Fayetteville’s Dromborg castle sells for $4.8 million

The Dromborg off City Lake Road in Fayetteville (Google)

It looks like the Dromborg has a new owner.

The 12,000-square-foot castle in south Fayetteville has sold for $4.8 million, according to Washington County property records.

A deed filed on Nov. 30 shows the Jon and Vicki Swehla Revocable Trust as the new owner of the 40-acre property, which sits on City Lake Road just east of the Fayetteville Country Club.

The 13th century Scottish-inspired fortress was listed for $14.3 million in 2011 and then reduced to $8.7 million before it was put on the auction block in 2019. County records show no change in ownership from the time the auction was announced until the November transaction.

The castle was built in 2008 by Bruce and Joan Johnson, who own White River Hardwoods in Fayetteville. The couple has said as history buffs, they were inspired to recreate the feel and ambience of a luxury home from a bygone era.

The Johnsons worked with a local architect for the bulk of the project, and hired a New York City-based designer to complete the interior, which features native solid Oak, Cherry, and Walnut hardwoods in the hand-carved cabinetry, millwork, and beams.

The 5-bedroom, 4.5-bath home has 8,825 heated square feet, and is made up of 4,000 tons of native stone. It includes a 4th-floor observation deck, a chapel, a pool, a walled garden, a half-acre stocked pond, a golf green with three tee boxes, and enough garage space for 10 cars.

Ben Salmonsen with the Salmonsen Group of Keller Williams in Bentonville represented the seller, according to information posted on the property’s website.

Dromborg great room photo: Jeremy Mason Mcgraw, Global Image Creation

The Dromborg. Dreams Written In Stone. from Airlift Films on Vimeo.