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Cecile Ruppman poses at the centre, with her dog Eddie, and maid-servant 'Mara' behind, in the Chateau Robernier's newlook grandiose, black & white marble tiled entrance hall with double circle decoration. The original chateau had but a small entrance hall. The new owners have exploded both first and second floors to make a showpiece hall with a ceiling 12 meters high. The ceiling has been decorated with stucco plaster moulding. The balcony walkways overlooking the hall have new metal and wood ballustrade of the same design as the original banisters on the staircase. Copies of old paintings mixed with old masters, two original Napoleonic swords and an old tapestry decorate the walls. A huge central chandelier hangs from the ceiling above, down to the level of the first floor balcony... Chateau Robernier located near Montfort, in the Var, closeby to Provence in southern France. The Chateau dates back to the 16th century with parts added in the 18th and 19th centuries. There is a vineyard attached with 80 hectares of land producing 200,000 bottles of wine per annum. The Chateau, bought in 2007, has been recently renovated by the new owners Mr Rune Andersen, aged 35, owner of several investment companies, including Scan-Tec, and his fiancée Miss Cecile Ruppmann who is Swiss German, aged 29. They both are resident in Monaco.