A Restored Cornwall Castle Originally Built for a Manhattan Socialite Hits the Market
For castle fanciers, for-sale homes are often described as “palatial.” But in Cornwall, there’s a listing for an actual ripped-from-a-storybook castle, complete with a tower, turrets, gargoyles, and griffins—oh, and 276 acres, as well. It was built in 1921 for Manhattan socialite Charlotte Bronson Hunnewell Martin and her surgeon husband back when rural Cornwall was not a country-home kind of place. Local lore has the couple swanning around on horseback—he, wearing a tailored cape with a red lining, or so the story goes.
An heiress to banking and railroading fortunes, Charlotte constructed opulent interiors, featuring marble floors, mahogany paneling, 20-foot beamed ceilings and leaded glass windows. Subsequent owners included a hedge fund guy who lost the place to foreclosure and the husband and wife who most recently bought and renovated it.
Today, a few standout features—apart from its awesome castle-ness—include a pool and pool house, a four-stall barn, a gatehouse and, rare indeed, a licensed helipad. It is listed for $6.5 million with Maria Taylor and Graham Klemm of Klemm Real Estate.