A historic French chateau once owned by King Leopold II has been put on the market by a Grand Marnier heiress for an eye-watering €1BILLION. The opulent address in the billionaire’s playground of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat in the south of France is a 10-bedroom property with an Olympic size swimming pool in a glamorous coastal enclave close to Nice.
Villa Les Cedres boasts one of the most beautiful gardens in Europe with 35 acres of manicured lawns, 15000 plants, and 20 greenhouses with rare tropical vegetation. Another spectacular feature is the outdoor swimming pool, which is carved directly in the rocks below. The palatial home also has a ballroom and stables for up to 30 horses.
The opulent estate has been in the Grand Marnier liquor dynasty since 1924 and has immeasurable historic value. Its location gives it exclusivity as Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat has a population of just over 2000 and is the home of many celebrities and royalty who seek privacy and unspoilt natural scenery.
Villa Les Cedres comes with its original fittings that include wooden beams, fireplaces and hardwood floors. The kitchen has been renovated and fitted with the latest appliances and the living room boasts panoramic French windows overlooking the patio and luxurious, plush drapes. All rooms are furnished in the same flamboyant style of regal splendour – typical of such estates from the 1900s. Private balconies from the second floor overlook the manicured lawns and the beautiful French Riviera.
The impressive property has already attracted interest from prospective buyers in Monaco despite the harsh economic climate in France and will go down in real estate history as the most expensive sale to date.