By Mark McConville
LIVE LIKE royalty in this stunning seven-bed manor house that once belonged to the Archduke of Austria and could be yours for £6.7m.
Incredible images show the house set in the hilltops overlooking turquoise waters, a shimmering pool with sun loungers and the lush greenery of the garden.
Other striking shots show the cosy bedrooms, spacious living areas and bright dining areas as well as sleek bathrooms and study rooms.
The seven-bed manor house is located in Valldemossa, Mallorca, Spain and is currently listed by Engel and Voelkers for around £6.7m.
“There are many captivating places in the world, but there are none quite like Majorca – where rugged mountain ranges and dramatic rocky coasts sit alongside crystal-clear bays and white sandy beaches, interspersed with olive and lemon groves, orchards and quaint little villages,” states the listing.#
“Set high above the sea in the Serra de Tramuntana to the northwest of the island, between the mountain villages of Valldemossa and Deià, this property is a former ancestral seat with splendid views looking out over the sea and across the picturesque countryside to the Mediterranean beyond.
“Originally built by Louis Salvador, Archduke of Austria, around 140 years ago, the interior encompasses some 1,000 sqm, including seven bedrooms each with en suite bathrooms, several reception rooms, tasteful dining room, informal sitting rooms, a private library, a home cinema, a gymnasium and a nice swimming pool.
“Blessed with around 300 days of sun a year, there is ample opportunity to spend time outdoors here too. Throughout the day the various terraces, some roofed for shade, always provide the perfect setting perhaps for sunbathing, enjoying a cosy dinner with friends or cherishing the romantic and very impressive evening sunset.”
Salvador went to Majorca under his title of Count of Neuendorf, arriving in 1867. Falling in love with the clear air, water and dazzling blue skies of Majorca it was to become his base and home for the remainder of his life.
He explored on his steam-yacht the Nixe. He was known for his extreme love of animals and nature.
When the First World War broke out, in 1914, the Emperor of Austria ordered Salvador to leave Majorca, and in 1915 he died at the family castle of Brandeis-Altbunzlau, in Bohemia. He was buried in Vienna.