World's most expensive house on Cote d'Azur costs £315m

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  • The Villa Les Cèdres is an 18,000 sq ft estate in the South of France that comes with a 14-bedroom mansion
  • It was once owned by Belgian King Leopold II, who bought the glorious patch in 1904 using loot from Congo
  • Property still has one of the most beautiful gardens in Europe, with 15,000 plants and 20 special greenhouses
  • The palatial home even features a ballroom, an Olympic-size swimming pool and stables for up to 30 horses 

By Iain Burns For Mailonline

Published: 13:58 EDT, 12 October 2017 | Updated: 18:51 EDT, 12 October 2017

The world's most expensive home has gone on sale for a colossal £315 million. 

Villa Les Cèdres, an 18,000 square-foot estate in the South of France that comes with a 14-bedroom mansion and 35 acres of land, was built 187 years ago. 

It was once owned by Belgian King Leopold II, who bought the glorious patch - along the coast of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat - in 1904 after becoming exorbitantly wealthy from his savage exploitation of the Congo Free State. 

It had previously been owned by the mayor of Villefranche-sur-Mer and was used as a farm for olive trees. 

Villa Les Cèdres, an 18,000 square-foot estate in the South of France that comes with a 14-bedroom mansion and 35 acres of land, was built 187 years ago. Palm trees line the lawn avenue in the private gardens leading to the mansion 
Villa Les Cèdres, an 18,000 square-foot estate in the South of France that comes with a 14-bedroom mansion and 35 acres of land, was built 187 years ago. Palm trees line the lawn avenue in the private gardens leading to the mansion 

Villa Les Cèdres, an 18,000 square-foot estate in the South of France that comes with a 14-bedroom mansion and 35 acres of land, was built 187 years ago. Palm trees line the lawn avenue in the private gardens leading to the mansion 

It was once owned by Belgian King Leopold II, who bought the glorious patch - along the coast of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat - in 1904 after becoming exorbitantly wealthy from his savage exploitation of the Congo Free State. Pictured: Armchairs and tables stand beneath chandeliers as 19th century portraits in ornate frames adorn the walls of a sitting room
It was once owned by Belgian King Leopold II, who bought the glorious patch - along the coast of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat - in 1904 after becoming exorbitantly wealthy from his savage exploitation of the Congo Free State. Pictured: Armchairs and tables stand beneath chandeliers as 19th century portraits in ornate frames adorn the walls of a sitting room

It was once owned by Belgian King Leopold II, who bought the glorious patch - along the coast of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat - in 1904 after becoming exorbitantly wealthy from his savage exploitation of the Congo Free State. Pictured: Armchairs and tables stand beneath chandeliers as 19th century portraits in ornate frames adorn the walls of a sitting room

It had previously been owned by the mayor of Villefranche-sur-Mer and was used as a farm for olive trees. The property still has one of the most beautiful gardens in Europe, which includes manicured lawns, 15,000 plants and 20 greenhouses containing rare tropical vegetation. Pictured: The terrace 
It had previously been owned by the mayor of Villefranche-sur-Mer and was used as a farm for olive trees. The property still has one of the most beautiful gardens in Europe, which includes manicured lawns, 15,000 plants and 20 greenhouses containing rare tropical vegetation. Pictured: The terrace 

It had previously been owned by the mayor of Villefranche-sur-Mer and was used as a farm for olive trees. The property still has one of the most beautiful gardens in Europe, which includes manicured lawns, 15,000 plants and 20 greenhouses containing rare tropical vegetation. Pictured: The terrace 

It is now owned by Italian distiller Davide Campari-Milano SpA, which owns Campari and Grand Marnier liqueurs. Close neighbours include British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Pictured: Tropical plants surround a swimming pool in the private gardens
It is now owned by Italian distiller Davide Campari-Milano SpA, which owns Campari and Grand Marnier liqueurs. Close neighbours include British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Pictured: Tropical plants surround a swimming pool in the private gardens

It is now owned by Italian distiller Davide Campari-Milano SpA, which owns Campari and Grand Marnier liqueurs. Close neighbours include British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Pictured: Tropical plants surround a swimming pool in the private gardens

The opulent habitation was acquired by the Marnier-Lapostolle family in 1924 and owned by them for over 80 years. Pictured: The luxurious interior 
The opulent habitation was acquired by the Marnier-Lapostolle family in 1924 and owned by them for over 80 years. Pictured: The luxurious interior 

The opulent habitation was acquired by the Marnier-Lapostolle family in 1924 and owned by them for over 80 years. Pictured: The luxurious interior 

Its garden is thought to have been used to grow the unique oranges that flavoured Grand Marnier. Pictured: The coastline and Mediterranean Sea are seen beyond the private gardens
Its garden is thought to have been used to grow the unique oranges that flavoured Grand Marnier. Pictured: The coastline and Mediterranean Sea are seen beyond the private gardens

Its garden is thought to have been used to grow the unique oranges that flavoured Grand Marnier. Pictured: The coastline and Mediterranean Sea are seen beyond the private gardens

Amazonian lily pads rest on the man-made pond in the botanical gardens. In 2016, Campari bought the Marnier parents company, Société des Produits Marnier Lapostolle, and almost immediately put the estate on the market
Amazonian lily pads rest on the man-made pond in the botanical gardens. In 2016, Campari bought the Marnier parents company, Société des Produits Marnier Lapostolle, and almost immediately put the estate on the market

Amazonian lily pads rest on the man-made pond in the botanical gardens. In 2016, Campari bought the Marnier parents company, Société des Produits Marnier Lapostolle, and almost immediately put the estate on the market

The property still has one of the most beautiful gardens in Europe, which includes manicured lawns, 15,000 plants and 20 greenhouses containing rare tropical vegetation.

The palatial home even features a ballroom, an Olympic-size swimming pool and stables for up to 30 horses.

Close neighbours include British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. 

It is now owned by Italian distiller Davide Campari-Milano SpA, which owns Campari and Grand Marnier liqueurs.

The opulent habitation was acquired by the Marnier-Lapostolle family in 1924 and owned by them for over 80 years.

Its garden is thought to have been used to grow the unique oranges that flavoured Grand Marnier. 

In 2016, Campari bought the Marnier parents company, Société des Produits Marnier Lapostolle, and almost immediately put the estate on the market.  

It has previously been spoken of as being worth £900million, but Fabio Di Fede - the managing director of Société des Produits Marnier Lapostolle - told Bloomberg that price tag is 'absurd rumour and folly'.      

It has previously been spoken of as being worth £900million, but Fabio Di Fede - the managing director of Société des Produits Marnier Lapostolle -  said that price tag is 'absurd rumour and folly'. Pictured: Marble urns and benches decorate the lawn
It has previously been spoken of as being worth £900million, but Fabio Di Fede - the managing director of Société des Produits Marnier Lapostolle -  said that price tag is 'absurd rumour and folly'. Pictured: Marble urns and benches decorate the lawn

It has previously been spoken of as being worth £900million, but Fabio Di Fede - the managing director of Société des Produits Marnier Lapostolle -  said that price tag is 'absurd rumour and folly'. Pictured: Marble urns and benches decorate the lawn

Antique furnishings decorate a bedroom inside the Villa Les Cedres. Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, which has a population of about 2000, has attracted celebrities and royalty from all over the world throughout its history
Antique furnishings decorate a bedroom inside the Villa Les Cedres. Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, which has a population of about 2000, has attracted celebrities and royalty from all over the world throughout its history

Antique furnishings decorate a bedroom inside the Villa Les Cedres. Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, which has a population of about 2000, has attracted celebrities and royalty from all over the world throughout its history

Those who used to holiday there regularly on belle epoque estates include Winston Churchill, who loved painting the gardens. Pictured: A pond sits in the private botanical gardens overlooking the Mediterranean coast
Those who used to holiday there regularly on belle epoque estates include Winston Churchill, who loved painting the gardens. Pictured: A pond sits in the private botanical gardens overlooking the Mediterranean coast

Those who used to holiday there regularly on belle epoque estates include Winston Churchill, who loved painting the gardens. Pictured: A pond sits in the private botanical gardens overlooking the Mediterranean coast

Other regulars included actors Charlie Chaplin and David Niven, writer William Somerset-Maugham, movie stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and Prince Rainier III of Monaco. Pictured: The botanical gardens at the plush estate 
Other regulars included actors Charlie Chaplin and David Niven, writer William Somerset-Maugham, movie stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and Prince Rainier III of Monaco. Pictured: The botanical gardens at the plush estate 

Other regulars included actors Charlie Chaplin and David Niven, writer William Somerset-Maugham, movie stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and Prince Rainier III of Monaco. Pictured: The botanical gardens at the plush estate 

The most high profile property transaction in the stretch of Riviera around Nice came in 2008, when Russian oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov offered 320 million to buy Villa Leopolda. Pictured: Luxury yachts sit on the Mediterranean as the coastline is seen from the roof top of the Villa Les Cedres
The most high profile property transaction in the stretch of Riviera around Nice came in 2008, when Russian oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov offered 320 million to buy Villa Leopolda. Pictured: Luxury yachts sit on the Mediterranean as the coastline is seen from the roof top of the Villa Les Cedres

The most high profile property transaction in the stretch of Riviera around Nice came in 2008, when Russian oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov offered 320 million to buy Villa Leopolda. Pictured: Luxury yachts sit on the Mediterranean as the coastline is seen from the roof top of the Villa Les Cedres

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, which has a population of about 2,000, has attracted celebrities and royalty from all over the world throughout its history.

Those who used to holiday there regularly on belle epoque estates include Winston Churchill, who loved painting the gardens.

Other regulars included actors Charlie Chaplin and David Niven, writer William Somerset-Maugham, movie stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

The most high profile property transaction in the stretch of Riviera around Nice came in 2008, when Russian oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov offered 320 million to buy Villa Leopolda.     

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