This modern-day castle is expected to sell for over $4 million
THE royal tour may be drawing to a close today but the Duke and Duchess of Sussex may want to check out this modern-day “castle” before they head back to Ol’ Blighty.
Unlike a cold, medieval castle back in the UK, this one comes with all of the latest mod cons including ducted airconditioning, a woodfired pizza oven, a resort-style pool, even an inbuilt sound system.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex during their visit to Fraser Island. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Located at Ocean View, a gateway town to spectacular Mount Mee near Brisbane, the French-inspired country estate hit the market last night, and is packed full of regal features including its own three level stone tower surrounded by a moat.
The residences comes with its own tower, which is surrounded by a fish-filled moat
Place Kangaroo Point agent Michael Hatzifotis said he was “gobsmacked” when he first lay eyes on the unique residence.
“It has lots of the hallmarks of a castle but with everything you could want in a modern home,” he said.
“It even has ducted airconditioning which you definitely would not get in an old castle.
“Even the laundry has some of the best views you will ever see.”
The walled alfresco area would be a perfect setting for a spot of tea and cucumber sangas
The home is built around a tall, central stone tower that is home to a sitting room (lower level), circular bedroom three with Juliette balcony (second level) and circular bedroom 2 (third level) which sits off a landing that adjoins the spacious loft-style master suite with walk-in-robe and ensuite.
It has views across the hinterland and valley, and on a clear day you can see Noosa
The residence has high ceilings, stonework, cast iron fireplaces and stained glass windows.
Also on the lower level is an open plan living area bordered by a corner kitchen which would be perfect for that first anniversary roast chook dinner.
A timber deck flows from the living area, providing hinterland views and overlooking the resort-style pool below.
The interior is packed full of features that would not look out of place in a French estate
A fourth bedroom is located above the garage in an additional loft space and has its own powder room.
Owners Tim Mills and Diana Norman said they built the house in 2009, taking about 18 months to get the finishes just right.
The couple, who are now in their 70s, are both downsizing, with Ms Norman saying they had made the diginified decision to move “before they have to carry us out”.
Not a bad spot to rest ones weary head or feet after a royal tour
“I was born in Jersey in the Channel Islands and my family had business interests in France so I spent a lot of time there as a child and just loved the old castles and houses in Brittany,” Ms Norman said,
“I had always wanted to live in a tower … it must have just been in my bones as I have Norman heritage.
“But the locals in Dayboro all refer to it as the castle.”
Ms Norman said they were proud of the house they had designed and built, and would be sad to let it go.
Mr Hatzifotis said the residence would make a spectacular B&B or statement Airbnb. It is list for sale and is expected to go for in excess of $4 million.