In Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, A European Billionaire Built A 12,000 Acre Playground

Looking for the ultimate respite from modern life, Didier Primat, a French-Swiss billionaire, bought over 12,000 acres in Virginia’s the Blue Ridge Mountains, which he said reminded him of Switzerland. Of course, only in the United States could he find a property so immensely big as to fit the tall order for what he had planned.

Over the years, Primat developed the land into… read more

Looking for the ultimate respite from modern life, Didier Primat, a French-Swiss billionaire, bought over 12,000 acres in Virginia’s the Blue Ridge Mountains, which he said reminded him of Switzerland. Of course, only in the United States could he find a property so immensely big as to fit the tall order for what he had planned.

Over the years, Primat developed the land into Primaland, a fanatical, eco-friendly resort, with a central 26-room lodge and various tree houses dotted across the expansive property. In addition to all the traditional attractions of nature resorts —  hiking, hunting, golf —  Primland also has a Celestron CGE Pro 1400 series telescope in the Observatory Dome that allows you to stare at the pure night sky and see stars and galaxies billions of lightyears away.