Before there was William and Kate or even Charles and Di, there was the duke and Duchess of Windsor, who were the media sensation of their day. Now, 73 years after their scandalous marriage, the couple’s private estate, Le Moulin de la Tuilerie (doubles from $603, three-night minimum) has opened its doors for rent. Run by the British Landmark Trust, the 18th-century former mill is set on two lush acres and includes two stone cottages used by the Windsors’ close friends—Maria Callas, Marlene Dietrich, and Elizabeth Taylor, to name a few. Cobblestoned paths and meandering streams wind through the original gardens. Inside, you’ll find English-country furniture (antique beds; rush-seated oak chairs) and fireplaces that make it the perfect place to curl up with a classic from the library. For dinner, don’t miss the nearby Michelin-starred La Table des Blot (dinner for two $176); or you can always whip up your own feast back at the estate.
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