Villa Santo-Sospir in Cap Ferrat is a special place on the glamorous coast of the French Riviera. Side by side with the lavish mansions of the ultra-rich, the by modern standards modestly sized vacation house, was once the hotspot of the most creative French personalities. Hosted by its owner Madamme Francine Weisweiller, a well-conected socialite, Coco Chanel, Picasso, and many others enjoyed a cocktail or a talk within its walls and on the tranquil Mediterranean views offering patio.
Jean Cocteau, as well as his adoptive son, stayed at the villa Santo-Sospir for long 13 years. It started one summer when his hyperactive mind bursted with creative explosion on the villa’s walls, doors, wardrobes and finally an elaborate colourful tapestry. The artist created by myths inspired frescoes that now still adorn the old villa. The multi-skilled French poet, novelist and painter had founded a new type of museum – a liveable space filled with beauty – before the opening of the more conventional museum dedicated to his oeuvres in the nearby Menton. It is worth seeing, but hurry before the walls crumble under the heavy weight of time, already visible in the villa’s interiors.
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You can even book a lunch or dinner at the villa to experience the gorgeous sunset over the bay of Villefranche.