“Les Chênes Verts” Villa in Cap d’Antibes
Updated: Jul 4, 2020
I saw this stately home by chance when coming back from Cap d’Antibes. As it drew my attention, I took a picture and then did some research. The house first belonged to Adolphe d’Ennery, a French playwright who bought the plot in 1865 and had the house designed by architect Auguste Abeille. From 1874, author Jules Verne spent a few winters in the house where he worked with D’Ennery on the stage adaptation on his works, notably 'Around the World in 80 Days'. His yacht “Saint Michel II” was moored in the harbor. Verne much loved the villa and its setting, but he was definitely upset by the scandalous lifestyle of his host. In 1938, the house was refurbished and modernised by architect Louis Bensa. Finally, it was bought in 1953 by manufacturer Jean Joannon and became a favoured place for society parties. Today, Pierre Joannon, Jean’s son, is an academic and writer devoted to Irish history and politics. He is General Consul of Ireland in France.
Villa ”Les Chênes Verts”
152, Boulevard J F Kennedy