Villa les Camélias

Villa les Camélias, Cap d'Ail: Hours, Address, Villa les Camélias Reviews: 4.5/5

Villa les Camélias
4.5
Art Museums • History Museums
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9:30 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
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Musée d'Histoire Locale (Cap d'Ail) Collection Ramiro Arrue (peintre basque 1872-1971) Expositions temporaires de Mai à Décembre Conférences Nuit Blanche des livres (dédicaces, rencontres et tables rondes avec des auteurs grands publics et des auteurs régionaux)
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1-2 hours
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Auntieknowsbest
Central Florida, FL130 contributions
Oct 2015
Fabulous villa turned into a museum. It houses a small section devoted to the history of life on Cap D'Ail. The other floors house the art collection of the former owner. The gardens and view overlooking the Mediterranean have interesting plaques with anecdotes about their frequent visitor, Winston Churchill. Parking is scarce around the Villa, but not impossible.
Written October 30, 2015
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mike g
Burleigh Heads, Australia417 contributions
Jun 2015 • Solo
it's been open barely a year, and at least when i visited i was the only person there...which is a pity, because this villa houses a fascinating collection of art, photos and other memorabilia reflecting life in the area from the recent to the more distant past.
you can easily spend an hour or so here without feeling overwhelmed, taking time to read a letter written after winston churchill's visit, for example.
and if you are lucky, you might talk somebody at the villa into opening up the player piano to serenade you with a musical interlude.
the gift shop has special items, too, to take as gifts for somebody back home...or for yourself.
the treed terrace offers lovely views, too.
Written June 29, 2015
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derekfr
Paris, France250 contributions
Oct 2017 • Family
We visited the Villa les Camelias whilst walking the coast path around Cap d'Ail. The villa itself is situtated just above the Cap d'Ail rail station, a short but steep uphill walk. It has lovely gardens with views of the Mediterranean and neighbouring Belle Epoque villas. This is the Riviera of legend! Inside there is a museum of life at the villa and in Cap d'Ail, especially regarding the rich and famous people who passed through, and, in some cases, stayed. It was surprisingly interesting and well-presented. The curator of the museum was a very welcoming man who took time to demonstrate the self-playing piano with its piano roll, and showed us all its inner workings. It was gratifying to find someone clearly so passionate about his museum. There is also an exhibiton of the works of a Basque painter I'd never heard of before! Some works were quite nice.
You can spend time relaxing in the garden, after your visit, although there no facilities as such. All in all a surprising little gem.
Written March 25, 2018
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HappyguestSM
Surrey, UK5 contributions
May 2016 • Friends
We came across the Villa when walking up from the station and noticed we could go in.
We got a great welcome from the hostess who spoke very good English. She went out of her way to explain what we would see. There is a audio tour to explain the history of the family who owned the house and the town. Two more floors are used to house interesting works of art. We particularly liked the owner's collection of Basque art.
Written July 2, 2016
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N K
Rishon Lezion, Israel2,336 contributions
Sep 2015 • Solo
Villa les Camelias is a small villa and museum just 5 min walk from the Cap d'Ail train station. There is a tiny garden but the main attraction is an exhibition of Ramiro Arrue paintings which I found quite interesting an educational. This small oasis of Spanish culture is a little gem of the Riviera.
Written October 13, 2015
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mahonia2013
Oxford, UK111 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
This beautiful villa overlooking the sea houses an interesting collection of local history items (photos, letters etc), giving an insight into life on Cap d'Ail (previously called La Turbie-sur-Mer) from the late 1800s to the 1950s. There is also material relating to the many famous people who visited the area - from Greta Garbo to Winston Churchill. An audio guide describes all the exhibits and in each room there is also an information sheet in English.
The upper two floors house a collection of paintings, drawings and enamels by the Basque artist Romiro Arrue, not someone I had heard of before. Some interesting works but too much to take in. No views of the sea from inside the villa as blinds are kept closed to protect exhibits, but some views from the garden. Tempted by glimpses of the sea, we walked downhill from the villa to join the coastal path to Monaco.
Written June 24, 2017
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Villa les Camélias is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Tue - Fri 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Tue - Fri 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM


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