Memoir of love, french chateau is up for sale
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