Rose Festival, Villa Euphrussi de Rothschild, Cap Ferrat, France

Copyright Millie Brown

Copyright Millie Brown

Copyright Millie Brown

Copyright Millie Brown

Copyright MIllie Brown

Copyright Millie Brown

Copyright Millie Brown

Copyright Millie Brown

Copyright Millie Brown

Copyright Millie Brown

The Rose festival is held each year in May at the sublime Villa and gardens of Ephrussi de Rothschild. Once the private winter residence for over 10 years of Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild and bequeathed by her one year before her death (in 1933) to the Académie des Beaux-Arts, it is one of France's most stunning Villas.

I'm a huge fan! I couldn't even tell you how many times I have visited, I never tire of roaming the private rooms of the Villa or the gardens, and its usually one of the first places I like to take friends who are visiting, all of them struck by its beauty.

Situated on one of the worlds most luxurious and expensive plots of land (the Peninsula of Cap Ferrat on the French Riviera), the rose colored Villa stands amongst its nine gardensthe Rose, the Exotic, the French, the Japanese, the Provençal, the Spanish, the Florentine, the Stone, and the Sevrès garden. The Villa and gardens are set high up on the Peninsula and are surrounded on both sides by the mediterranean giving it spectacular to die for views over the Bay of Villefranche on its western side and the bay of Beaulieu sur Mer on its Eastern side.

At this time of the year the roses are in full bloom, cascading and climbing all over the gardens, no matter where you look. To add to the beauty, exhibitors come from all over the world for the three days of the festival to show, sell and promote their different rose varieties, (as well as growers of other plants and flowers). The exhibitors sit shaded by the hot pink parasols scattered throughout the French garden and around the waterfall and fountain which spring to life in a sort of operatic water ballet every 20 minutes, and has most tourists running for their camera at the exact moment it starts to gurgle, myself included!

Millie xx

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

A map of the French Riviera

The Villa is open every day from 10am to 6pm.

July and August the Villa is open every day from 10 am to 7pm.

2nd November to 16 February weekdays from 2pm to 6pm | Weekends and holidays from 10 am to 6pm.

The tea room is open during the Villa’s opening times.
From 15 February to 1 November: Villa opening times.
From 2 November to 16 February: only weekends, holidays and bank holidays.

The cultural gift shop is open during the Villa’s opening times.

Transport

Cap Ferrat is 20 minutes by car from the city of Nice, N98 coast road. (10 kms)

No train goes from Nice to Cap ferrat. Train from Nice to Villefranche sur Mer or Beaulieu sur mer and walk or take the no 81 bus from there to the Villa.

Train schedules Voyage sncf

Bus no 81 from Nice, Villefranche sur Mer and Beaulieu sur Mer to the Villa

Bus schedules Lignes d Azur.

30 minute walk from Villefranche sur Mer

20 minute walk from Beaulieu sur Mer