4 homes fit for royalty

After being at home for a year or more, it’s normal for people to want more space. This collection of properties, from Gothic European castles to a Portuguese palace, has just that.

Fairytale French Castle

Place: Vitre, Brittany, France

Price: $1.9 million

This Gothic-style castle of over 8,000 square meters, 12 rooms, was built in 1860 and restored in 2004 and 2016. It features moldings, panelling, parquet floors and an original fireplace, with modern amenities such as central heating and a lift. .

Set on 12 hectares, the estate features an English-style park and a French garden with ponds, centenary trees and an orchard near Vitre, known for its medieval town centre.

Represented by: Anne-Marie Nordvik of Groupe Mercure

39-acre ‘expressionist’ estate in Southern California

Place: 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 trails, a lake, and waterfalls inspired by Monet’s Garden in Giverny. The property has a main residence of approximately 16,000 square feet and a separate clubhouse with a double-sided fireplace, commercial kitchen and office upstairs.

Amenities include a gym, tennis and basketball courts, a children’s play area, vegetable patch, 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

Place: Moncao, Viana do Castelo, Portugal

Price: $29.9 million

Built by Portuguese nobleman Luis Pereira Velho de Moscoso in the early 1800s, Brejoeira Estate sits on 74 hectares of land in Monção, a town on Portugal’s northern border with Spain. The property includes 44 hectares of vineyards and its own winery, producing approximately 75,000 bottles under the Palácio da Brejoeira brand.

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

Represented by: Puri Mancebo of Immobiliaria Rimontgo.

‘Copper King’s’ Montana Log Cabin

Place: Bigfork, Montana

Price: $2 million

Overlooking Swan Lake in Bigfork, Montana, Kootenai Lodge was built in the early 1900s as a summer residence for the daughters of Cornelius Kelley, president of the Anaconda Copper Mining Co. The two bedroom house was completely renovated between 2018 and 2020 but has three original stone fireplaces and features a wraparound deck.

The property has a swimming pool, gym and yoga rooms, as well as a dock with a pontoon boat for the property owners to use. The garage was built in 2019 to match the house and includes epoxy floors and built-in cupboards.

Represented by: Susan Kratt of National Parks Realty.

Groupe Mercure, Hilton & Hyland, Immobiliaria Rimontgo, National Parks Realty and Willis Allen Real Estate are exclusive members of

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