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Historic Stone Castle in Kansas Rocks the Market for $3.5M

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A historic stone castle sits on a riverbank in Kansas, awaiting a new owner to breathe new life into it.

The 1.76-acre property complete with the castle and carriage house is listed for $3.5 million.

“There have only been four owners, so it’s time for a fifth owner to come along and take it on,” says listing agent Debbie Rich, with Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties.

“You drive up, and it’s just this grand limestone castle with turrets and gargoyles and all of these wonderful features on the outside,” says Rich. “It’s just magical.”

Exterior

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Historic home

The Campbell Castle dates to 1886 when cattle rancher Col. Burton Harvey Campbell built the structure along the banks of the Little Arkansas River in Wichita, KS. It is reportedly a reproduction of a Richardsonian Romanesque Scottish castle, the listing notes.

“The turret is five levels, and on the main level is where Col. Campbell’s guests would come and present their calling cards,” Rich explains.

“The second floor is a beautiful bedroom that is round. The other floors are just access to the rooftop where you can see the whole skyline of Wichita with a 360[-degree] unobstructed view,” she adds.

Until a few years ago, the property with about 15,000 square feet of living space was a bed-and-breakfast known as the Castle Inn.

“It’s in good condition. About 20 years ago, [the owners] did a $2 million renovation. So structurally, it’s in great shape,” Rich says. It was listed a few years ago, but the timing was not right to sell.

Interior

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Dining room

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Ornate details

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Bedroom

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With the main castle’s 13 bedrooms, multiple dining options, and a nearby carriage house, Rich says the property is perfect for another hotel-like establishment or a vacation rental, but it probably needs some updating.

“We’ve had open houses, and during one weekend, we had over 1,800 people go through it just that weekend,” says Rich. “We heard stories of ‘I had my wedding anniversary here,’ ‘I got married here.’”

Spectacular spaces

The stone for the castle exterior was quarried in Kansas, but most of the interior elements were imported, including the fireplaces.

“Every room on the main level except for the kitchen and the turret have a fireplace, and those are all made out of a different precious wood,” Rich explains. “Whatever precious wood the fireplace is, the whole room is decked out in that particular wood.”

The ornate woodwork took the builders two years to complete.

Kitchen

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Breakfast room

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The kitchen is equipped with a 12-burner commercial stove with two convection ovens and other pro-grade appliances.

Lower-level round room

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The castle-like elements can even be found underground.

“There’s part of the turret in the basement, a round room which would be a really cool bar or something down there,” Rich says. There’s also a two-bedroom apartment on the lowest level.

An office occupies the carriage house. Plus, the expansive space includes a 1,300-square-foot primary suite and three more bedrooms.

The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, so any changes to the exterior would need approvals.

The limestone castle is near a city park in an area of mostly Victorian homes, which really makes the place stand out.

“You drive up and you come upon a castle with a turret and you’re in awe,” Rich says. The location is ideal, with an emerging downtown, baseball stadium, and riverfront nearby.

The castle “is primed for a hotel or a great event center,” she adds. “It could be a great museum or a great office space.”

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