Want a home with a guard tower, battlements, dungeon, and a moat, but don’t want to live in Europe? An opportunity is now available, as Castle Caeryns, near the Canadian capital city of Ottawa is now on the market for $990 000.
Located on an island along the Ottawa River, near the town of Pembroke, the property features two acres of land, with 550 feet of waterfront. The home boasts over 4,000 square feet of living space with 13 rooms, including 5 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Beautiful, custom designed eat-in kitchen with granite counters leads to an open concept living and dining room with picture windows opening up to a 13 mile view westward of the Ottawa River.
The castle was built between 1986 and 1990 by a high school teacher named Carl Hansen, who wanted his home to have modern comforts, but also be authentic to a Tudor-age Welsh or English castle. He devoured books and took time off from his teaching duties to study old castles in Britain.
He sold the castle to David and Helen Coburn in 1999. David said, “We started looking for a house, but didn’t want a salt box or a plastic house. I called up an agent, asking if he had anything unusual on the river. He told me about this castle.”
The Coburn’s added a dungeon as well as stained glass windows and cathedral style doors to increase its historical look.
A full moat of natural cut stone encompasses the castle, with a circumference of approximately 362 ft and holds many thousands of gallons of water, becoming a sanctuary for wild ducks that are currently nesting on the inner moat walls.
David Coburn adds, “I have contractor friends who say you could never build it again for $1.5 million. It’s going to take a special person, but this really is a magical place.”
For more information, see www.castleforsale.ca