Mem­oir of love, french chateau is up for sale

The Sunday Guardian - - The Week - REUTERS

MENARS, FRANCE: A vast 18th­cen­tury chateau on the banks of France’s River Loire is likely to be sold for just a frac­tion of the amount a Mid­dle East­ern busi­ness­man, in­spired by his pas­sion for a long-dead royal mis­tress, has spent restor­ing it. With 62 bed­rooms, more than 12,000 square me­tres (130,000 square feet) of liv­ing space, el­e­gant gar­dens that de­scend to the banks of the Loire and a cob­bled court­yard large enough to land a he­li­copter, the chateau is any bil­lion­aire’s dream. Ed­mond Baysari bought the Chateau de Menars in the early 1980s and has spent the past three decades painstak­ingly restor­ing it to its orig­i­nal glory at a cost of more than $100 mil­lion.

Chateau de Menars

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