Category: The House….

In France with Ernest Hemingway

Yesterday, I wrote about a few of Ernest Hemingway’s drinking haunts in Europe,  but there are way more places where he dallied here over the years. During his travels between Spain and Italy, Hemingway had a knack of sniffing out the best little towns… Continue Reading “In France with Ernest Hemingway”

The House where Downton holidayed

I haven’t yet seen the film Downton Abbey: A New Era but I understand that parts of it were filmed not too far from me at Villa Rocabella, a house with an interesting provenance. Invisible except from the sea, Villa Rocabella, nestled in a vast… Continue Reading “The House where Downton holidayed”

The House where Picasso doodled on the walls

There are many fabled South of France villas with storied histories featuring glamorous guests. But few can compete with the history or location of La Vigie, in Juan-les-Pins, which has recently come to market for a cool US$27 million. The property, set close to Cap D’Antibes,… Continue Reading “The House where Picasso doodled on the walls”

The house where Jean lived

What would you do if you invited someone to spend a week at your holiday home and he decided to redecorate it and then he decided to stay – indefinitely?  Sounds like the stuff of nightmares, mine at the very least. But hostess Francine… Continue Reading “The house where Jean lived”

The House where Prince Albert II lives

I’ve written about many of the buildings in Monaco but not where the Monaco Royal Family hang out. So I thought I’d remedy that omission this week. Situated on a rocky promontory, the Prince’s Palace of Monaco (Palais Princier) is the official residence of the… Continue Reading “The House where Prince Albert II lives”

The House where Beatrice….

When I suggest visitors take in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat I’ll add that if at all possible they should visit the stunning Villa Ephrussi and its gardens. How it all began As you know, I love a spot of property porn. So picture this.… Continue Reading “The House where Beatrice….”

The House where Eileen lived

Designer Eileen Gray’s E-1027 modernist seminal modern home in the south of France, and Le Corbusier’s holiday home Cabanon next to it, reopened recently following a five-year renovation managed by the Association Cap Moderne which has  returned it to the state it was in when it was… Continue Reading “The House where Eileen lived”

The House where Jeannie……..

Let’s continue with my series on the Riviera’s historic hotels. After the famous Eden Roc, my spotlight now moves to another historical establishment of the Côte d’Azur: The Hotel Negresco in Nice. Expect much more than just another luxury hotel. The Negresco is at once an… Continue Reading “The House where Jeannie……..”

The House where celebrities…….

The recently published tome Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc: A Timeless Legend on the French Riviera explores the world’s most famous and photographed hotel’s 150-year history. This is a magnificent property which I cycle past on a regular basis. While I’ve never stayed here, I have… Continue Reading “The House where celebrities…….”

History of the Hotel de Paris, Monaco

To understand the story of the hotel, you need to acquaint yourself with the history of where it stands. While today, Monaco is a financially thriving Riviera destination, nestled snugly between France and Italy, in 19th century it was a bankrupt town. In an… Continue Reading “History of the Hotel de Paris, Monaco”