At the end of the 19th century, America already had a long history of beer drinking. The first American beer brewed was at Sir Walter Raleigh’s Roanoke Colony in 1587. Not happy with the end result, ads were put out in England for brewers who were willing to come to America to establish old school breweries in the colonies. By the end of the 1800s, good beer was well established by Midwest families whose names in the industry are yet popular today. Several built their summer homes on Wisconsin’s Oconomowoc Lake near Milwaukee including the Millers, the Schlitz family and the Pabsts where they entertained and enjoyed cool breezes off the water. Brewer George Bullen of the City of Chicago Brewing and Malting Company also chose Oconomowoc Lake to build his summer mansion. Fancying himself a distant relative of British Queen Anne Boleyn, in 1892 he built a replica of Boleyn’s Hever Castle in England.
The 16,000-square-foot mansion sits on more than seven acres with 800 feet of land on the water including its own private island. There are six bedrooms, 10 baths, a dramatic foyer, formal rooms, updated kitchen, glamorous master baths, hardwood floors and fireplaces throughout. Views over the lake are stunning on all levels. Spacious for entertaining both inside and out, the mansion’s fine craftsmanship details have been carefully preserved. Jon Spheeris of Coldwell Banker Global in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin is the listing agent.
Live like a queen in this luxurious lakefront replica of Anne Boleyn’s Hever Castle in England, priced at $10.5 million.
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