|A large Sevres vase is the centerpiece of this flowerbed, part of the celebrated Sevres Garden|
|With sister Kathryn, Cap Ferrat, September 2014|
Today I'm going to be sharing with you the delights of the amazing Ephrussi de Rothschild Villa and Gardens in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat which I visited last month whilst in Nice for the QCI annual meeting.
The villa was the winter residence of Beatrice Rothschild who built the house after her separation from her husband Mr Ephrussi in 1904, and on the death of her father Baron Rothschild one year later.
Beatrice was extremely rich and spared no expense in the creation of the villa, she was able to afford anything she wanted and furnished the house accordingly.
|Painted wall panels in the Directoire bedroom|
|An upstairs inner hallway looking out onto the gardens|
Each of the bedrooms had it's own bathroom, she also installed many new fangled inventions such as a telephone, a lift and central heating!
When it came to designing the gardens, and there are nine of them (click here to learn more), she called her servants together and made them into a living garden dressed as trees and holding long swathes of fabric to represent rivers and ponds, pathways and flowerbeds.
As the servants moved around the grounds Beatrice was able to picture the garden exactly as she wished it to be before instructing famous landscape designers to create it for her.
|A view of the Spanish garden|
|Looking into the Florentine garden|
|Many varieties of cacti are at home in the Exotic Garden|
|Kathryn in the Florentine Garden|
|A view of the Sevres Garden from the first floor balcony of Villa Ephrussi Rothschild|
|The view out across Cap Ferrat from the Rose Garden|
Joining Beverly @ How Sweet The Sound
for Pink Saturday.