Classic Beauty

This romantic River Oaks estate transports guests from city to countryside with the perfect combination of indoor and outdoor living.

Article by River Oaks Lifestyle Staff

Photography by Julie Soefer

Originally published in River Oaks Lifestyle

A storybook River Oaks estate inspired by castles in the English countryside is now on the market for $26.5 million, listed exclusively by Douglas Elliman Texas Broker Associate Jeanine Kaminski-Ditzel and Realtor Associate Richard Ray. The 18,000 square-foot manor offers a true sanctuary, tucked away in privacy and seclusion on more than two acres at 3996 Inverness Dr. in River Oaks. Wood beams found throughout the residence were salvaged from fallen trees on the property after Hurricane Ike. The grand gathering foyer was inspired by a dinner party scene in the movie Atonement leading to an 800+ bottle wine cellar designed with triple barrel vault brick ceilings. The pub-style billiard room with full bar and built-in aquariums is paired perfectly with a state-of-the-art theatre built for tiered seating of eight.

1. Designed by award winning Houston-based designer, Robert Dame, the homeowners wanted the perfect blend of intimate space for family as well as an ideal setting for gatherings and entertaining.

2. Built with over $1 million in stonework, the refined residence features superbly proportioned interiors, five stately carved fireplaces and masonry stone arches assembled of limestone and flooring imported from Cottswald, England.

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