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Villa Eilenroc

  • 460 av. L.D. Beaumont Map It
  • Antibes
  • House/Mansion/Villa
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 10/16/2017

Fodor's Review

Le Sentier du Littoral passes along the beach at the Villa Eilenroc, designed by Charles Garnier, who created the Paris Opéra—which should give you some idea of its style. It commands the tip of the peninsula from a grand and glamorous garden. Over the last decade an ecomuseum was completed and a scented garden created at the entrance to the rose garden. On Wednesday, September through June, visitors are allowed to wander through the reception salons, which retain the Louis Seize-Trianon feel of the noble facade. The Winter Salon still has its 1,001 Nights ceiling mural painted by Jean Dunand, the famed Art Deco designer; display cases are filled with memorabilia donated by Caroline Groult-Flaubert (Antibes resident and goddaughter of the great author); and the boudoir has boiseries (decorative wood features) from the Marquis de Sévigné's Paris mansion. As you leave, be sure to detour to La Rosaerie, the rose garden of the estate—in the distance you can spot the

white portico of the Château de la Cröe, another legendary villa (now reputedly owned by a syndicate of Russian billionaires). It has a host of big names attached to it—singer Helene Beaumont built it; and King Leopold II of Belgium, King Farouk of Egypt, Aristotle Onassis, and Greta Garbo all rented here.

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Sight Information

Address:

460 av. L.D. Beaumont, at the peninsula's tip, about 4 km (2½ miles) from Garoupe Bay, Antibes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, 06160, France

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Phone:

/04–93–67–74–33

Sight Details:

  • €2 (free Oct.–Mar.)

Published 10/16/2017

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