From Napoleon III sofas to Biedermeier enamelled glass vases, the château was a veritable treasure trove of design delights. Back in February, over 1,200 works of art from the chateau were auctioned, including a painting by Sir Edward Burne-Jones which sold for €1,095,400. 'I adore Château Gabriel' gushed Grange, 'I would love to completely dismantle it and spread its spirit around the world.'
And so he did – first stop, Villa Mabrouka, Morocco.The 9,700 square foot mansion has all the hallmarks of Grange's eclectic style. But let's not get ahead of ourselves – the exterior is definitely worth a mention.
Nestled by the Kasbah and five minutes from the centre of Tangier, Villa Mabrouka boasts spectacular surroundings. Perched on the top of a cliff overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar and the coastline of Spain, the view alone is enough to send the property to the top of our wish list. But it doesn't end there. There are two acres of gorgeous gardens to explore, created by Madison Cox, designer of the New York Botanical Garden.
Then there's the interior.
Wander through the Moorish style entry and through the lobby’s white arcades and you’ll find an inspired mish mash of classic Moroccan meets English country. Traditional accents come in the form of white washed walls, black and white checkerboard tiled floors, vaulting ceilings and an expensive terrace. But Grange has chosen faded English chintz for the two living rooms. One of these, we hasten to add, offers 180-degree views of the sea. Get this cleverly contrasting look with Moroccan lanterns from Crocus and rose cushions from the queen of country-chic, Cath Kidston.
Head through the rest of the pad and you’ll find yet more touches of eccentric Grange/Saint-Laurent styling. There's a dining room with edgy bamboo walls and a library in the style of an English members' club with a Colonial era fireplace. Create your own fashion forward interior, with dramatic, hand-woven Sugarcane Bamboo from Urbaneliving.
Other lavish features of Villa Mabrouka include two master bedrooms with verandas, a 650 square foot pool house and a separate 1,200 square foot staff quarters for four. Oh, and a heated swimming pool carved out of the rock.
But then, would you expect any less from the former leader of the jet set fashion pack?
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