Events at the Villa
A SETTING LIKE NO OTHER
Welcome to Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild - the most prestigious venue for international corporate events and private celebrations on the French Riviera, with over 60 000 visitors each year.
Its sophisticated beauty is unlike any other in the region. Combining heritage, magnificent gardens and timeless art, events at the Villa are truly unique and unforgettable.
Riviera Organisation is a privileged partner to the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild for many years. We have the experience, the secrets, the know- how, the equipment and the specialists help you create the best event ever at this venue.
Did you know?
FUN FACTS ABOUT THE VILLA
Did you know the villa is just over 100 years old?
It was built between 1905 and 1912 by the Baroness Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild. It was designed by the French architects Jacques Marcel Auburtin and Aaron Messiah who were influenced by the grandiose Italian villas at the time.
Who was Baroness Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild?
The Baroness was a lover of art and she filled the mansion with antiques furniture, old master painters, sculptures, and extension collection of rare porcelain. Among her collection is a games table that once belonged to Marie Antoinette, and a rug commissioned by Louis 14th.
Who owns it now?
When the Baroness died in 1934, the villa was donated to the Academie de Beaux Arts, so that it could eventually be open to the public. It’s managed by Culture Espaces who look after several magnificent venues in France including the Roman Arena of Nimes and the stunning Carrière de Lumières in Les Baux de Provence.
The gardens were inspired by a ship
The gardens are among the most beautiful in the world. They were designed in the form of a ship with the sea visible on all sides. There are no fewer than 9 themed gardens including the Spanish and Florentine gardens that you will walk through on the way into your event. Dinner is usually in the central French gardens. It’s worth a visit to the Japanese gardens which are hidden away behind the Love Temple at the end of the fountain area.
The building was once yellow
When it was originally built, the main facade was bright yellow. It was painted pink after the war to give it a Venetian feel.
The view is one of the best in the world
It’s official. The stunning view of the Bay of Villefranche from the balcony in the Florentine gardens was rated the best view in the world by TripAdvisor.
“ It went like a dream.
What a massive success it all was.
Magical in every way and faultless to a tee.”
OUR TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL EVENTS
Make sure you have nothing to do on the day
You won't want to have any worries during the event. The majority of the work should be done in advance, but make sure there is a professional overseeing all aspects of the event including the set-up, the arrival of all artists and the timing. For luxury private events, we strongly recommend hiring a wedding planner. You won't regret it.
Let the event breathe
How people are feeling is more important than any running order. Stick to the plan but allow space to enjoy each moment.
Trust the approved suppliers
They are recommended by the villa for a reason. They are all experts in their field and they know the villa inside out. They can advise on what works the best and they'll be sure to get everything ready on time.
Unless you have an unlimited budget, every euro needs to add value for you. Use your event planner to negotiate for you and to make sure there are no unnecessary or hidden costs.
Have a plan B
Even on the French Riviera it can rain sometimes. Think through the worst-case scenario and plan for it. The chances are you won’t need it.
Please call our specialist event managers for more inside information on how to make your event a huge success. There's plenty more tips in our latest company brochure "The Joy Of Events (page 37)"