and trip take?

WhereAngieWanders

Thursday 9th of January 2020

It takes about 2 hours to visit the villa and have lunch. If you also visit the village of EZE nearby I would add another few hours on. You can reach both quite easily from Nice which is where we stayed for 3 nights.

Andrew

Tuesday 24th of December 2019

What a fantastic villa

WhereAngieWanders

Saturday 4th of April 2020

This is a test reply. Thank you

Slavka

Friday 13th of December 2019

I love visiting castles palaces, and this beautiful villa would be a pleasure to see. Thanks for the practical info and inspiration :)

WhereAngieWanders

Friday 13th of December 2019

You are welcome ! It is situated in such a beautiful part of the world.

Sue Davies

Thursday 12th of December 2019

Lovely post. Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is beautiful. Beatrice Rothschild's history is interesting as are the Rothschild family.

WhereAngieWanders

Thursday 12th of December 2019

It was such a lovely day when we visited and no crowds !