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For $40M, Bed Down in the Castle of Louis XIV's Mistress

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Sure, European castles pop up on the market like dandelions between the sidewalk cracks, but this particular Disney princess homestead, the 16th-century Château Saint-Elix, may be the only one on the market once owned by a famous mistress of a French monarch. Madame de Montespan, who famously became mighty friendly with King Louis XIV, once reigned over these 20,236 square feet of turreted interiors. The five-story castle, asking about $40M and recently spotlighted on Arch Digest, sits on a private park parcel between the Atlantic and the Pyrénées, boasting 10 bedrooms, terra cotta floors, and toile like you wouldn't believe.

· Magnificent European Estates for Sale [Architectural Digest]
· Saint-Élix-le-Château [Christie's Real Estate]
· All Chateau Me the Money posts [Curbed National]