Dromborg Castle in south Fayetteville fetches $4.8 million

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November’s most expensive home sale in Northwest Arkansas was a notable one.

According to county property records, the 40-acre Dromborg Castle in south Fayetteville sold for $4.8 million.

The Jon and Vicki Swehla Revocable Trust is the new owner. The deed was filed at the Washington County Courthouse on Nov. 30.

The property had been on and off the market for years — at one time with an asking price of $14.3 million in 2011 —  and was even on the auction block in 2019.

Ben Salmonsen and his father, Tim Salmonsen, with Salmonsen Group Realtors of Keller Williams Market Pro Realty in Bentonville, represented the seller. Mitch and Lyndsi Sluyter with Curtis Realty Group in Rogers represented the buyer.

“My father and I took the listing back in January and, after 303 days, finally got it sold,” Ben Salmonsen said. “It was certainly a challenge, as it was extremely custom.”

Salmonsen said the property sold for 96% of the list price. He said the new owners intend to use the castle as a residence, although not necessarily as a primary residence.

Bruce and Joan Johnson, who own White River Hardwoods in Fayetteville, were the previous owners. They bought the land in 2004 for $265,000, and construction was completed in 2008. The couple reportedly built the castle to showcase their hardwood carving and molding business.

The 8,825-square-foot castle has three levels, five bedrooms and stellar views. Among numerous amenities are heated floors, a six-car garage, an elevator, and a half-acre fishing pond stocked with fish.

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