December 29, 2005
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have reportedly paid $25 million to acquire ChÃ¢teau Gabriel, the 127 year-old Anglo-Norman house on the Normandy coast in Deauville that, for the last 27 years, has served as the summer home to Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre BergÃ©.
A call to Emile Garcin Paris, the company representing the residence, was not immediately returned.
Nestled on 75 acres of park-like grounds, the 9,000-square foot, five-story estatethe largest property with a view of the oceanboasts nine bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a summer salon, billiard room, and servants quarters. Each bedroom, in fact, is named for a character from Prousts Remembrance of Things Past. If the celebrity couple ever ties the knot, the Russian-style vacation cottage, where the designer sketched many of his collections, is surrounded by a birch grove and would be perfect for the in-laws. A waterfall, lake, apple orchard, stables, and extensive gardens that feature Japanese and English-style plantings round out the compound.
Saint Laurent and BergÃ© purchased the residence in 1978, after it was abandoned following WWII. Inside, Jolie and Pitt will luxuriate in first-floor rooms that mimic the blue-green colors of Monets Waterlilies, said to be a favorite of Saint Laurents. Extensive personal security aside, an entrance flanked by sphinxes will undoubtedly provide some additional deterrence to what will surely be eager paparazzi.
Source: Fashion Week Daily
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