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Tasmanian couple built a castle house with their own moat

Suitable for royalty: Couple build a castle house with their own moat – but it took them 10 years to complete

  • A Tasmanian couple has built their own mini castle in almost ten years
  • Owner Christina Kent said they had no idea the project would take that long
  • They hope to live in the castle within three to four years once the roof is ready

A couple built their own medieval mansion, but it took over 10 years to complete.

Tasmanian couple Christina Kent and Francis Shepherd designed the 17-meter-high house with their own moat more than ten years ago.

The house, called Castle Phoenix, sits on an old apple orchid in Geeveston, southwest of Hobart, which the pair bought after moving out of Queensland 14 years ago.

The 17 meter high house called 'Castle Phoenix' has been built slowly over 10 years

The 17 meter high house called ‘Castle Phoenix’ has been built slowly over 10 years

The castle is built with a series of brick columns, has walls with a weaving pattern and has its own moat

The castle is built with a series of brick columns, has walls with a weaving pattern and has its own moat

The castle is built with a series of brick columns, has walls with a weaving pattern and has its own moat

The couple said The Mercury they had built the castle almost entirely by themselves and hope to be able to move in within three to four years.

Ms. Kent said they had never planned how long the project would take and if they knew they might never have started.

“You have to have an element of naivety to start a project like this – if you think about it too much, you would never go through with it,” she said.

Built using a series of brick columns, the castle has walls with a weaving design and even had its own moat.

The coup said they had built the castle almost entirely by themselves and hope to be able to move within three to four years

The coup said they had built the castle almost entirely by themselves and hope to be able to move within three to four years

The coup said they had built the castle almost entirely by themselves and hope to be able to move within three to four years

The couple said they had no idea the project would take that long. The early stages of construction are shown

The couple said they had no idea the project would take that long. The early stages of construction are shown

The couple said they had no idea the project would take that long. The early stages of construction are shown

The couple, who are both professional artists, said they remained focused throughout the decade by splitting the workload into individual tasks.

Ms. Kent said that her partner was fired during the pandemic, but that gave them much more time to work on their fortress.

“We have a canal and we’re not afraid to use it,” she said.

Mr. Shepherd (photo) said he was constantly amazed that they could build their own castle with little help

Mr. Shepherd (photo) said he was constantly amazed that they could build their own castle with little help

Mr. Shepherd (photo) said he was constantly amazed that they could build their own castle with little help

The couple is now halfway through construction on the third floor and will start rooftop soon before moving on to the interior.

Mr. Shepherd said he was constantly amazed at what they had accomplished.

“The back of the castle is actually more interesting than the front. I look at it and then I notice ‘wow, we have that we build a castle that is crazy’. ‘ he said.

The couple is now halfway through construction on the third floor and will start rooftop soon before moving on to the interior. Depicted is the building during early construction

The couple is now halfway through construction on the third floor and will start rooftop soon before moving on to the interior. Depicted is the building during early construction

The couple is now halfway through construction on the third floor and will start rooftop soon before moving on to the interior. Depicted is the building during early construction

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