Villa Hippocampo is located in Villefranche, one of the three towns comprising the Riviera’s prestigious “Golden Triangle” of Villefranche, Beaulieu, and Cap Ferrat. The Golden Triangle has year-round temperate weather and offers both pristine Mediterranean beaches as well as ski resorts in the French Alps, just an hour’s drive away. The Golden Triangle has a rich history and has been a favorite Riviera destination for kings and queens, movie stars, wealthy industrialists, the Rothschilds, Somerset Maugham, Charlie Chaplin….and now YOU! Villefranche is one of the most atmospheric towns along the Riviera.
The town has a lovely harbor, a restaurant-lined port, shaded town squares along winding cobblestone streets, a prominent Citadel, and quaint churches decorated with frescoes by Jean Cocteau. It is just 15 minutes from Nice, 25 minutes to Monaco, 30 minutes from Cannes, and 45 minutes from the Italian border. The bus line which services it from Nice to Italy is retuted to be one of the most scenic rides in the world. Villefranche has its own train station just above the heart of the village and just about anything is accessible by train. The town is in a central location from which to visit some of the most exquisite perched villages in all of France.
It is no wonder that well-traveled families from all over the world who have had the opportunity to vacation anywhere have selected Villefranche sur Mer for hundreds of years.
Location of Luxury Villa in the “Golden Triangle”
Villefranche-sur-Mer is one of the three towns of the Golden Triangle in the South of France. The Golden Triangle is famous because the three iconic towns are within a few kilometers of each other and attract the most discerning residents and visitors in Europe and beyond. Located between Nice (a 15 minute drive) and Monaco (a 25 minute drive), the area exists against the backdrop of stunning limestone cliffs, several harbors, the Mediterranean Sea, world-renowned villas, Michelin starred restaurants, world class beaches, and residents who include royalty, celebrities and billionaires.
Villefranche-sur-Mer was home to Russian and English aristocracies since the early 19th century who enjoyed wintering in an ideal climate. It has always been known to have one of the most beautiful harbors on the Mediterranean and one of the most colorful villages which is home to generations of fisherman, traders and those who support commerce in nearby Nice. Villefranche maintains its Old World charm while offering contemporary restaurants and shopping which attract visitors from all over the world. The hillside is covered in bougainvillea and several walking paths connect the homes in the hills such as Villa Hippocampo with the center of town. In recent years, the Rolling Stones and Bono vacationed here, Tina Turner lived here and Elton John currently has a second home here.
St. Jean Cap Ferrat is a peninsula between Villefranche-sur-Mer and Bealieu-sur-Mer which is beautifully landscaped with lush vegetation, several clear azure water beaches, and a coastal trail which circumnavigates the peninsula. On one side of the peninsula, there are luxurious estates which represent some of the most expensive homes in the world. These villas are all immensely private and are protected by walls, vegetation and rockface. On the other side of the island there is a small gem of a yacht harbor which faces the perfectly preserved village center with sumptuous cafes, restaurants and boutiques.
Beaulieu-sur-Mer is a miniature coastal town with beautiful seafront gardens, a coastal trail which connects its town center with that of St. Jean Cap Ferrat, tall tree lined streets, limestone cliffs, and a large yacht harbor lined with restaurants including the iconic African Queen. The architecture is classic belle epoche and the Greek Villa Kyrylos (which is accessible to tourists) is perched on the end of a jetty on the Mediterranan. The town has been popular with British aristocrats as well as other foreigners who enjoy the slow pace of the town, the preservation of its historical feel, the numerous culinary delights including the daily produce, meat and cheese market in Place Marinoni.