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Photos: Kentucky Castle Can Be Yours for $30 Million

If you have an extra $30 million lying around, you might be interested to know that the iconic castle in Woodford County is on the market again.

The castle, a 12,118-square-foot structure punctuated by turrets on each corner and attention to medieval detail, has been listed on Lbar.com, 11 years after Lexington native Tom Post bought it for $1.8 million and turned it into the luxury Castle Post hotel.

The listing says it has 10 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and such amenities as a whirlpool, wet bar and home theater. The official Castle Post site goes into more detail in describing this Central Kentucky landmark:

“Interiorly, the heavy 12-foot wooden doors will open to reveal a Great Hall with 30-foot ceilings, solid stone walls and elegant, massive chandeliers. Behind will be a beautifully appointed reading library and receiving area. Next to the library, an enormous dining room which can seat 40-plus guests in medieval-like splendor.

“Adjacent to the dining room will be a sizable and fully equipped gourmet kitchen, a sun-lit breakfast room and both a butler’s pantry and maid’s quarters, as well as an Estate office. To the right of the Great Hall will be a barrel-vaulted ballroom, replete with a gigantic wood burning fireplace, authentic-to-the-period chandeliers, and mirrors which will reflect dancers and musicians. The ballroom walls will feature hand-done wall artistry which will depict scenes of the Central Kentucky countryside.

“To the rear of the ballroom will be an elegant music room with both a grand piano and a lyric harp, a game parlor designed with features such as a giant plasma TV with satellite, a slate pool table, card tables and luxury leather seating. Also on the first level, an expansive artist’s studio bathed in northern exposure light.

“At the rear of the Great Hall, a massive staircase will lead to second floor guest suites, each featuring a sitting room with panoramic windows, an oversized bathroom and a spacious bedroom ‘fit for royalty.’ Roof top level amenities include a sundeck with shuffle board.”

Located just six miles from downtown Lexington in the heart of Central Kentucky’s horse country, the castle has been the subject of curiosity seekers since the late Rex Martin Sr. started building the castle in 1969. Even as it sat empty for more than 30 years, the castle remained a fixture of the imaginations of tourists and locals alike.

Post bought the castle in 2003 after seeing a “for sale” sign on the property along Versailles Road. He spent millions renovating the structure and turned it into what he hoped would become a money-making luxury hotel and special event venue.

Below are photos of some of the castle’s most iconic features:

KY Forward staff report