Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, also called Villa Ile-de-France, is one of the most beautiful Renaissance style palaces of the French Riviera built on a summit of the peninsula of Cap Ferrat between 1905 and 1912 in Saint-Jean -Cap-Ferrat by the Baroness Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild (1864-1934).
“The museum gives a particularly vivid impression of what was the home of a great Belle Époque art lover who had a particular attraction for the eighteenth century” Corcuera (Vogue Décoration, 1985).
The Baroness bequeathed her death in 1934, the management of his villa to a foundation bearing his name to open a museum. April 2, 1938 – in 1937 according to Corcuera, op. cit., p. 151), the museum opens to the public after a restoration work on the villa and its garden but must close quickly at the beginning of the Second World War. Even then, her attendance remains confidential and it is only in 1960 with the change of curator that she begins to make known with about 60 000 annual visitors.
In the 1990s, its management was entrusted to the private company Culturespaces and a new scenography replaced that of 1960; the annual number of visitors reaches 130,000 making it one of the most visited sites between Nice and Menton.
THE TEA ROOM
Set in the room that Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild’s used as a dining room, the tea room/restaurant’s terrace overlooks the Bay of Villefranche. All day, you can break for a delicious snack in this calm oasis with an unrestricted view of the bay. At lunchtime, the tea room serves light meals (salads, quiches or the daily special).When the weather is nice, you can sit under the orange trees on the terrace and savour the charm of a day spent on the Riviera!
THE CULTURAL GIFT AND SHOP
The cultural gift shop at the Ephrussi de Rothschild Villa extends your discovery of the world of Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild. It offers a large selection of beautiful books on the Villa or on the Riviera during the Belle Époque.
Here you will also find a wide choice of postcards, DVD, ornaments, jewellery and fashion items inspired by the villa and the gardens. A range of personalised objects (stationery, accessories, etc.) will also give you an original souvenir of your visit.
Nature lovers can enjoy a collection of books about the gardens, floral ornaments and flower fashion accessories.
Small greenhouses, herb gardens, games and exciting toys will appeal to children and help them learn about the beauty of nature and discover the joys of gardening.
The gift shop is open every day during the Villa opening times.
The Villa is open 365 day a year from 10 a.m to 6 p.m, except:
July and August: from 10 a.m to 7 p.m
From November to January: from Monday to Friday from 2 p.m to 6 p.m. / weekends and holidays from 10 a.m to 6 p.m.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
The cultural gift shop is open during the Villa’s opening times.
The tea room is open everyday from 11 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.