In the South of France, and particularly in Beaulieu~sur~mer, developing architecture reflected the spirit of lavish creativity that was prevalent at this time. Craftsmen were creating beautiful homes, sleek in design, and airy, with high ceilings. The sleekness was contrasted with ornate moldings, iron gates and balconies and many homes had flower painted friezes. Colors of the sunset washed the exteriors, shades of pink, rose, coral and gold, oftentimes with contrasting colored shutters. Many of the architects were Italian. Here is a quote from the current owners about Villa Spirita “One of the first villas to be built in Beaulieu sur mer ~ built by an Italian who was building some of the fabulous villas in the area for Russian Grand Dukes and other European Royalty. It is named after his wife Spirita Busi. It was subsequently sold to Oliver Gerard, a film director from Paris, married to a god-daughter of Queen Victoria.”
The furnishings were classic and casual and I loved the marble fireplaces. This one is in the living room.
My daughter desires accommodations that are aesthetically pleasing, like her own room and a view: CHECK.
|View from Villa Spirita, B~sur~mer, where the Alps meet the sea.|
Pour moi? My priority was to have “a village” where I could immerse myself in French culture, a place I could walk regularly and easily, to do my errands while practicing my french and getting to know the locals. I also wanted a decent kitchen where I could make a nice meal out of the things I bought from the village vendors. At Villa Spirita were were all happy.
|Sunrise, Villa Spirita, Beaulieu~sur~mer|