The subsequent proprietor of this property in Good, France, could need to top off on gin, vermouth and olives.
The restored chateau, parts of which date to the seventeenth century, was as soon as the property of the Rely de Martini. And though the traditional American cocktail isn’t named after this onetime house owner, his story actually makes good cocktail-party dialog.
Umberto de Martini got here to be a depend via marriage and cash. He was the doctor to Rely Edward von Bismarck, grandson of German chancellor Otto von Bismarck. A yr after his affected person died, the 60-year-old physician married the depend’s rich widow.
The Kentucky-born Mona Strader had grow to be the Countess of Bismark when she married Edward. She, in flip, was in a position to buy Martini’s title from her pal Umberto II, Italy’s final king.
Shut associates of the countess weren’t happy with the match, citing the distinction in ages, in line with a number of on-line sources. She was 14 years his senior. Obscure suspicions surfaced. Rumors flew. It was alleged that Martini let longtime family workers go and saved the countess medicated.
As we speak, a motor courtroom sits on the entrance of the stone chateau, and a pair of statues greet guests on the sturdy double door of the rotunda entry. A sweeping staircase off the round lobby results in the upstairs rooms.
Fireplaces and beamed ceilings grace the eating and residing rooms. There’s a library and 7 en suite bedrooms.
Gone is the kitchen of Martini’s day, the place he was stated to arrange easy pasta dishes to pair with low cost wines. The brand new kitchen has shiny white counters and cupboards, a big middle island and floating steps that result in the following stage.
The gated park-like property of greater than 14.8 acres accommodates the 6,100-square-foot primary home, a indifferent studio, a four-room visitor home, a chapel and an outbuilding. Terraces develop the residing area outdoor. The location additionally accommodates a heated swimming pool, gardens, olive timber and garden.
Views take within the surrounding valley and villages.
The asking value is 6.9 million Euros or about $8.36 million, in line with listing details offered by agent Meta Looij of Groupe Mercure.
As for the story that goes with the property?
Martini met his finish lengthy earlier than his older spouse. His demise got here when he drove a sports activities automobile off a bridge and landed in a stony riverbed. Socialite tongues wagged, and the incident was dubbed “Martini on the rocks.”