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They say home is where your heart is, although these truly magical homes are sure to make their way into your heart. Anyone who is lucky enough to live in one, surely must enjoy a charmed life. Some are based on historical styles while others are designed simply through the imagination of the architect. A stone fortress standing sentinel on a misty moor, the thatched roof of a snug cottage enveloped by lush greenery – once-upon-a-time places where fairytales unfold don’t just belong to legend. Imposing castles, romantic cottages and mystical retreats can all be found in our modern world. Places that, although they look torn from the pages of a storybook, actually exist today, like the Forest House in Efteling, Netherlands, pictured above.
Tiny Victorian Cottage, Catskills, New York
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Sandra Foster turned this former Catskills hunting cabin into the romantic Victorian cottage she had always wanted, using vintage columns, flooring and wavy glass windows, and doing the carpentry herself. She renovated the 9-by-14-foot cottage, and furnished it, for a total of just $3,000.
Stone Castle, Sedro-Wooley, Washington
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Step onto the bridge and take in the sights and sounds of the water rushing 90 feet below. You’ve arrived at the front door of your very own stone castle, set upon 20 private acres of fir, cedar, hardwood, abundant wildlife, a meadow, ponds and two creeks.
Cottage in Canada
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Where this cottage is in Canada hasn’t been revealed, most likely because the owner wanted to keep it hidden. Wouldn’t you?
Stone House in Portugal
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Casa do Penedo, or “House of Stone,” is located in the Fafe Mountains of Portugal. It was built in 1974 using four different boulders. It no electricity so the homeowners use candlelight to see when indoors, though it also boasts a cozy fireplace, a swimming pool carved into stone and logs for stairs.
Maison de Sorcière Avec Ciel d’orage, France
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One would think this home in Clichy-sous-Bois, France must have been part of a Disney film set, but it’s simply someone’s dream house.