New York May 11, 2016
The Story Behind This One New York Castle Will Fascinate You
For most of us, when we think of castles, we imagine our favorite fairy tales and distant historic landmarks that are worthy of any sort of royalty. We’ve already blown your minds by revealing
fourteen stunning castles that are hiding in our state, but did you also know there’s another hidden gem we’ve yet to discuss? So much more than just a castle, Wing’s Castle is a living, breathing work of art. Open for tours and now even functioning as a Bed & Breakfast, the story of how this New York castle came to be is one that will absolutely fascinate you.
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Once apart of his father's dairy farm, artist Peter Wing has turned the open space into something truly spectacular.
Beginning creation on the extraordinary residence over 40 years ago, local icon Peter Wing sadly passed away back in 2014. While Peter may no longer physically be with us, the inspiring New York resident's spirit lives on through his many works of art. This incredible castle and home for his family wasn't Peter's only creation. Other art such as some of his murals and sculptures, can be seen throughout the town of Millbrook.
With roughly 80% of this castle being made from recycled materials, the unique structure fits right in with the surrounding small town charm and wonderful local history.
If your eyes aren't already catching it, take the time to notice that the view of the castle from this particular angle allows you to see a face! Using the doorway as a mouth, windows for eyes and natural greenery for hair, these sort of individual characteristics are what make this castle so special.
With the help of his wife, newlyweds Peter and Toni Wing became very resourceful, creating something special that would later give back to their community.
When the love of your life proposes to you and says they're going to build you a castle, the least you can do is assist with the creation of this said castle...right? Supporting her husbands passion, Toni spent her free time helping Peter put this place together. In later years the couple would open their home to create
Shakespeare at the Castle Summer Camp, where local children have been able to let their creative sides shine while being in the heart of a fairy tale setting. Incredible, huh?
A structure that is truly all about the details, Peter Wing was able to see the beauty in objects that other's could no longer find use for.
Tearing down over ten barns, blasting old railroad bridges with explosives to loosen up large pieces of stone. Does art get anymore exciting than this? Often using the bones of old rustic barns and finding treasures through places like even Craigslist, the castle is like nothing you have ever seen before.
While we highly doubt this castle will ever fall under attack, there's never a wrong time to install a moat around your residence, is there?
They say good things come to those who wait, and that absolutely applies to those who were looking to cool off while visiting this New York castle. Taking over 14 years to create, the moat was not a quickly executed project, but was positively worth the wait.
Pulling inspiration from structures all around the world like the Tower of London, Peter also felt inspired by artist Antoni Gaudí.
Creating a whole garden to show appreciation for the famous artist Gaudí, Peter used thousands of pieces of stained glass to create structures on the property that are just out of this world. The eye of this creature seen pictured above is actually a piece of an orange vase that belonged to Toni but was accidentally broken by Peter. Pieces of their personalities can be found everywhere on the property!
In recent years, Wing's Castle has opened its doors to fascinated visitors, creating an unforgettable New York B&B.
While there's a separate structure for guests to stay in, the option of staying inside the main house inside the "Dungeon Room" is what visitors will usually suggest to you! The home of the Wing family, inside the castle you'll see the personalities of Peter and Tony really come to life even further. Would you believe that there's even a bathroom inside of the castle that's in the shape of a four leaf clover, featuring a cauldron for a bathtub? Like we said...so amazingly unique!
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Made up of over 500,000 stones, Peter manually lifted more of these rocks than you would have ever imagined!
Because working with stone can be so difficult, it was often suggested to the Wing family that they should simply build their magical home out of brick. Never deterring from the dream, Peter worked with stone for over 40 years to create Wing's Castle.
Another incredible feature of this breathtaking castle? The view you'll have on the property that is nothing short of dreamy.
Featuring New York's own little Stonehenge, the castle overlooks the Millbrook Winery whose land was also once apart of Peter's fathers farm. Like it wasn't already soothing enough to be enjoying delicious East Coast wine while overlooking New York's Hudson Valley area, imagine this beautiful stone castle also being apart of your view? It doesn't get any better than this!
Featured in an episode of Home Made, you can play the video below to find out more about the history of the castle and all of its details from Peter and Toni Wing!
To think that one man built all of these beautifully unique structures right here in New York is wonderfully mind-blowing. Only In New York wants to know if you’ve ever had the pleasure of taking a tour of this castle, or better yet spending the night?