Properties of the week: castles in Britain and Europe
Featuring Grade I properties, swimming pools and an artists’ studio with workshop
An attractive castle in the heart of the Perigord noir, currently being run as a 4-star hotel and restaurant, dating from the 12th century. Running along the Vézère valley, the château is situated near all the tourist centres, while also being in a peaceful area, surrounded by 20 hectares of land (animal park, prairie and forest). 33 beds, 33 baths, swimming pool, spa facilities, sauna, private parking, riverside.
An authentic château and tower, dating back to the Renaissance period, set within beautiful parkland. There is a Perigourdine house, currently used as an artists’ studio with workshop, and 19 acres of mature trees and shrubs, a lake and enclosed pasture. 9 beds, 5 baths, 7 receps.
Earlshall Castle, St. Andrews, Fife
One of the best-kept 16th century houses in the country, beautifully restored by Sir Robert Lorimer with a world-famous walled garden. Sir William Bruce received Mary Queen of Scots at Earlshall in 1561. Later James VI of Scotland, who became James I of England, also visited. The grounds extend to 34 acres. 10 beds, 6 baths, 8 receps, 3 cottages, outbuildings, 5-car garage, garden.
A stunning, fully furnished family home with income potential. With a beautiful formal garden in front of the house featuring a stone fountain, and a terrace to the side of the house where you can enjoy the afternoon sun – there is also a heated swimming pool at the south-facing rear of the house and two hectares of pasture land with streams fed year-round. 6 beds, 6 baths, 4 receps, games room, office, barns.
Scotland: OIEO £1.7m
Orchardton Castle, Auchencairn
A magnificent Grade B-listed 20-bedroom Scottish baronial-style castle on the Solway Coast, set within 5 acres including extensive lawns, wood and paddock. The property was originally constructed in the late 18th century for Sir Robert Maxwell as a mansion house and subsequently largely rebuilt in 1881. 20 beds, 15 baths, 5 receps, cinema, gardens, large pond.
England: OIRO £330,000
Apartment 1, Flete House, Ermington, Devon
A handsome, spacious and impeccably appointed serviced apartment on the ground floor of this historic Grade I property, set in 12 acres of unspoilt landscaped grounds, overlooking the beautiful Erme Valley. 2 suites, kitchen, recep, private walled garden, parking.
The château is complete with modern gîtes; a restaurant; a banqueting hall; swimming pool, and a well-being fitness centre. It can also be run as a destination to enjoy the Alps. 14 beds, 13 baths.
Italy: Cuneo, Piedmont. A finely restored 14th century castle in a beautiful position with panoramic views. 5 beds, 5 baths, kitchen, private studio, 2 receps, gallery, terraced garden, pool.