France is famed for the historic chateaus that dot its countryside, but when one man built his very own Renaissance-style mansion in a beautiful corner of the south coast, he caused something of a stir
Patrick Diter in Grasse. Credit: Philippe Petit/Paris Match via Getty Images”Mr. Diter transformed a home that was important because it was on a protected site, and subject to legal regulations.”A house previously stood on the site, but Diter built a huge mansion with multiple buildings, a swimming pool and fountains, said Gaury.The property, set on 17 acres, features 18 suites, two helicopter pads and manicured gardens, according to rental site Myprivatevillas, which lists Chateau Diter among its offerings.12 buildings that transformed cities around the world“He made it very luxurious,” Gaury added.According to a ruling on Monday, an extra €500 ($565) will be added to the fine for every day beyond the deadline that the chateau remains standing.One company involved in the building work received a €200,000 fine, while another was fined €50,000 ($56,000).Gaury emphasized that Diter bought the land legally and issues only arose because of what he did with it.
The luxurious château features 18 suites. Credit: Philippe Petit/Paris Match via Getty ImagesIn addition to building without permission,