May 15, 2004, this anniversary date, the hundredth in this year is a wonderful opportunity to try to gather the lived memories or anecdote heard in their families in order to register them forever in the collective memory of the commune.

Since the dawn of time, each generation has contributed to the construction of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. But if the world and way of life will evolve considerably especially after 1950, the character soaked some say involve the inhabitants of the Peninsula will preserve the little paradise of the madness of the builders who rage on the French Riviera.

It is therefore only fair to pay homage today to elders who with the same title as the most illustrious of guests for 150 years, have contributed to the reputation of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

A beautiful island of green myths, full of blooming flowers, generated forever by the notion, where the sighs of heart worship.  The Peninsula with dreams engaged by the happy babble of pines, and rocked by the song of the waves on the beach.

Saint-Jean, singularly enlarged in recent years has the most beautiful villas imaginable, where are housed famous characters, served as a small town, by tram, telephone and raise to maintain its fragrant beds a laborious population of skillful gardeners, united in powerful phalanx, somewhat rival to that of the fishermen, the old masters of the country, long the only inhabitants of this corner of the shore.


The territory formed by the Peninsula of Cap Ferrat is distracted from the municipality of Villefranche arrondissement of Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, to form in the future a separate town, whose head office is located in the village of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. The new municipality will bear the name of Saint-Jean becomes effectively a full-fledged municipality detached from the tutelage of Villefranche. In view of the first municipal election, the members of the municipal commission meet March 27 to review applications for registration and reject that of Denis Semeria, yet owner in Saint-Jean, who went favorite to become mayor.


Soon after Pont Saint-Jean, on the right when avenues Denis Semeria and Grasseuil cross, on the lower side, you can see the blue tiles of an imposing house. It is the villa(Sylvia) designed by the landscape architect Harold Peto in 1902 for Baia dei Fiori. The Pasha of Egypt will become the owner around 1945 then it will be bought by a Greek shipowner.

A few steps from, there is the path that leads to the villa(Rothschild) Italian Renaissance-inspired palace that includes all styles and eras with strong influences from Lombard, Venetian, and Spanish. Like the imposing patio and its pink marble columns in Verona, which gives a dazzling splendor to the beautifully decorated vaults. The realization of the whole of this domain, with its theme gardens, will spread from 1905-1912. This is the crazy dream of Baronne Béatrice, who falls in love with a fairy site and decides to develop her 7 hectares virgin to implant the setting that will highlight its collection of works of art, more than 5,000!!! Small objects, jewelry, Aubusson, terracotta Clodion or porcelain of Saxony, Sèvres, many paintings of masters including a Carpaccio, Boucher, furniture in the refined style of the seventeenth signs Resener, Jacob, etc.

The Baronne, Charlotte Béatrice Ephrussi born Rothschild, daughter of the wealthy regent of the Bank of France married in 1883, at 19, the Baron Maurice Ephrussi a rich banker much older than her and great art lover. Raised in luxury, this authoritarian and eccentric woman in search of treasures that she discovers as a collector savvy. Capricious, she can’t bear any contradiction. Thus, to build his palace, it has the nerves of kyrielle of architects who give up compass squares and drawings on the spot… But not the patience of the talented Nice Aaron Messiah who will allow him to build one of the fascinating mansions from the Cote d’Azur, a testimony of the art of living of a great lady and her time. The gardens with multiple essences, work of landscape architect Achille Duchene, give the opportunity to go around the world in 80 steps.


Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat also was known as billionaires of Peninsula, unrolls, behind the narrow isthmus that protects the spectacular silhouette of a dragon. But really wish about this stretch of land sporting sumptuous and its roots plunging into the ancestral memory of fifteen centuries of history.

As discreet as she is passionate, this daughter of the Alps has known how to charm the greatest of this world; in her, they have seen a place of exception, where they have chosen to build dreamlike dwellings, their beautiful grounds extending right down to the water’s edge. Proud Saint-Jeannois people, architects and landscape gardeners of astonishing talent, inspired artist, all meet up here on this bit of the Mediterranean to wed one of the most extraordinary landscapes on the Cote d’Azur, this Cape under the pines is perfect.

Halfway between Villefranche and Beaulieu, the most prestigious headland on the Riviera is covered by dense vegetation. The peninsula is strewn with elegant houses such as the delighted Villa Eprhrussi, home to a remarkable collection of works of art. Masked by the foliage of these houses, views of the shore can be admired from the coastal path, and from the streets of Saint-Jean and Saint-Hospice Point in the East.


Once a fishing village, Saint-Jean is now a smart seaside resort, greatly sought after for its peacefulness. A few old houses overlook the harbor, now largely devoted to pleasure craft. The stepped street south of Boulevard de la Liberation in the village also offers some fine viewpoints, such as that over the Tete du Chien, Eze, Mont Agel, and the Alps on the Italian Border.


Seven hectares of heavenly garden surround the Villa Ephrussi-de-Rothschild. They follow a thematic scheme; the French garden has running water and a Temple of Love; the Spanish garden is planted with an exotic garden that has astonishing lush vegetation. Finally, the rose garden has a wide variety of Baroness Ephrussi’s favorite plants.

Standing in a stunning location on Cap Ferrat, this Italian-style palace built-in 1905 by Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild to house her collection of almost 5,000 works of art(Mosaics, Flemish tapestries, porcelain, and furniture). After her death in 1935, the Baroness left the villa to the Fine Arts Academy of the Institute de France. Surrounded by magnificent gardens, the villa overlooks the sea and has views of Villefranche to one side and Beaulieu to the other side.


This replica of an ancient Greek house was built in 1902 on a site reminiscent of the Aegean coast by and for the archaeologist Theodore Reinach. Original pieces stand alongside copies and reproductions of furniture and frescoes. All the windows offer wonderful views of the sea, the Baie des Fourmis, Cap Ferrat, Eze, and Cap d’Ail. The Galeries des Antiques built under the villa contains life-size casts of famous Classical Greek statues. The site was bequeathed to the Institut de France in 1928.


Set on 7 hectares of Mediterranean gardens at the tip of captivating Cap Ferrat, this luxurious palace hotel offers 33 meters sea-water heated pool and panoramic sea views. Located 12 km from Nice France, it features La Veranda’s all-day restaurant and an award-winning 750 m2 spa center. Since 1908 Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat has welcomed rich and famous guests to its elegant rooms. With refined decor, the spacious rooms include a docking station featuring USB and Bluetooth connections, a minibar, and an LCD TV. Each air-conditioned room offers pinewood or sea views, and some suites also have a private pool. Free WIFI access is included. Gourmet cuisine is served in the restaurant, Le Cap. You can enjoy Mediterranean dishes at Club Dauphine next to the outdoor infinity pool, or at the all-day restaurant La Veranda. The hotel’s award-winning spa features five lavish treatment rooms, including a luxury VIP suite for couples, as well as two outdoor treatment pavilions with mesmerizing Mediterranean views and a 1,200 m2 Spa garden with sea-view sun terraces. Le Spa also includes indoor and outdoor fitness options. Monaco has located 15 km from the hotel and the Italian border is 40 km away. Nice-Cote d’Azur Airport is located 19 km away. Four Seasons Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat can provide an airport shuttle service with advance reservation.

The Grand-Hotel de Cap Ferrat was bought by a subsidiary of Leonard Blavatnik’s Access Industries in 2007. Prominent former residents have included Paul Hamlyn and Boris Berezovsky.


Luckily this notable property is just our neighbor where I’m staying, Villa La Mauresque bought by an English novelist W. Somerset Maugham in 1928, who lived there before and after World War II and until his death in 1965.


The Villa Maryland is owned by a co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen.


Beautiful beach not too crowded, crystal clear waters and pretty fish to see, calm atmosphere fairly sheltered bay with soft sand. Best to take a cool bag with own food and drinks. Can rent sunbeds are quite packed with the view is worthy.

The English songwriter and playwright Noel Coward referenced the Cap Ferrat in his song

“I went to a Marvelous Party” from his 1993 revue Set to Music, with the lyric:

“Quite for no reason, I’m here for the season, And high as a kite, Living in error, we made at Cap Ferrat, Which couldn’t be right…

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