Real Estate

Personal Palaces: 4 Homes Fit For Royalty

After a year-plus of staying at home, it’s natural for people to want more space. This collection of properties, from Gothic European chateaus to a Portuguese palace, have precisely that. 

Fairytale French chateau

Location: Vitre, Brittany, France

Price: $1.9 million 

This more than 8,000-square-foot, 12-room Gothic-style chateau was built in 1860 and restored in 2004 and 2016. It features moldings, wainscoting, parquet flooring and an original fireplace, with modern amenities such as central heating and an elevator.

Set on 12 acres, the estate features an English-style park and French garden with ponds, secular trees and an orchard near Vitre, known for its medieval town center.

Represented by: Anne-Marie Nordvik of Groupe Mercure

39-acre ‘expressionist’ estate in Southern California

Location: Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego, California

Price: $35 million

Called Villa Nafissa, this custom-built home sits on nearly 39 acres in Rancho Santa Fe with paths, a lake and waterfalls that take inspiration from Monet’s Garden in Giverny. The property has an approximately 16,000-square-foot main residence, and a separate clubhouse with a double-sided fireplace, commercial kitchen and an upstairs office.

Amenities include a gym, tennis and basketball courts, a children’s play area, a vegetable garden and yoga and meditation gardens.

Represented by: Jerome Kerr-Jarrett and Jeff Hyland of Hilton & Hyland and Monica Sylvester of Willis Allen Real Estate

Portugal palace with a vineyard 

Location: Monção, Viana do Castelo, Portugal

Price: $29.9 million 

Brejoeira Estate, built by Portuguese nobleman Luis Pereira Velho de Moscoso in the early 19th century, sits on 74 acres of land in Monção, a town located in the norther border of Portugal with Spain. The property includes 44 acres of vineyards and its own winery, which produces around 75,000 bottles under the Palácio da Brejoeira brand.

The granite building was designed by architect Carlos Amarante in the neoclassical style and incorporates Baroque influences. It includes a chapel, theater and winter garden. There’s also a lake with an island and artificial caves.

Represented by: Puri Mancebo of Immobiliaria Rimontgo.

‘Copper King’s’ Montana log cabin

Location: Bigfork, Montana

Price: $2 million 

The Kootenai Lodge, which overlooks Swan Lake in Bigfork, Montana, was built in the early 1900s as a summer retreat for the daughters of Cornelius Kelley, president of the Anaconda Copper Mining Co. The two-bedroom home was completely remodeled between 2018 and 2020 but retains three original stone fireplaces and features a wraparound deck.

The property comes with a swimming pool, gym and yoga rooms, as well as dock with a pontoon boat that the property’s owners can use. The garage was built in 2019 to match the home and contains epoxy flooring & built-in cabinets.

Represented by: Susan Kratt of National Parks Realty.

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