Fit for a king – giant 9.6 million GBP castle that man built as promise to his son available to purchase
They say every man’s home is his castle, and in the case of this stunning listing, that really is the case.
The huge mountainside home would not look out of place in medieval times, as it comes with the likes of a tower, suits of armour, stained glass windows – not to mention a whopping price tag of 9.6 MILLION GBP (12.8 MILLION USD).
For that price, prospective buyers will not only be getting a 6,000-square-foot, three-bedroom abode, but also a home that carries a large deal of sentimentality.
The home itself – which is situated in Bolton, Landing, New York – came from a promise John Alexander Lavender II made to his then-3-year-old son, in 1978.
John, 64, promised his son, Jason, that one day he would build him a castle.
John said: “Perhaps these words were spoken from the perspective of being a single father, but five years later the ideal property presented itself and I was eager for the work to begin.
“I lived in a tent and cleared the land by hand for the footings of the foundation and over the next 36 years, three castles would evolve to become what the estate is today.”
That estate includes the likes of a guesthouse, which Jason helped his father build, as well as stunning views over the glimmering Lake George below.
It is the serenity that surrounds the property, John said, that is arguably his favorite feature, as his castle sits on eight acres and cannot be seen by any neighbours.
Having worked on the home for 36 years, the owner said he feels it’s time to downsize and move on to his next adventure.
So grand is the home, known as Highlands Castle, it has appeared in the likes of a music video and played host to many a family wedding, John said.
Accordingly, to listing agent Chandra Veino, the perfect buyer for the home would be “someone who is not just looking for a home with four walls, but who is looking for an experience.”
Chandra added: “I know some people only dream that places like this exist, but they do.
“John definitely brought the fairy tale to life in the making of Highlands Castle.
“If you are in the market for your next life adventure & looking for something truly magical, I highly encourage you to come experience Highlands Castle.”