Champ d'Or Mansion Open for Public Tours

Public tours of Champ d'Or will benefit a library and community center

By Kevin Cokely
|  Monday, May 3, 2010  |  Updated 3:03 PM CDT
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The Champ d'Or Mansion once offered $75 tours to raise money for a library and community center in Hickory Creek.

Kevin Cokely, NBCDFW.com

The Champ d'Or Mansion once offered $75 tours to raise money for a library and community center in Hickory Creek.

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OK, so maybe you don't have $30 million to spend on a new house. But at least you can see what one looks like.

Champ d'Or Mansion in the small Denton County town of Hickory Creek will be open this weekend for public tours.

The 48,000-square-foot home, which took six years to build, features 57 rooms -- including 17 bathrooms and a two-story woman's closet.

There's an indoor bowling alley, two swimming pools (one in, one out), a steam room, squash court, two elevators and a wine cellar.

And don't forget the tea room modeled after New York's Tavern on the Green or the men's powder room with the fireplace from the movie Titanic.

Champ d'Or means "field of gold" in French and was modeled after a famous French chateau built by the finance minister under Louis XIV.

The builder, Shirley Goldfield and her husband, Alan, lived in the home for several years before moving to something a little smaller. Now the mansion is for sale, and the current asking price is $30 million.

But you can see it for just $75. The mansion will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. Ticket proceeds will benefit the Hickory Creek Community Center/Library project.

The mansion sits on 140 acres at 1851 Turbeville Road in Hickory Creek.

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