Guten tag! On the off chance you woke up this morning and said, “Hey, I sure wish I could find a Bavarian-style castle in St. Mary, Missouri,” well…it’s your lucky day. This absolutely incredible property sits on 100 acres in St. Genevieve wine country, and features some of the most exquisite craftsmanship you’re bound to see in a very long time.
Lovingly built by a couple from Germany starting in 1973, this sprawling chateau was modeled after the great castles of Europe and was constructed almost exclusively from local materials. Step inside and you’ll find hand-carved woodwork, elaborate stone masonry, hand-painted ceilings and three one-of-a-kind fireplaces. There’s even a four-car garage and an indoor pool.
As if that’s not amazing enough, the property itself is a natural wonderland, with dense forests, rolling hillsides and a 20-acre lake that serves as a primary water source. If you look hard enough, you also might discover the historical log cabin tucked away in the woods.
Originally this property was listed for $1.8 million, but the price has since dropped to $890,000, which seems like a real bargain to me. Around the country, other castles like Thornewood in Washington, Ravenwood in Ohio, and Castle on the Hudson in New York have been converted into very successful inns, renting from $150 to $800 per night. And that’s not even counting their revenue from weddings and other special events.
So what do you say? Wanna buy your very own castle just 90 minutes from St. Louis?
UPDATE, 4/12: I’ve been to the castle twice in the past week, and it’s more spectacular than the photos even begin to show. Not only is the setting gorgeous and totally private, but the house itself is an extraordinary labor of love by a brilliant and delightful man named Guenter. I feel very lucky that I was able to see it, and that I was able to meet its creator!
Listing courtesy of Bridget Neichter, Keller Williams, (636) 534-8100. More photos and info available here.
If you’d like a buyer’s agent to show this one-of-a-kind Bavarian-style masterpiece, I’d be happy to help!