10 of the Best Castles on the Market Right Now
From spectacular chateaus to stately Scottish strongholds, these magnificent castle properties are the stuff of fairytales.
1. The Gart, Callander, Perthshire
From outside, this 1835 castle has turrets, towers and tree lined lawns – everything you’d expect from an ancestral home. But step inside and things only get more theatrical. Pop art wallpaper, neon light fittings, dining chairs upholstered with movie posters and a solid black fireplace fit for a Bond villain. Current owner Stuart McAlpine Miller (a contemporary artist) and his designer wife Nikki have certainly made their mark on the property. If their taste is to yours, artwork is included in the sale of the house; if it isn’t, this Scottish castle has more than enough potential to make your own. Available through Savills for £2,100,000
2. Montignac, France
Live like a Medieval King in this 12th Century French castle complete with towers, a main courtyard, and historic stone walls. Surrounded by 20 hectares of land including an animal park and a forest, this 33-bedroom fortress is a popular 4 star working hotel/restaurant favoured by visitors to the Perigord Noir. Available through Hamptons International for £4,909,000
3. Impruneta Castle, Florence
Step back in time at this Renaissance palace on the outskirts of Florence. At the start of the 14th century Impruneta’s remote hilltop location made it a key outpost in fighting between the Guelphs and the Ghibellines. Today, that position means sensational views over the Impruneta and Chianti areas. The castle itself is stocked full of medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art, with frescoed archways and terracotta bas-reliefs. There is also a chapel hidden away among cypresses, oaks, and an ancient perimeter wall. Available through Chestertons for €8,000,000
4. Coupland Castle, Northumberland
It doesn’t get much more medieval than Coupland Castle. Looking out over the Northumberland coastline this was the last fortified building to be constructed on the border and has been home to a plethora of Scottish noblemen. The Grade I listed residence has a crenelated tower, spiral staircases, period fireplaces and stone walls over 5-feet thick. In the surrounding 25 acres of land there are formal gardens, woodland, an impressive arboretum and two independent cottages – all you need to feel like William Wallace defending the border. Available through Strutt & Parker for offers in excess of £1,900,000.
5. Farm House, Thiviers, France
For anyone who has ever dreamed of owning their own village, this expansive 70-hectare estate is an opportunity to do just that. Situated in the Perigord Vert and surrounded by a range of pastureland and woodland, the estate features cottages, outbuildings, a 16-bedroom chateau and a stone build manor house. Indoors, there’s historic furniture, shuttered windows, and period wood-panelling: the stuff of cottage-core dreams. Available through Hamptons International for £1,063,000
6. Innisfallen Castle, Sydney
This rare gothic castle on Sydney’s North Shore is a landmark heritage-listed building. Completed in 1904 by distinguished federal politician Henry Willis, the castle stayed in the Willis family until 1988 when it was sold to its current owner – Olympic water polo champion Peter Motgomery. Set in the suburb of Castle Cove (which is named after the property) and surrounded by lush park-like grounds, this lavish sandstone eight-bedroom build boasts spectacular views over the blue waters of Middle Harbour. Inside, a grand entrance, high ornate ceilings and expansive bedrooms complete the feeling of old world luxury. Available through Sydney Sotheby’s International Realty for $33,000,000 AUD
7. Reggello, Florence
Hidden in the heart of the Florentine Hills, this Tuscan villa dates back to 1427 when it was the home of the wealthy Cavalcanti Family. Grand ballrooms, ornate fireplaces and historic furniture filled rooms cover three floors in this 17-bedroom castle. Outside is 22 hectares of elegant Italian gardens by world famous architect Coppedé, a vineyard, tennic courts, and a newly built swimming pool. Just 30 kilometres outside Florence, this is the ultimate escape to the sun. Available through Italy Sotheby’s International Realty for €8,000,000
8. Albertville, 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 £4,020,000
9. Campiglia Marittima, Livorno, Italy
Once home to the Grand Duke of Tuscany Leopoldo II, this hilltop villa enjoys spectacular views of the Mediterranean and the island of Elba through ivy draped arched windows. With original frescos, coffered ceilings a tower and a downstairs library, the castle maintains a 16th century, historic feel. Meanwhile, the surrounding grounds are quintessentially Italian, with traditional terraces, lawns, olive groves and a swimming pool. Available through Italy Sotheby’s International Realty for €5,800,000
10. 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
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