This Versailles castle was never home to King Louis XIV and isn’t on the outskirts of Paris. Instead, this Versailles is a modern stone castle on the Versailles, KY real estate market, a town outside of Lexington, and was built in the 1970s, rather than the 1670s. Originally known as Martin Castle, and also referred to as Castle Post, it is listed for $30 million.
Like most castles, this one has had a sordid history, beginning with its construction in 1968. According to Kentucky TV news site WLKY.com, after visiting Europe, Rex and Caroline Bogaert Martin were inspired to build their own castle. In 1975 — with the castle still unfinished — Rex and Caroline divorced. The castle sat abandoned until Rex Martin’s death in 2003. A few months later, the property was sold to Miami property tax lawyer Thomas Post for $1.8 million.
Post immediately began construction on the castle before a fire destroyed most of the main building in 2004. In 2005, Post decided to rebuild it as a luxury bed-and-breakfast and it opened to the public in 2008. Since then, the castle offers room rentals, most notably the turrets for $755 a night, as well as hosted weddings and various fundraisers.
The 50-room castle includes a full library, great hall and staircase, game room, sitting room and a dining room that seats 40.
Like any true castle, the 50-acre property is surrounded by stone walls, manicured gardens and fountains, a tennis court and a 20-by-50-foot pool. Chandeliers, marble floors, velvet window treatments and opulent furnishings complete the palatial interior.
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