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“Different is an understatement”
Review of Wing Castle

Wing Castle
Ranked #4 of 10 things to do in Millbrook
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This unique tourist attraction is the actual residence of owner/artists Peter and Toni Ann Wing, who fashioned a medieval castle from modern rubble. Entrance to the grounds of the Castle are for admission price only. Tours are $12 per person. Open Between Memorial Day and Labor Day Wed-Sun. 12-4:30pm. For large groups please call in advance.
New Fairfield, Ct
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61 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Different is an understatement”
Reviewed 20 October 2012

We were lucky as Peter Wing was greeting us as we entered....his knowledge of all the "stuff' in the castle is wide ranging...to realize that he and his wife actually live among the artifacts is awesome...musty atmosphere for sure, but worth the time and money....the view from his "Stonehedge" is absolutely astonishing....he is a bit eccentric, but I guess one must be to work on a project like this for 40 years....

Visited October 2012
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English first
Staatsburg, New York
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244 reviews
130 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 232 helpful votes
“Wing's Castle is a wonderful journey.”
Reviewed 10 September 2012

This castle, located in Millbrook, NY, is the on-going creative project of the artist Peter Wing and his wife Toni Ann. The castle is somewhat reminiscent of Gillette Castle in Connecticut in that it is far from traditional and often surprising. Mr. Wing has sculpted faces and forms into the walls - or created walls out of pre-existing works - which fit perfectly. There is an admission charge to enter the grounds which should be paid at the gate and tours are offered from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The castle also serves as a Bed & Breakfast but I was only there on a day trip. If you're in the area and have the time, it's definitely a place to experience.

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New York City, New York
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Ehh... not worth it”
Reviewed 4 September 2012

Paid $12 (each) for a 20-minute (or so) tour. Everything you see was built by 2 people in 40 years and is still a work in progress. The tour was led by the artist's wife. As much as I respect their work, for an average visitor (who is not an antiques or architecture enthusiast) it's just a house that looks like a castle and is full of very old things. Don't get me wrong - it's different, impressive, and certainly interesting to see, but in my opinion, simply not worth the money and the drive.

Visited August 2012
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State College, Pennsylvania
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94 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Amazing Labor of Love - Quaint/Cluttered, Needs TLC”
Reviewed 19 August 2012

Construction started in 1970 by Peter Wing and his artist wife Toni Ann after Peter returned from Vietnam. As their website states "This enigma is still, to this day, 40 years later, under construction...as Toni states, " it has become a live in art project". Toni Ann made, by hand, every one of the countless shingles and Peter did virtually all of the amazing stone work himself. They used 80% recycled materials in the construction. The castle looks like something Gaudi, or the Munsters, would have built w/many, many features, ponds, levels, a miniature Stonehenge, etc. in a nice location with great views.

It is filled with countless, and I do mean countless, knick-knacks, clothing, furniture, a 100 year old live parrot, collectibles, carousel horses, pictures, firearms, Halloween characters, etc., in varying conditions. In some places, it is quaint, historic and fascinating; in others it gives the appearance of someone's abandoned attic.

IMHO, this beautiful labor of love is badly in need of maintenance of the roof and the grounds or it is soon going to deteriorate past the point of recovery. It is a wonderful achievement of the Wings, but it needs some TLC (and some capital) soon. They have opened a B&B across the road from the castle - hopefully that will be successful at providing some needed revenue.

Visited August 2012
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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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“:)”
Reviewed 19 August 2012

That guy is an artistic old person. Awesome castle. I like how the moat is a lap pool. View off the cliff was amazing

Visited August 2012
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