House hunting: 7 stunning castles in Europe
Stresa, Italy. This seven-bedroom, Liberty-style residence was built in 1914 in the Piedmont region. The three-story villa has the original mosaic floors, high ceilings, a wine cellar, a gym, and a master suite with a dressing room and two bathrooms.
The tower allows for 360-degree views of the area and Lake Maggiore. $8,615,000. Mayfair International, (011-39) 0323-32737.
Shrewsbury, England. Sham Castle was built in 1780 for Baronet Sir Edward Smythe as a venue for entertaining. The three-bedroom residence includes a hexagonal kitchen, a cast iron and mahogany staircase, decorative plasterwork, and a master bedroom with Gothic cabinets and windows. The castle is located on 1.7 acres with views of Wrekin, a landmarked hill. $1,200,000. Strutt and Parker, (011-44) 1743-284-200.
Edinburgh. Craigcrook Castle was built in 1542 and is on the market for the first time in 300 years. The three-story, eight-bedroom castle features a round tower, ornate ceilings, multiple fireplaces, a wine cellar, and a studio with kitchen and bath.
The 4.4-acre property includes stables, a gatehouse, a walled garden, and a mature woodland area. Price available upon request. London/Sotheby's International Realty, (011-44) 207-495-9586.
Warwickshire, England. The Stone Tower, set on 1.26 acres, appears to date back to the late 15th century. The five-bedroom structure has undergone extensive renovations, including the addition of oak doors, a timber ceiling, slate flooring, and double glazed windows. Other details include a stained-glass window dated 1439, a roof terrace, a two-bedroom cottage, and multiple gardens, including a walled garden with ornamental pond. $2,685,000. Knight Frank, (011-44) 1789-297-735.
Loches, France. Located in the province of Touraine, the Chateau de Bussiere dates to 1234. Architectural details include a slate roof, a garage, maid quarters in a studio, and a gallery with 14 arches. The castle's 70 acres of cleared woods and fields contain an 18th-century stone farmhouse, stables, and a pool with a pool house. $4,278,000. Handsome Properties International, (011-33) 84-37-17-64-60.
Florence, Italy. Built in 964 as a military garrison, Impruneta Castle features medieval, renaissance, and baroque architecture. Details include a central courtyard, multiple frescoes, ornate wood ceilings, arched windows, and high ceilings throughout.
Set on 19.8 acres, the property features old-growth trees, a walled garden, and a chapel with a fresco and terra-cotta relief. Price available upon request. Aylesford International, (011-44) 207-349-9772.
Cabrils, Spain. Can Amat is a Gothic castle near Barcelona that dates to the 17th century, with a three-room tower from the 11th century. The six-bedroom residence has been restored and includes two kitchens, an office, and a terrace. The property has a caretaker's house, a chapel from the 9th century, and two garages that can hold up to 20 cars. $6,836,000. Amat Luxury, (011-34) 934-529-960.