M A L L

OF THE

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

 

World Estates

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARBOR LODGE

(ARBOR LODGE STATE HISTORICAL PARK and ARBORETUM)

Nebraska City, Nebraska, USA

http://www.stateparks.com/arbor_lodge_state_park_in_nebraska.html

 

Come see the home of Julius Sterling Morton who founded Arbor Day.  The mansion is a great 52-room house.  Julius’ son, Joy, went on to create the now legendary Morton Salt Company.

 

 

 

BELCOURT CASTLE

Newport, Rhode Island, USA

http://www.belcourtcastle.com/calendar.asp

 

Belcourt Castle is the most spectacular of the historic Newport estates.

 

 

 

BOLDT CASTLE

Heart Island, Alexandria Bay, Alexandria, Thousand Islands, New York, USA

&

BOLDT (CASTLE) YACHT HOUSE

Wellesley Island, Alexandria Bay, Alexandria, Thousand Islands, New York, USA

http://www.boldtcastle.com/

http://www.boldtcastle.com/visitorinfo/yacht-house/

 

Visit and enjoy the world’s largest island castle in North America, the absolutely incredible 120-room Boldt Castle, set soaring into the sky at six levels on its own 5-acre isle, Heart Island.  Next to it is the eye-catching neighboring yacht house, completing this must-see estate of unbelievable grandeur.

 

 

 

THE BREAKERS

Newport, Rhode Island, USA

http://www.gonewport.com/

 

The legendary 70-room Breakers ‘cottage’ is the largest of the historic Newport estates.

 

 

 

BUDA CASTLE

Castle Hill, Budapest, HUNGARY

http://budacastlebudapest.com/

 

If you are truly a beer lover and/or festival aficionado, Buda Castle is the regular visiting place for you.  Two yearly magnificent must-sees are Buda Castle Beer Fest and Buda Castle Easter Festival.  Extras?  There is Buda Castle itself, one of the five largest and most beautifully preserved compounds in the entire world, fascinating artwork and ongoing art exhibits within, and a full year-long calendar of events to make any stop here more than worth your time virtually any season.

 

 

 

BURGHAUSEN CASTLE

(BURGHAUSEN CASTLE COMPLEX/BURG zu BURGHAUSEN)

Burghausen, Upper Bavaria region, GERMANY

http://www.burg-burghausen.de/englisch/c_yard/index.htm

 

Welcome to half-mile-long Burghausen Castle, an enormously large complex arranged into five courtyards.  It is definitively the longest castle grouping in Europe.

 

 

 

CÀ d’ZAN MANSION

Sarasota, Florida, USA

http://www.ringling.org/CadMansion.aspx

 

This structure has one of the most unique residential architectural styles.  Part of the estate is a lavish art museum.

 

 

 

CANTIGNY

(ROBERT R. McCORMICK MUSEUM)

Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois, USA

http://www.cantigny.org/museums/robert-r-mccormick-museum/the-museum/

 

Enjoy this compound combination of a charming sprawling to-die-for (and perfect for weddings) house, 500-acre park, very pretty gardens and serene landscaping, World War I, II, and American veteran military museums, and 275-acre twenty-seven hole championship golf course & club.

 

 

 

CASA LOMA

Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

http://www.casaloma.org/

 

The immense Casa Loma ‘castle’ is the largest historical mansion in Canada.

 

 

 

CASTELLO di AMOROSA

Calistoga, Napa Valley region, California, USA

http://www.castellodiamorosa.com/

 

Castello di Amorosa is a 107-room, eight floor, 121,000-square-foot late twentieth-early twenty-first century medieval masterpiece begun in 1995 that took fourteen years to build.  Indulge yourself in exquisite wine tastings, beautiful scenery, and meticulous almighty architectural power all at once.

 

 

 

CATHERINE PALACE

Catherine Park

Pushkin (Tsarskoe Selo), RUSSIAN FEDERATION

http://eng.tzar.ru/museums/palaces/c_atherine

 

Catherine Palace has practically the most sumptuous gardens of all among the great Russian historical palaces.

 

 

 

CHÂTEAU d’ANGERS

Angers, Maine-et-Loire, Loire Valley region, FRANCE

http://angers.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/

 

Château d’Angers is part of the French Military and without question one of the most extraordinary castles on the planet.  Its ‘stacked’ lined-up rolled fastened-together walls and rooftop gardens design has brilliant use of space, complete individual function, and perfect location.  Call this fortress a literal fully independent city of its own under one roof.  Château d’Angers is the place you have to see above all others at least once in your lifetime!

 

 

 

CHÂTEAU de BLOIS

Blois, Loir-et-Cher, Loire Valley region, FRANCE

http://www.chateaudeblois.fr/spip.php?page=sommaire-en&lang=en

 

This château is a combination of different architectural styles and has an incredible staircase.

 

 

 

CHÂTEAU de CHAMBORD

Chambord, Loir-et-Cher, Loire Valley region, FRANCE

http://www.chambord.org/

 

Chambord is interesting because of the infinite number of chimneys on its expansive and endless ‘bell-shaped’ rooftops.  The castle was used as a hunting lodge by royals of its day and is the second largest of the historic châteaux in France.

 

 

 

CHÂTEAU de CHENONCEAU

Chenonceaux, Indre-et-Loire, Loire Valley region, FRANCE

http://www.chenonceau.com/media/gb/index_gb.php

 

Chenonceau is famous because of its beautiful atmosphere.  The home sets directly over water and is by land meticulously landscaped with elaborate topiary gardens and expansive beds of flowers.

 

 

 

CHÂTEAU de CHEVERNY

Cheverny, Loir-et-Cher, Loire Valley region, FRANCE

http://www.chateau-cheverny.fr/page.php?lang=en&nom_page=visite

 

Château de Cheverny is THE castle to visit, France’s equivalent of Newport, Rhode Island’s Belcourt Castle.

 

 

 

CHÂTEAU de MAINTENON

Place Aristide Briand, Maintenon, Eure-de-Loir region, FRANCE

http://www.chateaudemaintenon.fr/en/

 

Want a real love story, name scandal, secret wedding, and follow-up about those events all through town?  That and more is here within the walls of this fine château which ironically, ended up being a place of great happiness for both its owner(s) and occupants alike.  Moreover, Château de Maintenon, because of the size, look, and feel of the castle, is the kind of place any person of strong financial resources would want title to and desire calling home even today.  Visitors will never forget this appropriately miniaturized (in comparison to most other structures on the page) château; it is a warm and formally inviting graceful respite.

 

 

 

CHÂTEAU de PIERREFONDS

Pierrefonds (near Compiègne), Oise (Picardy) region, FRANCE

http://pierrefonds.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/

 

Pierrefonds is virtually the world’s most handsome French castle – literally wrought straight from every man’s solid imagination of what a fairytale fortress from the man’s point of view should look like.  Interior architecture is genuinely incredible, not pausing for one moment to exude a pure sense of power by use of sensible restrained opulence in architecture and furnishings, superior chamber area spaciousness (somehow the rooms seem just right in size and height), and to-die-for carvings, eye-catching smooth-flowing staircases, and overall contained structural design for the entire compound.  This château is just the place many men would want to personally own – huge, but not overpoweringly large or branching off in too many directions, and has modest impressive all-the-way luxury that creates a perfect atmosphere (romantic, too) inside and out.  Come to the must-see, especially if single, a true admirer of powerful beauty, an architect, a person looking for residential design or remodel ideas and inspiration, on your honeymoon, or an individual in search of those most special and remarkable places to visit!

 

 

 

CHÂTEAU de SAINT-GERMAIN-en-LAYE

Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Yvelines, Île-de-France, FRANCE

http://www.france.fr/en/museums/chateau-de-saint-germain-en-laye-national-museum-archaeology

 

Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye is a great former residence of the Kings of France and houses France’s National Museum of Archaeology, which contains nearly 30,000 artifacts, making the Museum one of the largest archaeology collections in all Europe.  The once royal castle is also the birthplace of the-fine-pleasures-of-life-in-every-respect Louis XIV – The Sun King, the visionary monarch who made the Versailles Palace over into the remarkable opulent incredible place it is today that took the world by storm at the end of the Renaissance.

 

 

 

CHÂTEAU de SAUMUR

Saumur, Maine-et-Loire, Pays-de-la-Loire region, FRANCE

http://www.chateau-saumur.com/

 

Imagine bone china galleries, fine horse saddle collections, and toys about.  What you have is Château de Saumur, a tall standout enchantment (wait until you see the inside) surrounded by its own and other neighboring luscious vineyard fields.  Oh, there are knights in shining armor and swordplay, too, and further excitement!

 

 

 

CHÂTEAU de VILLANDRY

Villandry, Indre-et-Loire, Loire Valley region, FRANCE

http://www.chateauvillandry.com/

 

Villandry is a feast of gardens, the most impressive of all the historic châteaux in France.

 

 

 

CITY PALACE of UDAIPUR

Udaipur, INDIA

http://www.udaipur.org.uk/tourist-attractions/citypalace.html

 

Imagine an immensely large island palace surrounded completely by water, with perfect views of and proximity to the city.

 

 

 

CRAIGDARROCH CASTLE

Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA

http://www.craigdarrochcastle.com/events.htm

 

Craigdarroch Castle is very famous in Canada.

 

 

 

DOGE’S PALACE

(PALAZZO DUCALE di VENEZIA)

Saint Mark’s Square, Venice, ITALY

http://www.museiciviciveneziani.it/frame.asp?musid=8&sezione=musei&tipo=

 

Doge’s Palace is interiorly one of the most opulent residences in the world.

 

 

 

DUNROBIN CASTLE

Golspie, Sutherland, Scotland, UK

http://www.dunrobincastle.co.uk/

 

Dunrobin Castle is a cozy abode, perfectly stately, with ideal location and scenery.  Like Westbury House at Long Island, in New York was when the owner and his family lived there, this home is a happy calm quiet one, comprised of 189 welcoming rooms, and enchanting gardens and forest that make a cool comfortable area below and all around the castle for the perfect atmosphere.  You just may want to move in.

 

 

 

EDINBURGH CASTLE

Castle Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

http://www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk/index/tour.htm

 

The enormous scale of Edinburgh Castle alone makes it worth seeing!

 

 

 

EILEAN DONAN CASTLE

Kyle of Lochalsh, Dornie, Scotland, UK

http://www.eileandonancastle.com/virtual-tour.htm

 

When visiting, thoroughly review the number of movies the place has appeared in.

 

 

 

FONTAINEBLEAU

Fontainebleau, Seine-et-Marne, Île-de-France, FRANCE

http://www.uk.fontainebleau-tourisme.com/pays-fontainebleau/the-castle/history-of-castle.asp

 

Like horse shoes?  Do they bring good fortune?  Fontainebleau is shaped like a huge one!

 

 

 

FONTHILL CASTLE

(MERCER & FONTHILL MUSEUMS)

Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA

http://www.mercermuseum.org/

 

Impressively large!

 

 

 

GILLETTE CASTLE

Gillette Castle State Park

East Haddam, Connecticut, USA

http://www.ct.gov/dEP/cwp/view.asp?A=2716&Q=325204

 

This home is one of our favorites because of its extraordinarily odd abandoned and destroyed Medieval look.  You will never forget it.

 

 

 

GOVERNMENT HOUSE

The Domain, Sydney, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA

http://www.hht.net.au/museums/government_house

 

Government House is very large and the grounds of the castle are adjacent to lush botanical gardens which perfectly enhance the entire area where the estate sets.

 

 

 

GREYSTONE MANSION and PARK

Beverly Hills, California, USA

http://www.greystonemansion.org/

 

Greystone Mansion is an impressive estate that, like Eilean Donan, has been the setting for many television movies and shows.

 

 

 

HAMMOND CASTLE

(HAMMOND CASTLE MUSEUM)

Gloucester, Massachusetts, USA

http://www.hammondcastle.org/

 

Hammond is the brilliant man’s abode.  For some reason the castle appeals in particular to children.

 

 

 

HAMPTON COURT PALACE

County Surrey, East Molesey, England, UK

http://www.hrp.org.uk/hamptoncourtpalace/

 

Do you know King Henry VIII?  You will after seeing this place.  His power, rage, and scandals are felt throughout.

 

 

 

HEARST CASTLE

San Simeon, California, USA

http://www.hearstcastle.org/

 

Hearst Castle, a five-mansion compound, is the most magnificent historic estate in North America.

 

 

 

HEMPSTEAD HOUSE

Sands Point Preserve

Port Washington, Long Island, New York, USA

http://www.sandspointpreserve.org/htm/hempstead.htm

 

Hempstead House, with its imposing façade, is all about splendid interior.

 

 

 

HILLWOOD ESTATE

Washington, DC, USA

http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org/mmp.html

 

Hillwood is a virtual panacea of great paintings and other artworks.

 

 

 

HIMEJI CASTLE

(‘WHITE HERON’ CASTLE)

Himeji, Hyōgo Prefecture, Honshu (Honshu Island), JAPAN

http://www.himeji-castle.gr.jp/index/English/

 

Imagine a towering white palace topped with enchanted rooftops at the top of an exotically landscaped hill that has picture perfect views.  All of this and more await you at the home of Akamatsu Norimura, a Japanese samurai of the Akamatsu clan who began developing the area as a fortress.

 

 

 

THE HUNTINGTON

San Marino, California, USA

http://www.huntington.org/

 

Extravagance almost beyond compare for an American historical estate is what you will find in your Huntington visit.

 

 

 

IL CASTELLO di AGLIÈ

(THE CASTLE of AGLIÈ)

Agliè, Turin, ITALY

http://www.ilcastellodiaglie.it/eng/index.htm

 

Il Castello di Agliè with its artifacts, resources, and ties to the Shroud of Turin, has charming luxury, strange considering that this castle is absolutely huge, extremely elaborate architecturally, and on again off again weird in and of itself!  With that being said, grandiose places awaiting your inspection that remain unparalleled in look and feel anywhere else include the ancestors’ room, art gallery, ballroom, billiard room, blue hall, Chapel of San Massimo, Chierici apartment (a must-see situated above the lower setting greenhouse[s]), Chinese room, corner room (simply beautiful), deposition room, duke’s study, green gallery (eye-catching), greenhouse(s) (a lush foliage immense ‘hallway like’ Garden of Eden), hunting room, library, music room, pages’ room, small theatre, tunnels (beautifully decorated hallways) to the estate’s many galleries, tuscolana room, and yellow room (pretty); there is more.  This castle compound is all about ceilings for the most part.  Once visiting, you will never forget that or them!

 

 

 

IL CASTELLO di RACCONIGI

(THE ‘ROYAL HOLIDAY’ RESIDENCE)

Racconigi, Cuneo, ITALY

http://www.ilcastellodiracconigi.it/eng/index.htm

 

Il Castello di Racconigi is a magnificently designed ultra lavish architectural bijou of wall and sculpture art.  Rooms inside are just simply beautiful, making this venue one you will truly enjoy and remember because of marked contrast in exterior look versus interior style(s).

 

 

 

IMPERIAL PALACE

(GU GONG)

(THE PALACE MUSEUM)

The Forbidden City

Pinggu District, Beijing, CHINA

http://www.dpm.org.cn/English/default.asp

 

The Imperial Palace is the greatest of the estates within the over fifteen palaces of this, the incredible compound that was the final residence of China’s last emperor.  Porcelain works throughout are some of the finest and most valuable in the world.

 

 

 

ISTANA NURUL IMAN

Bandar Seri Begawan, BRUNEI (NEGARA BRUNEI DARUSSALAM)

http://www.istananuruliman.org/

 

The Istana Nurul Iman is the largest residence in the world.  Within its opulent palace walls are 1788 rooms, 250 bathrooms, a 110-car garage which can house that many Rolls-Royces, banquet hall with a 4000 person capacity, and five swimming pools.  On the beautifully landscaped 300 acre estate grounds is a horse stable built to permanently accommodate 200 thoroughbreds, and the palace itself has a total floor space of 2,152,782 square feet.

 

 

 

JAMES J. HILL HOUSE

Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA

http://sites.mnhs.org/historic-sites/james-j-hill-house

 

Behold the giant Richardsonian Romanesque 44,552 square foot forty-two room James J. Hill House.  The home’s exterior is indeed a wonder and intricate woodwork inside a marvel.  Overall, the beauty and uniqueness of this residence lies in the simplicity of design, a roomy very large house constructed purely to be lived in comfortably and not shown off.

 

 

 

KEW PALACE

Royal Botanic Gardens-Kew

County Surrey, Richmond, England, UK

http://www.hrp.org.uk/KewPalace/

 

Here, you want to spend significant time in the gardens – one-of-a-kind heavenly.

 

 

 

KREMLIN PALACE

(GREAT KREMLIN PALACE)

The Kremlin, Moscow, RUSSIAN FEDERATION

http://www.kremlin.museum.ru/en/main/kremlin/buildings/BKD/

 

Like the Imperial Palace of The Forbidden City, Kremlin Palace is THE residence to tour.  It is the largest and only one of the magnificent palaces that form The Kremlin.

 

 

 

LA FORTALEZA

(PALACIO de SANTA CATALINA)

San Juan, Puerto Rico, US CARIBBEAN ISLANDS

http://www.fortaleza.pr.gov/

 

La Fortaleza, an authentic European castle in all respects, is the oldest and largest governor’s residence in the United States.

 

 

 

THE LÖWENBURG

(LÖWENBURG CASTLE)

(“LION’S castle”)

Schlosspark Wilhelmshöhe, Kassel, GERMANY

http://www.nordhessen.de/en/loewenburg-castle

 

Constructed from 1793 to 1800, The Löwenburg is called the romantic knight’s castle because of the vivid and colorful real life events that happened behind its very walls.  The place has the look as well; so, do not be caught by surprise should images of love herein and its many wonders and pitfalls surface during and after your visit.

 

 

 

LUXEMBOURG PALACE

(PALAIS du LUXEMBOURG)

Paris, Île-de-France, FRANCE

http://www.senat.fr/visite/visite_virtuelle/uk/index.html

 

Luxembourg Palace is luxury.  See it!

 

 

 

LYNDHURST

Tarrytown, New York, USA

http://www.lyndhurst.org/

 

One of the great Hudson River estates, Lyndhurst is beautifully designed and colored imposing gothic architectural style.

 

 

 

MALBORK CASTLE

(THE CASTLE MUSEUM in MALBORK)

Malbork, POLAND

http://www.zamek.malbork.pl/index.php?lang=en&lang=en

 

This is the worId’s largest castle in surface area and was founded in AD 1274.  Teutonic Knights built the structure as a stronghold for themselves and to protect the people of Poland.  The reddish exterior appearance of Malbork Castle makes its architecture quite interesting.  Supporting greenery and neighboring waters make it an Old World paradise.  Christians in particular (not to the exclusion by any means of everyone else) should take a serious look.

 

 

 

MARBLE HOUSE

Newport, Rhode Island, USA

http://www.gonewport.com/

 

Marble House’s standout feature is its interior opulence; the home has 50 rooms.

 

 

 

MEADOW BROOK HALL

(OAKLAND UNIVERSITY)

Rochester, Michigan, USA

http://www4.oakland.edu/?id=3099&sid=87

 

This is the largest historical estate in the Midwest.

 

 

 

MIKHAILOVSKY PALACE

(THE RUSSIAN MUSEUM)

Saint-Petersburg, RUSSIAN FEDERATION

http://www.rusmuseum.ru/eng/museum/complex/mih_palace/

 

Mikhailovsky Palace is an enormous extravagant art-strewn place which houses Russia’s complete collection of art from the 10th through 20th centuries.

 

 

 

MILLS MANSION

(STAATSBURGH STATE HISTORIC SITE)

Staatsburg, New York, USA

http://nysparks.com/historic-sites/25/details.aspx

 

Constructed in just one year from 1895 to 1896, Mills Mansion is a colorful opulently designed and furnished 65-room and 14-bathroom dream come true!  Woodwork inside is a must-see and possible must-have for those individuals with the interest, patience, finances, and residential scale to make it their own.  The home is only about 15 to 20 miles north of the Springwood and Vanderbilt Mansion extraordinaires at Hyde Park.  Because of the richness of interiors and wonderfully constructed hallways, elaborate Beaux-Arts style and great textures and bijoux throughout you will definitely want to see this house.  Views alone from the drive up and back make the venture a treasure for life.

 

 

 

MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR’S MANSION

Jackson, Mississippi, USA

http://mdah.state.ms.us/museum/mhistory.html

 

Mississippi Governor’s Mansion is one of the finest examples of southern Greek Revival architecture.

 

 

 

MONTPELIER

Orange, Virginia, USA

http://www.montpelier.org/visit/index.php

 

Montpelier is the family estate of United States president, James Madison.  Dolley Madison, his wife, was the first person to serve ice cream to official international and American political dignitaries in Washington, DC.

 

 

 

MOUNT STUART HOUSE

(near) Rothesay, Isle of Bute/Bute, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, UK

https://www.mountstuart.com/

 

Mount Stuart House is a very fine opulent Victorian Gothic-style place in the midst of 300 acres of garden grounds, and a must-see if ever in Scotland.  Consistently, over ninety percent of visitors really like this one, both indoors and out!

 

 

 

MOUNT VERNON ESTATE

Mount Vernon, Virginia, USA

http://www.mountvernon.org/visit/index.cfm/

 

Mount Vernon Estate is the home of the first United States president, George Washington.

 

 

 

NEW YORK STATE EXECUTIVE MANSION

Albany, New York, USA

http://www.governor.ny.gov/mansion/governormansion/index

 

The State of New York governor’s residence is one of the largest and historically important in the country.

 

 

 

NEWPORT LEGENDARY MANSIONS

The Breakers    Château-sur-Mer    The Elms    Marble House    Rosecliff

Newport, Rhode Island, USA

http://www.gonewport.com/

 

Each of the estates above has special appeal.  You should truly see them all.

 

 

 

OCHRE COURT

(SALVE REGINA UNIVERSITY)

100 Ochre Point Avenue

Newport, Rhode Island, USA

http://www.salve.edu/virtualtour/buildings/ochre_court.html

 

Ochre Court is the second largest historic estate in Newport, Rhode Island.

 

 

 

OHIO GOVERNOR’S RESIDENCE and HERITAGE GARDEN

Columbus (Bexley), Ohio, USA

http://www.governorsresidence.ohio.gov/home.aspx

 

Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden is one of the finer American governor’s estates.

 

 

 

OSBORNE HOUSE

County Isle Of Wight, East Cowes, England, UK

http://www.tourist-information-uk.com/osborne-house.htm

 

Osborne House is British magnificence.  Of special appeal, Isle Of Wight estates, which Osborne House is, have gate free grounds, which provide open sprawling environments that are contrary to the usual sequestered ‘Buckingham Palace’ residences in and around London and other largely populated areas of Great Britain.

 

 

 

PALACE of the GRAND MASTER

of the KNIGHTS of RHODES

(KASTELLO)

Rhodes, GREECE

http://odysseus.culture.gr/h/2/eh2560.jsp?obj_id=5028

 

Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes is indeed very special.  It was built as a mighty castle hospital for knights in shining armor.  The medieval structure is outstanding.

 

 

 

PETERHOF/PETRODVORETS PALACE

Saint-Petersburg, RUSSIAN FEDERATION

http://peterhofmuseum.ru/

 

Peterhof’s/Petrodvorets’ fountains will literally take your breath away!

 

 

 

PITTI PALACE

(PALAZZO PITTI)

(PITTI PALACE MUSEUM)

Firenze/Florence, ITALY

http://www.polomuseale.firenze.it/english/musei/palazzopitti/

 

Pitti has an odd somewhat ‘ugly’ façade, but wait until you get inside.  Its interior opulence and garden ‘sunken’ setting(s) know no equal!

 

 

 

POWERSCOURT ESTATE

County Wicklow, Enniskerry, IRELAND

http://powerscourt.com/

 

Powerscourt Estate, having at least 68 opulent rooms and incredibly inviting grounds fit to create a cozy Versailles, make the destination one of the most beautiful homes and grounds in the world.  It is the Versailles Palace that you would want to live in!  Look forward to, aside from the castle tour, forest paths of beech, larch, oak, and (giant) redwood trees, golfing availability, Ireland’s largest waterfall, Tara’s Palace – the 22-room children’s castle with doll room, and more!  Surrounding views and amenities are positively delightful.  Extensive gardens (comprised of priceless statuary, Italian design, Japanese design, a ‘Tower Valley,’ and tree collections) complete the estate.  Powerscourt is an attraction in and of itself and the gardener’s dream come true.

 

 

 

PRAGUE CASTLE

(OLD ROYAL & ROYAL SUMMER PALACES)

Hradčany, Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC

http://www.hrad.cz/en/prazsky_hrad/navsteva_hradu.shtml

 

This is the oldest castle in the world.

 

 

 

PREDJAMSKI GRAD

(PREDJAMA CASTLE)

(also POSTOJNA CAVE)

Postojna, Inner Carniola region, SLOVENIA

http://www.postojnska-jama.eu/en/other-sites/predjama-castle/

 

The sheer uniqueness and notoriousness of this ‘piece of work’ makes for a most memorable and rather remarkable visit.  Predjamski Grad is literally a castle on a rocky overlook built into the mouth of a cave.  You see, the place housed a pure robber in all sense of the word and Predjamski served as that elite status thief’s home, getaway, AND hideaway.  The structure’s cave attachment and location was for the ingenious purpose of allowing the occupant to carry out his thefts and protect himself within the masterful confines after the thefts were committed.  When you follow the story on this one, be sure to get to the end!

 

 

 

PRINCE’S PALACE of MONACO

[PALAIS du PRINCE]

(official residence of His Royal Highness, The Prince of Monaco)

Old Town (Monaco-Ville), MONACO

http://www.palais.mc/monaco/x-net/internet-palais-princier/english/museums-et-culture/the-state-apartments/the-state-apartments.370.html

 

The Prince’s Palace of Monaco has an interesting ‘desert oasis’ architectural style.

 

 

 

REGGIA di CAPODIMONTE – NAPOLI

(PALACE of CAPODIMONTE/

MUSEO NAZIONALE di CAPODIMONTE)

Bosco di Capodimonte,

Metropolitan City of Naples, Naples, ITALY

http://www.polomusealenapoli.beniculturali.it/museo_cp/museo_cp.html

 

The Reggia di Capodimonte is a sumptuous palatial art treasure trove.  Expect to see paintings by Botticelli, El Greco, Raphael, and Titian, a favorite here, in a multi-structured residential complex furnished lavishly as only persons of royal status could do in the days Reggia di Capodimonte was conceived, begun, continued, and completed again and again.

 

 

 

RIPPON LEA

HOUSE & GARDENS

Elsternwick, Victoria, AUSTRALIA

http://www.ripponleaestate.com.au/

 

Rippon Lea House & Gardens was affectionately referred to by one of its owners as ‘the extraordinary house with a fairly ordinary family.’  She and her family were nothing short of extraordinary themselves, as much as the structure of which she spoke.  The design, building, and maintaining of the estate alone remains as a bona fide testament to that!  Rippon Lea also must be one of the finest Victorian estates in the entire world.  Gardens on the property are richly exotic and generous.  More than anything, the great mansion has the feel of a true family spot, which makes it extra special for a historical house open to the public because of the extremely pleasant virtually alive atmosphere abundant throughout.

 

 

 

ROUGH POINT

Newport, Rhode Island, USA

http://www.gonewport.com/ViewPage.aspx?id=149

 

Rough Point is another Vanderbilt masterpiece.

 

 

 

ROYAL PALACE of ARANJUEZ

(PALACIO REAL de ARANJUEZ)

Couples Square, Aranjuez, Community of Madrid, SPAIN

http://www.patrimonionacional.es/Home/Palacios-Reales/Real-Sitio-de-Aranjuez.aspx

http://www.aranjuez.com/Palacio/default.htm

 

The Royal Palace of Aranjuez is Spain’s Versailles Palace.  As an extra treat, be sure to visit the spectacular collection of Spain’s king’s boats at the Royal Palace’s Museum of Royal Barges.

 

 

 

SALEM HISTORIC LEGENDS

Derby House    Hawkes House

House of the Seven Gables (Captain John Turner House)    John Ward House

Peirce-Nichols House    Witch House (Jonathan Corwin House)

Salem, Massachusetts, USA

http://www.salemweb.com/guide/arch/houses.shtml

 

Derby House is the home of America’s first millionaire, but you should see every residence.  There are beautiful gardens that create for the area a striking contrast to the exterior colors and architecture of the homes.

 

 

 

SANDS POINT PRESERVE

Falaise    Hempstead House

Port Washington, Long Island, New York, USA

http://www.sandspointpreserve.org/htm/info.htm

 

Falaise’s Spanish Italianate exterior architecture may slightly frighten you at first glance; Hempstead is power and interior richness.

 

 

 

SHELBURNE FARMS

Shelburne, Vermont, USA

http://www.shelburnefarms.org/comevisitus/index.shtm

 

Shelburne Farms is the rural Vanderbilt estate.  But see this home for what it truly is, the former residence of one of the nicest branches of the Vanderbilt family.  The great fireplaces and architectural styles are quite impressive, almost as much as the loyal and loving residents of Shelburne, Vermont who keep this great estate going.

 

 

 

SOUTHFORK RANCH

(estate setting of ‘Dallas’ TV series)

Plano, Texas, USA

http://southfork.com/

 

Southfork Ranch is the home made great from the ‘Dallas’ 1978 to 1993 television series.  The interior of the house is nothing like that on the TV show, which was only a set design.

 

 

 

SPRINGWOOD

(FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT ESTATE)

Hyde Park, New York, USA

http://www.nps.gov/hofr/

 

Springwood is the massive family estate of former United States president Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

 

 

 

TULLY-NALLY CASTLE & GARDENS

(PAKENHAM HALL CASTLE)

County Westmeath, Castlepollard, IRELAND

http://www.tullynallycastle.ie/

 

Tully-Nally Castle is Ireland’s largest on-public-tour residential estate.  The grounds, a special point of emphasis, have a castle terrace, Chinese garden, flower garden, forest/stream walk, ‘gingerbread house,’ grotto, kitchen garden, llama paddock, lower lake/swan pool, magnolia walk, Queen Victoria summerhouse, Tibetan garden, upper lake, viewing hut, viewing mound, woodland garden, and yew avenue.  The castle structure itself contains some over 120 sumptuous rooms for your viewing pleasure.  Outstanding!

 

 

 

VANDERBILT MANSION

Hyde Park, New York, USA

http://www.hvnet.com/houses/vanderbilt/index.htm

 

This is the later home of the Vanderbilt who constructed Rough Point.

 

 

 

VAUX-LE-VICOMTE, CHÂTEAU de

Maincy, Seine-et-Marne, Île-de-France, FRANCE

http://www.vaux-le-vicomte.com/en/

 

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte is one of the coziest and most opulent homes in the Eastern Hemisphere.  The structure’s size (absolutely enormous compared to a gigantic mansion and modest for a Versailles-like castle), landscaped grounds, and contrast of both to one another come together to achieve the perfect balance.  Of special note is the interior – breathtaking and uniquely not over or understated, as are the grounds.

 

 

 

VERSAILLES PALACE

Versaille/Versailles, Yvelines, Île-de-France, FRANCE

http://en.chateauversailles.fr/the-palace-

 

Versailles Palace is the most copied great palace of its time and in modern history.  Why?  Maybe it is because of the 1500 rooms inside, extraordinary dangling chandeliers, walls and ceilings covered completely in paintworks and by paintings, extraordinary gardens, and one-of-a-kind gazebos and additional cottages and playhouses set all over the elaborately landscaped enormous meticulously planted and manicured grounds.

 

 

 

VORONTSOV PALACE

(ALUPKA)

Alupka, Crimea, RUSSIAN FEDERATION

http://worontsovpalace.com.ua/?page_id=727

 

Vorontsov Palace is our take on the exotic pleasures of Europe in the tropical lushly green forested cliffs of the Black Sea.  The castle incorporates Gothic Revival, Mughal, and Scottish Baronial architectural styles for a most interesting structure that may strangely leave you prone to romantic action (as it did the mistress of the house, Countess Vorontsov, who once strayed on her husband, good Count Vorontsov, for which the palace is named).  Find inside, 150 rooms with an unusual mix of period furniture, elaborate ceilings, and memorably designed floors.  There is conspicuous use of plain color also, some light and some dark, all throughout.  To complete the picture, this home of curiously and completely contrasting façades is set within a beautifully landscaped treed garden-like park in the mild and breezy outdoors silently overlooking the waters of the Black Sea.  The construction of this residence brought Count Vorontsov’s noble peers to the area, who in turn built exotic villas and grand estates which now neighbor Vorontsov Palace and make the immediate community; Count Vorontsov and the rest altogether ended up turning the location as a whole into a virtual private residential royal resort.  Think of it as a tropical exotic paradise monarchial Newport, Rhode Island, USA that is somewhat and forever romantically enticing.  The palace and all, you will love!

 

 

 

WAWEL ROYAL CASTLE

Wawel, Kraków, POLAND

http://www.wawel.krakow.pl/en/

 

People often make fun of the Polish and Poland.  If this is you such nonsense will stop on your part after Wawel Royal Castle becomes part of your mindset.

 

 

 

WESTBROOK

(BAYARD CUTTING ARBORETUM

[BAYARD CUTTING ARBORETUM STATE PARK])

Great River, Long Island, New York, USA

http://www.bayardcuttingarboretum.com/

 

Westbrook is a legendary rambling manor, one of the largest (and longest) of the Long Island, New York estates.  Take a tour, enjoy the fresh air, and indulge in the greatness of the great!

 

 

 

WESTBURY HOUSE

Old Westbury, Long Island, New York, USA

http://www.oldwestburygardens.org/

 

Westbury House is standout for two primary reasons:  its incredible architectural appeal, and inviting home atmosphere.  You see, Westbury is a superior Gilded Age estate that was genuinely a happy home to its owner and his family, unlike the over 97% others.  Visit the mansion, topiary gardens, and expansive grounds.  You WILL like this one.

 

 

 

WINCHESTER MYSTERY HOUSE

San José, California, USA

http://www.winchestermysteryhouse.com/tours.html

 

Winchester has 160 rooms, but in addition, the Mystery House contains staircases running into ceilings, doors opening to nowhere, and more oddities.  Learn the history of the house and see why this is so.

 

 

 

WINDSOR CASTLE

County Berkshire, Windsor, England, UK

http://www.windsor.gov.uk/site/things-to-do/windsor-castle-p43983

 

Windsor Castle is so large and old that there are no records of its number of rooms.

 

 

 

WINTER PALACE

(THE STATE HERMITAGE MUSEUM)

Saint-Petersburg, RUSSIAN FEDERATION

http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/html_En/index.html

 

This magnificent palace has been transformed into one of the greatest art museums in the world.  Take a visit and feel Russia’s power, opulence, and remarkable history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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