Once upon a time in Transylvania, a couple built a white clay castle with curved roofing using only natural materials which formed a whimsical design.
Razvan and Gabriela Vasile sold their home in Bucharest, Romania and, with the help of eco-minded architect Ileana Mavrodin, their dream of an organic and sustainable castle that could withstand the elements has become a reality.
The 10-bedroom Castelul de Lut Valea Zanelor (Clay Castle of the Valley of the Fairies) is made from organic sand, clay and straw.
Building for this unusual project in the Fagaras Mountains began in 2014 and no industrial paints were used in the construction of the building.
The exterior plastering is made of lime and sand and the main tower is made from stones.
There is no air conditioning on site nor any heating, though the rooms will be kept warm using traditional wood-burning fires in the cooler months.
The now completed castle, which is still being decorated and fitted out on the inside, is a 35-minute drive from the Transylvanian city of Sibiu where temperatures can reach up to 38 degrees in summer and fall to -8 degrees in winter.
The picturesque property is just off the Transfagarasan highway, which at its highest peak is more than 2,000 kilometres above sea-level, and is only open from June to November. Poor weather keeps it closed for the rest of the year.
Ultimate wedding venue?
The Vasiles will open the property up to the public late in 2016 and there are plans to run an organic restaurant on site in the next few months.
The impressive structure is already attracting tourists for its unusual design and impressive mountain views.
Once the interior has been completed, the castle will become a hotel and the fanciful design has already served as the perfect backdrop for an outdoor wedding.
Originally published as Fairy tale-esque castle made from organic materials by Danielle Cahill. Author at realestate.com.au