Thanks to our violent past, the UK has plenty of castles dotted around the landscape, so many that we have almost become immune to them. However, to actually live in a castle is a completely different kettle of fish, but it is possible! Below are some beautiful castles that you can move into straight away!
Earlshall Castle, Fife
Where better to find a castle than Scotland? Once home to over 2000 castles! With 10 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and 8 reception rooms, it’s not hard to avoid the family at Earlshall Castle, and every kid will be able to play their dream game of hide and seek here!
The 16th-century property was beautifully restored by Sir Robert Lorimer and even hosts a magnificent listed walled garden. 34 acres of land surround the property, including its beautiful gardens, woodland and parkland grazing.
The earlier part of the castle was built in 1546 by Sir William Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots arrived in 1651.
Price on application.
Knockhall Castle, Aberdeenshire
Did you know you can buy a castle for £130,000 ($162,000 USD)? Ok, so it might be slightly derelict but who doesn’t want to own their own little slice of history? It’s beautiful too.
Knockhall Castle dates back to the 14th century and the exterior is largely complete, it is hoped someone can come along and transform it into a stunning residential property!
Devizes Castle, Wiltshire
With stone mullioned windows, beautifully detailed stone archways, majestic fireplaces, oak floorboards, working shutters, and high ceilings throughout, anyone would be lucky to live in this Grade I listed castle!
Even better, whilst the property is bursting in historic charm, there are plenty of modern comforts to enjoy, making it ideal for family living and entertaining alike. Book lovers can enjoy their own library complete with decoratively carved bookcases lining two walls and the drawing-room along with sweeping views of the garden could inspire any author to write.
Rebuilt during the reign of King Henry I, Devizes Castle has seen no shortage of Royal members, it even became the property of the Queens of England, including Henry VIII’s wives! By 1645 the Castle was held by the Royalists and was largely destroyed during the 17th Century Civil War between King and Parliament. Rebuilt again in the 1830s, the site of a castle was very welcome in Devizes once more.
The castle can be yours for a cool £3.2 million ($4 million USD).
Fa’side Castle, East Lothian
With panoramic views, anyone would be lucky to call this castle their home. Retaining many of its historic features including a stunning vaulted front door, flagstone floors and beamed ceilings, Fa’side Castle in East Lothian, Scotland even includes B&B holiday accommodation in the old 14th-century tower.
Like any dream castle, Fa’side includes a Great Hall, also dating back to the 14th century, a barrel-vaulted bedroom and even a library complete with a stone spiral staircase.
At £1.7 million ($2.1 million USD(, this castle seems like a steal compared to the similarly priced houses in South East England!
If someone gave me the option to move to Scotland, the Highlands would be my number one choice! For those who haven’t been, you can expect to find mountains shrouded in mist, waterfalls aplenty, and your next-door neighbour is far more likely to be a sheep than a human. Castles are dotted all over the magnificent landscape and Glenborrodale Castle is currently on sale for a whopping £3.75 million ($465 million USD).
Glenborrodale Castle is a typical fairytale castle with 16 bedrooms, staff accommodation, a professional kitchen and a gate lodge, meaning if you wanted to turn it into a hotel, you can do! Built in 1902, its definitely more modern than most and doesn’t have the exciting backstories but the views overlooking Loch Sunart, the Isles of Carna and Oronsay and the Morven Hills mor than makeup for its lack of history.