Online House Hunter: King of the Castle
WE all dream at one time or another of living in a castle or stately home, complete with a drawbridge and moat. But it needn’t be a pipe-dream – such a home could be cheaper than you think.
Many of Britain’s historic houses have been converted into apartments making the ability to live in one wing or floor of the castle more accessible than you might think. Indeed, a two-bedroom apartment for sale in a castle could be cheaper than a two-bedroom home in the same town.
As with any apartment you need to do your homework: what rules and regulations come with living in the block, who pays for the maintenance, how noisy is it living in a stately home with wooden floorboards and thin walls, how much privacy is there in the ‘communal’ garden etc etc. But you could find plenty of advantages including a greater social life with fellow apartment holders.
Wales is surely the Castle Capital of Britain, closely followed by Scotland but there are also a number of conversions in England, along with many stately homes that have turned to private flats for continued existence in the modern age rather than hotels or holiday lets. Clyne Castle, Swansea, may not have a moat any more but it has secure gates and a two-bedroom flat is currently on the market for £289,000.
Over the border in Wiltshire, England, is Wardour Castle, and in the grounds you’ll find Wardour Court, a four-bedroom house for sale for £679,000. A grand archway acts as the entrance to the property which is laid out over three floors.
Scotland knows how to make castles and there are plenty to choose from including this two-bedroom apartment for sale for offers over £4750,000 in the imposing Dollarbeg Castle, at Dollar, Clackmannanshire. You can share in the five acres of communal gardens of this 19th century baronial castle and the former Great Hall makes up an open plan area in the apartment.
And not quite a castle, but certainly an impressive home to impress visitors is Eshton Hall, near Skipton, Yorkshire. If the outside of the building doesn’t knock them dead then the entrance and staircase certainly will. There’s a guide price of £525,000 on a two-bedroom flat at the Hall, occupying the former library. You may want to spend your time enjoying the Yorkshire Dales – but I think I’d just spend my time wandering up and down that staircase!
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