Like living a fairytale: French billionaire's incredible 11th century turreted castle is transformed into an 850-acre luxury resort
If you are looking for a regal stay, look no further than this 11th century turreted French castle.
Previously the holiday home of French oil billionaire Didier Primat, who passed away in 2008, Domaine des Etangs has just opened to the public as a one-of-a-kind fairytale resort.
Located in the south west of France in Massignac, the château is complemented by 850 acres of sprawling country retreat, nestled within the rolling Charente countryside.
The enchanting Domaine des Etangs boasts 850 acres of sprawling country retreat nestled within the Charente countryside
Previously the holiday home of French oil billionaire Didier Primat, who passed away in 2008, the property has just opened to the public as a unusual romantic resort
There is accommodation to suit all, from seven unique suites to separate farm cottages spaced around the grounds, totalling 29 rooms
Domaine des Etangs offers activities that make the most of its picturesque woodland surroundings, including cycling, horse riding and walking in the grounds
The honey-stone château is located three hours outside of bustling Paris, and offers a stay among quiet rural villages.
There is accommodation to suit all, from seven unique suites to separate farm cottages spaced around the grounds, totalling 29 rooms.
Domaine des Etangs offers activities that make the most of its picturesque woodland surroundings, including cycling, horse riding and walking.
For indoor types, thermal baths and a 40-seat restaurant are situated on the premises to leave anyone feeling like a pampered king or queen.
Food is served fuelled by local, seasonal ingredients, much of which is grown in the garden or used from livestock on the property
The property now boasts 27 bedrooms including seven luxury suites and quaint property cottages
The restoration project was undertaken by Primat's daughter, Garance, who collaborated with French landscape designer Camille Muller and architect Isabelle Stanislas.
They aimed to preserve as much of the castle's historic features as possible using the help of local craftsmen.
Original wooden beams and old stone walls have now been adorned with plush furnishings and family antiques to create an authentic royal retreat feel.
The rural honey-stone château is located three hours outside of bustling Paris, and offers a stay amongst quiet villages and rolling scenery
For the indoor types, thermal baths or a 40-seat restaurant are situated on the premises. Pictured is a comfy seating area to relax inside the château
The enchanting castle of the Domaine des Etangs dates back to the 11th century
Contemporary aesthetic: The restoration project was undertaken by Primat's daughter, Garance, who collaborated with French landscape designer Camille Muller and architect Isabelle Stanislas
Meals are fuelled by local, seasonal ingredients, much of which is grown in the garden or obtained from livestock on the property.
Sporty guests can play a round of golf at the 18-hole course located 20 kilometres away.
The magical château is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group, which features a number of hand-curated properties which include everything from tree houses to hidden coves.
Rooms are available from around £565 (low season) and up to around £1,917 (high season) a night.
The restoration team aimed to preserve and as much of the castle's historic features using the help of local craftsmen
Domaine des Etangs is now open for guests after the extensive renovation project
Original wooden beams and old stone walls have been adorned with plush furnishings and family antiques to create an authentic royal retreat
The magical château is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group, which features a number of hand-curated properties which include everything from tree houses to hidden coves
Castles fit for a princess! Top 10 homes for sale that boast turrets (including one that is on the market for the first time in 300 years)
The newly-engaged Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have decided to set up home in a much more modest cottage in the grounds of London's Kensington Palace.
But the homes of royalty are often associated with majestic castles in stunning locations, such as Windsor or Balmoral. For anyone who aspires to a regal affair when it comes to finding their new home, MailOnline Property has selected 10 castles for sale that could fit the bill.
Some of the properties are hundreds of years old and come with acres of woodland, while others are more modern and showcase the latest designer kitchens. But they all have in common a tower or turret.
However, a word of warning about living in a castle comes from property experts who insist that a Royal budget is often required to maintain them as it is not just the initial asking price that can be expensive.
Buying agent Henry Pryor said: 'Meghan surely deserves a castle but being an American she may have a warm, romantic notion of what one might be like perhaps based on Disney's famous fairy tale castle.
'Sadly most English castles are huge, damp, cold places that were designed to be intimidating and to scare away passing tourists. Without an army of servants places like Highclere Castle wouldn't function in the twenty first century as Downton Abbey and the upkeep of somewhere like Windsor Castle might be enough to dampen even her President's enthusiasm for property.
He added: 'We have a saying 'An Englishman's home is his castle' and I'm sure that wherever Prince Harry lays his hat Ms Markle will regard as their home.'
Here are the 10 castles for sale that MailOnline Property has selected, including several multi-million pound versions, as well as one for those who are on a budget.
1. Six-bedroom detached house in Ruthin, Denbighshire, North Wales, for £2,750,000
2. Thirty-bedroom house in Kinlock Rannoch, in Scotland's Perth and Kinross, for £10million
3. Nine-bedroom castle in Ballaugh, Isle of Man, for £2.1million
4. Sixteen-bedroom house in Dumbarton in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, for £1,530,000
5. Five-bedroom house in Borrowstounness in West Lothian, Scotland, for £400,000
6. Four-bedroom house in Greenwich, South East London, for £2,750,000
7. Three-bedroom apartment in Stirling, Scotland, for £315,000
8. Two-bedroom house in Dollar, in Scotland's Clackmannanshire, for £324,000
9. Eight-bedroom detached house in Douglas, Isle of Man, for £3,950,000
10. Six-bedroom house in Edinburgh, Scotland, for £6million
With protesters filling the streets outside his home, Donald Trump has been forced to mastermind his administration from the confines of his $100million New York penthouse.
The president-elect is planning out his first term in the White House in gaudy surroundings - complete with gold-rimmed candy bowls, a toy Mercedes for his 10-year-old son Barron and an array of murals to Greek Gods.
The property can be found on Fifth Avenue - the site of constant anti-Trump demonstrations since the election - and is home to the Republican's business.
The three-story property has breathtaking views of Central Park and over-the-top decor starting with the gold and diamond front door that greets visitors.
Inside is an eccentric scene - floor-to-ceiling marble, chandeliers, pillows bearing Trump's coat of arms, statues and art worth millions of dollars.
Lap of luxury: Donald and Melania Trump's New York City penthouse is on the 66th floor of Trump Tower and features marble walls, floors and columns throughout. 24-carat gold accents like platters, lamps, vases and crown moulding that outlines each room and tableau ceiling
Art of the deal-maker: Classical art dominates here with a bronze statue of Eros and Psyche, one of the great love Greek love stories, and Apollo led by Aurora - the Greek goddess of the dawn, suggesting Trump sees himself in the mold of Apollo, Zeus's son, and one of the most powerful of the gods. But there is also family time with on the far right a portrait which appears to show his father Fred Trump, and possibly his siblings. His father also features on the central table, while the choice of book is expensive - it is worth $15,000
The penthouse is currently home to Trump, his third wife Melania, 46, and their son Barron, 10.
He also has four elder children, Donald Jr., Ivanka, Eric and Tiffany - with his daughter Ivanka who hit the campaign trail for him in a feisty race for the White House.
The coat of arms, a family portrait and an individual picture of Donald's late father Fred are proudly shown off in one sitting area inside of the penthouse.
The billionaire also has 'GOAT: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali'.
The book was limited to 1,000 individually numbered copies, each one signed by Muhammad Ali and Jeff Koons.
Its estimated value is $15,000.
And it appears the Trumps have a taste for art and some rather risqué statues.
Sitting above the white marbled fireplace is Apollo, Zeus's son, and one of the most powerful of the gods - being led in his Chariot by Aurora.
And on top of the mantle - Greek vases in Athenian style. They sit again, in perfect symmetry - and in height order with the other decor.
A statue of Eros & Psyche - one of the best love stories in classical mythology - towers over the picture of his father.
His 10-year-old son Barron also enjoys the finer things in life - placed right on the marble floor is a red Mercedes toy car along with a personalized license plate for the youngest Trump.
Perfect symmetry: Candelabras, two candy bowls as well as a Vogue and Vanity Fair book are placed strategically on each coffee table. On the ceiling is another classical reference. The chairs are Louis XIV-inspired, in common with the apartmen
In the sitting room, a fountain sits behind one of the two semi-circled, ivory couches.
Vogue and Vanity Fair books are placed strategically on each table, two candy bowls and candelabras polish it off.
Everything is in perfect symmetry.
The elegance and perfection of Trump's penthouse was the creation of designer Angelo Donghia - also referred to as 'the Saint Laurent of sofas'.
The renowned designer became a powerhouse in the 70s and 80s working with A-list clients such as Ralph Lauren, Barbara Walters, Mary Tyler Moore, Liza Minelli, Neil Simon and Diana Ross.
He was said to have created total environments - using the philosophy 'You should feel at all times that what is around you is attractive... and that you are attractive.'
Donghia received several awards throughout his lifetime including the Tommy Award for Fabric Design.
The Midas Touch: Donald and Melania's breakfast room is packed with intricate details including a gold rimmed glass of orange juice sitting on top of a gold tray, a gold-rimmed tea cop, and an antique clock. The furniture is also Louis XIVShare
In the breakfast room, a cup of tea and orange juice served in a gold rimmed glass sit neatly on a gold platter.
And the golden delight doesn't stop there; there are lamps, vases, crown molding and even golden cherubs that help to complete the posh modern-day palace.
Designer Donghia died in 1985, age 50, and was posthumously inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame.
His trademark featured attention to ceilings and 'fat' furniture.
Melania's office: A Louis Vuitton case of jewelry sits on couch as a reproduction of Renoir's 'La loge' painting is hung from the wall above. The original is in the Courtald gallery in London. La loge means the theater box and some art historians argue that the woman represents a mistress rather than a wife being taken to the theater. Renior painted it aged 33, when he was in dire poverty, and it was exhibited in 1874 at the first Impressionist Exhibition in Paris. A rather more modern feature on her desk is colored pencils - possibly with her son in mind
In Melania's office, a Louis Vuitton case of jewelry sits on couch as a reproduction of Renoir's 'La loge' painting is hung from the wall above.
The original is in the Courtald gallery in London.
La loge means the theater box and some art historians argue that the woman represents a mistress rather than a wife being taken to the theater.
Renior painted it aged 33, when he was in dire poverty, and it was exhibited in 1874 at the first Impressionist Exhibition in Paris.
A rather more modern feature on her desk is colored pencils - possibly with her son in mind.
Melania designs and sells a collection of watches, rings, bracelets and earrings for QVC that range in price from $10 to $162.
They all feature her signature 'M'.
Here they are shown in her Louis Vuitton jewelry case that has a price tag of nearly $10,000.
Her style mimics pieces that she herself owns such as the sun design flower earrings and a gold-linked watch.
She often uses mother of pearl and pave-style crystal accents in her watches.
When it came to creating the ultimate luxurious home for the Trumps, their designer kept Louis XIV in mind while picking furniture and textiles.
Louis XIV led the absolute monarchy during France's classical age, ruling from 1643 until 1715 - and was known for his aggressive foreign policy.
His political principles were not quite in line with democracy, as he ruled with complete control over the country and was known as The Sun King.
Family affair: A side-table is covered in pictures of Trump, Melania, the couple together and (center, right), their son Barron
The monarch was also known for his over-the-top decor.
Louis XIV transformed his father's modest hunting lodge and transformed it into Versailles, the largest palace the world had ever seen.
It was home to his court, the richest and most decadent of the era - and known, like Trump, for its gilt and its gold.
Designers took typical wood furniture and added shine to it - with gilt, bronze or solid silver, and it was all enhanced by lots of candlelight.
Much of his interior decorations showed off his political supremacy - for instance, the Hall of Mirrors was painted with depictions of various military victories he commanded.
That style is reflected in Trump's grandiose penthouse with 24-carat gold accenting the tableau ceilings, crystal chandeliers and the desk sitting in Melania's office.
Donald developed Trump Tower, which was completed in 1983.
It is home to not only the billionaire businessman but also to retail stores and other businesses.
He has used it as a platform for his successful presidential campaign, last year signing copies of his latest book in the lobby, and also holding a press conference there after signing an agreement not to run an independent campaign if he does not win the Republican nomination.
Celebrities like actor Bruce Willis and Portuguese professional soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo have also called it home.
Grand jewels: Melania designs and sells a collection of watches, rings, bracelets and earrings for QVC that range in price from $10 to $162. They all feature her signature 'M'. Here they are shown in her Louis Vuitton jewelry case that has a price tag of nearly $10,000. Her style mimics pieces that she herself owns such as the sun design flower earrings and a gold-linked watch. She often uses mother of pearl and pave-style crystal accents in her watches
Vanity: Louis XIV's Hall of Mirrors in Versailles was painted with depictions of various military victories he commanded
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But the Louis XIV-style apartment is just one of Donald Trump's luxurious properties.
His other larger-than-life mansion sits in the sunshine state.
Mar-A-Lago sits on 80,000 square feet in ritzy Palm Beach, Florida.
Trump purchased the estate for $5 million in 1985 and had the entire thing renovated with 58 bedrooms, 33 bathrooms, a 29-foot marble top dining table and 12 fireplaces.
He and his family, including daughter Ivanka, often spend weekends and vacation at the luxurious residence.
The property has perfectly landscaped gardens, pools and views of the Caribbean blue ocean.
His presidential ambitions have now given him the keys to the White House and Camp David.
But perhaps unusually for a presidential candidate, he now faces the prospect of downsizing having won the final race.
His presidential ambitions have now given him the keys to the White House and Camp David
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President-elect Donald Trump first televised interview since he won the election as seen on CBS's 60 Minutes
Donald Trump with members of his family (left to right) Tiffany Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Kai Trump, Melania Trump, grandson Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump pictured in April 2016
@MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on FacebookConnecticut estate with THREE guesthouses for $65M
He is said to have paid $45 million for the sprawling estate about 10 years ago.
Now Hungary-born billionaire Thomas Peterffy - founder of security brokerage firm Interactive Brokers Group - is selling his expansive Connecticut estate, listing the 80-acre property for $65 million.
The home - about a one-hour drive from Manhattan - is exactly what one would expect from a country estate in Greenwhich, a leafy suburb that houses some of the richest people in the US.
Outside of the main house - which measures at 8,000 square and has eight bathrooms and eight bedrooms - there are also three guesthouses.
Incredible property: Hungary-born billionaire Thomas Peterffy - founder of security brokerage firm Interactive Brokers Group - is now selling his expansive Connecticut estate, which he bought in 2004
Sprawling: The home, which sits on 80 acres of land in Greenwich, Connecticut, has been listed for $65 million
The stunning old home - about a one-hour drive from Manhattan - is exactly what one would expect from a country estate in Greenwhich, a leafy suburb that houses some of the richest people in the US
Outside of the main house - which measures at 8,000 square and has eight bedrooms - there are also three guesthouses
The main house, known as Conyers Farm, was first built in the 1900s and has undergone two renovations since
Open space: The main living room opens out onto the luscious green backyard through Victorian-style doors
Built in 1904, the property was once a working farm. The home includes eight bedrooms, a two-story library and a solarium
Homey: Because of its age, the house is said to be quite 'homey' considering some of the others built in the area
Opulent: The marble bathroom in the master bedroom is connected to the walk-in closet by double doors
Selling: Peterffy had a net worth of $6.4 billion in September 2013
After buying the property in 2004, Peterffy, 70, oversaw some major renovations, and converted one of the guesthouses into an office.
The second guesthouse has three bedrooms and three bathrooms, and the third has four bedrooms.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the property is being marketed internationally by David Ogilvy & Associates, an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate.
The house is known as Conyers Farm and was builty in the 1900s.
The place was renovated in 1980s before it was owned by Peterffy.
The main house has a two-story library which has a bay window, two covered porches and terraces.
There is also a 22-slot horse stable, where Petterfly keeps his six horses.
Also on the property is an old stone cow barn that no longer has a roof.
However it has come to be known as 'The Ruins' and has hosted many elaborate parties.
Due to its age, the house is considered quite 'homey' compared to the other properties in the area.
Plenty of space: Seen here is one of the guest bathrooms in the main house of the property, now listed for $65 million
The main house measures at 8,000 square and has eight bathrooms and eight bedrooms, some with working fireplaces
Room with a view: The double-height entry hallway moves into to a beauiful sitting room that overlooks the back garden
Outside of the main house there are also three guesthouses, one of which has been turned into an office
The main house has a two-story library which has a bay window, two covered porches and terraces, such as this one
Requisite: No country estate would be complete without a pool, set in the luscious back garden
Among the many outdoor areas are three indoor terraces, to sit out the terrible winters in the area
'The Ruins': What is left of a stone cow barn is now used as the venue of elaborate cocktails parties
California is used it's Hollywood endings, but now there's a chance you could live out your days in a castle that looks as though it has come straight out of a fairy tale.
Hume Castle in Berkeley is the quintessential medical monastery that belongs amid the hills of somewhere like France or Italy.
Yet this one sits just a few miles from San Francisco in the suburb of East Bay. The Gothic masterpiece at 2900 Buena Vista Way is hidden behind oak and olive trees making it the perfect hilltop hideaway for someone who wants to reside in a fortress, while still enjoying the convenience of big city living.
Hume Castle isn't in Italy but on the in the Berkeley Hills, just east of San Francisco
The home was designed by John Hudson Thomas in 1928 in the style of a 13th century medieval cloister in Toulouse, France
The home was built for Samuel and Portia Hume in 1929. He was the head of University of California, Berkeley's Greek Theater Department, while she was a respected psychiatrist
The 5,746-square-foot palatial home has been a California landmark since 1985, but it is hidden by olive trees and bushes making it almost invisible from the road
The Hume Castle on Buena Vista Way in Berkeley is on the market for $5 million
Built into the home is a central courtyard, public spaces, five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a massive fireplace, and enough bookcases to satisfy two professors and space for 2,000 books
The five-bedroom, seven-and-a-half bath home is arranged around a courtyard lined with stone Gothic arches
The unique property was initially listed at $5 million and this week the price was dropped to $4.5 million. The 5,746-square-foot home is by far the most expensive home for sale in Berkeley.
The house was the idea of Intellectual power couple Samuel and Portia Bell Hume who had traveled to Toulouse, France and came back inspired a wanted to build something resembling a monastery that they had seen on their travels.
The pair hired architect John Hudson Thomas, and in 1929 the masterpiece was complete.
Samuel had a significant career as a professor of dramatic literature and art at UC Berkeley, the director of the Berkeley Museum of Art, and a rare book dealer, while his wife Portia was a pioneer in the field of psychiatry and also taught at Berkeley.
The Gothic motif continues inside, with an interior made of stone and accented with ornate metal work
This historic architectural masterpiece by John Hudson Thomas was created in the style of a French cloister
The home feels like a castle with with a pair of carved lions, domed ceilings, and heavy wood beams among the decarations
The house is built around a courtyard with an actual well in the center. It has Gothic arches and a Bocce Ball court
The 5,746-square-foot home is by far the most expensive home for sale in Berkeley in northern California
The historic architectural masterpiece by John Hudson Thomas was created in the style of a French cloister with a real well in the center
The Gothic motif is also recreated in the interior of the home, resulting in “castle-like imagery” composed of domed ceilings and heavy wood beams and stone archways
With 5 bedrooms and 7 ½ baths, the home features a spiral staircase leading to a unique green bathroom
With 5 bedrooms and 7 ½ baths, the home has plenty of space to relax for a big family or visiting friends from out of the town
Each of the five spacious bedrooms have their own en suite full bathroom. The master bedroom and bathroom open out onto the magnificent Redwood deck with hot tub and Koi pond
This home can best be described as being in the transitional style between Romanesque and early Gothic
Just off the living room, there is a baronial dining room, featuring a handsome fireplace mantel with a frieze of cast concrete figures. A stunning chandelier of handcrafted cast iron enhances the romance of the setting
'It's magical,' said listing agent Bebe McRae of the Grubb Co. told SFGate. 'It takes my breath away.'
'I imagine it was a collaborative effort,' she said.'John Hudson Thomas was already doing some Gothic architecture at the time, and I know Portia had very strong ideas. I was told John Hudson gave Portia a pipe after the home was built because he said she ought to look as authoritative as she was.'
The attention to detail means the home is truly authentic with enormous wrought-iron chandeliers, a spiraling stone staircase, a wishing well, and grand rooms with vaulted and beamed ceilings, some as high as 25 feet. At the center of the home is a courtyard styled after a cloister.
While the architecture is reminiscent of medieval times, the home has all the comforts of a modern home with up-to-date plumbing, electrical and heating systems. The house even has solar panels to help with energy bills.
The views from the home look down on UC Berkeley, and out to San Francisco in the distance.
The Hume family lived in the house from 1928 until 1975, McRae said. The house was then briefly owned by an architect named Michael Sederin, she added, who remodeled the kitchen. The current owners have lived there since Sederin’s departure.
The current owners have lived at Hume Castle for the past 30 years but they're getting ready to downsize and move to something smaller.
In addition to being close to the university, the Hume Mansion is also within walking distance of parks, lakes and a golf course
The kitchen has recently remodeled and the place has been retrofitted with a solar heating system
The grounds include a bocce ball court, a grand terrace, a koi pond, and gardens on just under an acre of land
Hume Mansion delivered everything the couple who commissioned the building of the home in 1929 loved - dramatic architecture, old Europe, the best of Berkeley with sweeping views of San Francisco Bay from the expansive terrace
The site alone is spectacular, with amazing views of the San Francisco Bay and the Berkeley Hills
Views of San Francisco can be seen along with the Bay and the Oakland Bay Bridge
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