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“Oasis of calm with spectacular views”

Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
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Owner description: It took Baroness Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild, one of the most original women on the French Riviera, seven years to build one of the most beautiful sites on the Côte d’Azur. An enlightened art enthusiast who travelled back and forth across France and Europe, Béatrice de Rothschild built up an incomparable and eclectic collection of masterpieces: priceless Sèvres and Vincennes porcelain, works by Fragonard, paintings by the masters (Boucher, Carpaccio, Tiepolo, etc.), Louis XVI furniture, and so on.
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“Oasis of calm with spectacular views”
Reviewed September 20, 2013

We could have spent all day here, but sadly had to rush back to the airport. The house is crammed full of beautiful furniture collected over many years. Surprisingly the rooms were light so you could see the detail on it all (presumably they lower the blinds when it's a sunny day). The villa itself has stunning views along the riviera from all sides. My favourite part was a lovely open balcony where you could sit and take in the scenery. Excellent audio tour included in the price. The gardens were fabulous with marked routes round the different areas.We particularly liked the Japanese garden. They have a display of the fountains to music regularly throughout the day, but we missed this due to the timing. Toilet facilities a bit limited, especially if your arrival coincides with a coach party. There is a small car park at the foot of the drive, but more parking through the gate (not immediately visible from the lower car park) The driveway parking necessitates a tight 3 point turn at the top (often blocked by waiting taxis) so if you have a biggish car would definitely recommend parking in the lower car park and walking up the drive. They had a lovely looking restaurant, with lovely views, would revisit and spend longer next time.

Visited September 2013
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“Especially for the gardens”
Reviewed September 19, 2013

Very rich decoration inside, tons of artworks but pretty much mixed up. If you like historic relics, you will be served. Make sure you have enough time to enjoy the heavenly gardens and discover the history of the place.

Visited September 2013
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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“Worth the journey”
Reviewed September 19, 2013

The villa is beautiful and well-kept, but it really is the views from the rooms and the gardens that make it so fantastic. Spend some time sitting around the gardens in quiet spots to soak in the sea air and the atmosphere and you'll have made your visit worthwhile. Also, the restaurant serves delicious food. It is only 30 minutes by bus from Nice and costs €1,50.

Visited September 2013
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“Heaven on earth”
Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

This is a must if you are in the area. The house is beautiful with fantastic views. The contents and the stories are amazing. The highlight for me however are the gardens. Beautifully laid out and well cared for. This culminated with the dancing water fountains. So memorable. We will be back.

Visited September 2013
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“Great gardens, not so sure about the house.”
Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

There are a few really great things about the Rothschild villa outside Nice, one of the best is the very comprehensive audio guide that comes with the entry fee, really top class and a pity more places don't follow their example, it made for a much more enjoyable and informative visit to this kind of weird home.
Furnished in a collection of 17th and 18th century styles you would be mistaken for thinking you had stumbled onto a villa from around the 1750's or so, in reality the house is really not much more than 100 years old, the style and furniture seems way out of date and I guess reflects the owners peculiar taste. None of your breezy Mediterranean summer style here, no swimming pools to relax by, no big terracotta tiled terraces shading under a climbing azalea, instead you get some stuffy rooms piled high with all the expensive collectibles Ms Rothschild picked up on her voyages.
Stunning views can be had from the second floor windows and these rooms seem to be a little more sympathetic to the climate and location.
There are some impressive ceramic and porcelain collections on view as well as some of her more dubious favourite items.
I guess money can't by taste after all.
The gardens on the other hand are superb, laid out in individual plots to reflect her interests from her travels, think a Japanese garden, one inspired by Andalucia a cactus and succulents garden as well as the more formal French style, all really well maintained and a highlight of the visit.
Skip the tea shop if you want to save some cash, pretty standard fare, salads and tarts with a few cakes etc, all over priced and not very interesting.
Take the number 81 bus from Place Garabaldi in Nice, ( don't expect to get a seat), but don't make the mistake we did and get off at the main road, that will leave you with a longish walk to the property, stay on board and it will eventually make its way right to the house.
All in all a pleasant way to kill a day while in Nice.

Visited September 2013
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