A list of a few of my favorite ancient castles and villages that are for sale. Most of my information was found on Medieval Lists. Note that a few of these may have been sold, as some of these entries are a few years old.
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A superbly renovated 16th-century tower house that is truly a sight to behold, surrounded with traditionally-built Tudor cottages. Overlooks an ancient limestone quarry and miles of serene Irish countryside. Quite enchanting, if I do say so myself!
Also features a very accommodating oubliette.
This castle, which overlooks a valley in the Brenne region of France, dates back to the 11th century. I really like the imposing nature of not only the castle, but the forest that is creeping up on it. It is also huge, including an entrance hall, a large sitting room, a dining room, an office, a kitchen, and a stone spiral staircase that leads to six suite bedrooms.
Located near Umbria, Italy, this castle dates back to the ninth century and comes with a castle, a church, and medieval prison. The structure rests on a raised hill and is surrounded by forests and olive groves.
Within the walls are five buildings – the main castle, a guest cottage, the chapel, the old prison, and the old coach house. The main keep includes a large hall, library and wine-cellar, while the chapel, known as the Church of St. Nicholas, was built around 1230 AD. Meanwhile a prison can be found in the tower along the northeast section of the wall. Overall, the castle has 28 rooms and 11 bathrooms. The previous owners also got permission to build a structure outside the walls and an additional one inside the walls with a swimming pool--water being supplied from a private well.
While not currently livable, the Fortress of Miolans remains legendary. The site has been occupied since the 4th century, with significant expansions being made in the 14th and 16th centuries. Interestingly, only the fortress, or the "Haute-Cour" (High Court) is for sale--the main and oldest part of the estate. I think some information was lost in translation, but some things which may or may not be included are various gardens, terraces, six levels of rooms with sheer cliffside view, St. Peter's Tower, Commander's quarters, kitchens, guard room, ramparts, underground passageways, and vaulted galleries.
Interesting to note that the dungeons were legendary in themselves, having been split into sections named Hell, Purgatory, Paradise, and Treasury.
This castle in France was built and completed by the Viscounts of Narbonne in 978 to guard a main road. Was in disuse between the 16th and 19th century, but was recently restored in 1990. Includes about 250 acres of land along with the massive castle, so you'll have plenty of room to stretch your legs.
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Originally built as a military post in the 5th century, the castle sale automatically grants the new owner the title, Count of Carbonana. The spacious Italian castle includes 37 rooms over four levels, a chapel, a separate stone house, a dungeon, a wine cellar, and 50 acres of land that includes a vineyard, olive grove and some fruit trees.
I don't believe this ancient site in Italy is for sale, because it is currently the site of a restoration project. Not sure if they intend to sell the site or live in the space upon completion, but it sure looks enchanting.
Originating back to the 13th century, Cavers Castle saw most of its expansions and improvements made in the 15th century when the 'Black' Douglas family, a powerful Scottish clan, took control. Sadly, most of the structure was demolished so that its stonework could be reused elsewhere. The castle now lay in ruins--A.K.A. a bargain!
In desperate need of repair, this village that dates back to the 11th century and rests in the Marche region of Italy. Boasting the 'remains' of a castle, church, fountain, and nearly fifty buildings. The seller is looking for someone committed to restoring the village, and it can be used for private means or potentially as a hotel or a tourist attraction of some sort.
Purchased for $210,000 in 2006.
Kames Castle is a 14th-century Scottish keep surrounded by five cottages and some various miscellaneous structures. The site is currently used as a hotel/cottage rental, and the interiors of the cottages look like a standard 21st-century factory-made living room, so it could use some renovations.
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