King of the cas­tle

There’s no pun­ish­ment in be­ing sent to the tower at these ex­quis­ite prop­er­ties

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Som­er­set, £2.25 mil­lion

Al­though tiny com­pared to most cas­tles, 11-bed­room Bath Lodge Cas­tle, in the vil­lage of Nor­ton St Philip, near Bath, could hardly be de­scribed as small. It was built in 1806 in the late-nor­man style—com­plete with ar­row slits and a huge tim­ber front door—as the prin­ci­pal of six lodges to Far­leigh, one of the largest es­tates in Eng­land. Al­though it’s been run as a bou­tique ho­tel—hence the cabaña in the grounds with hot tub and sauna, bal­conies, roof ter­race, gym and colo­nial­style staff-ac­com­mo­da­tion block—it could eas­ily re­turn to res­i­den­tial use. Sav­ills (01225 474500)

Co Meath, €2.25 mil­lion (£1.99 mil­lion)

In 30 acres of pic­turesque park­land, im­pres­sive Dardis­down Cas­tle, on the River Nanny, was built in the 15th cen­tury and the Bat­tle of Ju­lianstown (the name of the nearby vil­lage) is said to have taken place on the front lawn. It has since been much ex­tended and has eight bed­rooms. The area is pop­u­lar with com­muters to Dublin, Drogheda and Dun­dalk; it’s also within three dif­fer­ent hunts and there are sev­eral golf cour­ses close by. Christie’s Real Es­tate/ Sherry Fitzger­ald (00 353 123 76300)

Isle of Coll, £450,000

This is ‘a unique op­por­tu­nity to re­store the finest Ge­or­gian cas­tle in the In­ner He­brides,’ say the agents. In the Pal­la­dian style, with Gothic Ba­ro­nial crenel­lated para­pets and tur­rets, Breachacha Cas­tle has six bed­rooms and, cur­rently, the ven­dors live on the top two floors, mak­ing the most of the out­stand­ing At­lantic views. Bell In­gram (01631 566122)

North York­shire, £1.1 mil­lion

Trav­ellers through the Vale of York can’t fail to no­tice the brood­ing, jagged ruins of Sher­iff Hut­ton Cas­tle, once one of the grand­est in north­ern Eng­land and seat of gov­ern­ment for War­wick the King­maker, Richard III and Henry VIII. Only its four cor­ner tow­ers and part of the gate­house re­main and the ruins ad­join Cas­tle Farm: the War­den’s House has three bed­rooms, there’s an an­nexe with one and Court Cot­tage (cur­rently with ten­ants) has two. Sur­round­ing grass and pas­ture ex­tend to 11½ acres, in­clud­ing a dou­ble moat and nat­u­ral ram­parts. Boul­ton & Cooper Stephen­sons (01653 496928)

Ed­in­burgh, £6 mil­lion

Fairy­tale Craigcrook Cas­tle, in four acres of land­scaped grounds, in­clud­ing ma­ture wood­land and a walled gar­den, just three miles from Ed­in­burgh city cen­tre, has a round tower with far-reach­ing views of Cos­tor­phine Hill, Black­hall and the Firth of Forth. In the 19th cen­tury, the cas­tle be­came known for its cul­tural soirees and was vis­ited by Charles Dick­ens, Hans Chris­tian An­der­sen, Ge­orge Eliot and Ten­nyson. Built in the 16th cen­tury and with six bed­rooms, this is the first time it’s been up for free­hold sale in 300 years. Sotheby’s In­ter­na­tional Realty (01932 860537)

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