This grand castle, dubbed Fort Brecqhou, is located on Sark Island, which is a small island in the Channel Islands in southwestern English Channel, off the French coast of Normandy. It is owned by David and Frederick Barclay, the reclusive British billionaires. The identical twin brothers have very substantial business interests primarily in media, retail and property. The Sunday Times Rich List of 2007 estimated their wealth at £1.8 billion.

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The brothers guard their privacy to such an extent that they even erected a grand Gothic-style castle, complete with 100-foot-high granite walls, spires, towers, gilded turrets, battlements, a moat and a helipad. No expense was spared. According to a builder on the project, the banqueting room is 80 meters long and has a gold-leaf ceiling; the library ceiling is hand-painted, inspired by the Sistine Chapel. The honey-colored, cliff-top fortress (Fort Brecqhou) was finished in 1996 after some 90,000 tons of materials were carried to Brecqhou by boat. At a cost of between £30-60 million, it is the largest one built in the 20th century.

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  • Daniel

    I’d love to take a gander inside this place. Hopefully it doesn’t look like a hospital with dozens of corridors and small rooms.




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  • NOVA Ben

    I guess this is a good location for a couple of eccentric recluses, but the whole castle mansion idea is in complete contrast to the feel of the rest of the island. Odd choice…I could think of so many other locations that would be just as conducive to their reclusive lifestyle yet more convenient for them.

    On a bit of a side-note, Sark is a truly fascinating place. I read a short article about it a little while back. Cars are banned on this island, there isn’t a single one. Tractors are allowed, but there are only a few, and even the island’s “ambulance” is just the back end of an actual ambulance that they hook up to a single horse. I can’t imagine the quiet and insular residents of Sark appreciate the Barclays bringing their massive yacht to port here very much.




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  • LE

    pretty interesting story about the two that own this little shack…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_and_Frederick_Barclay




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  • rob

    Yeah, these are two strange geese. I guess they are living out the castle on an island recluse fantasy. I have seen other pictures of the island and there are secret caves leading into it from the sea.




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  • Mak

    David: Freddie…would you PLEASE stop hanging your dirty knickers off the back wall?
    Freddie: STFU David. I live here too, and I’ll hang my shorts anywhere I damn please.
    David: You know of course, that someone is going to take pictures of them and post them all over the internet.
    Freddie: Big deal. Its not like anyone CARES…and besides…imagine how jealous they will be when they realize I’m so damn rich I can hang my bloody knickers out any time I want, and no one can do a thing about it.




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  • Iemand

    So, how are the heating bills?




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