Nine thematic gardens. A view of the sea from three out of four windows. A water show played to classical music every half hour. A collection of instrument-playing monkey figurines.
It’s not Disneyland or Vegas: it’s Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. Completed in 1912, it was designed as an 18th-century chateau. Baronness de Rothschild spared no expense in creating her Rococo dream house. Located in St-Jean-Cap Ferrat, just a 20-minute bus ride from Nice, the villa is the perfect afternoon getaway. Wander through the Japanese garden, stop to smell the roses, enjoy lunch or tea with a beautiful view of the Mediterranean. It’s well worth the 9.50 Euro entry fee.
You can also hold private cocktails or receptions in the gardens. You know where to send my invitation.