ONCE UPON A TIME… This storybook sanctuary will transport you to the English countryside, one stone at a time.


In the heart of the shaded oasis that is Houston’s exclusive River Oaks sits an estate that will transport you to the English countryside, where castles reign supreme. And with six bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and four half-baths sprawling across 18,000 square feet, it’s certainly fit for a few kings and queens.

Listed for $26.5 million by Douglas Elliman Texas broker associate Jeanine Kaminski- Ditzel and Realtor associate Richard Ray (elliman.com), this secluded property offers the ultimate in privacy, tucked away on more than 2 acres at 3996 Inverness Drive, amid stately English Tudor parterre gardens, disappearing fountains and a saltwater pool.


The romantic estate is itself a dream, built with over $1 million in stonework and boasting five stately carved fireplaces, masonry stone arches assembled of limestone, and flooring imported from the Cotswolds, England. The wood beams found throughout the residence were salvaged from fallen trees on the property after Hurricane Ike—a special touch. And for the piece de resistance, the impressive grand gathering foyer was inspired by a dinner party scene in the movie Atonement, and leads to an 800-plus-bottle wine cellar designed with triple barrel vault brick ceilings.

Designed by award-winning Houston designer Robert Dame, the estate was created for both intimate family as well as an ideal setting for gatherings and entertaining. And with all the fabulous, charitable events hosted here, hundreds of Houston’s elite have broken bread at this beautiful home, along with world-renowned chefs like Daniel Boulud and thomas Keller. A fairy tale for the books.