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Location: Cornwall, Conn.
The Skinny: In 1921, long before western Connecticut became an established summer destination for New York's society set, the well-bred socialite and philanthropist Charlotte Bronson Hunnewell Martin and her surgeon husband, Dr. Walton Martin, began construction on this fairytale castle on their secluded country estate. Four years later, construction on Hidden Valley Castle was complete, with seven bedrooms and ten bathrooms spread over 8,400 square feet. The Martins were chauffeured to this sleepy farming village from Manhattan, where Charlotte busied herself with a bit of urban planning, establishing the Turtle Bay Gardens, a now-famous row of townhouses with a shared rear garden. The property has since been owned by a series of notables, including financier Saul Steinberg, former Macy's exec Joseph Cicio, and the current owner, hedge fund manager Buddy Fletcher. Fletcher recently had one of his funds declared insolvent and is entangled in an expensive legal battle with the board of the storied Manhattan building The Dakota, so he may not have the time to dedicate to fine country living. The castle, sited on 275 acres, has now been listed for $8.85M, a price that includes 275 acres, a stone gatehouse, a guest house, a potting shed, a horse barn, a Sabrina-style chauffeur's garage with attic apartment, and a rare licensed helipad.
· Hidden Valley Estate [Sotheby's International Realty via Zillow]
· Cornwall Castle's Story to Be Told [Litchfield County Times]
· Movers & Shakers [Forbes]
· Lawsuit-Sparking Dakota Apartment Sells for $5.45 Million [Curbed NY]
· Buddy Fletcher: Financial Genius — or a Fake? [Boston Magazine]