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Live amid the picturesque landscape of a real Tudor-Gothic-styled national landmark right here in the Pacific Northwest. The Thornewood Carriage House, a rare property originally serving Thornewood Castle, is on the market for just over $3 million.  

Situated on American Lake in Lakewood, the home that was built in 1909 was the first on the estate’s 3-acre grounds. 

With the help of architect Kirtland Kelsey Cutter, Thornewood Castle, and original architecture like the Carriage House were brought to life by its founder, Chester Thorne.

Thorne made his wealth as an investor and lucrative ventures like co-founding the Port of Tacoma.

After buying a 400-year-old English manor, he had pieces of it shipped via the British Isles, and used in its construction. Today it serves as not only a residence, but a historic inn and event venue. 

Similar to Thorne’s vision and filled with relics from around the world, the restored 6,489-square-foot, four bedroom, six bath Thornewood Carriage House stands near by.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and built solidly from the ground up with thick concrete, and reinforced steel, the unique property on almost one acre is a true testament of time, and craftmanship of a bygone era.   

High among its charms is an endless list of one-of-the-kind details featured within the home. 

"There is so much detail in this house and property that it will continue to unfold and you will see new things you had not seen or realized yet, for the next ten years," according to the owner.

From priceless antique glass, marble, and woodwork to centuries-old gas light fixtures retrofitted for electricity, to bronze European lion head door knockers, each truly refined nuance adds to the semblance of an English fairytale. 

Remarkable vestiges like the grand medieval Tudor staircase made of black walnut with hand carved lions, 200-year-old Italian fireplace chimneypiece, and even a secret passageway leading to the master bedroom are just a few of a never ending catalog of special flourishes.  

There are modern amenities as well. Things like a fully equipped chef’s kitchen, natural gas fireplaces, hydronic floor heating in many rooms, and a mirrored fitness studio.  

The property also comes with an attached two car garage, several outbuildings, and an additional detached four car garage that houses a 900-square-foot apartment.

The well-groomed grounds overflow with magnificent stone and granite patios to entertain, and explore. With the look and feel of a secret garden, the gates, and pathways full of statuary, fountains, and urns, leave something to discover at every turn.

Hand forged, wrought iron touches like griffin railings, dragon and gargoyle downspouts, light fixtures held by the talons of demon birds, have us transported to the likes of an enchanted gothic courtyard. 

Begin your own fairytale by owning a piece of history with this truly extraordinary property, check here for details.

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