The Versailles Castle, also known as the Martin Castle, is a castle in Kentucky near the Woodford County line. It can be seen to the right of Versailles road. The Versailles Castle overlooks the Elkhorn Creek on the Woodford/Fayette county line. Construction began in 1969 by its original owners. It has since changed hands undergoing a major renovation in 2004. Today it operates as a bed and breakfast and special functions venue.
Versailles Castle, also known as the Martin Castle, is a castle in Kentucky
near the Woodford County line. It can be seen to the right of Versailles Road.
The Versailles Castle overlooks the Elkhorn Creek on the Woodford/Fayette
county line. Construction on the castle was started by Rex Martin and his wife
Caroline Martin in 1969. They had just returned from a trip to Germany and
became inspired by many famous buildings they had seen in Europe. When
finished, it was to include seven bedrooms, fifteen bathrooms, a fountain in
the driveway, and a tennis court.
1975, the Martins separated, and the castle was left unfinished. However, it
became a popular roadside photo opt for tourists. In 1988 Rex Martin put it up
for sale, but died before it was sold. In 2003 the so-called Versailles
Castle was sold for 1.8 million to Thomas Post, a lawyer from Miami who
graduated from the University of Kentucky, and the name was changed to
The Castle Post. It had been rumored to be turned into a medieval
restaurant/museum – however, nothing was ever confirmed.
May 10, 2004, after various renovations had taken place, the newly installed
wood and wiring caught fire in the building. Post, who was at his home at the
time of the fire, tried to salvage as much as he could. He had already spent
hours renovating the castle and was now dedicated to rebuilding it. By the end
of the renovations, the total cost of the reconstruction project was enormous totaling
almost half the original cost of the castle itself. Hence, it was put up for
sale once more.
Versailles Castle or “Post Castle” became a landmark in Kentucky. People
driving Versailles Road were surprised by the sight of a stone castle with
extensive walls and turrets along the side of the highway. However, no one knew
much about it. No one lived there, and no one answered the phone if you called
the number on the sign. The Versailles Castle sat empty for more than thirty
features and rehabilitation projects were finally finished in 2008. New
additions included twelve suites, a library, music room, dining area, grand
ball room, swimming pool, garden, basketball area, bar, and a tennis court. It
is used for tourism, fund raisers, special events, and corporate functions. It
has sixteen bedrooms, including four in the original round corners. Their
on-site restaurant sources ingredients from local farms. However, their goal is
to create as much food as possible on their own 55 acres, and they’re working
towards that goal.
In November, 2010 the castle
was listed at a price of what was believed to be 30,000,000. Post said he would
continue to operate it as an inn while it is listed. The castle eventually sold
to its current owner, a group of investors, in mid 2017 for roughly nine million
dollars. Although after many interviews, the official names have yet to all be
released, it is now being operated by the company Castle Catering – a rather
telling name for the rich piece of history in Versailles, Kentucky.