Versailles, Kentucky: Martin CastleIt's an impressively large castle, and you can spend the night in it.
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Photo from the day after the fire, about 8:30 pm, 24 hours after it started. Note the absent turrents in the center where the charred ruins are visible over the wall.[wally, 05/12/2004]
Fans of the Castle have been sending a steady stream of tips on the blaze, which broke out at about 8:30 pm on May 10. Local fire companies had trouble getting in close because of the ditches around the perimeter. It appears the outer battlements survived, but the central castle structure was destroyed. The Versailles Castle was built in the early 1970s by a real estate developer, and was purchased in 2003 by a Florida couple in the process of turning it into a bed and breakfast.
The interior of the castle in Versailles, Kentucky was destroyed in a blaze on Monday night, May 10, 2004. The cause was unknown, but may have been triggered by a lightning strike to a turret.... [05/10/2004] Complete News Story
Some of you guys need to get your facts straight. For the first year and a half of my life I lived with my parents, who were caretakers of the castle. While my mother was pregnant with me, and after, her and my dad helped build the castle. Most of my family have been caretakers before. I have pictures, video tapes and memories of the inside of the castle. It may have six bedrooms with their own bathrooms but it doesn't have indoor plumbing. And the biggest expense in the bedrooms are the styrofoam moldings they have around the doors. I have been really close to the owner, Rex Martin all of my life. For my first birthday, he got me a truck load of diapers, literally![Keisha Brooks, 09/08/2002]
I have pictures of the inside of the swimming pool, the guard towers, the gates and walls. I visited there when I was dating my husband in 1979. Back then, it wasn't locked up, and anyone could go inside. It was really awesome to be inside the huge walls.[Cindy Fulkerson, 05/13/2001]
I have some more information on the castle near Lexington. Recently I came across an article that appeared in the Louisville Courier-Journal a few years ago. It is owned by a developer named Rex Martin, a very private person. It was built back in 1969 when his wife got the idea while vacationing in Europe. Inside the stone walls is a 10,400 sq.ft. residence, with six bedrooms with their own baths, three car garage and a 20x50 ft. swimming pool. Work stopped on it a few years after his marriage ended in the early 70's, much of the interior is unfinished. A caretaker of the property lives nearby. Mr. Martin supposedly lives in Florida. As of this date I believe the castle is still for sale and cattle still graze around the grounds outside the walls. It is located on Versailles Road, west of Keeneland Race Course, just inside the Woodford County line.[Rick Volgstadt, 09/13/1998]