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Arrábida palace “with little-known secret” on market for €50 million

It is ‘abandoned and rundown’ but the price tag for Palácio de Comenda in Arrábida national park near Setúbal is anything but bargain-basement. Estate agents SCI have it tagged at €50 million, claims national tabloid Correio da Manhã, and are being very coy as to the details. But website reveals it was the refuge of Jackie Kennedy after the assassination of her husband, JFK, in 1963.

According to movenoticias, the sale price is a little less than €50 million: €45 million to be exact, while the stunning old building overlooking the Sado is today “at the mercy of whoever passes by with either good or bad intentions”.

Graffiti daubs interior walls, staircases are precarious and the majority of the azulejo tiles “have been destroyed”.

Currently owned by the Xavier de Lima family, the five-storey building has no less than 26 bedrooms, a wine cellar, barn, garden, two swimming pool and access to a beautiful private beach.

It has been on the market for years – with the price tag gradually increasing – while the local council is trying to get it listed as a Building of National Interest.

For a jaunty trip through the palace, see this clip below.

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