Here’s a fun fact: Not all tiny homes are, well, tiny. In fact, there are some honest-to-goodness houses out there that are so large you could probably fit dozens of smaller homes inside them. And while some of these palatial estates have been converted into hotels or museums, others remain private residences and the envy (I mean “burden”) of their owners. So where are the biggest houses in the world? From historic buildings to contemporary architectural wonders to surprising hidden gems, here’s a rundown of the 15 biggest houses in the world.
There are some enormous houses in the world today, and many of them are in Europe.
Europe is home to many of the world’s largest houses. These are houses that are not only built for the wealthy, but some also serve a practical purpose such as hotels or museums.
The United Kingdom has quite a few large homes with some being shown in this article. The most expensive one is Hampton Court Palace which was built in 1515 and has been used as a royal residence ever since then. It is now used by Queen Elizabeth II during her summer breaks from Buckingham Palace where she lives year-round.
1. The Biltmore Estate
The Biltmore Estate is a large private estate and tourist attraction in Asheville, North Carolina. It was once the largest privately-owned house in America.
The 250-room Victorian-style mansion was designed by Richard Morris Hunt and built for George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895. The home features opulent interiors with hand-carved marble fireplaces, gold leaf accents, mahogany paneling, carved hardwood moldings, and ceilings painted with frescoes.
2. Istana Nurul Iman
- Istana Nurul Iman, Brunei
This palace is the official residence of the Sultan of Brunei and it’s also the largest residential palace in the world, with 1,788 rooms and a total floor area of 7 million square feet. It was built on an artificial island surrounded by water but can only be reached via covered walkways or boats. The building itself is made of steel concrete and aluminum and it has a huge gold dome that can be seen from miles away.
3. The White House
The White House is the most famous house in the world. It’s not only the home of the president of the United States, but also a national landmark and museum. The White House was built by President George Washington on Pennsylvania Avenue in 1792 and has been modified by each president since then to suit their needs. Located in Washington D.C., it’s considered one of the largest residences in America and even the world—the main building alone covers 55,000 square feet (5,000 square meters).
4. Villa Leopolda
Villa Leopolda is a villa in Cap Ferrat, on the French Riviera. It was built in 1903 for the Belgian King Leopold II as a summer residence. The villa is now owned by the Royal Family of Monaco and has been listed as an official historical monument since 1983.
Antilia is a 27-story building in Mumbai, India. It was built by Mukesh Ambani, the richest man in India and the chairman of Reliance Industries Limited. The cost of construction was estimated to be $1 billion USD.
The Palace of Versailles is a royal château in Versailles, France. It is an important historical building and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The palace was built for King Louis XIV, who wanted to show his power as the Sun King by building what was then the largest palace in the world. He ordered thousands of people to work on it every day for over twenty years until it was finished in 1710.
The palace covers 8 hectares (20 acres) and has 1,500 rooms on four levels: ground floor, first floor, second floor, and attic floor. There are also many staff rooms under each level that were used by servants until they were abolished during the French Revolution in 1789. The main rooms include those used by royalty such as the Hall of Mirrors where foreign diplomats were received; oratorio decorated with frescoes portraying scenes from Greek mythology; salons containing clocks made by famous clockmakers including Abbé Lepaute; Orangerie containing orange trees cultivated during winter inside glasshouses; Galerie d’eau (water gallery) adorned with marble statues depicting gods and goddesses from Greek mythology; grand staircase leading up to royal apartments decorated with frescoes depicting scenes from history showing how monarchs took power through conquest or marriage alliances to become rulers over other territories which often included those located far away from their own countries
7. Palacio de Toledo
The Palacio de Toledo is an enormous palace located in the city of Toledo, Spain. It was built by King Phillip II in the 16th century and was intended to be his official residence in Toledo.
It’s considered one of the most emblematic examples of Spanish Renaissance architecture and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1984.
The palace is also known as Real Alcázar (Royal Palace), although it wasn’t used as a royal residence until the 19th century when King Fernando VII took over after being restored to power in 1814 during Spain’s First Carlist War.
8. Hala Ranch
- Hala Ranch is located in the Baja California desert and is owned by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim.
- The Hala Ranch resort includes a golf course, spa, and private airport.
- A private beach is available for guests to use as well.
9. Kensington Palace Gardens
The property is owned by the Duke of Westminster and is a private residence. It has a swimming pool, tennis court, and a garden.
The house was built in 1864 for the 1st Marquess of Westminster. It later became the Embassy of Saudi Arabia before being developed into its current state at a cost of $150 million USD.
10. Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the Queen of the United Kingdom. It is located in London and has been home to British monarchs for over 300 years. Buckingham Palace was first built in 1703, but it was significantly extended during Victoria’s reign from 1837 to 1901.
The palace is open to visitors during the summer months, with a tour that includes both public rooms and private apartments (including Queen Elizabeth II’s bedroom). The State Rooms at Buckingham Palace contain some of the most valuable treasures in Britain including paintings by Rubens, Canaletto, and Velasquez; furniture designed by Robert Adam; armor; porcelain; tapestries; clocks, etc.
It has been designated as a Grade I listed building by English Heritage since 1968 because of its architectural significance
11. Castle Pichlarn
Castle Pichlarn is a castle in Prague, Czech Republic. It was built in the 13th century and was originally used as an administrative center for the Dukes of Bohemia. The castle also served as a prison for political prisoners during communist rule. Today it attracts tourists from around the world who visit Prague Castle and tour this historic landmark.
12. The Manor House
The Manor House is a Grade II* listed building and private home in the village of Chilworth, Hampshire. It was built in the early 19th century and was owned by the Earl of Portsmouth until it was sold in 2011.
13. Georgian House London Hotel
Located in the heart of London’s West End, this 5-star hotel is located in a Georgian building that was built in 1731. The Georgian House London Hotel is close to Covent Garden and other famous landmarks such as the London Eye, Trafalgar Square, and Buckingham Palace. Nearby are theatres like Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Royal National Theatre.
14. Gateshead House on the Thames
Gateshead House on the Thames is a luxury hotel located in London, England. It was once a private residence but has since been converted into a hotel. The property has 30 guest rooms and suites, as well as an outdoor garden area with fountains, walkways, and seating areas. In addition to having comfortable accommodations for guests to relax after a long day of sightseeing or business meetings, Gateshead House also offers spa services like massage therapy and facials; there’s also an indoor pool where you can swim laps if that’s more your speed.
The hotel’s restaurant serves continental cuisine for breakfast (including eggs benedict), lunch (including salmon tartare), and dinner (including filet mignon).
15. Villa Leopolda London Hotel
The Villa Leopolda is a hotel in London, England that is owned by the Sultan of Brunei. The house has 35 rooms and a spa, plus amenities such as an indoor pool, rooftop swimming pool, and ballroom.
We hope you enjoyed our list of the biggest houses in the world! Did you get a chance to visit one? If you did, we’d love to hear about it. Please leave a comment below and let us know which house was your favorite or if there’s another big house that didn’t make our list but should have been on here. Thanks for reading!
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