Gothic-style homes for sale

The Guardian - - MONEY - Com­piled by Jill Pap­worth

Dum­bar­ton, West Dun­bar­ton­shire Of­fers over £795,000

Dal­moak Cas­tle is a man­sion built in the 1860s with masses of orig­i­nal fea­tures. Re­stored in the 1990s, the sump­tu­ous in­te­rior in­cludes an etched glass vestibule door, Corinthian columns, a hard­wood im­pe­rial stair­case and three arched stained glass win­dows, pos­si­bly the largest in a pri­vate house in the UK. There are 14 bed­rooms, five re­cep­tions, a base­ment with wine cel­lar, of­fices, a grand hall­way and tower rooms on the sec­ond and third floors with a roof ter­race on the fourth. Sav­ills, 0141 222 5875

Here­ford, Here­ford­shire Guide price £359,995

A large apart­ment with two re­cep­tions and two bed­room suites is for sale in Frome Court, a con­verted Gothic re­vival red brick build­ing with lime­stone de­tail. Ar­ranged over two floors, it has high tim­ber beam ceil­ings, stone arch door­ways and pan­elled doors. The build­ing was orig­i­nally founded as a con­vent in 1863 by Robert Bid­dulph Phillips of Long­worth to en­sure his daugh­ter’s hap­pi­ness as a new mem­ber of the Sis­ters of Our Lady of Char­ity and Refuge, a small or­der of French nuns, and was de­signed by E W Pu­gin who co-de­signed the Palace of West­min­ster with his fa­ther. Hun­ters, 01432 278 278 Bur­ton St Leonards, East Sus­sex £2.9m One of the first build­ings in this pur­pose­built sea­side re­sort – de­signed to en­tice the aris­toc­racy of 19th cen­tury Lon­don so­ci­ety – is this three-storey, five-bed­room de­tached clock house nes­tled into the edge of a cliff, a minute from the sea. The re­stored in­te­rior is dra­mat­i­cally gothic, too, with a colour­ful, OTT decor. The house (and re­sort) was de­signed by Lon­don builder James Bur­ton and later de­vel­oped by his ar­chi­tect son Dec­imus who was re­spon­si­ble for land­mark build­ings in Re­gent’s Park and at Kew Gar­dens. Fine & Coun­try, 01580 715 000

▲ Til­ford, Sur­rey Guide price £1.25m

Fir­bank House is a five-bed­room prop­erty in a semi-ru­ral set­ting, within a col­lec­tion of 10 houses. The or­nate ex­te­rior has orig­i­nal pierced barge boards, cast iron win­dows, a cupola and dec­o­ra­tive slate roof with fleur-de-lys ridge crest­ing. There is a large fam­ily room with a vaulted ceil­ing and ex­posed tim­ber beams on the sec­ond floor which is ac­cessed by a spi­ral stair­case. Strutt & Parker, 01252 821 102

▼ Ap­pin, Ar­gyll and Bute Guide price £550,000

Kin­lochlaich House, dat­ing from about 1800, is set in more than an acre of land in a vil­lage on the shores of Loch Linnhe about 17 miles north of Oban. There are five bed­rooms and three re­cep­tions over three floors plus a cel­lar and three sep­a­rate apart­ments, one within the main house and two as part of the orig­i­nal tack­man’s house. Some parts could ben­e­fit from up­dat­ing. Bell In­gram, 01738 621 121

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