For any kid with a big imagination, the idea of living in a castle is the ultimate dream. And given that castles serve as the settings for a vast amount of Disney movies (and the fairy tales that inspired them), it’s no surprise why children feel this way.

So if you’re in the market for a new home—and you really want to impress your kids—you should know there’s a stunning abandoned castle sitting untouched just a stone’s throw from Paris, France, in the town of Les Trois-Moutiers. Once you step inside, you’ll feel like Elsa herself.

Named Château de la Mothe-Chandeniers, this castle near Paris, France was built around 1400 as a citadel for the Baucay family. Since then, it’s had several owners.


The castle was captured twice by the British, who used it for extravagant parties, toward the end of the Middle Ages.


It was destroyed during the French Revolution; in 1809, wealthy French entrepreneur Francois Hennecart purchased it and began restoring it.


Sadly, in 1932, its then-owner inadvertently started a fire while installing central heat. Rare books, furniture, and paintings all perished, and the castle has been empty ever since.


There have been attempts to restore it, but none have lasted very long.


It’s a gloomy sight as trees and other vegetation have taken up residence.


Still, the castle remains as hauntingly beautiful as ever… much like the perfect setting for a story. Here’s the chapel.


Just look at this staircase!


Admittedly, some parts of the castle have seen better days.


Thankfully, an association has formed to help preserve the castle and eventually begin its restoration. Here’s hoping that one day it’s restored to its former glory!


It’s crazy that a place like this could just be sitting there! Come on, rich people of the world, pool some money together and get this place fixed up!

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