At the end of Cap d’Antibes, on a beautiful wooded land of 11 hectares, stands the villa Eilenroc, built in the 1860s in terms of the famous architect Charles Garnier, who had built the opera houses of Paris and Monte- Carlo. It’s a Dutchman. Mr Hugh Hope Loudon, former governor of the Dutch East Indies, who had acquired this vast area he called the anagram of the name of his wife. Cornelia. In Greco-Roman style, decorated with Corinthian columns and staircases, the villa fitted read a first time at the close of the last century.
Mr Hugh Hope Loudon having separated from his wife. left Antibes and put on sale the field, which changed many times since ownership. Succeeded James Wyllie, Scottish philanthropist return from India, where he had lived thirty-five years, Sir Coleridge Kennard, Harris Sudreau, who is seeking a time of Antibes town hall, and finally a wealthy American, Mr Louis Dudley Beaumont , whose widow now lost gave the property to the city for what city did the foundation to accommodate the guests.
Eilenroc had changed: LD Beaumont began in fact, from 1927 to 1939, to redecorate the house in the spirit of his time. Not hesitating to call to young contemporary artists whose Art Deco style then in vogue. In addition there established his fine collection (furniture and tables XVIII. Welles Bosworth, renowned architect who was carrying out the restoration of the chateau of Versailles was hired, and the famous designer Willy Baumgarten, whose business at Place Vendome Paris and 5th Avenue in New York knew a worldwide reputation.
To them we owe the sumptuous interior of Eilenroc. Unfortunately many paintings and furniture disappeared during the last war of the house of Mrs. Beaumont, which did not return after the death of her husband that very rarely Eilenroc, preferring to settle permanently in Monte Carlo, where she died.
In 1982, she donated it to the Antibes villa and 11 acres therein, on condition that the Municipality to restore and maintain the whole, this was done and done well. Thanks to the talent of the craftsmen of Old Antibes, whose expertise is known to all the antique dealers, specialist workshops through the city and the Picasso museum, the reception rooms, libraries, bedrooms and bathrooms regained their luster and brilliance of yesteryear.
Note that in December I988, at the Conference of Heads of African States. François Mitterrand. President of the Republic, was the guest of the villa Eilenroc.
Gift of the villa in the town of Antibes
Mayor and dear friend, Because of the friendly relations I have with you and in consideration of the attachment I have for the city of Antibes where I spent such happy years before the war, I decided to donate to the city Antibes Eilenroc of my property that you know well, so that the population of your city benefits in remembrance of me. (…) As an essential condition of this donation, the town of Antibes is obliged by his representative, Mr Peter HAKE, in his official capacity, the creation of a private institution whose selfless establishment procedures should be undertaken at the latest within a period of one year from the date of death of the donor. This institution will be known as “Mrs. LD BEAUMONT FOUNDATION” indefinitely. It will focus on activities of general interest and municipal-type culture and tourism (Exhibitions, receptions of guests, etc …) This institution will be located in the villa “Eilenroc”. It shall issue its own rules. It will be administered by a board composed of nine members appointed by Mr. Merle Stone as President and Founder, after him, by the Mayor of the town of Antibes.
Mail from H.D Beaumont, on February 28th, 1982.
The guest book
“The Cap d’Antibes is the most enchanting holiday of the earth”, was pleased to write Anatole France. Also large in the world they poured from the beginning of this century found Eden. Many of them are among the privileged guests of the villa Eilenroc. Princes and Maharajas. Kings and Queens, like Leopold of Belgium, Queen Victoria, Queen of Saxony or Don Pedro Alcantara y met perhaps the turning dune path, a Mr. Carnegie, who many celebrities owed their consecration under the chandeliers of the mythical “Carnegie Hall” or Stephen Liegard, sub-prefect in the fields that inspired Daudet and without which the “Riviera” is not what it is, or even Lord Brougham, that the chance of a popular bouillabaisse prompted to “create” Cannes. Jules Halevy, author of the books of Jacques Offenbach, and Claude Monet, probably dreamed facing the setting sun haloed Bots pearly … Throughout the book runs the time lost and found: Princess of Sagan, de la Rochefoucauld, Grand Duke Nicolas of Russia, Prince Jules Ouloussof, Duchess of Nassau, Henri d’Orléans, Lady and Miss Molvneux, Edmond de Pourtales, Greta Garbo, Gatsby Scott Fitzgerald and other magnificent. Memories parade, and the list is not exhaustive. Besides holding … Close your eyes … Maybe you hear the engine of a “lsotta Frascini” coming down the aisle… Rudolf Valentino, the lover of the world’s coming to dinner in Eilenroc.