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Countess Albina du Boisrouvray Finds Refuge In Muda, Comporta

Countess Albina du Boisrouvray in Comporta

Charlotte Casiraghi’s godmother builds a luxury refuge in Muda, at Herdade da Comporta


Countess Albina du Boisrouvray, granddaughter of Simón Patiño, “the tin king”, on her mother’s side, and cousin of the princes of Monaco on her dad’s, has just built a big modern architecture house in Muda, only a few kilometers away from Hotel Sublime Comporta.

Albina du Boisrouvray, Charlotte Casiraghi’s godmother, had already elected Herdade da Comporta as her almost secret refuge place, where she stays for several months every year. It was her who took Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco to the region, as well Charlotte and Andrea Casiraghi and Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni. At the time, the French-Bolivian countess lived further north, in the region of Brejos da Carregueira de Baixo, a town where many of the Espirito Santo family members have their holiday residences.

In 2016, however, Albina du Boirouvray began the construction of a new house in a vast property of difficult access in Muda.

The house is located in close proximity to the only luxury hotel in the region, Hotel Sublime Comporta, the Cocoon Eco Design Lodges as well as to other personalities’ luxury refuges such António Mexia, Teresa Morais Leitão and new Herdade da Comporta owner’s ex-wife, Ruxa de Almeida’s.

Caroline and Albina

A life of tragedy


Albina du Boisrouvray has had her life marked by tragedy after having lost a child, François-Xavier Bagnoud, aged 24, in a helicopter accident in Mali in 1986. Two years later, after having sold most of her patrimony (her grandfather was once considered to be one of the richest men in the world), Albina du Boisrouvray created the FXB International Organization under the motto “Ending poverty, restoring dignity”.

This woman’s life, twice-married, a journalist, and a film producer has been defined by intense solitary work around the world in the last two decades. She’s lived in the US, in Switzerland, in England, in Morocco, and in France. However, Portugal was never unknown to her: her uncle Antenor Patiño lived in Estoril and her cousin Princess Thérèse de Polignac lived here after she married a Portuguese man, Pedro Mascarenhas de Barros, with whom she had four children.

In 2017, at age 77, Albina du Boisrouvray premiered a new house in Portugal and has been leading a more and more discreet life in a location far from the beach, between pine trees and with very difficult access. Her famous guests have become fewer and fewer.

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