rue Gustave Eiffel
Tel: 04 93 01 47 29
2 January to 30 April
10am – 5pm
2 May to 31 May
10am – 6pm
1st June to 30 September
10am – 7pm
1st October to 31 October
10am – 6pm
1st November to 31 December
10am – 5pm
25 Dec, 1 Jan, 1 May, 1 & 11 Nov
Take the A8 motorway to either
the Monaco or Nice Est exits then
follow the Basse Corniche to Beaulieu.
Parking next to the Town Hall of Beaulieu-sur-Mer
(Free on Sundays)
Buses #81 “Kérylos” stop and 100 “Eglise” stop
GOOD TO KNOW
You can buy combined tickets for
Villa Kerylos & Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild
Guided tours available
Villa Kérylos accepts groups of up to 150 maximum so is a suitable venue for small to medium-sized wedding celebrations or marketing events. As it is open daily to the public celebrations can only start from 7pm September to June and from 8pm July and August.
Villa Kérylos, located just 10 kms from Nice and Monaco, was built on one of the prized locations of the French Riviera: Beaulieu-sur-Mer. Sheltered by the hills of Cap Ferrat and Cape Roux, Beaulieu-sur-Mer is said to have one of the French Riveria’s mildest climates.
Theodore Reinach (1860-1928) was the youngest of three very talented brothers born into a family of bankers, originally from Frankfurt.
It was his great love of all things Greek that gave rise to the building of the Grecian villa at Beaulieu-sur-Mer erected on the “Baie des Fourmis”, not far from Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild; Madame Reinach was in fact a cousin of Baron Maurice Ephrussi.
Theodore Reinach entrusted his project to an Italian archtect from Nice, Emmanuel Pontremoli (1865-1956). This architect and archaeologist, winner of the “Grand prix de Rome” and an elected member of the “Académie des Beaux Arts”, shared Reinach’s passion for ancient Greece. He fell in love with the idea and spent 6 years, from 1902 to 1908, creating the Villa Kérylos. The Greek word “Kerylos” means Halcyon or Kingfisher which in Greek mythology was thought to be a bird of good omen.
The villa is an extremely luxurious re-creation of an ancient Grecian dwelling, complete with wall decorations and furniture. It has Doric and Corinthian columns of Carrara marble, intricate mosaics, colorful frescoes, a fountain in a peristyle, and exquisite fabrics. Based on the design of noble houses built in the 2nd century B.C. on the Island of Delos, the Villa Kérylos invites visitors to step right back into Ancient Greece.
Everything inside, from the arrangement of rooms to the stylistic details of the décor, was designed to recreate the atmosphere of a luxurious Grecian villa.
From the garden around the villa there are fine views of the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat peninsula, dotted with magnificent mansions. The garden contains a pleasing mixture of typically Greek plants : olive trees and vines, pomegranate and carob trees, acanthus and myrtle, oleanders and irises, pine and cypress trees, palm trees and papyrus all help create a Grecian look and feel in the lovely Mediterranean sunshine.
Villa Kérylos was classified as an historical monument in 1967. It is only 800 metres from another well-known villa, Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, so it is possible to visit both villas in one day although count at least 3 hours to visit Rothschild’s due to its exceptional gardens.
This charming resort occupies the emplacement of a prehistoric site and the antique Greek Port of Anao. It was later enlarged by the Romans who built residences of marble and mosaic. The town and its suburbs were razed during the third century; during the fourth century a small monastery was built of which the first abbey was St. Hospice.
At the turn of the century the charming winter resort of Beaulieu welcomed the world’s celebrities who returned frequently, building elegant large residences. The best known are Léopold II of Belgium, William II, First Prince of Wales, the queens of Italy and Portugal, the Marquis of Salisbury, the inventor Marinoni, the founder of the “New York Herald” Gordon Bennett, Count Tolstoy and the French engineer, Gustave Eiffel.