Seldom does the opportunity present itself to inhabit a living album of European history recounting 800 years of intrigue and legends. Such is the case of the private kingdom commanding some 500 acres south of Paris near Limoges. Built in 1179, the massive château, one of only four castles from that epoch related to the Crusades and King Richard the Lionheart, is still believed by some to hold buried treasure. Whether the treasure survived or not, the castle itself is today a tantalizing treasure full of wonder and romance. Its knight’s hall and banquet room hosted everyone from Celts defending themselves from Roman legions to the noble castle-lord Guy Brun and the last Lord of Montbrun just before the Revolution. Two elevators reveal some 37,674 square feet of authentically restored splendor bestowing everything from baronial reception areas accompanied by music and congress rooms to a cinema, sauna, and fifteen guest rooms.