With the glamour of Bridgerton gracing our screens and a new Cinderella incarnation hitting the cinemas this summer, plenty of enticing images of ourselves roaming around our very own castles will surely be flickering through our minds. Though the thought of living in a castle may seem like something only reserved for a fairy tale, what if this dream could come true for you? Among the most incredible properties out there for sale right now, there are in fact a selection of impressive castles to choose from.
We take a look at three of the most enticing castles that could just be yours, for the right price, of course.
Castle Eden, County Durham
Marketed by Nest Seekers International, the £3million Castle Eden is an 11-bedroom, 18th century Georgian wonder.
The grade II listed property sits in the northern countryside and boasts 14 acres of landscaped and matured grounds surrounded by the Castle Eden Nature Reserve and with a golf course on the doorstep. Before you step inside the Palladian style property you will spot features including the Victorian streetlamps lighting up the grand driveway and the wrap-around courtyard featuring a full-length orangery with bar area, setting the scene for the level of grandeur to be expected within.
Elegant fireplaces, natural stone flooring, bespoke, hand-painted bird murals, Georgian sash windows, ceiling roses, original doors, and an exquisite sweeping staircase are just some of the fabulous features inside the home. And a rather unique offering? A dungeon, no less! Accessed via the ground floor, the area is separated by many different rooms that span the whole floor of the castle and wrought iron gates make for desirable addition – perhaps the perfect opportunity to create that wine cellar of dreams?
An impressive entrance hall leads to the dining room, living room, lounge, kitchen, utility and separate WC and it would be difficult not to spot the cupola dome above the stairwell. The first and second floor gallery landing admires the vast amount of space and showcases the pillars which are mirrored on both floors. The 11 bedrooms are spread over two floors, eight of which are double bedrooms, and many of which have an en-suite. This is quite the offering.
Vanbrugh Castle, Greenwich, London
You don’t have to be royalty to reside in a London castle, as this Greenwich apartment proves. Yes, it’s an apartment within a castle, the Grade I listed Vanburgh Castle in fact, but this property boasts an exciting array of features that would have anyone in awe. Priced at £2.75 million and marketed by Nest Seekers International, the property benefits from a roof terrace with enviable views across the capital, four bedrooms, a deluxe kitchen, a living and dining room with solid wood doors and expansive windows.
The spacious master bedroom holds a dressing room and adjacent bathroom, while three other deluxe bedrooms on the second floor provide ample extra space. The plush apartment is also host to a 466sqft self-contained annex with two large rooms and its own kitchen and bathroom, which could be used as a cinema room or a games room. The basement has a utility room and large cellar and the castle itself features square towers with battlements, secret tunnels and the remains of an amphitheatre within 2.5 acres of communal gardens. The jewel in the crown of this home is a private roof terrace which enjoys sweeping views of the Royal Greenwich Observatory as well as the Skyscrapers in Canary Wharf and in the City. The property opens its gates at the edge of Greenwich Park. Residents will benefit from two off-street parking spaces.
Quinta do Relógio, Lisbon, Portugal
Comprising no less than 40 rooms, the eye-catching Quinta do Relógio sits twenty minutes from downtown Lisbon overlooking the River Tagus and the Atlantic Ocean. This Neoclassical palace is on sale for €12,500,000 and comprises the palace, a 65ft high tower with a clock (Quinta do Relógio translates to manor of the clock) gardens, courtyards, terraces overlooking the water, stables, staff accommodation, an independent flat and more. Seven bedrooms and five bathrooms comprise the sleeping quarters within the 17,222 sq ft of covered/constructed areas.
The unique historical property was a residence of His Royal Highness, King Ferdinand II of Portugal and currently belongs to the descendants of his Royal Highness King John the I and Philippa of Lancaster, Queen of Portugal and daughter of John of Gaunt, 2nd Duke of Lancaster, son of Edward III, King of England. Built in 1860 under the direction of architect Cinatti de Siena, Neoclassical features include sumptuous ornamentation and 26ft high ceilings along with mature gardens providing rare species of flora, some of which have been growing for hundreds of years.