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Misselhorn Castle Auction – Ironton, MO – April 11 to May 2

March 6, 2012
Misselhorn Castle - Ironton, MO

Misselhorn Castle to be sold at online auction, April 11 - May 2, 2012

The famous T.R. Goulding Castle will be offered at online auction in April, 2012, by United Country Wallingford Group. This grandly designed, yet practically sized (approx. 2,270 s.f.)historic property is one of the truly unique and marvelous landmarks of Iron County. The castle sits on 3.89 acres, at the base of Shepherd Mountain and borders the city owned 640 acre tract of wilderness atop the mountain, ensuring a surrounding of unencumbered tranquil forest in perpetuity.

The Misselhorns have owned this property since 1999, calling it home for over a decade. Before and after pictures depict the extensive amount of work that they have done on the property to bring it up to its current immaculate state. Besides the spectrum of aesthetic improvements, the Misselhorns also replaced the hot water heater and furnace in 2006 and put on a new rubber roof in 2007. No detail has been left unaddressed – this property is move-in-ready for its new owner.

After ascending the winding driveway, and passing by the rock-walled fish pond, visitors will come face to face with the Goulding Castle. The stunning visual presence of the castle is heightened by its picturesque setting within the landscaped yard reminiscent of an Italian villa: complete with stone retaining walls, stone and concrete steps, and an abundance of manicured shrubbery. The line of trees to the south combines with the verdant forest to the west and north to create a serene and secluded atmosphere. The front driveway opens to provide ample parking for guests, and then continues on to the carport abutting the castle on the north side.

Just uphill from the castle sits the 2-story brick bath house. Measuring 13′ x 13′, this solid structure has served the Misselhorns as extra storage space for lawn and garden equipment, but could easily be converted into a quaint guest house, or summer kitchen.

Returning to the front yard, visitors will be drawn up the approaching sidewalk to the stone and brick front patio, intimately surrounded by rock walls and shrubbery, and overseen by a statue of Bacchus to ensure that all summer BBQs are thoroughly enjoyed.

As visitors enter the castle through the welcoming red front door, they come into the foyer, with the carpeted sitting room to their left and the tile-floored office (first floor tower room) with vaulted ceiling to the right. The winding stairway is the next feature that visitors encounter, before coming to the door to the faux marble tiled half-bathroom. Straight ahead is the entrance to the open tile-floored kitchen. Chamfered white cabinetry compliments the newer stainless appliances to give a classic yet contemporary look.

Exiting the kitchen to the south, one enters the formal dining room, with features such as a built-in floor to ceiling china hutch, and approx. 7′ high decorative corner plate shelf. The back of the house is finished off with a rustic stone-walled enclosed sun room. The eight windows and double glass doors allow for fabulous views of evening sunsets. In the winter months, the room can be enjoyed thanks to the wood burning stove.

The second story contains three bedrooms, a full bathroom w/granite-tiled shower and bathtub, the mechanical room w/washer and dryer hook-ups, and culminates on the west end with the second story sun room, which the Misselhorns have used as a library. This room is enclosed in both stone and cedar walls with a pitched cedar ceiling. A short stairway on the room’s north end allows for convenient access to the back yard.

The third story consists solely of the tower room, and provides four arched windows from which to view the surrounding wooded vistas.

The Iron County assessor lists the castle as having an adjusted living area of 1,968 s.f., not including the rear sun rooms on the first and second stories. Iron County also lists the property as 3.89 acres. The bath house is a 13′ x 13′, 2-story structure. 2011 taxes were $628.

Also being offered at this auction will be the 3,600 s.f. barn on .42 acres bordering the castle tract, along with an adjoining vacant city lot, as well as the historic 3-story Masonic Hall on Main Street, downtown Ironton.

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