Gothic castle folly on sale for $45 million

It may look like something from Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings or the more fanciful tales of King Arthur – but this Gothic creation is just a decade old and up for sale.

Chrismark Castle, Connecticut, USA, which has eight bedrooms, a moat, a banqueting hall and is own lake is on offer for $45 million.

Designed and built by eccentric millionaire Christopher Mark, whose family made a fortune in the steel industry, the 20-room structure took seven years to construct at a cost of $4.1m.

At one time it even had its own zoo, complete with emus and camels and became a well-known local landmark near the village of Woodstock.