Ephrussi de Rothchild Villa and Gardens
The villa is was constructed and built on the smallest part of the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat peninsula, and could possibly be one of the most beautiful piece of architecture on the Côte d’Azur. The building is very reminiscent of an Italian palazzo, as the exterior of the building makes many design references to the schools in Florence and Venice.
There are seven different themed gardens where you are able to explore the grandeur of the French garden, the green opulence of the Spanish garden, and the exotic brilliance of the Japanese gardens.
It is believed that Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild considered the Villa Ile de France as an ocean liner and employed twenty gardeners to maintain the grounds whilst wearing full sailor uniforms.
David Niven's House
You can take a walk down the winding beach path from Beaulieu, which is known as Promenade Maurice Rouvier, where you will find the oldest villas in the area. The residence built in 1880, was previously known as Lo Scoglietto and translates as 'Little Rock'; has it's own private harbour.
The home has been lived in by many of the rich and famous, as in 1920 the villa was rented by the Duchess of Marlborough. It was then extended in the 1950s and rented by none other than Leopold III, Kind of the Belgians. In later years, the villa was then lived in by the fantastic Charlie Chaplin, who sold it to famous film actor David Niven in 1960.
The house itself is famed for appearing in the 1983 movie Trail of the Pink Panther, in which Niven cameoed.
The square in front of the villa is now renowned as Place David Niven, which was a tribute to the actor after he passed. The Villa has now changed name and is now known as Fleur du Cap'.
Soc Fermiere Port Nouveau
Port Nouveau is a small port but hosts a multitude of lovely restaurants and cafes to eat, drink and relax in.
The port was once a small fishing port, but it has now evolved into a much larger yacht harbour.
Chapelle St Hospice
If you take a walk uphill from the port, you will come across the Chapelle St Hospice which has a statue of the virgin Mary situated outside of it. It is said that Saint Hospitius lived there circa 580; and allegedly chained himself with an iron chain and lived on a diet of bread, dates and water. People say that he was blessed with a gift to create miracles and prophesied about many happenings. Within the Chapelle, you can see a displayed painting in which St Hospice meets his death.
If you enter the chapel, there is a book in which visitors or locals of St Jean Cap Ferrat can write down their wishes or aspirations to be answered. Many people visit the Chapelle just to write in the book.