Want a home with a difference? We’ve got 13 very grand homes – in fact, castles – that are literally fit for a King, Queen or anyone with a cool £2.4million or more to invest.
From medieval ruins to royal palaces to historic homes in the UK and beyond, we got a feast of castles for you to enjoy.
Why buy a castle?
- A business opportunity: buy a run-down castle as an investment, you can restore it and rent it out or turn it into a hotel, health spa or more
- A restoration project: a project of the heart where you lovingly restore it to its historic best
- Dare to be different: own the most unique home – castles are generally a one-off
- Happy ever after: you’ll get to live your dream life – be King or Queen of your own castle
It might sound like an impossible dream or a fairy tale but finding a magnificent castle to live in really is possible – and they are quite easy to locate. In fact, the first few properties in our exclusive collection are listed on Castleist – a website that lists castles for sale from around the world.
Ready to live the lockdown dream? Let’s take a look at some glorious castle homes…
UK and Ireland
Glenborrodale Castle, Scotland: £3.75m
Our first castle abode is five-storey Scottish Baronial mansion Glenborrodale Castle in Acharacle, Ardnamurchan in the Scottish Highlands. The impressive building made from red Dumfriesshire sandstone overlooks the stunning Loch Sunart. Dating back well over 100 years, this stunning castle offers panoramic views over the loch and the islands beyond and includes a gate lodge, an additional detached Coach House, its own gym a boathouse and a jetty.
The grounds extend to around 133 acres and include the Isle of Risga and Eilean an Feidh.
Glenborrodale Castle is currently on the market for a cool £3.75m
Devizes Castle, Wiltshire: £3.25m
Next up, is magnificent Grade I listed home Devizes Castle, which is located close to the picturesque, historic market town of Devizes in Wiltshire. On first appearance, the estate may look like an English Heritage or National Trust property, but it is, in fact, a private residence that is up for sale for £3.25million.
The castle is steeped in history having its origins as an 11th-century Norman motte and bailey castle that played a significant role in the Norman conquest. The original wood castle burned down in 1113 and was rebuilt in stone. Devizes has also had a number of notable royal guests including King John, Henry III and Edward I.
Although the castle is packed with the obligatory castle features like castellations and turrets, Davizes also offers the perfect balance of luxury and modern comfort. For example, take a look at the stunning interior to see how homely this enormous castle looks and feels. The location is perfect for families too, with popular local schools on its doorstep. We’d imagine every child’s dream would be to grow up in a castle like Devizes…
Glandyfi Castle, Powys Wales £2.85m
If you would rather buy in Wales, Glandyfi Castle in Powys is on the market for just £2.85m. Glandyfi was built in a Regency gothic style in the early 19th century from local stone and boasts highly desirable features, such as a castellated roofline, towers and turrets.
The 10-bedroom, ten-bathroom home, which has been refurbished to offer comfortable, modern living accommodation, is a popular wedding venue and sits on a c. 31-acre plot with stunning views of the river and surrounding mountains.
The castle’s most notable owner was Sir Bernard Docker, managing director of the Birmingham Small Arms Company (BSA) group of companies that made the Daimler car. Docker bought the property for £12,500 in the 1950s.
Glengarriff Castle, West Cork, Republic of Ireland: £2.492m
Just a four-minute drive from Glengarriff village and only an hour from Cork airport, you can secure a piece of Irish history along with 87 acres of outstanding grounds including a private section of shoreline. Glengarriff Castle has been partially renovated with one fully roofed and windowed wing and planning permission has been granted for a full renovation to include six bedrooms and a staff wing. The is also lapsed planning permission for a 94-bedroom hotel.
Built in the 1790s by Colonel Simon White, brother of the first Earl of Bantry, whose family still live in nearby Bantry House, the gothic-style castle boasts one square, castellated tower on one side and a round tower on the other side of the main building.
If you are after a renovation project, Glengarriff Castle is the perfect property for you.
If you’d prefer to own a castle in a warmer climate, both this castle in Marratxí near Palma Mallorca and Avila Castle in Central Spain are on the market in Spanish territories for £4.88m and £3.171m respectively.
The huge, unnamed castle near Palma is located on the island of Mallorca, just 8 kilometres from central Palma and is set across nearly 356 acres of landscaped gardens. It also includes a swimming pool and the potential for an equestrian facility or private vineyard.
The structural sound building already has plans drawn up for a 14-bedroom property, with a banquet-style dining room with baronial fireplaces, a wine cellar, a chapel, gymnasium and more. The redevelopment project is ideal for someone who has passion, vision and money, of course.
Looking right out of the scene of a fairy tale, Avila Castle is sited on its own private island located just one mile from Madrid and comes complete with its own heliport and jetty.
The energy self-sufficient modern-day castle has 7 bedrooms, a party pavilion and large outdoor terraces with 360-degree views.
Taking a look at the castles Germany has to offer, you won’t be disappointed by Sauerburg Castle, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Upper Middle Rhine Valley” and can be purchased for a little under £2.628m.
The newly renovated castle (which was originally built around 1355) is already operating as a modern hotel and business centre complete with a small conference centre and seminar rooms. The venue is also used for wedding and has its own chapel and registry office.
Heading over to France, which has an abundance of castles on the market, we find Pertuis Castle in Luberon for sale for £3.534m. The stunning mansion boasts 16 bedrooms, a swimming pool, garages, a tennis court, additional outbuildings and more, all spread over 10.38 acres.
Carcassonne Castle is another French castle that is on the market for £2.628m; the stunning mansion boasts a full renovation including eight large bedrooms, four bathrooms and an independent one-bedroom apartment, as well as a number of reception rooms.
Finally, if you want something more with a more affordable price tag then this stunning thirteenth-century chateau, enclosing a 17th-century manor house is located in a residential hamlet in Poitiers, Vienne, Poitou Charentes and can be snapped up for a mere £488,000.
The property is entirely closed with high rampart walls and 8019sqm of land and is said to have the potential for conversions into a Gîte complex or holiday centre.
Hugh Wade-Jones, Managing Director of Enness Global Mortgages that compiled many of the castles above, commented: “A three-million-pound price tag won’t secure you a huge deal in the global high-end market. However, you could secure a whole castle for a similar price tag and you will get a lot more space for your money. As well as some additional fortification.”
Does buying a castle appeal to you?