Welcome to Dinton Castle in Buckinghamshire, England, a beautifully-restored little structure built as a folly in 1769 by Sir John Vanhattem. This tiny castle has more going for it than just its idyllic location and its diminutive size. The castle was built to showcase Sir John’s impressive collection of prehistoric fossils, which are embedded in the 250-year-old walls!
Architect Jamie Fernández purchased the derelict building in 2016 for just £100,000. It took two years and another £300,000 to turn the ruined structure into the adorable two-bedroom residence it is today. The architect used a fascinating combination of traditional techniques and cutting-edge technology to restore the building.
“The success of the intervention has been to effectively link innovating technologies in synergy with the restoration process. The 3D laser scan used originally to assess building pathologies, turned out to be the most useful tool for the design and manufacturing process, enabling structural and joinery parts to be manufactured with millimetric precision.”– About Dinton Castle
And guess what? It’s for sale! This adorable little thing on its picturesque 3/4 of an acre can be yours for a mere £765,000. I have a favor to ask. If you buy it, may I please come visit?