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Searles Hopkins Castle

$15 million

Address: 389 Main St., Great Barrington, Mass. 01230
Square Feet: 50,000
Acres: 61.01
Beds/Baths: 14/13 plus 4 half
Year Built: 1887
Listed: May, 2007


This dramatic greystone castle that looms over the quaint New England town of Great Barrington has 40 rooms on seven levels, 36 fireplaces, seven towers, a lagoon, tennis courts, a carriage house, and even a dungeon. Commissioned by California railroad magnate Mark Hopkins, who died before its completion in 1888, it was occupied by his widow, who was remarried to the castle's interior designer, Edward Francis Searles, for whom the estate was named. The castle has been home to a variety of occupants since Mrs. Searles' death in 1920; most recently it housed a private boarding school. The unique property may require significant investment, not only for its annual maintenance but also to restore it to its original splendor.

Source: Brian Back, Gibson Sotheby's International Realty