Be King of an Actual Castle

  • Castle Cravings

    If you consider your home your castle, why not try to buy the real thing? Castles come in all shapes, sizes, styles, conditions, locations and price points so no matter the budget or geographic locale there is likely to be a castle somewhere in the world to satisfy the real estate desires of just about every castle craver. Photo Credit: Getty Images
    A Compound or Corporate Retreat
  • A Compound or Corporate Retreat

    Directly north of Rome lies the historic city of Perugia, once famous for being a center of Italian arts culture and now more famous for the high-grade chocolate produced there. On the outskirts of town, nestled into and surrounded by the rolling and rustic hills of Umbria, is the Castello di Guardia, a 17-acre castle property dating back to the 15th century. Photo Credit: Romolini Immobiliare / Christies Great Estates
    Castello di Guardia (cont.)
  • Castello di Guardia (cont.)

    Currently on the market with an asking price of €5.15 million (approx. $6.9 million), the stone Castello di Guardia was originally utilized as a church, later a hunting retreat for Italian nobility and has been owned by a number of notable Italian families with deep ties to the Umbrian region. Photo Credit: Romolini Immobiliare / Christies Great Estates
    Castello di Guardia (cont.)
  • Castello di Guardia (cont.)

    The castle, which retains much of its original architectural details, has been divided into 10 separate units, eight in the main structure and two in separate buildings. Each of the units has its own living room, bedroom(s), kitchen and bathroom facilities. Photo Credit: Romolini Immobiliare / Christies Great Estates
    Castello di Guardia (cont.)
  • Castello di Guardia (cont.)

    Many of the rooms feature solid, stacked stone and brick walls, ancient terra-cotta tile floors, brick fireplaces and barrel-vaulted stone ceilings and restored wood-beam ceilings. Photo Credit: Romolini Immobiliare / Christies Great Estates
    Castello di Guardia (cont.)
  • Castello di Guardia (cont.)

    Each of the apartments, have one or two bedrooms and there are 12 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms total in the nearly 11,000 square feet of interior space. The current configuration makes the Castello di Guardia perfect for a fabulous family compound or the spot for a charming corporate retreat. Photo Credit: Romolini Immobiliare / Christies Great Estates
    Castello di Guardia (cont.)
  • Castello di Guardia (cont.)

    The medieval castle has been meticulously and completely restored and updated in a manner that oozes with history and yet encompasses all the luxuries and conveniences one might expect in a multi-million dollar castle compound, including deluxe bathrooms, some with huge jetted bathtubs. For more information contact Romolini Immobiliare (+39 339 3384897) in Anghiari, Italy. Photo Credit: Romolini Immobiliare / Christies Great Estates
    A Less Costly Castle in Calabria
  • A Less Costly Castle in Calabria

    Not all castle cravers can afford to satisfy their dreams of living like landed gentry. One moderately priced option is Zoccalia Castle in Italy’s Calabria region. The castle, which is in need of some renovations, is divided into three apartments and contains additional rooms such as a ballroom and a glass-enclosed back porch. The castle is located just 45 minutes from some of southern Italy’s nicest beaches and has a negotiable asking price between €350,000 to €1 million (approx. $470,000 to $1.34 million). For more information contact the owner through Viviun International Property Listings. Photo Credit: Viviun
    Medieval Madness
  • Medieval Madness

    Listed at €700,000 (approx. $940,000) is a virtually untouched medieval castle near Aquitaine in the Bordeaux region of France. The castle, in good condition and currently used as a private residence, dates all the way back to the 7th century. While equipped with modern amenities such as bathrooms and a kitchen, the castle retains much of its original details from the Middle Ages. For more information contact private consultant Carlos Morante García at +34 67 88 36 105. Photo Credit: Viviun
    A Quasi-Castle in America
  • A Quasi-Castle in America

    Americans who covet a castle but prefer to stay stateside might head to the heartland in Medina, Ohio, where a 3,700 square-foot castle-like residence is currently on the market for $850,000. The contemporary quasi-castle was built in 1948 and includes three to four bedrooms, one bathroom and two 8’ x 9’ turrets. There is also a living room with a vaulted cedar ceiling and a monolithic stone fireplace reminiscent of a real castle. Additional outbuildings on the property include a 600 square-foot cabin, three barns, four sheds and a stocked 2-acre lake with a boathouse and outdoor fireplace. For more information contact Elaine Kress (330)725-4127 at Howard Hanna Real Estate Services in Medina, Ohio. Photo Credit: Howard Hanna Real Estate Services
    Condo in a Castle
  • Condo in a Castle

    Situated on the rugged coastline of super swanky Newport, R.I, is a 2,000 square-foot, three-bedroom and two-bathroom condominium located in a waterside castle. The condo, currently listed at $1.195 million, includes an eat-in kitchen and a 30-foot long living room with an original Delft tile fireplace surround and scenic views of the Narragansett Bay. Photo Credit: Peter Hassell for Lila Delman Real Estate
    Condo in a Castle (cont.)
  • Condo in a Castle (cont.)

    The condo complex, called Beechbound, was built in 1895 by the prestigious Peabody and Stearns architectural firm and encompasses 3.7 waterfront acres, designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, that include a boathouse and a deep water dock. For more information contact Kimberly Doherty (401)862-3956 at Lila Delman Real Estate in Newport, R.I. Photo Credit: Peter Hassell for Lila Delman Real Estate
    Modern Meets Medieval
  • Modern Meets Medieval

    In the heart of the French Alps, in itty bitty Allevard le Bains, a completely modernized medieval tower dating to 1135 is currently on the market with an asking price of €2.2 million (approx. $3 million). Every conceivable comfort, convenience and luxury was added to the 8,000 square-foot tower when it was completely overhauled with a contemporary aspect in 2005. Photo Credit: Sotheby’s International Realty
    Modern Meets Medieval (cont.)
  • Modern Meets Medieval (cont.)

    The castle contains a total of eight bedrooms — including a sprawling 1,200 square-foot master bedroom — 10 bathrooms, three fireplaces, six-foot thick walls, a four-car garage, two terraces totaling 4,000 square feet, a wine cellar, heated floors, an uber-modern glass elevator carriage and bucolic views of the surrounding mountains. Photo Credit: Sotheby’s International Realty
    Modern Meets Medieval (cont.)
  • Modern Meets Medieval (cont.)

    The completely contemporary 1,200 square-foot kitchen area has a heavy wood-beamed ceiling, arched French doors that open to views of the surrounding mountains, and every high-end appliance an amateur gourmet chef could ever desire including a $100,000 La Cornue stove. For more information contact Pascal Chevaux (+33 04 50 66 92 40) at Perle du Lac Sotheby’s International Realty in Veyrier, Du Lac, France. Photo Credit: Sotheby’s International Realty
    Kip's Castle
  • Kip's Castle

    Priced for multi-millionaires only is Kip’s Castle near Montclair, N.J. The medieval-style mansion was built in 1902 and sits on 10.5 wooded acres overlooking the dramatic New York City skyline. The main building, currently used as eccentric office space for a law firm, measures more than 14,000 square feet of interior space with modern amenities such as central heat and air. A carriage house offers another 5,000 square feet of space for a guesthouse or home office. For more information contact representative through Viviun International Property Listings. Photo Credit: Viviun
    A Castle Compound in Cortona
  • A Castle Compound in Cortona

    Coming in at a whopping €10 million (approx. $13.4 million), is a classically-shaped circular castle compound dating back to 217 AD near Cortona in the Umbria region of Italy. The castle, with its towering ramparts and 360-degree views, drips with history. The property was granted by Pope Gregorio IX to the Montemelino family who owned the property until the late 1600s. In the mid-1600s, the Cortona Castle was occupied — but not owned — by Ferdinando II de’Medici, otherwise known as the Grand Duke of Tuscany. Photo Credit: Romolini Immobiliare / Christies Great Estates
    A Castle Compound in Cortona (cont.)
  • A Castle Compound in Cortona (cont.)

    The castle compound comprises five buildings that total a hotel-sized 19,000 square feet. In addition to the five-floor main house there is also a guesthouse, a stable converted to a six-car garage, a private and still consecrated church — the Church of Saint Nicholas — that dates to 1230, and a prison where the new owner can punish naughty guests. Photo Credit: Romolini Immobiliare / Christies Great Estates
    A Castle Compound in Cortona (cont.)
  • A Castle Compound in Cortona (cont.)

    Many of the original details are intact including wood-beamed ceilings, terra cotta tile floors, brick-built vaults, stone window and door surrounds and multiple stone fireplaces. Photo Credit: Romolini Immobiliare / Christies Great Estates
    A Castle Compound in Cortona (cont.)
  • A Castle Compound in Cortona (cont.)

    Altogether there are 28 rooms including 19 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms in the castle compound. The sensitive restoration and renovation included adding modern earthquake retrofitting. The 32-acre estate is surrounded by olive groves and there is plenty of room to add a pool and a heliport plus two additional buildings. For more information contact Riccardo Romolini (+39 0575 788948) at Romolini Immobilliare. Photo Credit: Romolini Immobiliare / Christies Great Estates
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