The Castle Post in Woodford County is for sale at half the 2010 asking price, according to a real estate website.
Five years ago, castle owner Tom Post asked $30 million for the property on U.S. 60 between Lexington and Versailles. Now the asking price is $15 million, according to the website for Christie's International Real Estate.
The property has 16 rooms, 16 full bathrooms, tennis and basketball courts, a billiards room, rooftop shuffleboard, a library and a banquet room "modeled after the Versailles Palace" in France.
Lexington contractor Rex Martin Sr. started building the castle in 1969, but it sat unfinished and empty for decades. Then Post, a Miami lawyer and a graduate of Lexington's Lafayette High School and the University of Kentucky, bought it for $1.8 million in 2003. While it was being restored, a May 2004 fire burned the house.
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In 2008, it opened as The Castle Post, a boutique inn.
The website says "Nobel Prize winners, European and Saudi royalty, governors, artists and celebrities have all been guests of Castle Post at one time or another, adding to its mystique and enchantment, and proving it to be one of the most exclusive destinations in the Southeastern United States."
The listing is with Chad Dickerson of Comey & Shepherd Realtors in Cincinnati, an affiliate of Christie's.
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