With nine glorious gardens, the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild on Cap Ferrat offers an abundance of marvel and natural beauty. On 2nd April, the famous former home of Baroness Rothschild is opening its gates and secrets to a select number of guests for a brunch in the Sèvres garden and a workshop with the property’s chief gardener André Castellan.
The French gardens dominate the setting and unravel from the steps of the villa to the edges of the ‘water shawl’ - a gentle of cascade of water sloped at an exact angle to appear white in the sunlight - and the Temple of Love, which is inspired by the Grand Trianon château to thenorth of Versailles. Spread around these manicured lawns are the Spanish, Florentine, Japanese, Provençal, rose, exotic, rocky and Sèvres gardens. Heady scents of orange blossom, datura, jasmine and honeysuckle swirl in the Spanish realm while the cypress-lined Florentine garden provides a home to a wonder of artistic works - arches, fountains, bas-reliefs - from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Many parts of Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild have found their way into this special place, including a number of the rose varieties that made up her signature perfume and grow around a hexagonal temple inhabited by an allegorical divinity ‘representing spring’.
The complete works are the result of five years of toil in the early 20th century by artists and designers such as Harold Peto, the plans of whom can be explored in the villa’s museum.
From 10am to 11am, chef jardinier André Castellan will take guests on a private tour of the gardens and teach a workshop on how they are maintained and managed. Following this will be a brunch setting from 11am to 3.30pm.
Tickets to the brunch with entrance to the villa museum cost 35€. The inclusion of the atelier workshop costs an additional 10€.
Tickets can be reserved online: http://www.villa-ephrussi.com/fr/evenements-en-cours-et-a-venir.