$ 35 million castle with moat hits market in Woodstock, Connecticut
Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, luxury shoppers have ditched small spaces in favor of sprawling resorts and privacy, and can now follow that trend to the end with a full-fledged castle for sale in Woodstock , Connecticut.
The stunning nine-bedroom property, asking for $ 35 million, spans 75 acres (including a 30-acre pond) and features turrets, towers, a drawbridge and moat, as well as a traditional courtyard in stone.
The property was previously listed at $ 45 million in 2014, with the asking price ultimately reduced to $ 32 million before being taken off the market in 2016.
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“This property is perfect for someone looking for a lifestyle change,” Ad broker John Pizzi of Compass told Mansion Global via email. “Not an ordinary house or estate, something unique and exceptional.”
Interior architecture and design matches whimsical old-world exteriors, with period arched wooden doors, intricately patterned tiles, ornate stone and hardwood floors, stained glass windows, 12 fireplaces, royal crests and even a mural on the ceiling of the large custom-made kitchen.
The castle is owned by Christoper Mark, the great-grandson of a Chicago steel tycoon, according to PropertyShark records.
Mr Mark, who could not be reached immediately for comment, reportedly began construction of the castle in 2003, completing work in 2010.
“There are many interior and exterior doors, fireplace mantels, stained glass windows and other items that have been imported from Europe,” Mr. Pizzi said. They were “bought from antique centers and dealers specializing in the conservation and sale of building materials with unique know-how”.
The lower level is designed with accommodation in mind and includes a common area with a fireplace and circular bar, raised stage and auditorium, as well as a ‘in-laws / maid’s apartment’. The outdoor terraces and patios are fitted with radiant heat to prevent snow accumulation and the property also has a swimming pool and dock. (While the home itself isn’t to every buyer’s taste, the sprawling property certainly could be, and the listing says additional square footage is available as well.)
On the upper levels, the towers are built with wrap-around windows and spiral staircases, as well as exterior decks for observation.
While the design is meant to evoke centuries-old European castles, the listing says the property is also equipped with crucial modern touches, including central air conditioning and radiant heated floors.
Not to be confused with the better known Woodstock in New York, Woodstock, Connecticut is a pastoral enclave that was once a farming community, and is now best known for its easy access to outdoor activities, vineyards and orchards.
This article originally appeared on Mansion Global.