As if woven from a romantic dream, this 15 th -Century French castle is tucked away on a beautiful hilltop promontory in Rancho Santa Fe. And while it may, at first glance, appear to have been transported from the past, it is very much a state-of-the-art 21 st -Century estate, with a computerized nerve center, fully automated Crestron smart home system, and a solar system that provides 100% of the estate’s power. Taking in panoramic ocean, hill, valley and city-light views from its unparalleled setting in the guard-gated community of Cielo, the expansive residence is carefully crafted down to every detail. A moat with fixed drawbridge, rustic exterior limestone, a signature gargoyle to ward off evil spirits, and artisan-finished wood, paint and hand-fired tiles lend a spectacular Old World ambiance inside and out. The estate features 4 bedrooms, 4 full baths, 7 half baths, a billiards room, workout room, office/library and an elaborate home theater with fabric wall panels, performance stage and lavish Austrian draperies that rise to reveal a wide screen. Massive wood entry doors with hand-forged hardware lead to a grand living room with a towering 25' ceiling, “biblical” stone flooring imported from Israel and incorporated throughout the home, and walls, fireplaces and archways of hand-carved limestone. Presenting pro-level appliances and magnificent wood cabinetry, the kitchen hosts reclaimed wood ceiling beams, an iron chandelier, and granite countertops edged with limestone. A Juliet balcony in the game room offers a view overlooking the great room below, fine art lamps illuminate hallways, and wood and imported stone floors are displayed throughout the estate, which encompasses approximately 12,000 square feet. A tower-shaped bedroom suite, stained-glass windows, barrel ceilings and custom tile detailing complete the home’s 15 th -Century French chateau ambiance. Over-scale furnishings, generous use of leather and wood, hand-knotted rugs and gorgeous tapestries grace varying areas of the estate. Hidden at the end of a gated 500' long driveway finished with hand-laid cobblestone, the expansive homesite—the largest building pad in Cielo—offers an ocean-view 1,200 s.f. guest house,11 car garage, elaborate pool with swim-up bar and ornate tile work, a 5-hole golf course, colorful French-influenced landscaping, a formal rose garden with fountain, a pond with water lilies and fish, and a pool house with built-in BBQ and bathroom. High-tech solar panels power the estate and heat the pool, and extra attention was paid throughout the property to minimize water use and maximize energy efficiency. Like its ancestors in France's romantic Loire Valley, this extraordinary castle is destined to bring enjoyment for years and generations to come.