Villa Kerylos

(Or how our trip to the French Riviera took us to Greece)

 

Villa Kerylos France

Salon of Villa Kerylos Beaulieu-sur-Mer

Library of Villa Kerylos France

Wearing suede mini skirt in Villa Kerylos

Sam Edelman petty boot in honey

Room in Villa Kerylos Beaulieu-sur-Mer

Bedroom at Villa Kerylos France

Bedroom frescoes at Villa Kerylos

Frescoes at Villa Kerylos

Outfit with striped off-the-shoulder top at Villa Kerylos

Peacock fresco at Villa Kerylos

Peristyle of Villa Kerylos France

Outfit in warm tints in Villa Kerylos

Striped off-the-shoulder bardot top

Asos Skirt (similar here, here and here) | Asos Top (similar here and here) | Sam Edelman Petty Boot (also available here and here and here in black) | Siena Camera Bag

 

What would you do, if money were no object, with a pristine chunk of land in the Cote d’Azur surrounded on three sides by the glistening sea (a peninsula, as they call it)? Build a villa on it? I think we can all agree on that, can’t we? A quiet oasis from which you can wake up in the morning and gaze out onto a scenery of lush greenery and endless blue. Yes, please! But what kind of villa would it be?

The lucky man of means who had to make that very choice was the French archaeologist Théodore Reinach (1860-1928), a man of a very wealthy French-Jewish family who clearly suffered from a slight case of professional bias. He was so much fascinated by the Greek culture that he planted, with the help of his friend and architect Emmanuel Pontremoli (also a huge archaeology buff), a lavish Greek villa in Beaulieu-sur-Mer (TripAdvisor). The villa was inspired by noble houses built in the 2nd century B.C. on the Island of Delos, an archaeological paradise that he had visited in the past. That’s not to say that archaeology was the sole interest of Mr. Reinach. He was an incredibly gifted man, one of those people that seem to excel at everything they try. After studying both law and literature, he developed careers not only as an archaeologist, but also as a politician, numismatist, lawyer, mathematician, historian, musicologist, professor, papyrologist, epigraphist and philologist (thank you for that, Wikipedia). He was the ultimate embodiment of the archetypical Greek ideal of competence at all sorts of disciplines: a polymath, which is, uncoincidentally, a Greek word.

So what happens when the most Greek person among the French builds a villa? It becomes a mansion that breathes the atmosphere of ancient Greek luxury, inside out. The detail is exquisite. Gorgeous mosaic floors, delicate frescoes, exact replicas of furniture and art found on images on Ancient Greek pottery and wall illustrations (including a few 3-legged tables), Doric and Corinthian columns of Carrara marble, a fountain in a peristyle, and lemon wood everywhere. It was the realization of a dream for a man who was so much of a Graecophile that he allegedly dressed as a Greek nobleman while residing in the villa. A dream that gave us the unique chance to let ourselves be transported to Ancient Greece, and that in the middle of the French Riviera. Not bad.

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14 Comments

  1. Denise March 25, 2016

    These pictures are incredible! I loved to know about Reinach and Pontremoli and what for a great vision and innovative spirits, though going to the past – I like this combination! I am back after a while and got a bug – feeling weak now, but being in bed is also nice sometimes :) I hope you have a lovely Easter time!
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    • Bold Bliss May 1, 2016

      Sorry for my late answer! So sorry to hear you were sick – hope it didn’t take too long before you got better :) Have a great Sunday!

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  2. Angie March 25, 2016

    You have a wonderful way of finding the most beautiful surroundings. I love the way you travel. Good example for all of us, original and alluring… Angie

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  3. Cristina March 24, 2016

    My first thought was that the villa was in Greece! What an interesting story. I love when a genius makes two cultures come together in such a beautiful way.

    http://memoriesofthepacific.blogspot.com.es/

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    • Bold Bliss May 1, 2016

      Yes, I think the villa becomes all the more interesting when you hear the story behind it!

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  4. Daniela March 24, 2016

    I’ve spent quite a solid amount of time by dreaming about vila at the Cote d’ Azur. :) I think I would go for modern and clean version, but for a visit this vila have to be an amazing place! Beautiful photos!

    Daniela

    http://www.smellofjasmine.com/

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    • Bold Bliss May 1, 2016

      Thank you, Daniela! I wouldn’t opt for this interior myself either (it’s a little too eccentric for me) but it was super interesting to visit as it was so different. Xx

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  5. Sam March 24, 2016

    Stunning photos – oh what I wouldn’t do for a villa there!! P.s. I love the way your stage your photos with you face not showing – I am dying to see your face now! Thank you for doing something different and creating some mystery!

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    • Bold Bliss May 1, 2016

      I’m glad you appreciate the anonymity of my blog! I quite like keeping everyone curious :)

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  6. Evelyn March 24, 2016

    That place looks stunning! Loving your outfit as well! ♡

    Evelyn | BeautyCloud9

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  7. Holly March 23, 2016

    I am really fondof your leather skirt: looks smooth and comfy. Fits beautifully with the beige boots…

    Lovely outfit as a whole, in dazzling setting. Enjoy!!

    Holly

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  8. Ariana March 23, 2016

    What a wonderful villa you visited! Your photos are, as always, amazing.

    You yourself feature beautifully in it! Nice outfit.

    Ariana

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  9. Thuy March 23, 2016

    Nice everyday outfit and seems cute and functional to travel around in. Love the photos as always.

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  10. Ashley March 23, 2016

    Oh wow what a gorgeous villa! You’re so lucky to have visit there. x

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