Fit for a King

LIFE AS THE SOVEREIGN OF YOUR OWN CAS­TLE HOLDS PLENTY OF RO­MAN­TIC AP­PEAL, WRITES Annabel Nourse, BUT BE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GET­TING INTO

Hong Kong Tatler - - Real Estate -

The ro­man­tic no­tion of living in a tur­reted cas­tle, king or queen of all you sur­vey, is sim­ply a dream for most peo­ple. But for some it can trans­form into re­al­ity—and even a busi­ness op­por­tu­nity. Cas­tles and other his­toric houses al­ways present a fan­tas­tic chance for in­vest­ment, ac­cord­ing to Pres­tige Prop­erty Group CEO Mike Braun­holtz, and usu­ally re­tain their value.

“Only a limited num­ber of such prop­er­ties have ever been built and each one is so unique,” says Braun­holtz, who has a range of cas­tles on his books. “You are buy­ing so much more than a home, of course. With your cas­tle comes a whole new life­style. They usu­ally have hectares of land, of­ten com­plete with beau­ti­ful gar­dens, woods and lakes. There may also be some guest houses and use­ful out­build­ings on your es­tate.”

The per­fect cas­tle could be con­verted into a ho­tel or guest house, or be­come a sump­tu­ous wed­ding lo­ca­tion. Out­build­ings can be con­verted and rented out. “Such build­ings will al­ways at­tract tourists, and some may even come com­plete with tim­ber or wine pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties,” adds Braun­holtz.

France is prob­a­bly the best known and most popular lo­ca­tion for those seek­ing their dream cas­tle. The Loire Val­ley, in par­tic­u­lar, has be­come al­most syn­ony­mous with châteaux, though there are also fine ex­am­ples near Paris and in other ar­eas of the coun­try. Lo­ca­tions in Spain, Italy and the

CASTELLO CHI­ANTI THIS € 9.5 MIL­LION, 12- BED­ROOM CAS­TLE ON THE EDGE OF A CHI­ANTI VIL­LAGE BOASTS STUNNING VIEWS OVER VINE­YARDS. AYLES­FORD. COM

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