Far from noise and curious eyes, in Akimovka settlement of the Zaporozhye region, there is a cosy and spacious stone castle where happily lives a couple of spouses the Galitskiye.
Local children like to tell that they are not people but Disney characters – Shrek and Fiona.
In fact Anatoly Galitsky had been dreaming to build a fairy tale cafe for children. “I like children and smiles. I wanted to place swings and carousels here, they are still getting dusty at work”.
It took him 10 years to build the castle, though local authorities put many spokes in his wheel… That was a reason why they couldn’t build the cafe and finally built a residential house. Sanitary service didn’t give them a permission.
Anatoly made the project himself. The house area is about 300m2. It has three huge halls, a bedroom and a large kitchen. All the towers but one are fake. The house was built on a junkyard, maybe that is why Health Inspection Services have so many objections. Today here grow flowers and cherry trees. In the yard Anatoly built a bathhouse and a garage.
The Akimov castle is very popular among newlyweds and children. Anatoly does not charge them for photo sessions.
His wife arranges excursions for children and they call her Fiona.
They never regretted they have built this house. Their children and grandchildren like to come here and drink tea in the kitchen of the castle.
Location: Akimovka, Zaporozhye region, Ukraine