Fall in love at Le Château de l’Amour, where the new owner is filling the interior with wonderful details. Scroll down to tour the rooms, each thoughtfully decorated, furnished and personally photographed by Jackie, who has graciously agreed to share this online tour with us.

Our tour begins on the Ground Floor, with the Wine Cellar, Kitchen, Servants' Hall and closets. Then, step up to the first floor, with its formal Dining Room, Grand Salon and Petite Salon, all surrounding the Main Entrance Hall. The second floor includes the Music Room and Library, with hundreds of handmade books, plus the Gentleman's Bedroom and Bathroom, completing a handsome two-room suite. The Lady's Suite is planned for the other side of the second floor, but first a Game Room launches the decorating process on the third floor above, where the children's bedrooms will be located.

Jackie included many new items from various sources, including the Kensington Dolls House Fair. Additional photos will be added as the rooms are completed. From cellar to double attic, this enormous structure has over thirty rooms on six levels. With hidden doors and secret staircases, Le Château de l'Amour is filled with surprises at every turn.

Le Château de l’Amour is one of the largest, tallest and heaviest structures in Mark Turpin's portfolio. The château was handmade from birch plywood, solid pine and poplar, basswood, balsa, illustration board, acrylic windows, and numerous colors of paint. The interior was designed with convertible spaces that can be configured to accommodate from six to ten bedrooms in combination with five to seven bathrooms. Each suite of rooms has adjustable walls for flexible room sizing. Additional decorating options include ground floor arches and columns, and numerous staircases.

The château was hand-painted and includes handmade windows, doors and staircases. The decorative front columns were a gift from a miniature collector to the artist. The exterior faux stonework finish is comprised of ten colors, giving it many variations in its appearance under different lighting conditions as shown below. Thousands of hand-cut tiles cover the rooftops and elongated pepper-pot roofs on the two towers. Forty-nine handmade windows bring light to the interior, which includes over 5,000 square inches of living space.


Dimensions: 44" wide, 28" deep, 67" high; 1:12 scale. Sold.


Read more about the collector's interior decorating process in the summer 2002 issue, DHM 88, of External link opens in new tab or windowDollhouse Miniatures Magazine. Learn about the making of Le Château de l’Amour in the January 2022 issue of External link opens in new tab or windowDolls House World Magazine, DHW 347. The château was featured in External link opens in new tab or windowDollhouse Miniatures Magazine, DHM 80.