3 For The Royal Affair
Estates Fit For A King (or Queen).
By Lauren Varga
A tranquil country road in the Loire Valley of France leads one to Chateau de Bussiée, a classic Renaissance chateau believed to date back to 1234. Refurbished during the 15th and 16th centuries and well maintained by its current owners, the home’s 11,000 square feet of living space is highlighted with custom-designed silk wall coverings, Renaissance fireplaces and tall windows. Listed for $6 million, furnished, or $5 million, unfurnished, the chateau’s Old World charm coupled with 21st century amenities, including a gourmet kitchen and a heated pool and a pool house, will impress the most discerning buyers.
Source: Yates Nobles, Montague, Miller & Co., Realtors, Charlottesville, Va.
Lords and ladies gather in Ascot, Berkshire, England, each year for a true royal pastime—horse racing. Two miles from the high-intensity track rests Ravello, a contemporary traditional stone estate with generously sized rooms, private gardens and a staff/au pair suite above the garage. Listed for approximately $5 million, this residence is complete with 6,254 square feet of living space. Constructed in 2002, the home is owned by professional golfer and two-time U.S. Open Champion Retief Goosen.
Source: Barton Wyatt Estate Agents, Surrey, England.
Source: La Commerciale SRL, Rome, Italy.
Encompassing nearly 1,300 feet of Mediterranean coastline, Villa Volpi in Rome, Italy, is a breathtaking estate near the resort town of Sabaudia. Created by Countess Nathalie Volpi di Misurata, this palatial estate showcases ancient Greek architecture on approximately 26 acres of natural terrain within a national park. On the Tyrrhenian Sea, the home’s awe-inspiring beaches and scenic dunes serve as privacy for the residents while the blue waters offer year-round water skiing.