The French Riviera Sights

Villa Kerylos

  • Impasse Gustave-Eiffel Map It
  • Beaulieu
  • House/Mansion/Villa
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Room, Villa Kerylos, The French Riviera, France

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Published 06/25/2015

Fodor's Review

One manifestation of Beaulieu's Belle Époque excess is the eye-knocking Villa Kerylos, a 1902 mansion built in the style of classical Greece (to be exact, of the villas that existed on the island of Delos in the 2nd century BC). It was the dream house of amateur archaeologist Théodore Reinach, who hailed from a wealthy German family, helped the French in their excavations at Delphi, and became an authority on ancient Greek music. He commissioned an Italian architect from Nice, Emmanuel Pontremoli, to surround him with Grecian delights: cool Carrara marble, rare fruitwoods, and a dining salon where guests reclined to eat à la grecque. Don't miss this—it's one of the most unusual houses in the south of France. Organized through the tourist office, tours in English (€5) are every Thursday at 9:30. Note that a combination ticket allows you to also visit Villa Ephrussi del Rothschild in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat within the same week.

Sight Information

Address:

Impasse Gustave-Eiffel, Beaulieu, 06310, France

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Phone:

/04–93–01–01–44

Sight Details:

  • €11.50; €20 for both villas (subject to change)
  • July and Aug., daily 10–7; Mar.–June, Sept., and Oct., daily 10–6; Nov.–Feb., weekdays 2–6, weekends 10–6

Published 06/25/2015

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