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Enchanting Fairy Tale Homes That Will Put You Under a Spell

Enchanted castles, wicked witch's cottages and towers worthy of Rapunzel are usually the stuff of childhood dreams. However, the are a few fictional landmarks that may be a little closer to reality than you might think. Plucked from the pages of fairy tales, here are some of the most enchanting real-life homes that you can actually live in.

ENCHANTING ESTATE IN MASSACHUSETTS
Tucked away in the Berkshires region of Massachusetts is this spellbinding country retreat that looks as though it was conjured up by the Brothers Grimm themselves. From thatched roofs to turrets and gingerbread houses, the Santarella estate is a bona fide whimsical wonderland dating all the way back to the 1750s.

THE CASTLE IN THE FOREST IN CALIFORNIA
Encircled by a dense forest, this magnificent mansion is Cinderella's castle, à la Disneyland. Offering 10,000 square feet of accommodation, the dramatic façade features impressive Gothic windows, mock-Tudor detailing and no end of turrets.

SWISS COTTAGE, WILTSHIRE, UK
Built in 1850, this chocolate-box cottage in the south-west of England looks as though it was transplanted from the pages of our favorite fantastical childhood tales. With a quaint thatched roof, lattice windows and a picturesque porch, it's hard not to think of Hansel and Gretel ambling through the forest and stumbling upon this charming home in a clearing in the trees.

SPELLBINDING CASTLE IN CONNECTICUT
Built in 1917 on seven acres of land, this magnificent castle was inspired by a trip that its prosperous original owners, the Ellington family, took to England. Complete with a turret and regal interior décor, you can live out your own royal fantasy in this castle.

MOOMIN RETREAT, SAITAMA, JAPAN
Located in Akebono Kodomo-no-mori Park in Japan, this woodland home was inspired by the iconic Finnish Moomins series by Tove Jansson. Designed with a distinctive living roof and a curvaceous structure, the dwelling features solar panels to help the property run off the grid.

COB COTTAGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
For nature-lovers looking to escape the hustle and bustle, it doesn't get much more magical that this unique cob cottage, hidden inside a dense forest in Canada.