£48m palace on French Riviera must be demolished within 18 months

Owner of sprawling £48m palace on the French Riviera is told he has 18 months to DEMOLISH IT because the Tuscan-style property was illegally built on protected woodland

  • The Chateau Diter is nestled among the green hills between Monaco and Cannes in the South of France
  • French businessman Patrick Diter now has 18 months to demolish the estate or face daily fines of up to £500
  • Appeals court ruled he’d built it illegally without the proper planning permission when he built it in 2005
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An illegally built £48million palace on the French Riviera that hosts parties for the rich and famous has to be demolished within 18 months following a 14-year legal battle with a British couple, an appeals court has ruled. 

Chateau Diter is a beautiful Tuscan property nestled among green hills and gardens between the opulent cities of Monaco and Cannes in the South of France.

It needs to be torn down because its tycoon owner failed to get planning permission before it was constructed in a protected wooded area in 2005, the Aix-en-Provence court of appeal ruled Monday. 


The £48million Chateau Diter palace must be demolished within 18 months, a French appeals court has ruled


The Tuscan property, which boasts three pools and two helipads needs to be torn down because it was constructed in a protected wooded area


The site used to be home to a 250sqm farm until it was developed into a renaissance castle with sprawling grounds and enough space to play host to 2,000 revellers


French businessman Patrick Diter has been fined more than £350,000 and ordered to serve a three-month suspended prison sentence

French businessman Patrick Diter now has 18 months to demolish the estate, which was often used by oligarchs and their loved ones for weddings and film production companies for more than £40,000 per day, The Local France reported.

The site used to be home to a 250sqm farm until it was developed into a renaissance castle with sprawling grounds, three swimming pools, two helipads and enough space to play host to 2,000 revellers.

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Prosecutor Pierrre-Jean Gaury described his palace as a ‘pharaonic project, delusional, totally illegal and built illegally,’ according to the news outlet. 

It had been built in violation of urban planning regulations as well as of safety and environmental rules by an owner whose ‘only concern is money’, he said. 


Lavish: The chateau has many antique-filled reception rooms and lounges and can host 2,000 people for a wide range of events


Decadent: Once a humble farmhouse the site was transformed into a beautiful mansion with green gardens by businessman Patrick Diter


Comfort: As well as reception rooms, the mansion has a range of bedrooms and plush bathrooms for guests to relax in after lavish parties


The entire property will need to be demolished within 18 months or Diter will face daily fines. Pictured: One of the lavish mansion’s many grand living rooms 

The legal action had been launched by British couple Stephen and Caroline Butt – along with other disgruntled neighbours of Mr Diter – after seeing a tower and a pavilion pop up and their property damaged.

They were appalled when the millionaire started hosting disruptive mega parties for the rich and famous.  

Speaking to the Telegraph on Tuesday, Mrs Butt said she was ‘delighted’ with the ruling and hoped it would end Diter’s ‘construction frenzy’. She and her husband were each awarded £15,000 in damages.

Diter has been fined more than £350,000 and ordered to serve a three-month suspended prison sentence.

If the palitial property is not knocked down in 18 months, he’ll face fines of up to £500 a day, French media reported.  

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