Mona Lisa's villa

Stunning Tuscan home of Leonardo da Vinci’s muse could be yours for £16 million

A stunning Italian villa is up for sale that has an interesting piece of history associated with its heritage. It was owned by silk merchant Francesco Del Giocondo, whose beautiful wife Lisa Gherardini is widely believed to have posed for Leonardo Da Vinci’s iconic Mona Lisa portrait. The £16-milliom estate is located just three miles outside of Florence in the picturesque Tuscan countryside and includes a 27 hectare park.

Mona Lisa's villa

Apart from the main estate, the property comprises a chapel, a custodian’s house and several annexes for agricultural use, which includes three lemon houses. The main house features eight large bedrooms, several reception rooms with rich architectural features, which include ceiling frescoes and ornate woodwork. The annexes also have a number of additional rooms.

Mona Lisa's villa

The property was fully renovated by its previous owner Marchioness Nathalie Antinori at the beginning of the 20th century. Credit goes to her brother Egisto Paolo Fabbri – an architect and artist for the redesign.

It is marketed as “one of the most interesting historic homes which we have in Tuscany, on of the most requested regions in the luxury sector” for its strategic location, rich historical heritage and pristine views.

Mona Lisa's villa

All reception rooms are located on the first floor and overlook the perfectly-manicured gardens. The frescoes on the ceiling are in prime condition after the renewal. The bedrooms are on the second floor and feature marble en-suite bathrooms with double vanities and walk-in showers.

Plush carpets, stone fireplaces, wooden beams and floor-to-ceiling windows add to the regal appeal of the magnificent property. The house also features an impressive collection of paintings and sculptures that complement the original style of the property, restored to its historic glamour. There is a large chef’s kitchen fitted with state-of-the-art appliances. Exposed stone walls with arches and handmade cotto floors are just some of the other spectacular features.

Mona Lisa's villa

Historic Scottish castle

Historic Scottish 40-bedroom castle for under a million

A historic castle dating back to 1905 and located amidst the beauty of the North West Scottish Highlands has been put on the market for just £900,000. The extensive Carbisdale Castle was originally built for Mary Caroline, Duchess of Sutherland and features a grand hall, a ballroom and a billiards room.

The castle stretches on 40,000 square feet and requires expensive repairs to be restored to its full glory. It does, however, feature intricate wood-carved staircases, spectacular French windows, well-preserved wooden beams and flooring and stone fireplaces. It even has its own clock tower and due to its strategic location on a hilltop – reveals panoramic views of the surrounding lands.

Historic Scottish castle

Other spectacular features of Carbisdale Castle are a large library and a minstrel’s gallery – which is a raised balcony for musicians to play during a feast or ball.. Some of the original marble statues, paintings and other artwork have remained as most were sold at a $1-million auction in 2015.

Historic Scottish castle

Part of the estate is 16 acres of land including a loch. After the property was gifted to the Scottish Youth Hostel Association and temporarily made into a backpacking sensation – significant refurbishments were carried out, bringing it closer to its former grandeur.

Historic Scottish castle

Originally put up for sale in 2014 for £1.2 million, now the asking price has been cut by 25 per cent.  There are 40 bedrooms, magnificent stone fireplaces, ornate stone and wood carvings and fine panelling. The property is rich in history and will make an incredible trophy home once it undergoes certain restorations and remodelling. It also boasts castellated parapets and circular turrets. Vaulted ceilings and intricate detailing add to the magnificence of the regal property.

This is a “unique opportunity” to acquire one of Scotland’s finest and most infamous estates for a bargain price.

Montecito Tuscan Villa

Montecito Tuscan Villa

Listed by Sotheby’s is an inspiring 6-bedroom Italian villa with panoramic views of the ocean, Island and mountain in Montecito, California. A 2-bedroom guesthouse as well as an outdoor swimming pool and beautiful gardens are part of the $ 6,295,000 complex.

The main house comprises a first-floor master suite, extensive terraces, en-suit bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen, cosy library, a private wine cellar, a sun-filled family room and a large covered loggia with a built-in fireplace. The large garage has the capacity to fit four vehicles.

Montecito Tuscan Villa

Furnished to excellent standards of warm Mediterranean hospitality with a touch of contemporary minimalism, the interior of the villa is flooded with natural light, which works well with the natural wooden surfaces and floor-to-ceiling windows.  Venetian plaster walls, a handsome limestone fireplace, coffered wood ceiling, travertine floors and a wall of glass seamlessly bring views of the terrace, gardens, and ocean indoors.

Montecito Tuscan Villa

The master suite is located in its individual wing of the home with beautiful ocean views across the private stone terrace. Guests can enjoy a fireplace and double walk-in closets that add to the generous space. The luxurious en-suite bathroom is fitted with two Onyx vanities, a claw-foot tub and a marble shower. Also adjacent to the master suite is an alder wood-panelled library, complete with mahogany floors and mountain views.

There are five additional guest suites, each with individual private baths. Most rooms have private terraces, patios or balconies with panoramic views of the surrounding scenery.

Montecito Tuscan Villa

The main residence sits across a spacious two-bedroom, two-bath guesthouse with an outdoor terrace. It is furnished in a style similar to the villa with a stone fireplace, wood coffered ceilings, custom cabinetry, travertine floors, and tumbled marble and granite accents. An outdoor swimming pool and a gentlemen’s lounge area are amongst the additional features of the spectacular property.

Montecito Tuscan Villa

Keith Richards lists NYC apartment for $12.23 million

Keith Richards lists New York City apartment for $12.23 million

Rock fans will be smitten with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own the luxurious pad of legendary musician Keith Richards. The Rolling Stones guitarist has put his New York apartment, situated in the trendy Greenwich Village for $12.23 million less than two years after he bought it with his wife for $10.5 million. The two-story penthouse comprises 2,700-square-feet of urban style stretched across four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a living area, open-plan kitchen and three separate terraces.  It underwent a remodelling in 2011 and now exhibits a beautiful contrasting aesthetic of dark wood floors and bright white walls and furnishings.

Keith Richards lists NYC apartment

Amongst some of the more spectacular features of the modern apartment are the open staircase hat has been fitted with a leather-wrapped bronze handrail together with a sliding wall that sections off a library from the living room on the main floor. Given who the famous current owner is, it is no surprise that the home is equipped with Sonos sound system – the latest in technology.

Keith Richards lists NYC apartment

All bedrooms have spacious, light-flooded en-suite bathrooms. The master suite has two large walk-in closets and a ‘spa-like’ bathroom that features a shower, soaking tub and a double marble vanity sink.

Located in the historic One Fifth Avenue building north of Washington Square Park – Richard’s apartment is a true real estate haven, described as the ‘most prestigious and sought after cooperatives’. Sweeping views of the New York skyline, a 24-hour concierge and doorman service complete the luxurious urban experience.

Keith Richards lists NYC apartment

Furnished by renowned architect Joe Serrins – the penthouse is a masterpiece of form and function with flexile and fluid living spaces and warm wooden panels to balance out the start white design throughout. Floor-to-ceiling windows, sliding panels and custom features provide a beautiful finish to the mint-conditioned apartment, flooding it with light and providing balance between space and design.

Keith Richards lists NYC apartment

Castle of la Croix des Gardes

Magnificent castle set in the legendary area of ‘La Croix des Gardes’

A historic estate on the picturesque coast of the French Riviera is available for sale through Sotheby’s. ‘Castle of la Croix des Gardes’ is a magnificent property located in an exclusive part of the famed resort – away from prying eyes.

Castle of la Croix des Gardes

The hilltop reveals panoramic views of the gulf and is just few short minutes away from the port of Cannes and the beautiful Palais des Festivals. The estate overlooks the legendary neighbourhood and provides much-needed seclusion and privacy for the owner.

Castle of la Croix des Gardes

Throughout the years, ‘Castle of la Croix des Gardes’ has had many renowned owners and has undergone extensive renovations and refurbishments to become its modern version of today. A spectacular amalgam of contemporary luxury and proud historic traditions that bridge the gap between past and present. Located on roughly 1,200 square metres, it is renovated in a neo-Palladian style by English architect Alan Gore.  Apart from the castle itself, there is also a spacious guest house, staff accommodation quarters and several outbuildings scattered around the park.

Castle of la Croix des Gardes

The garden is immaculately manicured and maintained, following the fashion of the French royals in the 17th and 18th centuries.  There is a tennis court and an infinite pool to overlook the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Lion.

High ceilings, Florentine-style facades, exposed wooden beams and floor-to-ceiling French windows give the property an exquisite regal ambiance coupled with a warm Mediterranean feel. The property has seen many famous guests throughout the years, being the location, where immortal Hollywood legends Grace Kelly and Cary Grant filmed ‘To Catch a Thief’.

Castle of la Croix des Gardes

Price for the exclusive property is available on request, although its estimated value is about $53.5million. 13,000 square feet of living space include 13 bedrooms and nine bathrooms, a winter garden, a Turkish lodge, outdoor tennis court and infinity pool. The grandeur of the castle is complemented by its manicured gardens overlooking the Bay of Cannes.

Castle of la Croix des Gardes

RockStar penthouse

A $2,995,000 Las Vegas RockStar penthouse

Live it up in the city that has it all– staying in Las Vegas has never been more stylish than in this $2,995,000 modern penthouse. The ultimate bachelor pad is ideal for large parties or just kicking it back in a laid-back ambiance and enjoying the vibrant nightlife of Sin City.

RockStar penthouse

Decorated and designed with exquisite attention to detail by renowned designer Michael Czysz, this masterpiece is fully furnished and fitted with designer art, furniture and accessories. A private elevator opens up into the living room and three outdoor balconies overlook the Strip. Located on the 14th floor – the apartment is a perfect combination of urban comfort and contemporary luxury with panoramic views, modern furnishings and 24-hour concierge services. It is minutes away from the trendiest clubs and restaurants in town and some of the most exclusive casinos.

RockStar penthouse

RockStar penthouse

The penthouse consists of a total of 3,515 square feet of impeccably-finished space with such features as an open bar, pass-through living room and surround sound.  A smart design accent is provided by the floor-to-ceiling sliding walls, which can be used to rearrange space. There are two large bedrooms, three bathrooms, a media room, bar and a spacious living room in total.

RockStar penthouse

RockStar penthouse

The master bedroom is leather-bound – perfect for a darker and more masculine appeal. There is a soaking tub in its en-suite bathroom with spectacular views of the surrounding city. And if that’s not enough – there is an oversized see-thru shower. Other striking features include the automated walls, designer fixtures and integrated surround sound systems.

RockStar penthouse

The 20-storey building benefits from a 24-hour concierge and valet service, private lounge, cabana and spa, fitness and gym, business centre, library and beauty salons. It is surrounded by perfectly landscaped grounds and provides the necessary distance from the vibrancy of the Strip so guests can enjoy their privacy while remaining connected to all amenities downtown.

RockStar penthouse

Rancho Cielo - Santa Teresa

Luxurious Costa-Rican rental Rancho Cielo – Santa Teresa

Plan your 2016 summer in advance at one of the world’s most exclusive and heavenly locations – the private 24-acre hillside Rancho Cielo complete with breath-taking views of the infamous Hermosa beach in Santa Teresa on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula. Pristine beaches, secluded location, top-notch service, varied amenities and luxurious ambiance – this truly is the ultimate getaway for the discerning traveller.

Rancho Cielo Santa Teresa

Guests are accommodated in 7,200 square feet of beautifully decorated space, comprising six bedrooms, spacious indoor/outdoor spaces, an infinity pool and fascinating jungle trails for them to relax in and explore. At a rate of $2100 a night for the whole complex or $1250 for the main house alone you are guaranteed excellent service and tranquil serenity to fully appreciate the Costa Rican experience.

Rancho Cielo Santa Teresa

Rancho Cielo  Santa Teresa

All staff lives within a 2 mile radius of the green complex to meet all guest requests 24/7. The secluded estate offers a unique and luxurious experience with its boutique-like services and environmentally-friendly ambiance. All food is grown locally on the property and there are many relaxing activities, such as traditional massage, yoga, surf lessons, a boat trip or a swim with the dolphins for guests to enjoy.

Rancho Cielo guests include famous celebrities and A-listers, looking to vacation far away from the public eye and escape the commercialization of popular tourist destinations like Bali and the Maldives. The eco-friendly complex implements solar panels and rain-collection systems for a fully organic experience. There are Polaris 4×4 buggies guests can rent for a drive down to the beach.

Rancho Cielo  Santa Teresa

With 6 bedrooms available for rent – all are flooded with natural light and make the most of the open spaces. Opening up to lovely large decks, all suites overlook the main pool and ocean and have en-suite bathrooms equipped with the highest quality double Helvex shower unit. Guests are surrounded by nature and treated to unparalleled tranquillity while still enjoying the benefits of modern technology.

Rancho Cielo Santa Teresa

Private Lakefront Retreat

Private Lakefront Retreat in Reynolds Plantation

A superb waterfront estate with access to a private golf course is currently on the market for $3,400,000. Located between Atlanta and Augusta on a premier estate lot, it is impeccably finished takes 3 acres of the coveted Reynolds Plantation.

There is a multitude of recreational and leisure activities in the area for a high-end lifestyle for residents. This golf and lake community comprises over 374 miles of Lake Oconee’s pristine shoreline. The estate is located just 15 minutes from a private jet port and a mere 90 minutes from the city of Atlanta.

Private Lakefront Retreat

The house itself was built in 2004 and exhibits classic colonial architecture with casual lakeside living for a laid-back ambiance. There is plenty of outdoor area for games and lounging. An outdoor pool and hot tub are ideal for entertaining guests.  A spacious deck surrounds the house and there is a stone fireplace surrounded by ample seating area.

Private Lakefront Retreat

Private Lakefront Retreat

All rooms have a wonderful view of the surrounding forest and tranquil lake through the floor-to-ceiling French windows. The first floor consists of a grand entrance with marble floor that leads to the sunlit living room, an open-plan kitchen and traditional dining area, and a laundry room. The bedrooms are on the second floor and all of them come with marble en-suite bathrooms with plenty of closet and storage space. Free-standing baths and gigantic wall mirrors complete the elegant interior.

Private Lakefront Retreat

Private Lakefront Retreat

The gourmet kitchen is the dream of every culinary enthusiast as it is designed with maximum functionality in mind and can accommodate multiple chefs and large dinner parties. Additional features include a cooled wine cellar, large walk-in pantry and a service elevator.

Private Lakefront Retreat

Private Lakefront Retreat

This luxurious estate has access to a private deep water dock that is protected on wide cove with views to the open channel. There are just two properties on the street, which guarantees owners peace and privacy. On the opposite side of the street is a private golf course voted  “Best of the Best” Golf Community by the Robb Report.

Private Lakefront Retreat

 

 

 

 

 

 

London apartment

A £7 million London apartment with views over Regent’s Park

The Manhattan-style penthouse emulates a contemporary urban pad and boasts beautiful open-plan living quarters and a minimalist architectural style and design. Its current owner – beloved Friends actor Mathew Perry has put it on the market for the sum of £7 million. He stayed in the property during his appearance in The End Of Longing on the London theatre stage.

London apartment

London apartment

There is a large duple terrace with wonderful views of Regent’s Park and the apartment takes up the sixth and seventh floors of a newly developed building. It has a master suite with a private bathroom as well as two smaller bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms. A spacious kitchen is furnished with white high-gloss, state-of-the- art appliances and elegant wood finishes with over-sized wall tiles. An ample island separates the kitchen from the living area. An eclectic mixture of marble, wood, high-gloss and designer fabrics make for a dynamic and modern ambiance.

London apartment

All bathrooms are designed with marble and beautiful over-sized tiles. Free-standing baths complete the modern interior. A sleek, contemporary design scheme is displayed throughout the apartment and the colour palette is mostly grey, blue and mustard. Some of the corridor walls are decked entirely in wood and there is a definite urban cool factor in all spaces. Funky touches in blues and mustard add to the Avant garde feel of the home, which would make a perfect billionaire’s bachelor pad.

An open-tread wooden staircase leads to the master bedroom, which is designed in soothing greys and blues. There is plenty of space with walk-in closets and a panoramic terrace just outside it.

London apartment

London apartment

The premier-spot building comes with a 24-hour concierge service and within walking distance of Primrose Hill and the Royal Institute of British Architects. Direct views of one of London’s best-known royal parks – Regent’s Park – can be enjoyed from the private terrace of the property.

 

 

 

Weycroft Hall, near Axminster, Devon

£1.5 million historic mansion with its own concert hall and a minstrel’s gallery

A historic estate that dates back to the 15th century and is currently used as a religious retreat is marketed for £1.5 million. It comes with 80 acres of pristine land and consists of a seven-bedroom main house, a three-bedroom annexe, a one-bedroom cottage and a three-bedroom lodge, which can also be sold separately or in different configurations.

Weycroft Hall Manor - Axminster - Devon

Weycroft Hall Manor - Axminster - Devon

Weycroft Hall is a Grade I-listed property near Axminster in Devon built on a site of a fortified Roman camp with great historical significance. The spectacular estate even comes with its own concert hall with the capacity to seat an audience of 100 guests for those who have a penchant for hosting lavish parties and entertainment nights. The minstrel’s gallery is another feature you won’t find in your typical English country home.

Weycroft Hall Manor - Axminster - Devon

Weycroft Hall Manor - Axminster - Devon

Well-preserved, the estate retains the character, ambiance and architectural features expected in a period property. It is nestled amongst manicured gardens and surrounded by its own land, which gives the owners some much-needed privacy. The ground floor comprises of an entrance hall with stairs and a flag stone floor. An inner hall leads to a drawing room with oak panelled walls, wooden beams and a fireplace. The great hall is a beautiful room with a double height ceiling, exposed roof trusses and flag stone floor. There are also servers and preparation rooms, modern kitchen and cloakroom on the ground floor. Four of the bedrooms and two of the bathrooms are located on the first floor and a further three bedrooms together with the family bathroom are on the second floor.

Weycroft Hall Manor - Axminster - Devon

Weycroft Hall Manor - Axminster - Devon

The outbuildings and the annexe can be accessed from the courtyard and have bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms, a gaming room, separate bathrooms and an office between them. All properties are surrounded by the private woodland of the property and Weycroft Hall is just on the outskirts of Axminster.

Weycroft Hall Manor - Axminster - Devon

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