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Perfectly positioned just 90 kilometers to the west of Paris in Haute-Normandie, the sheer indulgence of this refined and exceptional property will be enough to set even the most discerning buyer’s pulse racing. Replete with opulence, sophistication, and grace, this breathtakingly luxurious French chateau is simply indescribable. The embodiment of class and refinement, this impressive chateau seamlessly combines historic grandeur with a lavish and sumptuous interior all set within an impressive parkland setting. In addition to the extraordinary chateau that sits at the heart of the gardens, there is also a 100m² caretaker’s house, a 300m² outbuilding, and a small chapel that dates back to the 13th century. The estate features a total of 16 bedrooms, eight of which have ensuite bathrooms. There are also three self-contained studios with attached kitchenette. Welcoming Grand Entrance to Lavish Luxuriousness This estate is particularly remarkable for a number of reasons. As you approach…

Embedded in the picturesque landscape of the Italian Alps and surrounded by majestic forests, a lavishly furnished and decorated castle tells a story about ancient times. For 650 years, this privately owned castle has been in the possession of the aristocrat family of Count Spaur zu Flavon und Valer. The sprawling and lordly residence with more than 80 rooms accommodates the family and their guests in 15 bedrooms with 14 washrooms and the generous knights hall for extravagant soirees. Besides a well-equipped library and cosy living rooms, the gardens and apple orchards invite guests to linger and enjoy the breath taking view over the Non Valley. Castel Valer Beautifully Preserved Original Architecture Many myths and legends surround Castel Valer, which was built between the 12th and 17th centuries on the site of Roman ruins. Initially owned by ancient Romans and then an Austrian Emperor, it also served Pope Pius IX…

Château Hochberg, originally named Château Teutsch after the family that had it built, is located on the site of the former Hochberg glassworks, which closed down in 1868. The last owners of the works, Victor and Edouard Teutsch, commissioned the building of this magnificent residence between 1863 and 1866. In keeping with the Second Empire style from the epoch of Napoleon III, Château Hochberg features imposing façades decorated with bands of pink sandstone, large-scale windows and handsome wrought iron balconies. For a number of years, the Hochberg glassworks was the centre of the Teutsch family’s professional commitments but also of their daily life, particularly that of Edouard Teutsch. He was fervent in his opposition to the annexation of Alsace and Lorraine by Germany. Nevertheless, he got himself elected as a member of the German parliament, the Reichstag, for the Saverne constituency. In 1874, he made a blistering speech of protest…

Scotland’s finest hotel and restaurant set in 500 acres of garden and ground, uniquely located amongst the glens and lochs at the foot of Ben Nevis. Inverlochy Castle Hotel’s consummate service and fabulous rooms make it a picturesque place to visit Inverlochy Castle is located amidst the scenic foothills of Ben Nevis overlooking its own loch. Built in 1863 by the first Lord Abinger, near the site of the original 13th century fortress. Inverlochy had been a private residence for over a hundred years until 1969 when it was converted from a family home to Scotland’s finest country house hotel. In September 1873 during a trip to Balmoral, Queen Victoria spent a week at Inverlochy sketching and painting where she wrote in her diaries ‘I never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot’. There is plenty to do from scenic walks around the stunning grounds, also taking in the private…

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We are simply enchanted with this book. Globally acclaimed interior designer Timothy Corrigan has restored this grand chateau and created spaces so special, each corner, another inviting private space, elegantly designed, beautifully appointed, and very inviting. A Look Inside The Château at Private Spaces in which to Escape Imagine blissfully whiling away the day, indulging in the art of doing nothing sinking into soft chairs, kissed by gentle lighting, ambiance richly warm, the gently colored walls playing with the light dancing off the furniture, lulling you into a deeply relaxed state.  An Invitation to Château du Grand-Lucé is the story of a passionate love affair between a man—award-winning interior designer Timothy Corrigan—and a gorgeous wreck of a house, set in the magnificent French countryside. Though the house was an empty, gently crumbling shell of its former 18th century self, Corrigan immediately appreciated its excellent bones on his first visit in…

Located some fifteen kilometers from Paris, the Château de Malmaison was acquired by Napoleon and Josephine Bonaparte in 1799. The future empress was to give this domain the special character that still accounts for its charm today. From 1800 to 1802, under the Consulate, this little palace became, along with the Tuileries, the seat of the government of France. Josephine never tired in her efforts to make the “Imperial Palace of Malmaison” and especially its park, a place of wonder. To the very great variety of plants in her garden, she unstintingly added the company of exotic animals: black swans, ostriches, zebras, and antelopes. The Emperor divorced the Empress for reasons of state in 1809 and gave her the domain of Malmaison, which remained Josephine’s favorite residence until her death in 1814. The Château de Malmaison then passed into private hands, and was gifted to the French State by a…

The thought of buying property in France may seem daunting, especially when thinking of purchasing something as grand as a castle. Here to help make sense of it all is trusted for over 75-years, advice from Agence Internationale Mercure. Steps to Making That Castle of Your Dreams in France, Yours! French property is highly attractive to international buyers and the buying process in France is a familiar and relatively straightforward one. There are no restrictions on foreign ownership of real estate although the process may take a little longer in France than in some other countries. When purchasing in a foreign country and foreign language, it is always wise to appoint an independent lawyer to look after your interests when purchasing your property. 1. PROCESS OF BUYING REAL ESTATE IN FRANCE  * A property is carefully selected by the buyer and an agreement on price is reached between the vendor…

You’ve always dreamed of buying a castle in France. Did you know that you actually can? Since 1936 French company Agence Internationale Mercure has led the way in the Castle and ‘belle demeures’ market in France. Passionate about castles, character properties, country Estates and vineyards. You can actually buy a piece of French history! Its charismatic CEO owner Pierre Chasseigne is fascinated by history and a true admirer of ancient houses. This impressive of portfolio includes historic castles, private residences, country Estates, vineyards, apartments in Paris, all making up a grand catalog of beauty and history. What’s Available Agence International Mercure’s company’s portfolio includes historic castles, private residences, country houses, hotels, prestigious apartments, hunting grounds, vineyards comprising catalogue of more that 2500 prestigious properties in France. www.agencemercure.com

Ancient architecture and history-rich homes for many, replete with fabulous art, like tapestries, fine paintings, sculpture and antiquities. A Peek at Castle Life These centuries old monuments are the thing of fairy tales and seemingly far away from modern life. Many of them remain not only because of the craftsmanship of their creation, but due to the dedication and efforts of many to preserve them and keep them for future generations. Have you ever wondered what they look like on the inside? They are fascinating places to peer into; while they peruse them. We think these are important to preserve because they are pieces of history marking great accomplishments of man and great pieces of beauty in architecture. Private tour of exclusive chateau from 1734 near Toulouse in the South of France Gorgeous castle with a splendid frontage, a pool and a fabulous soaker tub! We can just imagine luxuriating…

France has over 42,000 castles. 42,000! That is amazing! All that history and mystery of those monuments from the past. A virtual treasure trove of luxurious delight that awaits. Love castles and their stories? If you aren’t near France and haven’t any access, we are your doorway to the past! Thanks to our partnership with Agence Mercure, we have a private tour guide and access to these splendid properties and more from the beautiful and richly historical country of France. Mercure is a leader in France on the market of the castles and belles demeures, the most recognized and respected prestige real estate group in France for the past 75 years. Follow along with us on Twitter and visit us here for spreads including photos and intriguing stories about these fascinating architectural gems!

In the bluff of a Scottish highland, a castle stands staunch and regal on the edge of a fragrant grove of pine trees. Wind rolls in swiftly from the Atlantic and boughs dance brightly, creating a whisper of voices echoing those of ancestors from long ago. A time when lords and ladies decorated the dimly lit hallways with their festive and elegant dress, their mark lingering as the grand castles stand still and majestic, stirring memories of life from centuries ago. Exploring Scotland’s History In just under 79,000 square kilometers with almost 790 islands, Scotland is host to more than 250 castles, towers and manor houses. Each of them holds the gift of memories and long-ago tales of this tiny nation. The history of Scotland has decorated the landscape of the country with such impressive castles as Edinburgh and Stirling. Edinburgh, located atop an ancient volcano in Scotland’s capital, has…