Luxury Living Homes with royal connections

Luxury Living: Homes with royal connections

To honour the official 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, we present 5 homes with royal provenance — all from Christie’s International Real Estate

The Laines is a five-acre Grade II-listed estate of unique historical and architectural significance. This bucolic Georgian manor was the childhood home of Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall. Surrounded by England’s South Downs, the 18th-century home is appointed with seven bedrooms, formal reception rooms, and an orangery. The estate’s picturesque grounds are of special note. They include a walled garden, orchard, paddock, summer cottage, tennis court and outdoor swimming pool.

Inniscorrig is a beautiful castellated mansion on Dublin Bay in the village of Dalkey, County Dublin. Built in 1847 as a seaside retreat, this Gothic-Revival castle boasts a distinguished list of former guests that includes British monarchs Edward VII and George V, whose visits were commemorated by elaborate motifs which can be found throughout the residence. Outside, the walled grounds comprise Italianate gardens, a waterfront terrace and a private harbour with direct access to the Irish Sea. 

Hönsäter Castle rises from an ancient forest at the foot of Mount Kinnekulle on the shores of Lake Vänern. The royal seat of King Magnus Eriksson during the 14th century, this historic landmark was rebuilt in the 19th century and renovated in recent years to include first-class accommodations and luxurious amenities. The residence is set within a private 238-hectare landscape, complete with forests, meadows, caves, nature trails and two kilometres of scenic coastline on Lake Vänern.

Pavillon Sully is a 17th-century landmark property that once formed part of the Chateau-Neuf de Saint-Germain-en-Laye — a residence of the French royal court until 1682, and the refuge of King Charles II before the Restoration of the English monarchy in 1660. Dating from 1609, this magnificent 4,850-square-foot pavilion served as the royal gardener’s residence. It boasts 2.5 acres of glorious terraced grounds with French formal gardens as well as a swimming pool, a tennis court and a caretaker’s cottage.

This palatial 15-acre estate was once part of the Soestdijk Palace, a former residence of the Dutch royal family. Bordered by the majestic forest of Lage Vuursche in the province of Utrecht, the estate is crowned with a grand white-stucco mansion. It is complemented by a staff residence, an extensive office wing, stables, pastures and century-old parkland with formal gardens designed by 19th-century landscape architect Jan Copijn.