Sunday, 19 August 2012

David Niven's house on Cap Ferrat

David Niven's house on Cap Ferrat
On the beach path walk from Beaulieu sur Mer round to St Jean on Cap Ferrat (the walk is known as the Promenade Maurice Rouvier), you pass David Niven's old house, originally called Lo Scoglietto (Little Rock). As you can see, it even has its own little private harbour. It was built in 1880, and in 1920, the villa was rented by the Duchess of Marlborough. It was then extended in the 1950s and rented by Leopold III, King of the Belgians. Later Lo Scoglietto was bought by the great Charlie Chaplin, and in 1960 he in turn sold it to the film actor David Niven.
David Niven house Cap FerratDavid Niven house Cap Ferrat

The house itself is also a movie star, having appeared, with a cameo from Niven, in the otherwise unwatchable Trail of the Pink Panther (1983) . Peter Sellers had died, and Niven was dying, so the film is a morgue-like stitching together of old clips of Sellers, while Niven has his voice dubbed by someone else.
The small square in front of the villa is named Place David Niven as a tribute to the late actor. Although the ownership of the house since then has been less well documented, there is an unsubstantiated local story that it was briefly owned by Dodi Fayed, who of course was the ill-fated suitor of Princess Diana.
Recently restored at a reputed cost of €10 million, the villa is now known as La Fleur du Cap. The last photo is the approximate view the house enjoys, back to Beaulieu sur Mer...just stunning.
David Niven house Cap FerratDavid Niven house Cap Ferrat

(Acknowledgement to Monaco CityOut website for the information above).

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