In honour of the Queen’s birthday next month, we bring you seven of the most majestic properties on the market so you too, can be king — or queen — of the castle.
As the Queen’s second 90th birthday approaches (yes, she has two birthdays a year, because she’s the Queen), the rehearsals for her celebratory parade are underway.
Her Majesty’s official home has been as much a focus for the British people as the Queen herself, during these moments of national celebration. According to a study by the Nationwide Building Society, Buckingham Palace is estimated to be worth more than £1 billion, a 9,000% increase in valuation since 1952 (valued then at £11 million) when the Queen took the throne.
Buckingham Palace is unlikely to be put up for sale anytime soon. But if you’re in the market for palaces, there are many other splendid castles and palaces currently for sale. Bllnr compiles an international list of regal homes.
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Price: US$8.8 million
Square metres: 622
This 16th century castle has entered the freehold market for the first time in nearly 300 years. It has six bedrooms spread over three floors and features a round tower that offers views of Corstorphine Hill, Blackhall and the Firth of Forth. Located only 5km from the city centre of Edinburgh, the castle is surrounded by four acres of grounds with landscaped lawns, mature woodland and the original walled garden. In the 19th century, the castle hosted a number of famous literary visitors for scholarly soirées such as Charles Dickens, Hans Christian Andersen and George Eliot.
Location: Staffordshire, UK
Price: US$4.4 million
Square metres: 1,697
Built in 1275, the 16-bedroom Caverswall Castle is one of the few remaining castles in the UK with a functioning moat. The 20-acre property also has three converted turrets, a converted gatehouse, orangery, workshop and even an old dungeon. The castle was used as a garrison by parliamentary forces during the English Civil War.
Palace in Palma Old Town
Location: Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Price: US$11.7 million
Square metres: 3,300
This 12th century palace is located in the heart of Palma de Mallorca, the island’s Old Town. The unfurnished 20-bedroom property is built around a typical Mallorca courtyard, providing a shaded space and allowing the owner to remain outdoors without being in view of the public. The palace also features 9m-high ceilings, large archways and a grand staircase on the noble floor. There are also three large terraces, a library and wine cellar.
Setúbal, Azeitão Country Estate
Location: Setúbal, Portugal
Price: US$18.5 million
Square metres: 1,574
Half an hour from Lisbon’s city centre, this 16th century palace sits on 34 acres of land and a 900-square-metre lake. The building is famous for its tile walls made in 1570 by the atelier of Italy’s walled city, Urbino. Illustrated in the istoriato style, the tiles feature scenes of Aeneas fleeing the destruction of Troy and the death of Dido, among others.
Medieval Castle Near Siena
Location: Siena, Italy
Price: US$31.1 million
Square metres: 14,319
This property in Tuscany comes with 115 bedrooms and more than 1,500 acres of land. It sits close to the historic city of Siena and boasts its own 44-acre vineyard, as well as an olive grove of 1,500 trees. Several farmhouses and smaller buildings have been given luxurious interiors. The true fortress is the expansive medieval castle, which dominates the landscape. Although some of the 10 bedrooms in the main castle were redecorated in the 18th century, many remain true to a 12th century architectural style.
Castle of Collalto Sabino
Location: Lazio, Italy
Price: US$7.6 million
Square metres: 2,995
This historical castle can be traced back to the year 1350 and has a fort that dates back to 950AD. There are nine bedrooms and a self-contained apartment, a gatekeeper’s private residential quarters, a tavern with medieval oven, and utility and storage rooms. The castle’s most notable resident was Cardinal Barberini, nephew of Pope Urban VII, who purchased the castle in 1641. It was restored to its former glory in the early 19th century and underwent major restoration in 1988.
Location: Connecticut, US
Price: US$39 million
Square metres: 1,744
This modern-day castle was built in 2003, and features a moat, towers rising 126ft into the sky, nine bedrooms, 12 fireplaces, an entry hall and public spaces. The property nestles in 75 acres in Woodstock, a bucolic town in Connecticut, US, and overlooks a 30-acre pond. Aside from its stained glass, period architectural doors and wood-inlaid floors, there are state-of-the-art amenities such as hydro-air heat, a pool and gated entry.