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Castle Sale Seen Altering Berkshires Landscape
October 18, 2007

THE NEW YORK SUN — October 18, 2007

For the past 22 years, the castle at the end of Main Street in Great Barrington, Mass., has been home to an experimental school for troubled teenagers. The two-dozen students sleep in the turrets and the carriage house and play Frisbee on the lawns of the walled estate. The director’s office is housed in the drawing room with a marble fireplace flanked by five-foot statues of Hercules.

For the first time in decades, the 1888 French château, built by one of the richest women in the country, who later married her decorator, has thrown open its heavy doors to the public — the buying public, that is.

With 40 rooms, 36 fireplaces, seven turrets, and a dungeon situated on 61 acres, the Searles Castle hit the market this summer for $15 million. The sale attracted a cadre of potential buyers to the small Berkshires town known for nearby cultural institutions such as Jacobs Pillow and Tanglewood. A European engineer’s offer for more than the asking price has been accepted. Once the deal is closed, it will be the most expensive residential sale in the area’s history. (more…)