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Thornbury Castle sold for £4 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. Continue reading

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Pusztaradvány Castle for sale Hungary

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. Continue reading

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Von Essen sells 26 properties

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 Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Terpersie Castle for sale

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. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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Hungarian castles for sale at rock bottom prices

Hungarian castles are for sale at the moment at unbelievable prices .A castle in Gerla, Hungary, built between 1854-60, once belonged to the Wenckheim family. It was sold in November 2010 for 3.6 million Hungarian forints ($20,000, 13600 euros, 12100 pounds)

Times may never have been better for commoners eager to purchase a piece of nobility. Continue reading

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Rochester Castle restoration backed by James Purefoy

Actor James Purefoy has backed plans to see Rochester Castle restored. Hus latest film Ironclad is a multimillion-pound epic that details King John’s bloody siege of the castle in 1215, in which he tried to crush a band of rebels intent on stopping his march to power in London.
The film’s producers opted to build a life-size replica of Rochester Castle in Wales
But Rome and Resident Evil star James Purefoy, who appears as a Knight Templar, has thrown his weight behind the campaign to restore the castle. Continue reading

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French Castles for sale

France is renowned as a great place for holidays because of the pleasant climate, tourist attractions and some of the best cuisine in the world. Ever since the publication of “A year in Provence” people in the UK have made holidays in France a big priority. For a select few France has become their permanent home. For all these reasons the market for French castles for sale has been growing. Some websites have over 200 castles in France on the market. There are thousands of property websites online but the quality of their properties varies widely. Continue reading

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Hopton Castle renovation makes progress

16 members of Hopton Castle Preservation Trust visited the site and enjoyed views from the top of the castle. A new archway has been built in the castle’s north west tower and a new roof is being put over one tower to protect the original medieval plaster. Scaffolding, which has surrounded the castle for more than two years, is due to come down this week and it is hoped the restoration will be finished by Christmas. It marks the beginning of the end of an appeal launched by trust members 10 years ago to restore the castle ruins. The project has since been delayed by poor weather and new problems discovered in the castle structure. Continue reading

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