If Your Dream Is To Live In A Castle, This One's In Foreclosure

10/04/2013 02:12 pm ET
courtesy of The Gardner Team

This massive castle is unbelievably romantic -- except maybe for the whole foreclosure thing.

Melrose Castle, in Virginia's horse and wine-rich Fauquier County, was built by the husband of a shipping heiress, between 1856 and 1860. After that it served as both a Confederate hospital and a Union encampment.

What happened between then and now that's put the castle in foreclosure? Listing agent Steve Gardner tells HuffPost he "doesn't know the history," but that there's been "a lot of curiosity" since Melrose Castle went on the market for $1.5 million about a month ago.

Looking through the listing photos, it's not hard to see why, at least for those who are inclined to think of themselves as the main character in a gorgeous, if ultimately tragic, novel.

The five-bedroom castle, which sits on 50 acres, with horse facilities and an in-ground pool, is also "priced pretty well," says Gardner, because it "needs some work."

Melrose Castle, $1.5 Million

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