Luxury Living Homes with royal connections

Luxury Living: Homes with royal connections

To celebrate two royal occasions, the birth of the third child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on 23 April, and the royal wedding on 19 May, we've selected 5 homes with unique ties to royalty — all from Christie’s International Real Estate

Completed in 1959 by acclaimed architect Robert Hartley, and completely renovated in 2012, this classic West Indian-style villa has been host to international celebrities over the years, including the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. The first home built at The Tryall Club, Little Hill commands the legacy resort’s premier location atop a 200-foot hill, providing breathtaking 360-degree views of the Caribbean Sea, surrounding hills, and the club’s internationally acclaimed championship golf course.

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  • Kentlands
    Sandwich, Kent, England

Kentlands is a unique Grade II-listed Arts and Crafts house on Sandwich Bay, adjacent to Royal St. George’s Golf Club. Commissioned in 1920 by British politician Frederick Leverton Harris, it is documented that in 1926 the Prince of Wales (later to become King Edward VIII) stayed at Kentlands as his guest. The property has been fully restored and renovated by the current owners, and includes an eight-bedroom main residence, two-bedroom lodge, and private beachfront grounds with a heated swimming pool.

HRH the Princess Margaret, former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and legendary British novelist Ian Fleming were among the high-profile past visitors to this idyllic 948-acre country estate during the 1950s and ’60s. The centrepiece of the estate is a circa-1772 colonial farmhouse updated by noted country-house architect Jerome Cerny. Complementing the main house are four delightful dwellings, several outbuildings, formal gardens, an outdoor pool, three stocked ponds, and open pastures with 33 miles of private trails.

Villa Semiramis, a beautiful Belle Époque villa in the French Riviera town of Villefranche, was built in 1904 as the residence of King Leopold II of Belgium. Restored and updated in recent years, the residence retains all of its former grandeur, including its unique diamond shape, ornate façade with more than 40 windows, and stately reception rooms. The deluxe amenities include a Clive Christian kitchen, roof terrace with sea views and a swimming pool.

This magnificent Neo-Gothic castle on 17 acres of parkland was the former estate of Romeo Gallenga, an Italian nobleman, and his wife, Mary Montgomery Stuart, a lady of the former royal house of Scotland. In 1880 Perugian architect Nazareno Biscarini and artist Matteo Tassi, together with local artisans, were commissioned to renovate and expand the property. The five-story, 35-room palace has retained all of its original grandeur: frescoes and tapestries, a private chapel, and an octagonal tower with a rooftop terrace.