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Secret Handmade Tiny Rock Castle Built by Artist

This structure is not exactly tiny, but if you consider it a castle, I think it’s safe to call it a tiny rock castle.

The owner is an artist so you can tell that it was all done by hand. According to the description on YouTube, it was built over several years beginning in the 1980s.

The video in this post will give you an entire tour from the exterior to the interior rooms.

It was put together without permits so that’s why the location is secret but I can tell you that it’s somewhere in England.

If you watch the tour, you’ll get to see all of the beautiful stained glass windows throughout. It’s gorgeous, isn’t it?

Why do you think that we are so attracted to structures like these? Is it because it brings us back to simple living? Or could it be because the materials used are so natural? Either way, I always find them awesome and inspiring.

I hope you enjoy this tour and that you’ll leave your thoughts in the comments.

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Handmade Tiny Rock Castle

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  • Kristen Esbensen
    June 14, 2012, 2:09 pm

    I think this is an interesting structure, but it also kind of gives me the creeps. Looks so dark and dank. Not cheerful. But, yes, an interesting structure. Just couldn’t picture myself living in it.

    • June 18, 2012, 11:19 am

      Hey Kristen- I wouldn’t want to live in it either. I mostly see it as a cool piece of art and amazing the amount of work that was put into it. I could see ‘the kids’ having a blast in it 🙂

  • Lisa
    June 16, 2012, 10:53 am

    This structure obviously took a lot of work. It looks like the majority of it is dry stack and that alone is noteworthy. I’m just sorry that the place isn’t being well maintained. The interior rooms need cleaning out and some attention, and the grounds are becoming overgrown diminishing the beauty of this tiny castle. It should be preserved for generations to come to enjoy this marvelous flight of fancy and creativity.

    • June 18, 2012, 11:20 am

      Thanks Lisa, you’re right.. Must take a lot of work to maintain!

  • Martha Loss
    June 16, 2012, 4:26 pm

    It was totally charming on the outside, but the inside totally needs to be finished better. I’d love to see what someone could do to make that liveable. I agree that it is very dark and dank inside.

  • Cindy
    June 16, 2012, 7:34 pm

    I agree, interesting but lacks the warm and fuzzy feeling, it would take a lot of work to bring that up to code…

    • June 18, 2012, 11:21 am

      Very true. Thanks Cindy!

  • Helen
    June 18, 2012, 10:52 pm

    I found the “castle” interesting but really couldn’t get a good look at anything. Whoever did the video seemed to skim over the inside of the rooms too quickly, didn’t understand why there were sideway shots, and it was shaky, plus the quick zoom in and out was irritating.

    • June 19, 2012, 1:13 pm

      Thanks Helen. Yeah- I don’t think the camera person has done too many videos before but I was still glad to get to see what we could.

  • Jay Shafer
    June 19, 2012, 12:51 pm

    Almost all of my favorite architecture is illegal and (accordingly) secret. “Covert Cottages (and Castles)” would make a great subject for a book.

    • June 19, 2012, 1:15 pm

      Agreed! Thanks, Jay! That is an awesome topic for a book.

  • Bill
    September 2, 2012, 8:02 pm

    Interesting. Not a single room ‘completed’ for anything resembling LIVING. Lovely outside (except for the over growth of weeds), but lots of construction (?) junk or left overs inside. Must have taken a long time to build; too bad the artist wasn’t also intending to become a householder and finished a kitchen, bath, bed and living room. No idea of the size of any of the rooms; the camera {WTH?} sideways shots? But interesting. I could “see” in my minds eye smoke coming out of what ‘could be’ chimneys. Alas I guess not…

  • Joanne
    February 2, 2013, 4:42 pm

    What an incredible work of art. I can’t imagine the time and talent it took to create this. It is exquisite. Thanks for sharing.

  • Ronna Sommers
    February 19, 2014, 12:27 pm

    Absolutely delightful! Was this structure a barn…. ?? In Ireland….?? Was it only intended to be a folly..?
    The Rumbul brand magnesium ‘bullets’ boluses given to cattle & sheep in the spring (in the UK) may be a hint…. At some point in its history it looks like it was used for animals.. Except, people don’t usually install exquisite windows in a barn… Maybe they died…got sick, or, ran out of funds to accomplish their goal… It happens.

    I wonder what the age of the structure is…..??

  • Barry
    April 24, 2015, 9:54 am

    Would the artist sell? I would love the challenge of completing his work and making it habitable.

  • Patricia Chang
    January 10, 2017, 3:59 am

    This castle seems meant for the field mice, for possums, for owls and bats. The Queen Anne’s Lace lives on the entry paths; and ivy is slowly embracing the walls. The castle is grounded in the plants and the plants are shielding it. Tiny sparrows can flit in and out; while groundhogs can burrow deep for the winter. I would not change it. Let it become one with its surroundings. Yet, it should be cleaned a bit. Even a small furry thing will clean its nest. I see where spiders have come to appreciate the lovely stained glass and dusty motes of sunbeams. This is a magical place, built by a dreamer. The rains and snows, the breeze that blows, will inhabit this castle, knowing the rocks will last forever.

  • janet
    August 3, 2017, 8:44 pm

    Thank-you for sharing. It reminds me of termite dwellings, on the same hand it is amazingly beautiful. So much energy put into this. A treat for the eyes. Incredible:)

  • Mindy
    August 4, 2017, 1:19 am

    Wow just wow, Patricia Chang said it all very Beautifully. I think the Artist is done. Enjoy what has been given. Be Well Children. 😊

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