Gelston Manor - Herkimer County, New York

The 1836 decrepit castle on this grand estate was the realized dream of a lively heiress named Harriet Douglas, who has been called the "Lion Huntress of the Social Jungles." The notorious redhead's impressive romantic history links her to President James Monroe, the Marquis de Lafayette, Sir Walter Scott, and William Wordsworth. The sweeping property was also, at various times, home to members of both the Monroe and Roosevelt families, some of whom are buried in the estate's cemetery. In 1983, acclaimed Russian cellist Mistislav Rostropovich built a contemporary home on the property.

Don't fall too deeply in love, though—the 325-acre estate recently went into contract for an amount that the realtor says "includes two commas."

Stonybrook Land, LLC

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