‘King’ selling £45m fairytale castle straight out of Disney to build a new one


A ‘king’ is selling his stunning fairytale castle for £45million so he can build a brand new one.

The jaw-dropping fortress, which comes with a real-life moat, was built by Chris Mark for his princess-loving daughters in 2003, but now his sights are firmly on starting again elsewhere.

Nestled on 400 acres of land in Woodstock, Connecticut, US, the property features nine bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, an exotic plant nursery, cinema and performing arts stage.

However, it will no doubt be the Disney-style architecture that will convince one deep-pocketed house buyer to part ways with £45million.

Estate agent John says they have had a couple of ‘serious enquiries’ but admits the huge price can be a stumbling block – though he explains that Chris is in no rush to sell as he doesn’t need the money for his new project.

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Chris Mark Castle ‘commands the land around historic Potter Pond’ in Connecticut

John said: “The owner’s decided to move and build another castle. He spoke to his architect and engineer and they said the cost today would be about $60million.

“Being the guy he is, he thought ‘there’s no way I’m selling it for $35million if it’s going to cost $60million’, and that’s why it’s gone up.

“Most people would like to spend a week there but to spend a lifetime there is another story.

“It’s something that was recently built, but it has the antiquity and flavour of being from the old world. It looks like it’s from the 1500s. It’s fit for a king or queen.”



Old dining room
Chris upped the sale price because building the castle now would cost a lot more than it did 20 years ago

John said more than 100 artisans were flown in to help with the construction, with many coming from Poland, the Czech Republic and Russia.

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Since its completion in 2003, the castle has been used for fashion shoots, music videos and even served as the backdrop to movie One Royal Holiday.

The Zillow listing reads: “Stunning one-of-a-kind property built to amaze and capture the imagination of the individual who relishes outstanding craftsmanship and superior design.



Castle bedroom
One of the nine impressive bedrooms inside the castle

“This majestic castle features a moat, towers rising 126 feet into the sky, 18,777 square feet of delight with nine bedrooms, seven full baths, three half baths, 12 fireplaces, breath-taking entry hall and public spaces that are indeed fit for a king.

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“Bespoke massive kitchen to delight the queen with the latest kitchen appliances and large stone fireplace overlooking Potter Pond.

“The wood inlaid floors, doors and woodwork are built with more than 25 species of hardwoods imported from around the world.

“Period architectural doors and stained glass are found throughout the castle.



Castle inside
Chris is already looking forward to building his second castle

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“The walkout lower level consist of approximately an additional 4.500 sq ft of finished space including a common area with fireplace and circular bar.

“There is a raised stage and auditorium. In-law/maids apartment

“Radiant heat keeps the outdoor decks and patios free of snow.

“Nestled on seventy-five acres in bucolic Woodstock, CT overlooking a 30-acre pond, the Woodstock Castle offers the opportunity of a lifetime to own a dream come true.”

Randall Realtors Compass tried to sell the property in 2014 for 18 months without success, then put it back on the market for $35million in November.