Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A Castle for a King.

Who never dreamed of owning a castle? I most certainly do, although it is not for every wallet, and us common man can do no more than dream about it, at least until we win the lottery and receive that millionaire prize.
So until that happens, I present you with 12 really good looking Castles that are for sale. My personal favorite is Dark Island, Alexandria in New York and Western Cus in France.
Which ones are your favorites?

Capri, Italy
$38 million
The panoramic view of the Faraglioni di Capri is the real selling point for the 10,000-plus square foot Villa Castiglione. Resting on some 300,000 square feet of Italian soil, the seven-bedroom, five-bathroom villa houses two kitchens, a sizable gallery and a swimming pool. The Capri getaway is accessible for jet-setting types, thanks to its helicopter access.
Listed with Raphael T. Harris Jr. at World Real Estate.

Dark Island, Alexandria, New York
$22 million
Secret passageways abound in this early 20th century castle near the Canadian border. It was originally built for the president of the Singer Sewing Machine Co., Frederick G. Bourne, by renowned architect Ernest Flagg. The five-story, 28-room castle, aptly named Singer Castle, has stone spiral staircases, copper gutters and a castle dungeon. Uniquely situated on one of the St. Lawrence Seaway's Thousand Islands, the property offers two boathouses, a beach and a sizable squash court.
Listed with Rene Palsenbarg at Sotheby's International Realty Canada.

Salsomaggiore Terme, Italy
$12.7 million
Despite a massive restoration, Italy's Castello Scotti maintains its original 12th century splendor. In addition to the castle's courtyard and outer façade, the inner rooms offer frescoes, paneled ceilings and hand-made terracotta and wooden floors. The 30-room castle totals more than 23,000 square feet; the property also includes two minor round towers, which house apartments, a swimming pool and manicured garden.
Listed with Casaitalia International - Luxury Italian Properties.

Loire Valley, France
$11.6 million
Originally built some 500 years ago, the majestic castle was once home to the French royal family. Towers and turrets were added when the property was rebuilt in the early 19th century. Today, the fully furnished castle offers 17,000 square feet of living space, complete with a gothic chapel, grand reception hall and hallway of stained glass. The 100-plus acres of grounds includes several outbuildings, a 22-acre lake and an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi.
Listed with Thierry Journiac of Terracognita Estate Solutions.

Longniddry, Scotland
$9.4 million
In the late 18th Century, an Edinburgh writer by the name of William Mackenzie acquired the Longniddry property, once home to the Earls of Winton, and commissioned distinguished architect Robert Adam to demolish what remained. In its place, Adam built a stone castle. Several centuries later, the castle, called Seton Castle, retains the period detail, with astragal windows, ceiling plasterwork and unique chimneypieces. The four-story principal house and the combined east and west wings total 9,000 square feet. The 14 acres of grounds includes wide lawns, stables and a helicopter pad.
Listed with Savills Edinburgh.

Montclair, N.J.
$8.2 million
Hardly your typical New Jersey home--or a classic location for a castle--this 9,100-square-foot Medieval-style estate was originally built in 1902. More than a century later, the 30-room castle maintains many of its original architectural details, including stained glass panels and windows. Resting on close to 11 acres atop a ridge of the Watchung Mountains, the property offers unobstructed views of the New York City skyline. Having served as professional office space since the mid-1980s, the castle--along with its 6,100-square-foot carriage house--is seeking a new owner.
Listed with Sharon Wanat at Schweppe Burgdorff ERA.

Western Cus, France
$7.4 million
Restored in the purest architectural tradition, the 18-bedroom castle, dubbed Castle Tarn-et-Garonne, is fit for a king. The property, which features terraces, balconies and an old water tower, includes a four-room caretaker house and a three-room guest house. What's more, the grounds also host former stables, farm buildings and a vast reception room prime for a wedding.
Listed with Immovite.

Reith im Alpbachtal, Austria
$3.8 million
Flanked by Austria's Tyrolean Alps, this medieval country castle, Castle Matzen, dates back to the mid-13th century. Resting on a large rock formation, the 20,000-square-foot building includes a six-story tower and some 60 rooms. Similarly impressive is the list of prior owners and visitors, including former U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt, who visited at the turn of the last century as a hunting companion to the then-owner.
Listed with RE/MAX Immobilien Holzkirchen.

Béziers, France
$2.9 million
Somewhere between the vineyards of the Languedoc and the Mediterranean coast lies a Renaissance-inspired French chateau. Built in the late 19th century, the four-story castle maintains its old world charm with French ceilings, vast fireplaces and an impressive stone staircase. Situated on seven-plus acres of enclosed parkland, the property offers a swimming pool, green house, stables and a host of outbuildings.
Listed with Anciennes Demeures--Sotheby's International Realty.

Sandpoint, Idaho
$2.25 million
It may be new, but it was built to last. Nestled in the mountains of Northern Idaho is a three-bedroom, four-bathroom castle, complete with the towers, turrets and drawbridge. The structure, which was built in 1999, is named Kataryna, after the owner's daughter, who was born there in early 2000. The castle is constructed of more than 40,000 stones and has double walls of split rock and concrete. The fairytale abode, which occupies a half acre, also offers panoramic views of Lake Pend Oreille and the ski slopes of Schweitzer Mountain from its mountaintop location.
Listed with CastleMagic.

Durban, South Africa
About $1.3 million
Among roaming impala and guinea fowl sits Stratford Castle. Step inside to enjoy the stained glass, velvet curtains and exposed stone walls. In addition to its historic elegance, the grounds offer a pool, sauna, gardens and vast rooftop entertaining space. And lest that weren't enough to keep one entertained, the magical home also overlooks a lake and golf course.
Listed with Castles-for-sale.com.

Isle of Harris, Scotland
Offers over $1.1 million
Scotland's Ardvourlie Castle rests on the shores of Loch Seaforth. Since it was built in 1862, Ardvourlie Castle has served many purposes and many owners, including a former Earl of Dunmore and aeroplane maker Thomas Sopwith. Today, the 13-acre property has an eight-bedroom, five-bathroom home, magnificent gardens and a host of breathtaking views.
Listed with Savills Edinburgh.

Information credited to: Forbes.com


theoneblogger said...

dude these would be sick to own

Tobias Emanuel said...

i just like the first and second one

QUELQUAR said...

Second one was my favorite. I would love to live on an island.

amBored said...

beautiful places nice share ! +followed

Justin testing said...

I don't necessarily want a castle as much as I want my own cave sculted like a dwarven castle underground. That would be awesome.

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Mike Yang said...

Call me when this one's available:


Wink said...

The fifth castle is absolutely amazing. Also, I've seen the one in Capri, very awesome too!

-M said...

I would take the Montclair one since its closest to NY.

S.S. said...

Fucking gorgeous!

Adam Weishaupt said...

5th one looks great! can't afford though, lol!

G&T said...

Villa Castiglione, one day you'll be mine!!

joshg27 said...

I like the Dark Island Castle. it would be awesome to have my own island too

UncommissionedArt said...

My friend was telling me about this blog, glad I was able to find it. God damn, i want a castle so bad...

TheSnoMan said...

excellent story, but i gotta say you missed Casa L'ohma in toronto, and the dark island castle is on canada's side o the riva
but yea cool story bro

clique said...

I will definitely own all those castles.

Useful Randomness said...

so if i ever wanna get a castle i need a cool million at least.

Diorf said...

Really great looking places!

Grey said...

Check out my blog for more info the the second castle!

ff Cloud said...

I would love to live in a house like that

Savage Nugget said...

Durban, South Africa would be perfect for this guy! :D

HujoThug8825 said...

#2 please

TheGuy said...

the island one definately is the best

Jacob said...

yup, id take the island one to. Instant protection against zombies^^

Vexu said...

wow, this is just AWESOME!

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