It’s straight out of a fairytale, or Harry Potter book: a mysterious castle in Woodstock, Connecticut just hit the market for $US45 million .
It’s owned by Christopher Mark, the great-grandson of Chicago steel tycoon Clayton Mark Senior.
Mark caused a ruckus in the small town of Woodstock when he bought the parcel and began building the 20-room castle back in 2003. According to Connecticut Magazine, it took 7 years and $US4.1 million to build, and people from the town would often stop by for a glimpse.
The house has also seen a fair amount of drama. Mark reportedly lived there with his now ex-wife and their two children, until Galt filed for divorce in 2010. Mark later moved his pregnant girlfriend into the castle with her older daughter, according to Connecticut Magazine.
That relationship also ended and that girlfriend took Mark to court in New York City to pay additional child support, according to The New York Post. Mark was rumoured to have tried to start multiple business on the property, including a modelling business, a bed and breakfast, and a private zoo.
The home is currently listed on Coldwell Banker.
The bizarre home took 7 years to build and cost $US4.1 million. It has stone walls, towers, and even a moat.
The property was built on a 354-acre parcel of land. It is being sold with 75 of those acres as well as a lake called Lake Porter.
The interior of Chrismark Castle is just as impressive as the stone exterior. The doors were all custom-made to fit the space.
The wood floors were also custom built as well. Here is Mark's crest, welcoming guests into the home.
In total, Chrismark Castle has 20 rooms, 12 fireplaces, a maids' room, library, pool, and massage rooms.
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