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.

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 . St Andrews castle is  a fascinating historic building in the university town in Fife .
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 .



source Arbroath herald 

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.

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

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.

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, or  12,100 pounds)

Times may never have been better for commoners eager to purchase a piece of nobility. In Hungary  there are some 300 castles, mansions and country estates currently listed in the marketplace — many at prices far below those of most apartments found in European capitals.
In fact some are selling for as low as $20,000, according to the Hungarian financial daily Napi Gazdasag.
Buyers might want to buy several gallons of paint, a few rakes, and the services of a skilled worker or two.
Most of the castles for sale are in such a state of disrepair that the renovation and maintenance costs are likely to far exceed – often exponentially – the price of the property itself. New listing –  Hungarian property for sale

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.

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.

Nijswiller Castle for sale

A centuries old castle in Limburg, the Netherlands is being redecorated to the highest possible standard by developer Stelreu. The castle is situated in a historical park with brook and a long private road over a 19th century bridge. It has played a role in medieval times when the Belgian Jan van Brabant concurred the Germans in the Battle of Worringen in 1288. The architect, Claus en Kaan Architects Rotterdam, took no compromise with the voluminous spaces and high ceilings. The castle steps into the 21st century with self-esteem thanks to the state of the art building control (domotica), CO2 neutral floor and wall heating and an array of solar cells while it’s 12th century roots still remain in the castle with the old wine cellar and authentic shooting holes. Nijswiller Castle has transformed caste living from a moist, cold and costly burden to an elevated and ultimate experience of enlightened happiness.

A centuries old castle in Limburg, the Netherlands is being redecorated to the highest possible standard by developer Stelreu. The castle is situated in a historical park with brook and a long private road over a 19th century bridge. It has played a role in medieval times when the Belgian Jan van Brabant concurred the Germans in the Battle of Worringen in 1288. The architect, Claus en Kaan Architects Rotterdam, took no compromise with the voluminous spaces and high ceilings. The castle steps into the 21st century with self-esteem thanks to the state of the art building control (domotica), CO2 neutral floor and wall heating and an array of solar cells while it’s 12th century roots still remain in the castle with the old wine cellar and authentic shooting holes. Nijswiller Castle has transformed caste living from a moist, cold and costly burden to an elevated and ultimate experience of enlightened happiness. You can invite your friends to stay in the double guest quarters, dining with wine from your wine cellar and burning the wood from your forest in one (or more) of the fifteen fireplaces. The castle is located in “Zuid-Limburg”, in the south of the Netherlands. This location is referred to as “Euregio”, the heart of western Europe. Cities like Maastricht (NL), Aachen (D), Liège (B) are very close and have high speed train connections to cities like London, Paris, Barcelona and Berlin. Connectivity to the large international airports Frankfurt and Düsseldorf are 1 hour away, Amsterdam airport is two hours. The castle and park are both marked as historical which means it is viable for tax deductions and subsidy handouts.

Ruperra Castle for sale

Ruperra Castle for sale, The design for Ruperra Castle was clearly based on that for Lulworth Castle, just 100 miles away in Dorset, and built between 1603-05. Always called a ‘castle’ but built with the instruction from Lord Howard of Bindon that it ‘prove pretty’, it was never military. Indeed, Thomas Gerard writing in 1630 described it as ‘well seated for prospect and pleasure; but of little other use’. Bought by the Weld family from Lord Howard it remained their family seat until a devastating fire in 1929 completely gutted the interior – as it remains today, although the building itself has been restored. Another house thought to have been built around 1612 is Compton Bassett House in Wiltshire (dem. c1929) which clearly shared a similar layout although the corner turrents were square.

Ruperra Castle is for sale at £1.5 million  . The design for Ruperra Castle was clearly based on that for Lulworth Castle, just 100 miles away in Dorset, and built between 1603-05. Always called a ‘castle’ but built with the instruction from Lord Howard of Bindon that it ‘prove pretty’, it was never military. Indeed, Thomas Gerard writing in 1630 described it as ‘well seated for prospect and pleasure; but of little other use’. Bought by the Weld family from Lord Howard it remained their family seat until a devastating fire in 1929 completely gutted the interior – as it remains today, although the building itself has been restored. Another house thought to have been built around 1612 is Compton Bassett House in Wiltshire (dem. c1929) which clearly shared a similar layout although the corner turrents were square. Thomas Morgan built the castle . The builder of Ruperra Castle was Thomas Morgan (b.1564 – d.1632), who made his fortune as the Steward for the Earls of Pembroke at Wilton House, Wiltshire. Morgan would have been regularly exposed to court life and would have been very aware of the latest architectural fashions. more castles for sale