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10 of the Best Castles on the Market Right Now

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From spectacular chateaus to stately Scottish strongholds, these magnificent castle properties are the stuff of fairytales.

1. Glenborrodale Castle, Scottish Highlands

Glenborrodale Castle

Benefitting from incredible panoramic views over mountains and the islands of Risga, Carna and Oronsay, this 16-bedroom property boasts stunning original features and beautiful walled gardens, as well as classic castle components like balustrades, turrets and many sweeping staircases. Built of red Dumfriesshire sandstone, the castle also comes with a gate lodge and boathouse with a jetty, from which owners can set sail to the Isle of Risga – the island comes included in the property’s 133 acre lands. Available through Bell Ingram, Perth via OnTheMarket, offers over £3,750,000

2. Earlshall Castle, St Andrews

Earlshall Castle

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

3. Fontainebleau, France

Chateau, Fontainebleau

Light-filled and elegant, this charming château oozes a tasteful, ancien regime decadence. Only 56 miles from Paris, the property sits at the heart of a private estate comprising 700 hectares, with woodland, lakes, and opportunities for hunting deer, wild boar, and pheasant. Dating back to the pre-revolutionary 17th century,  the château has undergone an impeccable restoration: traditional French craftsmanship has preserved the magnificent historical features, while adding luxurious modern facilities. With unobstructed woodland views and encompassing a myriad sporting and leisure amenities (including a swimming pool, wellness centre, tennis and golf), this magical property is a fine chance to own a slice of old-world luxury. Available through Christie’s International Real Estate, POA

4. Glandyfi Castle, Snowdonia

Glandyfi Castle

If its drama you’re after, it doesn’t come much more thrilling than this Regency Gothic-style castle, built from local stone in the early 19th century. Inside, impressive period interiors feature mullioned windows, oak-panelled halls and a swoon-worthy octagonal library in the tower. The castle’s elevated position commands impressive views over the Snowdonia landscape, taking in the mountain range and Dovey Estuary. Available through Strutt & Parker for £2,850,000 

5. King John’s Castle, Gloucestershire

King John's Castle

Bursting with character and of manageable size with five bedrooms and three reception rooms, this historic home also comes with a title for prospective owners – Lord of the Manor of Mythe and Mythe Hook. Believed to date back to Roman times, the property’s first owner is purported to be Queen Matilda, wife of William the Conqueror; it later went on to serve as the hunting lodge of the infamous King John. With touches of the medieval and 16th century features, this lovely home nonetheless has all the comforts required for modern life, and is elevated further by its colourful, sun-trapping gardens. Available through Knight Frank for £865,000 

6. Seton Castle

Seton Castle

If you’ve ever thought of leaving behind city life and absconding to a Scottish castle, this is the perfect place to do it. A restored 18th century fortress – it shares its year of inception with the French Revolution – Seton was the last project designed by the acclaimed architect Robert Adam, with all the turrets, secret staircases and hidden doors you might expect from a building of this calibre. Constructed on the grounds of Mary Queen of Scot’s favourite residence and featuring sumptuous Georgian interiors throughout, Seton Castle would make a dream home for those who like their palatial residences with a generous dose of history. Available through Savills, offers over £8m

7. Chateau de Cottens, Switzerland

Chateau de Cottens

Perched on an elevated positions surrounded by rows and rows of vineyards, this property is a chance to acquire your very own chateau, with splendid views onto Lake Geneva. While enjoying excellent transport links to one of Europe’s biggest financial hubs, the chateau’s situation in an exceedingly private park affords it a sense of serenity and seclusion. The 10-bedroom castle dates back to the 16th century, and those in the know will doubtless appreciate the rare, high-quality fixtures and fittings. Available through Christie’s International Real Estate, POA

8. Laruns, Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Laruns, Pyrenees Atlantiques

Originally built for defence rather than as a private residence, this historic château thus benefits from a strategic elevated position overlooking the beautiful Vallée d’Ossau. The 14th century property has been sympathetically restored to make the most of the space, now offering modern-day comforts without sacrificing any of its period charm, including an impressive – and likely impenetrable – stone façade, original stone steps which have been visibly worn through the centuries and fine carved wooden doors. Sitting on 6.9 acres of land, this unique property has six bedrooms, a large swimming pool and a pool house, all in a tranquil location surrounded by verdant countryside. Available through Savills for €599,000

9. Burgundy, Saone et Loire, France

Burgundy Estate

Set in the heart of the famous wine-making region, near Macon, this 235 hectare estate comprises of the château, golf course and outbuildings, some of which – such as the stunning chapel – are classified as historic monuments. With origins as far back as the 11th century, the château itself represents an opportunity for total restoration, perfect for those seeking a lengthy project and the chance to put their own stamp on a beautiful, historic building. The interiors, well-preserved due to the high quality of the building materials, include a magnificent vaulted gallery, grand dining room and library. As well as the golf course and adjoining clubhouse (with full facilities), the exceedingly private estate includes an elegant swimming pool, and enjoys breathtaking countryside views. Available through Christie’s International Real Estate for €7,420,00

10. Fa’side Castle, East Lothian

Fa’side Castle

Looking out over the Firth of Forth towards Edinburgh, this 14th century castle is an incredible historic property that doubles as an effective family home. Its wonderfully atmospheric period interiors encompass a magnificent Great Hall, housing an original stone fireplace with a log burning stove, a stunning triple-aspect drawing room with a painted ceiling and grand fireplace, numerous fine bedrooms and a cavernous kitchen and dining area with original vaulted ceilings. Available through Savills, offers over £1.7m


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