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Luxury living: Homes of stone

From Colorado to the Dordogne, 5 beautiful homes with a timeless, natural look — all available through Christie’s International Real Estate

Perched on a hill outside Athens, this spectacular estate enjoys commanding views over the surrounding countryside. The main residence, a 14,000-square-foot château-style villa custom-built from local stone, was inspired by the architecture of Provence. The home features beautiful reception and dining areas with numerous fireplaces and large windows which fill the interior with light. Additional highlights include a chef’s kitchen, a gym and sauna, eight en suite bedrooms, staff quarters, and a six-car garage. The magnificent nine-acre grounds include a chapel, tennis court, pool, stables, a gardener’s cottage, and French formal gardens enhanced with stone paths and classical fountains and sculptures.

This historic estate in France’s Côtes de Bergerac wine region encompasses nearly 269 acres, including 133 acres of vineyards and an award-winning winery. The heart of the property is an enchanting 12th-century castle. Constructed from stone, the castle’s façade includes a tower and turrets at each of the four corners. The 10,764 square-foot interior abounds with medieval details. On the ground floor, the entrance hall opens to the reception rooms, which include a great room with oak-panelled walls and a monumental fireplace. There are five original bedrooms and two bathrooms on the second and third floors. The property includes three restored guest cottages, staff quarters, several outbuildings, a hammam, and an indoor pool.

Mountain Magic is a quintessential Aspen mountain retreat on more than 17 acres. The elegant 12,191-square-foot main residence is crafted from stone and massive wooden beams. Walls of glass embrace the Rocky Mountain views, which extend from Mount Sopris all the way to Aspen Mountain. Inside are walls and arches inlaid with stone, hardwood floors, dramatic wood-beamed ceilings, and seven fireplaces. There are six bedrooms, including a private master wing and a separate guest apartment. Most rooms open to balconies or patios overlooking the lush landscaped grounds, graced with a private pond, cascading waterfalls, and mature trees.

Schaloen Castle (also pictured top) is a magnificent moated castle built circa 1656 on the site of a medieval fortress dating to 1200. The castle’s neo-Gothic architecture remains beautifully intact, including the stately façade with its 6.5-foot-thick walls, built of basalt stone, four turrets, and mansard roof. Surrounding the monumental stone structure are 2.5 acres of formal gardens on the banks of the River Geul. Nearby are two other historically significant castles, Castle East and Castle Genhoes. All three castles are sited within a 988-acre nature reserve in the village of Oud Valkenburg in the Dutch province of Limberg.

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This private estate in Northern Patagonia is at one with its majestic setting on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi. Architect Ricardo Pereyra Iraola designed the three-story, 1,100-square-metre home to blend into the landscape, with stone and timber finishes featured inside. The formal dining room, living room, and family room each have a stone fireplace, as well as large windows to frame the lake views. The lower level features a games room and indoor pool. Beyond is an expansive stone terrace and landscaped lawns leading down to the lakefront.