British farmer hides mock castle from authorities

Apparently to avoid building inspections and zoning laws, Robert Fidler, a farmer in Surrey, England, built and lived in a complete mock-Tudor house and concealed the structure behind hay bales.

The Banstead Borough Council wants the building destroyed since it is in a restricted area, but Fidler contends that no objections have been made in the required four years, so the castle should stay.

"When the inspectors went there, all they saw was hay bales and hay bales on agricultural land are not that unusual," a spokeswoman for the planning commission said. "I think the neighbours thought there might be something going on but it is difficult to tell, isn't it?"