Villa Maryland Cap Ferrat

Discussing the history of the beautiful Villa Maryland Cap Ferrat

Surrounded by beautiful gardens and patios, the sunniest wall of the property carries the inscription ‘Quad peto lumen est’ or ‘What I ask for is light’ – a fitting tribute to the villa’s English architect, Harold Peto.

The villa was built in 1904, commissioned by British shipping owner Arthur Wilson. The Wilsons, who were personal friends of Edward VII, were well known among the English community and for their many grand receptions.  A young Winston Churchill was a frequent visitor to the villa in his pursuit of the Wilson’s daughter Muriel, a relationship that was not to be.

During The First World War at Villa Maryland Cap Ferrat

During the First World War the Wilsons invited injured soldiers, from the Queen Victoria Hospital in Nice, for lunch and afternoon tea. These unusual visitors enjoyed walking around the grounds, in the relative peace and quiet.

Muriel and her husband John lived at the villa for many years and later moved into a smaller but equally elegant house, Le Clos, within the grounds. This allowed the couple to rent out the main villa and continue to enjoy the gardens.

Today the property is perfectly maintained, and privately owned, remaining one of the most original villas on Cap Ferrat.

Please note that this is an article written solely for the history of Maryland.
This is not a real estate listing.


Here is a selection of villas for rent in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat.


Since graduating from Nottingham Business School with a BA (Hons) in International Business with French, German and Spanish, founder Alexandra Connolly has used her passion for real estate, extensive experience and a solid knowledge of French property legislation to create Alexandra Lloyd Properties.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Caroline Holmes

    Is this property still on the market? I am a garden historian who lectures on Harold Peto and would welcome the opportunity to visit the site.

    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Caroline Holmes

    1. Dear Caroline,
      Unfortunately this property is not on the market, it is simply an article written about the history of the villa!
      Best wishes Alexandra Connolly

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