Sequim, Washington: Bandy's Troll HavenCatch a glimpse of a private estate and its fantasy sculptures.
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We were lucky enough to have a friend who rented the castle for a weekend for his Mother's 80th birthday party, so we were able to tour not only the grounds, but the inside of the castle as well! As the massive front door, replete with etched glass dragons and other mystical spirits, swings closed behind you, you are instantly transported back in time. The castle is composed of different time periods, from Victorian to Medieval.
A massive crystal and gold chandelier hangs far above inside the rotunda, which has a circular staircase curving underneath 7 intricate stained glass windows. Five heavily carved Gothic chairs covered in with red velvet sit in front of a long breakfast bar, which divides the kitchen area from the living room. A stairway off the living room leads downwards to the dungeon, which also contains bedrooms! Furnishings all over the castle are rich and heavily carved. Upstairs is bright and airy, each room tastefully done and reminds one of a classic hotel. Large balconies afford visitors sweeping views of water and mountains.
Downstairs, step back into Medieval times as the stone walls of the dungeon wind around in a labyrinth style, passing by alcoves set into the walls which house crossed swords, glass etchings of mystical origins and other interesting things. Scattered around the dungeon are various instruments of torture. Stone gargoyles adorn walls and massive 6-8 inch thick English oak doors mounted with heavy black iron hinges. Stalagmites hang from the hallway ceilings as you wind your way from one room to the next.
While being classic in dungeon decor, it is neither dark nor cold. While there are no windows to the outside, everything is well lit, and there is modern heating and plumbing throughout the castle. Rental of the castle is spendy, but for a special occasion that guests will never forget, it is well worth it![Vicki, 06/12/2005]
My wife and I visited Troll Haven recently and found it a refreshing diversion! We met a nice young man who welcomed us to park and tour the grounds from the road, explaining that this is for all to enjoy, but please respect the privacy. Apparently it was built by Mr. Bandy as a way to express himself and put a smile on all whom visit. The buffalo, orchards and perfectly manicured yards are certainly a treat![Scott & Mary, 06/13/2003]
We've visited Troll Haven several times. Legend has it that Bandy wanted to build a place to showcase his jellies. For some reason he also built a fancy house about a block away called Neptune's Keep. He had the nerve to block someone's water view and caused quite a ruckus. Last we heard he had returned to California and was selling Neptune's Keep, but family members still live at Troll Haven. We've never encountered anyone, friendly or not, but we don't trespass on the actual grounds and just stay long enough to snap a couple pictures and laugh at the fence pole that's picking his nose![Melissa, 10/27/2002]
My husband and I recently visited Brandy's Troll Haven and discovered that it is all private property now. There are no trespassing signs everywhere and the road is closed off to non-residents. We were told we could stand in the street and take pictures, but were watched by I'm assuming the owner who was mowing the lawn the entire time. Tourists are definitely not welcome unless they are willing to rent the Castle and its grounds.[Jordin, 09/23/2002]
On the four corners of an intersection, between Port Angeles and Port Townsend, Washington, there sits a magnificent home, a purple castle, a Troll museum, and a Troll farm. What's sooooo..o.o.o unusual is all the craftmens' handiwork which ornaments all these buildings. There is a 15 or 20' tall one-eyed troll which you can see for a mile down the road. Hand carved trolls adorn the woods out side the private home. They support the four corners of the barn. They also guard access to the museum and the home. A magnificent brass carved dragon gate separates the castle and the Troll museum.
Topiary trees shaped like the Loch Ness monster border the grass around the museum. The "gardens" around the purple castle have an eerie troll-like beauty to them and are adorned with many hand-carved trolls. The museum has magnificent hand carved and painted wooden doors with a poem overhead to tell the story of Bandy's Troll Haven.
On a bike trip, we lucked out and happened to meet the owner, his wife, and his signmaker, who drove a black hearse. Tales about his eccentricity came from some locals down the road we met when we stopped to have a picnic lunch. Evidently this normally peaceful town is really upset that his little homestead creates major traffic jams.[Kennyjkt, 06/28/1997]
in Sequim, 941 Gardiner Beach Road
Bandy's Troll Haven
Troll Haven/Bandy Farms
- 950 Gardiner Beach Road, Sequim, WA
- From Seattle: Take the Kingston ferry. From Kingston follow signs for Sequim (over Hood Canal Bridge on 101 W). Gardiner is about 12 miles before Sequim. Continue past Discovery Bay Store and Discovery Bay Restaurant. Look for mile marker 277 on the left side of the road. Once you pass mile marker 277, you will see a sign 'Entering Gardiner'. Turn right on Gardiner Beach Road. Proceed down the hill. Stay on Gardiner Beach Rd, it makes a dogleg at the first stop sign (left at the stop sign and then an immediate right, continuing downhill all the way to the water). Follow Gardiner Beach Road (it bends left at the water) past the boat launch and up the hill. Pass the orchards with the carved fence posts until you see the castle at the stop sign.
- Private Property. No Trespassing. (Call to verify)