Dromborg Castle Goes on Auction Block


Admiration for classic European architecture inspired Joan and Bruce Johnson to build Dromborg, the castle-like residence now for sale for $9.7 million.
Admiration for classic European architecture inspired Joan and Bruce Johnson to build Dromborg, the castle-like residence now for sale for $9.7 million. (Kat Wilson)
Admiration for classic European architecture inspired Joan and Bruce Johnson to build Dromborg, the castle-like residence now for sale for $9.7 million.
Admiration for classic European architecture inspired Joan and Bruce Johnson to build Dromborg, the castle-like residence now for sale for $9.7 million. (Kat Wilson)
Admiration for classic European architecture inspired Joan and Bruce Johnson to build Dromborg, the castle-like residence now for sale for $9.7 million.
Admiration for classic European architecture inspired Joan and Bruce Johnson to build Dromborg, the castle-like residence now for sale for $9.7 million. (Kat Wilson)
Admiration for classic European architecture inspired Joan and Bruce Johnson to build Dromborg, the castle-like residence now for sale for $9.7 million.
Admiration for classic European architecture inspired Joan and Bruce Johnson to build Dromborg, the castle-like residence now for sale for $9.7 million. (Kat Wilson)
Admiration for classic European architecture inspired Joan and Bruce Johnson to build Dromborg, the castle-like residence now for sale for $9.7 million.
Admiration for classic European architecture inspired Joan and Bruce Johnson to build Dromborg, the castle-like residence now for sale for $9.7 million. (Kat Wilson)
Admiration for classic European architecture inspired Joan and Bruce Johnson to build Dromborg, the castle-like residence now for sale for $9.7 million.
Admiration for classic European architecture inspired Joan and Bruce Johnson to build Dromborg, the castle-like residence now for sale for $9.7 million. (Kat Wilson)
Admiration for classic European architecture inspired Joan and Bruce Johnson to build Dromborg, the castle-like residence now for sale for $9.7 million.
Admiration for classic European architecture inspired Joan and Bruce Johnson to build Dromborg, the castle-like residence now for sale for $9.7 million. (Kat Wilson)
Admiration for classic European architecture inspired Joan and Bruce Johnson to build Dromborg, the castle-like residence now for sale for $9.7 million.
Admiration for classic European architecture inspired Joan and Bruce Johnson to build Dromborg, the castle-like residence now for sale for $9.7 million. (Kat Wilson)

If you win the no-reserve auction starting at 4 p.m. Central time Tuesday, your home can, in fact, be your castle.

That’s when Concierge Auctions of New York, purveyor of luxury homes across the globe, starts taking bids for the 8,825-SF, multistory Dromborg Castle in Fayetteville.

Regular readers may remember our June 27, 2016, article about the magnificent abode atop South Mountain that took Joan and Bruce Johnson four years to build. At that time, the castle, situated on 40 wooded acres, was listed for $9.7 million, down from about $14 million a few years previously.

Joan’s sister, Katherine Hudson of Keller Williams Realty, had put together a team to promote the house nationwide and internationally. “If this castle was in California, it would be $100 million,” Hudson told Arkansas Business.

The Johnsons own White River Hardwoods of Fayetteville, a manufacturer of hardwood mouldings, doors, coffered ceilings and more. “We were in millwork, and there is a lot of millwork in classical structures,” Joan Johnson said in explaining the couple’s desire to build Dromborg.

They moved into it in 2008, but always knew that they would eventually move on. “The house always had something bigger to it than us being the owners of it our whole life,” Johnson said at the time. “It’s a bigger statement; it’s a more unique piece of architecture. We never felt like it was our house forever. We felt at some point it was something very iconic and it has a very long life.”

Last week, Johnson told Whispers that they’d decided to place the castle up for auction with Concierge Auctions as a way to get it before the wider world. “We just felt like it reached more people than typical real estate does,” she said. “And they deal in high-end homes all over the world.”

The Concierge Auctions website says that a $100,000 bidder deposit is required to bid on the five-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath home, which, the site says, had previously been listed at $8.7 million.

“Situated on 40 eastern-facing wooded acres, the Dromborg awaits you,” says the listing. “Pass through the gated entry and wind up the private drive past the lit pond and golf greens to your own personal castle. Architectural splendor will delight — Medieval, Gothic, and Classical. Invite guests to this 13th century, Scottish-inspired fortress with a secluded guest wing, library, lounge, tea garden, private decks, and gourmet kitchen.”

Concierge Auctions’ contacts for the Dromborg Castle are Mitch Abundis and Hudson.

The Concierge Auctions website lists properties from Northern California to Palm Beach, Florida, to Barcelona, Spain, to a cozy 1,345-SF property inside the Hard Rock Hotel in Davos, Switzerland.

And, of course, in Fayetteville.