Unique real estate listing offers chance to live in Cape Breton castle
An unusual real estate listing in Cape Breton is offering someone the chance to live out their own medieval fairytale.
Castle Moffett is perched along Cape Breton’s Bras d'Or Lake. The three-towered mansion sits on a whopping 175 acres of mountain land, just off the Trans-Canada Highway, near Baddeck.
The 9,000 square foot masterpiece was built for Linda Moffett by her late husband Desmond as an anniversary gift in the early 1990s.
“There’s so many wonderful memories here,” says Moffett. “It’s a treat. It’s fun. I enjoy every day.”
However, Moffett’s time as queen of her castle is coming to an end. She is selling her beloved home at an asking price of $1.5 million.
“I’ve had islands listed, many kinds of properties, beautiful farms, great peninsula estates, but this is the most unique, no question,” says realtor Jim Marchand.
One of the most unique characteristics of the listing is the brook that runs through it. The water passes through the middle of the property, cascades down the mountain, and babbles underneath the castle’s great room.
“Besides being built over the stream, we hear the murmuring of the brook. We wake up some mornings to deer, to moose, eagles soaring,” says Moffett.
The castle has nine guest rooms, each of which are geographically and culturally themed. For example, the “Breton Room” has a décor cross between medieval and oriental tastes.
The castle doubles as a fully staffed five-star inn. Vacationers pay up to $400 a night for a room, equipped with whirlpool and fireplace. There is a restaurant style dining room, a sauna and gym.
“It has the great room, where people gather. There is a piano, where guests are entertained. You got your recreation room, where people can play games, or just sit and read. There’s quite an extensive library down there, there’s a large collection of wines and single malts,” says Marchand.
It’s a new-world castle, with old-world ambiance, that Moffett hopes will find a new owner to love it.
“I’m just looking for a special couple to take over my property.”
With files from CTV Atlantic's Ryan MacDonald