Elton John’s villa is Nice is as spectacular as the man himself. Built in the 1920s as an artists’ colony, it overlooks the Mediterranean sea and has welcomed many a famous guest over the years. That includes playing host to Harry and Meghan and their son, Archie in 2019-a trip which generated considerable controversy due to their use of a private jet to get there.
Currently, the legendary singer songwriter is recovering in his Nice home after a hospital visit in nearby Monaco. His PR team said the singer-songwriter is now in good health following a series of check-ups and attended the health centre as a precautionary measure.
Known as the ‘summer palace,’ the French idyll is just one of Elton’s many properties around the world. The house, with its cheerful yellow exterior (repainted from its previous rusty-pink shade), is situated next to a national park and arriving there is a breathtaking affair. According to Architectural Digest, ‘a road winds up through gnarled windswept pine trees and comes to a big set of metal gates.’ Elton himself told AD, ‘Heaven must be like this. If Gabriel popped out from behind a tree and said hi, I wouldn’t be surprised. The gates close behind me, and I leave the rest of the world behind.’
The house has multiple bedrooms, a tower room with large windows looking out over the bay and the Alps beyond, and a pool adorned with four Greek statues depicting the seasons. Attention to detail is key: in the dining room, the dining chairs have eight different slipcovers to ensure they match whichever of the 14 sets of china is currently in use.
The villa is also home to a marvellous art collection: a Julian Schnabel canvas hangs at one end of the dining table, and another in the musician’s bedroom above his bed. The sitting room houses Andy Warhol prints and a Lichtenstein sculpture. When instructing his decorating team of Fred Dilger and Monique Gibson on the look for the property, Elton reportedly told them he wanted it “white, like an empty canvas before the artist applies paint. Colour should come from the art inside and from the landscape of sky and water and wildflowers outside.’
For more on this house and Elton’s other properties, read the article on Architectural Digest.