24 Mar

One of world's largest homes up for sale

One of world's largest homes up for sale

One of the biggest houses in the world has gone up for sale with a £19.8 million price-tag.

The 115-bedroom Tuscan castle dates back to the 12th century and is bound to appeal to those looking for something a little different.

Estate agents have not revealed the exact location of the spacious property, but it is situated in 650 hectares of land planted with around 1,500 olive trees, relatively close to the town of Siena, reports the Daily Telegraph.

As well as the 115 bedrooms, the medieval castle also has 100 bathrooms, a chapel and a number of outdoor swimming pools.

"It is exceptionally beautiful. There are many castles in Tuscany but very few are medieval," explained the agent John Jonk of Sotheby’s International.

"The approach to it is wonderful and you go into another world. There are thousands of wild boar and roe deer, magical woods, vineyards, olive groves and grain fields. On the estate it is always silent. The castle was built at a time just before Giotto, when the Renaissance lay around the corner and Siena was at war with Florence.”

It is even believed that Galileo Galilei stayed in the tower that forms part of the 154,139 square feet property and may have gazed down on the stunning courtyard with carefully trimmed box hedges.

Although, there is little doubt it is a large property, there are bigger homes across the world, such as the 27-storey skyscraper Antilia in Mumbai, India.

Built for the family of Mukesh Ambani, the home has a total of 400,000 square feet of space and includes a ballroom, a yoga studio, ice room and nine elevators.

It is thought to have cost the head of petrochemical firm Reliance Industries around £1.3 billion to construct.

However, the largest home is believed to belong to the Sultan of Brunei. The Istana Nurul Iman Palace has 1,788 rooms, five swimming pools, 257 bathrooms and a garage with space for 110 cars.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801780886-ADNFCR

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