10 of the Best Castles on the Market Right Now
Your chance to live like royalty...
From spectacular chateaus to stately Scottish strongholds, these magnificent castle properties are the stuff of fairytales.
1. Savoie, France
Escape to the chateau in this luxury alpine castle. A reworked 17th century manor, the property now features a private heliport, stylish restaurant, banqueting hall, swimming pool and full wellness suite. Located a mere 13 minutes from Courchevel and 1 hour from Monaco, this is the ultimate base for skiers to explore the Alps during winter. Meanwhile, the 6-hectare private park complete with stables and paddocks makes a gorgeous summer retreat. Available through Hamptons International for £4,016,000
2. Horsmonden, Tonbridge
Nestled in the Kentish countryside sits this red-brick turreted house. This is a seriously cool property with a unique exterior and a stunning refurbishment inside. There’s cathedral-like vaulted ceilings, honey coloured oak beams, glazed balustrading galleries, roundel rooms and glass floors. Outside, green gardens span the property and there’s a terraced seating area. Available through Hamptons for £2,500,000
3. Piedmont, Italy
Live like a Medieval King in this 14th Century Italian castle complete with towers, a terraced garden and medieval walls. Designed by Alfredo de Andrade, this five bedroom property is surrounded by 12,000 square metres of land and would also be ideal as an event location for weddings or work conventions. Available through Christie’s Real Estate for $2,898,551
4. Brittany, France
This 15th century chateau sits amongst 98 acres of woodland, while the property boasts an impressive 11,302 feet inside. It has been lovingly restored and renovated to bring it to the 21st century, while retaining many of its period features; this property is a perfect blend of old and new. Inside there’s a solid stone spiral staircase, limestone fireplaces and beamed ceilings while each of the eight bedrooms is a suite, and smart-home technology and geothermal subfloor heating are fitted throughout. Outside, there’s a natural granite swimming pool, and several outbuildings including a chapel, monk’s tower and a large detached guest house. Available through Christie’s Real Estate for €31.500.000
5. Earlshall Castle, St Andrews, Fife
Beautifully restored by Scottish architect Sir Robert Lorimer, this 16th century castle houses a world-famous walled garden and numerous spectacular reception rooms, all of them with unique and storied period features. Chief among them is the magnificent, 50ft painted ceiling in the Long Gallery, depicting coats of arms of European and Scottish noblity. Originally built by Sir William Bruce, the first Baronet of Kinross, Earlshall has hosted royal figures from Mary, Queen of Scots to King James I. Available through Savills, POA
6. Charente, France
This dreamy 19th century chateau sits amidst stunning French countryside, while the property boasts an impressive 11,086 square feet inside. It has been lovingly restored and renovated to bring it to the 21st century, while retaining many of its period features; this property is a perfect blend of old and new. Think exposed wooden beams, exposed brick walls, original fireplaces, polished floors and a smart kitchen fit with an island. Outside, there’s several self-maintained cottages, summer dining room, studio and heated swimming pool. Available through Christie’s Real Estate for €2,332,000
7. Oxney, Dover
Tucked away at the end of a long private drive, this Grade II Listed Property is positioned on the Kent coast. The building dates back to the late 17th century, but its interior has been reconstructed to ensure comfortable modern living, while maintaining its gothic style. Outside, beautiful gardens span the property, while three self-contained cottages sit within the grounds, and there’s also an outdoor dining room and entertaining space perfect for dinner parties. Available through Sotheby’s International Realty for £6,500,000
8. Fa’side Castle, East Lothian, Scotland
Looking out over Firth of Forth, this 14th century property boasts a rich history and has been home to a plethora of notable Scottish personages. This Category B listed residence has flagstone floors, beamed ceilings, solid cast stone stairwell and a 14th century old tower. In the surrounding 2.35 acres of land there’s a courtyard, woodland and two cottages – and with Edinburgh within an easy reach, it’s the perfect escape from city life. Available through Savills for £1,700,000
9. Pitsford, Northamptonshire
This Grade II listed 18th century crenelated property is located in the heart of Northamptonshire. Inside, the property is perfect blend of traditional features and modern living. There’s original flagstone floors, galleried landing, a feature stone open fireplace, wine cellar and a bespoke Harvey Jones kitchen. This unique property would make the perfect family home. Available through Michael Graham for offers over £2,000,000
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