Life isn’t always a fairy tale, but that doesn’t mean you can’t live your best life in a grand Bavarian castle nestled in the woods of Collin County.
“941 Circle in the Woods is a flagship home, not only of Fairview, but all of Collin County,” says listing agent Tom Grisak of Keller Williams Luxury International. “There will never be another like it considering the dramatic topography, craftsmanship, intricate stonework, and impeccably manicured grounds.”
With seven bedrooms, eight and half-baths, and 9,591 square feet, this estate provides for living on a grand scale. The home sits on 2.08 acres overlooking the Heard Museum, a 289-acre wildlife sanctuary of hiking trails, Audubon-designated bird watching, and butterfly gardens.
Just making your way to the home is pretty grand. Turn off County Club Road, an unassuming two-lane country road, and descend down Circle in the Woods Road to the end of the cul-de-sac, where you’ll find this architectural marvel modeled after the great Kronberg Castle of Germany, a widow’s tribute to her imperial husband.
Back in 1893, Empress Victoria Friedrich commissioned the German schloss (meaning castle or palace) in memory of her late husband Emperor Friedrich III, who died of laryngeal cancer at age 56 after only 99 days on the throne.
The Kronberg Castle later became the famous five-star Schloss Hotel near Frankfurt, where the original owners of this 1994-built home stayed and derived inspiration to build their fairy tale castle at a purported cost of $7 million.
Built with the same level of detail, character, and glamour as it’s namesake, the four-story home features 20-foot fortress front doors, antique German chandeliers, a rock garden with two 10-foot waterfalls, European garden with five striking water features, and an 800-square-foot greenhouse.
The estate is located in the prestigious Woods of Ascot Heath neighborhood of Fairview, zoned for award-winning Lovejoy ISD. Walk room-to-room in this extensive virtual tour or watch this video tour.