05 January 2009

View from the Monte Carlo Country Club - 2


Look east from the Monte Carlo Country Club and you see this impressive house on the Moyenne Corniche in France. It's called Villa Varavilla and was built in 1891 by Camille Blanc, who was the first Mayor of Beausoleil. His father, François Blanc, was known as the 'Magician of Monaco' and was the first president of the SBM (Societé des Bains de Mer). He created, with Prince Charles III of Monaco, the famous Casino of Monte Carlo, from which much of Monaco's wealth originated.

In the smaller photograph (you might need to click to enlarge) you can see M.C.C.C. in the turf above the main court. In just over three months all the tennis greats will be playing here.

11 comments:

angela said...

I wish it were me who owned it..it's beautiful..

Leon Basin said...

That does look amazing!!!

Hilda said...

Oh wow. The view from that house must be amazing!

Sharon said...

Whatever it is, it's gorgeous against the beautiful blue sky.

babooshka said...

I'm with Angela I know I'd like to own it. It is so fustrating to find an inage and then find zero info, or worse come back to your own blog when searching.

John said...

un beau batiment, qui se détache complètement du beau ciel bleu et de la végétation...
Ce "palace" semble immense, non ?

Destitute Rebel said...

What a wonderful building and a great capture of it, seems like a lovely place to live in and wake up with wonderful views.

Virginia said...

I'd like that lovely view every morning! Just gorgeous.
V
PS I am anxious to hear how "my girls" are doing. Baths today???

George Townboy said...

Two beautiful shots!

maria said...

Jilly, husband looked in Google Earth and came across this house. Is this the same house? http://www.panoramio.com/photo/14126816

Jilly said...

Maria, good for your husband. That looks right to me, taken from the Grande Corniche, I'd imagine.

I did more research this morning - had the information all the time (duh!) in a book I've got on the grand houses of the region, so I've now updated the copy above.

Many thanks.

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