These castles are not only fit for a king, they have been lived in by some too… From Côte D’Azur to the Czech Republic, these magnificent castle properties are the stuff of fairytales.
1. Ruxley Towers, Ruxley Ridge
Nestled inside the Surrey village of Claygate, this magnificent and distinctive Grade II listed home has been a centrepiece of British history since it was built in the 1800’s. Spanning six floors, the castle features two private terraces at the top of the tower which provide breathtaking panoramic views of the Surrey countryside. Perfect for entertaining, the house has five bedrooms, a fully equipped bar and lift access between each floor. Available through Jackson Stops for £6,500 per month.
2. Ackergill Tower, Wick
Steeped in history and in bedrooms (32 to be exact), this 15th-century tower sits on 30 acres of its own ground and is remote, yet easily accessible. Since being extended and refurbished in the 21st century, the property could now be used as a traditional country house, a hotel business or as a wedding or entertainment venue. Featuring everything from a pub to 6 cottages, a stables, boathouse and Europe’s largest treehouse, the waterside property is perfect for those who like a challenge, and plenty of space… Available through Knight Frank for £3.9m.
3. Netley Castle, Southampton
A truly unique Grade II listed castle is located beside the Southampton water and features breathtaking, uninterrupted views across The New Forest and Southampton docks. With its own private terrace, the enchanting 16th-century castle sits on 3 acres of gardens and has direct access to the beach, as well as use of the medieval Great Hall for private entertaining purposes. An octagonal tower sits within the apartment and comprises a bedroom suite on each level as well as a mezzanine floor at the top, with a beautiful spiral staircase linking the floors together. With three terraces, there’s really no better place to enjoy your morning coffee or evening glass of wine. Available through Fine & Country for £935,000.
4. Castellar Castle, Saluzzo, Italy
Dating back to the 14th-century, this exquisite castle overlooks the village of Castellar and is just a short distance away from Saluzzo. Featuring a spectacular stone staircase leading to its magnificent gallery, the property has different impressive flooring and decorated walls throughout, as well as 8 bedrooms and a private chapel. Perched on roughly 2.5 acres of land, the castle features its own unique swimming pool created from a fountain and offers picturesque views of the Italian countryside. The perfect place to dine alfresco… Available at a guide price of €2.5m through Italy Sotheby’s International Realty.
5. Chateau D’Arricau, Madiran, France
Saved from virtual ruin in the 1970’s, this historic chateau is burrowed within the beautiful countryside of the Madiran winelands. Featuring 10 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and a swimming pool, the property has superb links to D’Artagnan and Wellington. Built using honey-coloured stone, the chateau looks like something from a fairytale as it rises majestically from the flank of a hill. Secondary accommodation comprises of 3 bedrooms meaning guests can come to stay at any time – and it also has a vineyard so you’ll never run out of wine again. Available through Knight Frank for €2.09m.
6. Harold Tower, Douglas
Overlooking Douglas Head Bay, this outstanding gothic design castle takes its place in a commanding position on Douglas Head whilst enjoying privacy, yet being just half a mile from the town centre. Dating back to the 1830’s, the listed building is surrounded by mature walled grounds stretching 3 acres and features 3 bedrooms (with the potential to be 5), as well as a 3 bedroom guest house and a 2 bedroom guest cottage. Featuring everything from a cinema room to a gym, a wine cellar and a sunroom, dinners can be enjoyed alfresco on the secluded terrace which has a swimming pool below the decking and a fitted bar. And for those who love the sea, the striking property has its own walkway down to South Quay. Available through onthemarket.com via Chrystals Estate Agents for £3.95m.
7. Dalmoak Castle, Dumbarton
Dating back to 1866, this Tudor style Gothic mansion is category A listed and was originally built by architect Alexander Watt for John Aiken. With a wealth of original features inside its walls including magnificent Corinthian columns and the largest stained glass windows in a private house in the UK, the Victorian mansion features a whopping 14 bedrooms. Offering everything from a wine cellar to a grand hallway, a study, music room and two tower rooms, the extraordinary property also has a roof terrace on the fourth floor. When can we move in? Available through Savills for offers over £895,000.
8. Grasse, Côte D’Azur
Located in a prime position amongst 1.8 hectares of beautiful private and peaceful parkland, this elegant chateau features both a main house and a caretaker’s house. With dates back to 1792, the property offers classical accommodation spanning four floors, with living spaces flowing onto its glorious terraces where you can enjoy the finest views over the surrounding countryside and the Meditteranean. The grounds comprise of a heated saltwater swimming pool, a pool house, kitchen, tennis court and a magnificent array of Mediterranean and Provencal flora, including fruit, citrus and olive trees. Available through Knight Frank for €9.5m.
9. Historic Chateau in Laruns, Pyrénées Atlantiques
Originally built for defence rather than residence, this historic chateau is located in a strategic position above the Vallée d’Ossau and has recently been restored to offer modern day comforts whilst still retaining its period character. The 14th-century chateau proves its authenticity with its impressive stone façade, original stone steps which have been visibly worn through the centuries and its carved period doors. Sitting on 6.9 acres of land, the impressive yet unique property has six bedrooms, a large swimming pool and a pool house. What more could you need? Available through Savills for €599,000.
10. Baroque Estate in South Bohemia, Czech Republic
Where fairytales do come true, this Baroque estate dates back to 1565 and boasts the most beautifully preserved frescoes and immaculately maintained estate grounds. Located on the banks of the romantic Lužnice River near the charming area of South Bohemia, the chateau is currently used for tours and as a wedding and cultural events destination. Featuring six suites to sleep 18 people and secondary accommodation with 44 beds, the well-maintained estate gardens shouldn’t be missed. With a herb garden, a lake with a dock and several seating areas, this Baroque estate has the potential to become part family home part hotel – it just needs a person who’s willing to do the job. Available through Christies International Real Estate, Price upon request.
11. Wilton Castle, Ross-on-Wye
A rare opportunity has arisen to own and live in a breathtaking 12th-century Norman Castle nearby the idyllic River Wye. Surrounded by a curtain wall and a dry moat, the castle spans 3 floors offering 5 bedrooms, a walk-in pantry, a former chapel area and a bakery. Previously used for civil marriages, the property features great potential to become the perfect family home in Wales. Available through Andrew Grant for £1.45m.