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Here, a Centuries-Old Restored Palace With a Million-Dollar Room

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Photos: Wetag International

Set in the small village of Rabat, in Western Malta, "The Palazzo," as l-Palazz tal-Kontessa is coolly nicknamed, is a 200-year-old mansion that was built for a countess and recently restored by the current owners, who were "looking for a place to accommodate our lifestyle," they told the Wall Street Journal in August. "The palace has more than 38 rooms and we use every single one of them." Including, apparently, two office spaces, each with its own entrance, multiple entertaining spaces, a salon, five en suite bedrooms, a gym, a Murano glass-tiled pool, a wine cellar, and a hammam. It's the covered courtyard, of course, that's the real pièce de résistance, with its skylight and thick glass floor offering views of the excavated foundation-turned-finished basement. (The space caught the attention of HGTV's Million Dollar Rooms, which filmed a segment here.) As the Journal points out, "There is a carpet which can rapidly be deployed should any guest suffer from vertigo." The property, which is "aimed at families that work from home," according to the brokerbabble, is asking $7.8M with the possibility of negotiating all the furnishings.

· The Palace of the Countess [Wetag International via Lovely Listing]
· Maltese Palace [WSJ]
· Million Dollar Courtyard and Basement [HGTV]