The opulent, iconic and pink two-story French seaside mansion called Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is on the Cote D’Azur in France. Baroness Beatrice de Rothschild built the villa in 1905. After her death it was donated to the Academie des Beaux Arts. Pink is my favorite color so we had to stop and see this beauty for ourselves. It did not disappoint! With its nine distinct gardens, it will take a bit of time to see it all.
Most popular and photographed is the picturesque French Garden with the pink villa in the background. Many a picture of the French Garden has been posted on social media. It was an overcast day but we still made the best of it.
First we toured all the gardens and then made our way into the mansion. You can grab a map at the entrance to guide you along the gardens. If you wish to listen to an audio guide while touring the mansion, that is also available. The long manicured garden is the French garden. It is a very calm place with the waterfall descending into the pond in front of the villa. Flowers are everywhere on the grounds, so bring your camera if you are into taking pictures of plant life.
The Rose Garden is beautiful and overlooks the bay towards Mont Boron. The other gardens are as follows, Spanish Garden, Provencal Garden, Sevres Garden, Japanese Garden, Exotic Garden, Stone Garden and the Florentine Garden. These gardens are constantly blooming with vibrant flowers and lush foliage.
The mansion is filled with rooms containing paintings, statues, furniture, porcelain dishes and even an antique beauty case. We strolled the rooms at our own pace, while looking out of the large windows to get glimpses of the gardens and the Mediterranean Sea. We also peeked into the tea room and restaurant, grand of course! Make reservations if you are interested. If you are in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat don’t pass up the opportunity to see this beauty!