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Castle Grant sold after 2 weeks on market

Castle Grant on the outskirts of Grantown-on-Spey has been sold for over £1.1million after just 2 weeks on the market .
Music industry PR man Jordan Harkins, from Aberdeen, tweeted: “Just found out my auntie bought the castle Craig Whyte was evicted from … might tell her to rent him back a room seeing as he is a legend.”

Kevin Maley, of selling agents Strutt & Parker, said: “This has been a very quick sale for a property of this size.

“But it is a fantastic place in a great setting at a very good price indeed.”

Whyte bought the castle for £720,000 in 2006 with a 110 per cent mortgage but he fell into arrears with the £7000-a-month mortgage payments.

His lender took him to court in Inverness but the day before he was forced to give up the keys, the Record caught Whyte’s dad Tom siphoning oil from the heating system and removing fittings.

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Castle Gogar in Edinburgh for sale

Castle Gogar near Edinburgh is for sale at £2.9 million . The castle has  everything you would expect in a property fit for a king or queen: towers and turrets with arrow slots, a vaulted crypt, an oak panelled dining room and hall, and even spiral staircases.

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The turrets were only added to the 1625 property in the 19th century and have never housed archers. Other more modern additions include a wet room and sauna, a handmade oak kitchen with a built-in American fridge freezer, and outbuildings housing a gym and games room. There are seven bedrooms, but you’ll have to climb all the way up to the third floor to rest your head in the master bedroom. Climb more stairs and you can survey your 3.65 acres from your very own battlements. The price is almost as lofty as the top floor tower room: £2.9m.In today’s market , only a rich Russian or American are likely to be interested. Although Britain is supposed to be coming out of recession , the property market remains flat , even at the top level.

The owners of Castle Gogar may be in for a long wait for a buyer

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Orsini Castle for sale

Europe has been in financial turmoil since 2008 with the UK in a double dip recession . Real estate markets in many of the major countries have recorded huge drops in price. The prices of properties in Ireland plunged vertically, leaving the country chasing the shadows of the levels that were reached during the bubble in the mid-2000s. Castle domains for sale

The plight of Italian properties

Mario Monti, the Prime Minister of Italy, is making efforts to sell state properties quickly as a way to reduce the mounting debt in the country. Historic army barracks, hilltop castles and Venetian palazzos are all fair game and being put up for sale as the nation looks to slash its debt. Many prime properties are available for potential investors to assess, and the government is hoping to pocket a staggering $1.9 billion after selling over 350 more buildings that are expected to be made available in the market from the turn of the year.

The Orsini Castle, a 13th Century former papal dwelling that overlooks the Soriano nel Cimino towards the northern region of Rome is one of the main spots. However, potential investors will have to shell out big bucks, as Milan’s Palazzo Bolis-Gualdo is anticipated to cost a whopping $38 million.

Prices of homes in Greece and Spain fell by around 20 per cent in the last five years. However, other European nations such as Norway, Serbia and Austria have enjoyed rises in real estate prices. Amid the disorder, astute buyers have plenty of investment opportunities as they remain alert about the current economic situation. Investors from all over the world are looking to purchase properties at bargained prices here.

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Italian castle for sale

A 40,000 square foot, 30-bedroom medieval castle in Piemonte, Torino is for sale at £45 million . It is regarded asPiemonte, Torino castle for sale , Italy one of Italy’s most beautiful monuments and it is considered one of the most scenic and extraordinary castles in the world. Its courtyard, with the suggestive Fountain of the Mysteries, is surrounded by impressive, historical walls (built between the 9th and 14th century). It will only set you back 45M Euros (roughly $56 million).


 

 

 
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Thornbury Castle sold for £4 million

In one of the biggest property deals of the year , Thornbury Castle has been sold in a deal worth £30 million .

It was one of seven venues to be purchased by Halcyon Hotels and Resorts with its joint venture partner Patron Capital last week and it is believed the historic landmark alone went for about £4 million.

It was put up for sale seven months ago for £7.5 million when its owners von Essen Hotels went into administration in April, but its asking price had to be reduced to attract buyers.

News that it was to remain a luxury hotel came as a relief in the town after months of uncertainty over the fate of the Tudor castle.

Thornbury Chamber of Commerce vice-chairman Tony Wilcock welcomed the announcement.

He said: “There was a question mark over the future of the castle when von Essen went into administration. We are happy to see that it has found a buyer and that it is going to be kept as a tourist attraction.

“The fact that it will continue as a hotel should be beneficial for the town. It is very popular and it is important that it thrives.”

A Halcyon Hotels and Resorts spokesman said: “The historic castle is expected to be a big hit with the family market and immediate steps will be taken to widen its appeal to children of all ages.”

Thornbury Castle, along with the six other properties, will be under the direction of Nigel Chapman, who heads Halcyon as its chief executive officer.

Mr Chapman said: “I and my colleagues on the management team will set about revitalising these hotels immediately. It’s thrilling to have a genuine castle in our family.”

Jobs could be created as a result of the purchase as Mr Chapman has pledged to recruit staff at most of the locations.

Mayor of Thornbury Gill Brooks said: “That is wonderful news. We were concerned about people losing their jobs at the hotel when the owners went into administration. It would be very good if it brought some jobs to the town.”

One of the town’s most attractive sites, Thornbury Castle was built 500 years ago by the Duke of Buckingham, who was later charged with treason by Henry VIII.

The king and his second wife Anne Boleyn are known to have stayed at the property.

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Pusztaradvány Castle for sale Hungary

Eastern Europe features a large number of  ancient castles which occasionally come on the market. A castle in classicist style, run as a castle hotel of  superior category, is for sale in Pusztaradvány.
The estate is located just 2 hours from Budapest by car and only 30 minutes from Kosice International Airport, also very close to Tokaj Wine Region (UNESCO World Heritage of Hungary). Castle keeps its gate open for those who long for tranquil relaxation, fresh air and undisturbed nature. Since its reconstruction in 2004 the castle summons the atmosphere of the 19th century with its period fixtures, original paintings, Biedermeier furniture and the 100-120 year-old luminaires, which serve as style- and industry-historical curiosities.

The castle of its size is suitable for a person (family) or company, on the other hand after a relatively small investment can be run as a four-star hotel with its well introduced name with bigger capacity (7 new rooms are ready to build up in a short time).

The estate is a very good place for horse-riding centre with its 620 sqm stable or for hunter tourism (there are many hunting grounds near the castle). Built in 1855 features include

Furnished
Appliances
Gym/Spa
Cable TV
Mountain View The Lounge, The Restaurant, The Kitchen, The Biliard-Room And The So Called “turkish Bath” With Its Bubble Spa, Scented Steam Room And Infra Sauna Can Be Found On The Ground-Floor
Seven Apartments / Rooms And The Assembly Hall With The Latest Conference-Equipment Are Located On The First-Floor.
In The Mansard Of The Building Two Further Rooms And Two Suites Can Be Brought On.
119.000M2 Land
Country-House (100 Sqm) Stable (620 Sqm)
Farm Buildings
In The Park Of The Ancient Trees A Pond, A Play-Ground For Children And Also Resting-Places Provide The Visitors With Recreation, Moreover, An Outdoor Pool Heated By Sun-Energy Can Be Found Next To The Castle.

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Von Essen sells 26 properties

An exclusive property portfolio goes on sale this week , featuring a 38-bedroom stately home in prime commuter-belt territory , four country houses in the  Cotswolds, six properties of architectural merit plus a property in the middle of Bath’s Royal Crescent.

The forced sale of the 26 hotels in the von Essen hotels “Private Collection” – as well as Verta, the year-old London heliport hotel, a Napoleonic fortress-island off the coast of Wales and the Château de Bagnols in Beaujolais – will net many millions. No-one will feel sorry for the banks who stand to lose as much as 50 per cent of their original investment.

Dalhousie Castle Hotel and Spa near Edinburgh and Thornbury Castle in Gloucestershire go on sale . Business owner Andrew Davis went on a spending spree to build his hotel group but the businesses started losing money and last year the bank decided to sell the properties to get its money back

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Colliston Castle for sale

Colliston Castle, a 16th century castle in the Angus countryside near Arbroath is for sale. 




It has been used as a private residence since it was built in King Henry VIII’s reign 550 years ago, retains  period features such as a barrel-vaulted ceiling in the hallway, a tower and a priest’s hole. The B-listed attractive four-storey castle is on the market through Strutt & Parker for offers over £650,000. Cardinal David Beaton of Arbroath Abbey granted the estate to John Guthrie and his wife, Isabella Ogilvy, in 1539 and Colliston Castle was then built in 1545. It is thought Isabella may have been Cardinal Beaton’s daughter, the result of his long-term relationship with Marion Ogilvy. A secret passage reportedly runs between the castle and the abbey but it is not clear if it still exists. The current owners have never found it. Colliston was sold to the Gordon family in 1691 and then the Chaplin family in 1721. In 1920, it was sold to Richard (Dicky) Bruce (Major R.F.D. Bruce). On his death, his wife married a local lawyer and the castle was purchased by Captain Alfred Knox who eventually sold it to Robert Alexander Stuart. It remains within the Stuart family to this day. The Z-plan castle, similar in design to Claypotts Castle, Dundee, underwent alterations in the 17th and 18th centuries which saw the removal of the top storey .



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Terpersie Castle for sale

Terpersie Castle dating back to 1561 , is for sale. Miniature Z-plan mansion with all the presumption of a spaniel. Really only one room on each floor in main block and service rooms in generous towers. A Gordon house, proclaimed by G in lowest corbel of stair-tower and boar’s-head top to chamfered opening. Burned 1665/restored; ruinous post-1885. Pleasing, no frills restoration, William Cowie Partnership, for Lachlan Rhodes, 1983-9, and an appropriately warm harl for these latitudes.
The earliest dated example of the Scottish Z-type castle, Terpersie Castle, consists of a main building, 28 feet by 18 feet with a round tower, 17 feet diameter, at diagonally opposite corners. The gun loophole dated ’1561′ has been built into an internal wall at Knockespock House (NJ 544 241: NJ52SW 22.00). The later east wing, shown on MacGibbon and Ross’s (1887-92) plan, has been demolished, and the whole castle has gone to ruin since 1885. The ‘Balbithan Manuscript’, compiled in 1644, states that William Gordon of Terpersie ‘built the house of Terpersie and cast a ditch about it’, but no trace of this moat now exists. The guide price is £560,000 . The estate agents are well-known for selling similar properties

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National Trust for Scotland plans castle restorations

The National Trust for Scotland wants heritage and conservation bodies to join forces to share responsibility for running and promoting historic attractions and help it to “fill the gaps” in its portfolio by rescuing other sites. It has called a major summit for later this month.
A new five-year strategy for the organisation, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, is expected to begin moves to ensure NTS does not “overlap” with the likes of Historic Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and the RSPB.

Although its main focus is on 130 flagship sites, NTS is also responsible for 200,000 acres of countryside, 46 of Scotland’s Munros, seven nature reserves, 248 miles of coastline and 16 remote islands, including Canna and St Kilda.

In future, NTS is expected to focus more on “heritage of national importance”. Rundown castles, neglected islands, old cinemas and concert halls, as well as the highlights of Scotland’s industrial heritage, including factories and even giant cranes, are expected to be targeted for restoration under the five-year strategy.

Trust chairman Sir Kenneth Calman dispelled fears that the organisation was to embark on “asset-stripping” in the wake of its well-publicised financial problems.
The charity insists it has no plans to dispose of any of its major sites of national significance, insisting it will shed properties only if they are found to be of no heritage value. National Trust for Scotland will see it become more commercially minded, intervene to save threatened historic sites and “sweat” its existing assets to make them generate more money.

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