Fed up of your tiny flatshare and looking to move somewhere a little... grander? There are plenty of exceptional places on the market at the moment, like this spacious pad right next to Harry Potter’s Great Hall or this entire abandoned village in Canada.
Now, for less than the price of a London townhouse, you could buy this whole castle in the Scottish Highlands. The sixteenth-century Carbisdale Castle was once the wartime home of the King of Norway, and now it’s on the market for £1.2 million ($1.47 million). We know, it’s still not cheap... but just look how massive the place is!
Oh, and there is one other catch: the castle is said to be haunted. The spooky inhabitants apparently include fallen soldiers from the sixteenth century and the disembodied music of a piper. Which does sound kind of alarming. But with its storied history, are you really surprised?
The 40-bedroom castle was bought in the 1930s for the Norwegian royals, and was a youth hostel until 2011. Since then, it’s been empty, so you’ll probably need to do some renovation work. There are stunning period details, like vast fireplaces and stained-glass windows, as well as an enormous large games room. And if you don’t fancy living there by yourself, previous owners have attempted to turn into into a luxury hotel and spa – so perhaps you could start up some kind of business here, too.
Want to find out more? Fancy booking in a viewing? Head over to the estate agent’s website.
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