Preferences Preferences To safeguard0
Contact us
Côte d'Azur (Cannes)
Sotheby's International Realty
Côte d'Azur (Beaulieu)
Sotheby's International Realty
Côte d'Azur (Cap Ferrat)
Sotheby's International Realty
Côte d'Azur (St Tropez)
Sotheby's International Realty
Côte d'Azur (Nice)
Sotheby's International Realty
Send an email



My research
  1. Home
  2. >
  3. Luxury real estate
  4. >
  5. Villa Semiramis: an exceptional Belle Epoque property in Villefranche-sur-Mer

Villa Semiramis: an exceptional Belle Epoque property in Villefranche-sur-Mer

Share this link
Villa Semiramis: an exceptional Belle Epoque property in Villefranche-sur-Mer

Villa Semiramis is a luxurious residence in the commune of Villefranche-sur-Mer. This historic villa is famous for its elegant architecture and privileged location offering breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea. It was built in the early 20th century and named after the legendary queen of Babylon, Semiramis.

The villa is a favorite with wealthy visitors and celebrities looking for a luxurious getaway on the Côte d'Azur. Its location in Villefranche-sur-Mer makes it an ideal base from which to explore the region, including nearby Nice and Monaco.

Villa Seminaris: an example of Belle Epoque architecture in Villefranche sur Mer

Villa Semiramis stands out for its elegant architecture and style that reflects the aesthetics of the Belle Époque. It was designed in a neo-classical style, typical of the luxurious homes of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The villa's exterior features harmonious lines, with a symmetrical façade and refined decorative elements. Columns, balustrades and pediments are common features of neo-classical architecture, and Villa Semiramis is no exception. Wrought-iron balconies and large windows let you enjoy views of the surrounding sea.

The choice of materials also contributes to the villa's architectural appeal. Local stone is often used, giving the whole a solid, timeless appearance. Marble details, moldings and delicate ornamentation add a touch of sophistication to the overall structure.

The villa's interior is equally impressive. Rooms are spacious, bright and richly decorated. High ceilings, marble fireplaces, precious wood floors and crystal chandeliers create a luxurious, elegant atmosphere.


The architecture of Villa Semiramis is a testament to the style and refinement of the era in which it was built. It embodies the timeless charm of the Côte d'Azur and continues to attract the attention of visitors who appreciate the historic architecture and idyllic setting of Villefranche-sur-Mer.

It is surrounded by a superb Mediterranean garden planted with palms, cypresses and other exotic plants. It also boasts a private swimming pool and extensive terraces that allow guests to take full advantage of the region's sunny climate.

Villa Seminaris in the History of the Côte d'Azur

Villa Semiramis has a fascinating history that dates back to the early 20th century and is shrouded in mystery: indeed a vagueness reigns around its construction date and who commissioned it.

The mystery of its construction

It is said to have been built between 1902 and 1904 by an unknown architect, however, other sources place its construction in 1913. It is also assumed that Emmanuel Pontremoli, architect of the Villa Kerylos, was the thinker, but no official document confirms this. It's also unclear who commissioned the work: there are three potential sponsors.

The first is a British businessman by the name of Sir Arthur Paget, a passionate art lover and collector who wanted a luxurious residence to allow him to fully enjoy the beauty of the Côte d'Azur.

The second is Elie Leroux, a restaurateur in Villefranche-sur-Mer about whom little further information is available.

The third, and by no means least, is King Leopold of Belgium, who also commissioned several properties on the French Riviera, including the Villa Les Cèdres in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat.

An opulent Villa through history

The villa was named Semiramis after the legendary queen of Babylon, renowned for her beauty and opulence. The name evoked the idea of a sumptuous, grandiose residence.

Over the decades, Villa Semiramis has retained its appeal and renown. Today, it is one of the symbols of fine architecture on the Côte d'Azur, and continues to be appreciated by visitors and wealthy residents alike.

This private property, whose history has been marked by time, remains a prestigious residence that embodies the elegance and timeless charm of Villefranche-sur-Mer and the surrounding region.

A luxury Villa in Villefranche sur Mer

Villa Semiramis is ideally located in the commune of Villefranche-sur-Mer, on the Côte d'Azur in the south of France. Villefranche-sur-Mer is a charming little coastal town between Nice and Monaco, offering spectacular scenery and a Mediterranean ambience.

The villa offers panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and the bay of Villefranche. The villa's location ensures privacy and tranquility.

Villefranche-sur-Mer is renowned for its turquoise waters, picturesque beaches and Provencal charm. The town boasts a picturesque old quarter with narrow streets, colorful facades and a medieval ambience. Visitors can explore the historic citadel, stroll along the bustling port and enjoy the many restaurants and cafés by the sea.

A strategic position between Nice and Monaco

Just a few kilometers west of Villefranche-sur-Mer, Nice is the region's main city, offering a variety of cultural attractions, luxury boutiques, restaurants and nightlife, as well as a gateway to the rest of the world with its international airport.

To the east of Villefranche-sur-Mer lies Monaco, the famous glamorous and cosmopolitan principality. Monaco is known for its world-famous casino, its marina full of luxury yachts and its famous Formula 1 Grand Prix. Villefranche-sur-Mer's proximity to Monaco makes it a popular year-round destination for both Monegasques looking for a quiet second home and investors looking to capitalize on Monaco's appeal.

Villa Semiramis therefore enjoys a privileged location, offering both privacy and easy access to some of the Côte d'Azur's most sought-after destinations.

Discover our exceptional properties in Villefranche sur Mer

Our real estate agents at the Beaulieu sur Mer and Saint Jean Cap Ferrat agencies, as well as our Private Desk, experts in this type of high-standard historic properties in Villefranche sur Mer, will be able to advise and guide you in your purchasing projects in complete confidentiality.

Contact them to discuss your requirements or schedule a visit:

+33 (0)4 92 92 12 88

Discover our selection of luxurious properties in Villefranche sur Mer and Saint Jean Cap Ferrat