Introducing Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
Are you looking for a luxury destination wedding venue in the South of France? If so, you will love Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, located between Nice & Monaco on the Cote d’Azur. This stunning pink Villa is surrounded by lush-themed gardens and offers spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea. So it’s no wonder this incredible French Riviera venue has become one of the most sought-after wedding destinations!
In this article, I will discuss:
- The history of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
- Discover why Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is the perfect wedding venue for saying ‘I do’
- Getting married at Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
- Accommodation for wedding guests
- Getting to Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild – Travelling to the French Riviera
Read on to discover more about this incredibly grand house!
The History of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
Nestled in the enchanting French region of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, the historical Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild was the prized possession of heiress Beatrice Rothschild – known for her love of fine art & artifacts from the 18th century.
Beatrice commissioned architect Jacques-Marcel Auburtin to design Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, with construction beginning in 1907. Beatrice moved into the residence a few years later and began transforming it into a collector’s paradise, featuring her most prized porcelain, art, and furniture.
Throughout her years, she divided her time between several locations in France, spending her winters at Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild working on landscaping the French Garden. Beatrice passed away in 1934 due to tuberculosis, and the Villa and collectibles were bequeathed to the Academy of Fine Arts.
Discover why Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is the perfect wedding venue for saying ‘I do’
If you have your heart set on a dream destination wedding, there’s no denying that Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is the perfect place to tie the knot in style. From the moment you step onto the grounds of this esteemed property, you’re enveloped in an enchanting feel that speaks to the sophistication and refinement of the French Riviera. With sweeping sea views and abundant water features, there’s an array of beautiful locations for your wedding photos, including the meticulously landscaped gardens, which extend across various themes.
The French Garden is a large landscaped area adorned with ponds and artistic statues reminiscent of the Palace of Versailles. The world’s most famous operas inspire the Villa’s musical gardens with jets of water dancing theatrically to the rhythm of music.
The rose garden offers a myriad of vibrant colors leading up to the statue of the romantic Temple of Love. And you can marvel at the stunning variety of succulents and cacti in the Exotic Garden. The Spanish garden is vibrant and filled with Mediterranean flair, whereas the serene, zen-inspired design of the Japanese Garden embraces the beauty & calmness of the water with a stunning pond filled with koi carp.
Getting married at Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
Weddings at Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
Whether you prefer an intimate gathering, grand celebration, or indoor or outdoor wedding, Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild offers the perfect setting for a truly magical wedding day.
The Italian-inspired Florentine Garden offers the perfect backdrop for a romantic ceremony and cocktail reception. With impressive views overlooking Villefranche Bay and feature stone steps, this area can comfortably accommodate up to 80 guests, making it perfect for an intimate get-together.
The French Gardens cover a vast open space, well suited for medium to larger weddings. With stunning views leading up to the impressive Villa and panoramic views over the surrounding Mediterranean Sea, this space really does have the wow factor. You can also have a choreographed jet water display over the central ponds to music you choose, should you want to add a uniquely personal touch!
If you would prefer an indoor wedding, the Villa’s Oriental Room provides a beautiful reception space suitable for up to 80 guests for a wedding ceremony and 60 for a seated dinner. This sophisticated reception room is perfect for small, more intimate weddings and is inspired by Eastern designs.
The Patio at Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild offers a further indoor space, which is perfect for dinner, cocktail hour, and dancing. With enough room to seat 150 guests comfortably, you can really let loose in this covered area and celebrate your nuptials late into the night.
How much does it cost to get married at Ephrussi de Rothschild?
Rates start at €20,000 for exclusive hire of Ephrussi de Rothschild, although the final price will vary according to the number of guests, the season and day of the week, and any specific requirements.
Accommodation for wedding guests
The Villa does not offer any overnight accommodation; however, plenty of luxurious options are available nearby. If you’re looking for a taste of the glamour of the French Riviera, I recommend the Hotel Royal-Riviera or the Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel. For those seeking a more intimate experience, the Château Eza or Hôtel Château de La Chèvre d’Or are both gorgeous options. And, if you’re willing to venture a little further afield, Monaco and Nice offer an abundance of accommodation types to suit your needs.
Hotel de Paris in Monaco
Hermitage Hotel in Monaco
Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild Wedding Photography
I recommend choosing a photographer with many years of experience to ensure a flawless experience and someone familiar with Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild.
With the exclusive hire of the venue starting at 7:00 pm (8 pm in the height of summer), I advise having a ‘first look’ moment so your photographer can capture some stunning bride & groom portraits of you at the property in natural light.
As a large proportion of the photos will take place after dark, remember to choose a photographer skilled in twilight photography for the best possible results.
If you are looking for a Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild wedding photographer, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Getting to Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild – Travelling to the French Riviera
Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is located atop the Saint Jean Cap Ferrat peninsula on the French Riviera. The closest international airport is Nice Airport, a bustling hub with flights arriving from and departing to locations worldwide. Once you’ve landed, you have several options to get to Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. Private transfers are a perfect way to travel in comfort and luxury.
Or if you prefer to be in control of your own journey, car hire is always a great option. Nice airport offers multiple options for hiring a car, and the great thing about this is it opens up the possibility of exploring the Cote d’Azur further. For a picturesque journey, I highly recommend traveling via the coastal routes, where possible, for the most scenic sea views.
Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild offers an incredible setting for your big day. Its location in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, between Nice and Monaco, also provides the perfect base for you, your family, and friends to explore this beautiful region in the South of France. The Villa, with its stunning architecture, incredible views, and uniquely themed gardens, promises to enchant you and your wedding guests with its remarkable beauty. So, if you’re searching for the perfect place in France to say ‘I do,’ I highly recommend this stunning destination wedding venue.
Are you looking for a Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild wedding photographer?
I’m Victoria Amrose, a destination wedding photographer based in Europe and covering all of France. As an experienced photographer with over 10 years in the business, I’ve had the pleasure of capturing many beautiful weddings over the last decade. Whether it’s a large, grand wedding or an intimate elopement, I have the expertise to make your special day unforgettable. With packages tailored specifically to your needs, you can rest assured that your wedding photographs will uniquely reflect you as a couple. Plus, having photographed at Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild before, you can trust that I know how to capture the enchanting beauty of this magnificent venue. I am excited to help make your wedding dreams come true!
Victoria Amrose x
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