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Irish Castles for Sale in Ireland

For centuries, castles have held a peculiar sort of sway over imaginative people. We forget that they were originally built as fortresses, not merely things of beauty. To our modern minds, they are extravagantly arrayed in all manner of things irrelevant to protection from a sieging army. The turrets, towers, arched doorways, and the intricately carved gargoyles are all linked to maidens and knights and lords and dragons, betrayals and romances, births and deaths, war and peace. Many of the castles around Europe would still be in great condition if it weren't for the sieges they have endured and the catapulted boulders their walls have withstood. They were built to last thousands of years, into our generation and beyond.

And some of them are for sale. Below, you'll find descriptions of several Irish castles on the market. Perhaps your imagination will run wild with these pictures and details and you will suddenly remember that you have a rich uncle. Perhaps you will merely sigh and store up this information for a later day. Whatever the outcome, I hope you will enjoy.

Cloghan Castle

All photos of Cloghan Castle from Premier Properties Ireland
All photos of Cloghan Castle from Premier Properties Ireland | Source

1. Cloghan Castle in Ireland

New to the market is Cloghan Castle, a vine-covered beauty built on 152 acres of lush and wooded land. This is considered the oldest inhabited castle in Ireland and was built by an Irishman named Eoghan O’Madden, a Gaelic chieftain who owned more land than any chieftain before him. His story is fascinating in its own right, as he travelled on many crusades with his father and married a Norman woman, probably one who he met on his crusades. In 1601, after an attack which left the structure damaged by fire, the Crown gave Cloghan Castle to Sir John Moore, and it stayed in his family for close to eighty years.

The current owners have completely restored this property, taking it from a bare and windswept ruin to a luxurious medieval gem. Says the owner, Michael Burke,

"The aim was to recreate what it was like to live in a medieval castle, but without having to suffer the deprivation of thirteenth century living, initially with the idea of using it as a family home. We used local craftsmen and tried to source local materials as much as possible. While it was a huge undertaking we never felt we had taken on too much, we really enjoyed the work and feel that when we die we will have left something for future generations. It’s a landmark that would otherwise be just a heap of stones today."

It has six bedrooms (two of which are en-suite), a great hall, a dining room, drawing room, office, kitchen, store room, and service quarters, all of which are spread over three floors. It hosts hundreds of special events each year, including weddings and parties, and also enjoys taxation discounts for its historic value. Surrounding it are three gardens, including an herb garden and a terraced garden. Beyond lie acres of wooded hillside and pastureland where a flock of rare Jacob sheep graze. In the winter, flooding rivers create a seven mile lake which becomes a refuge for thousands of wild birds.

Contact Helen Cassidy, the auctioneer at Premier Properties Ireland, for more information or to make an offer (on this and all other properties described in this article).

2. Heathfield Castle

West Limerick's scenic drive will take you past this charming site, straight out of an old-world faerie tale. Though the exterior looks thoroughly historic, the interior is outfitted with all the modern conveniences of a 21st century mansion. Heated Italian marble floors with thermostats in every room effectively warm the stone and plaster rooms, and numerous large windows make the inside light and airy. The round tower has a spiral staircase, and interior doorways are hewn into the traditional gothic arch shape, adding to the fairytale design.

Unlike many other medieval castles, this one has great floor plans and nicely-placed individual rooms within the larger rooms, giving the interior a cozier feel. Five beautiful bedrooms, a gigantic kitchen made of marble and stainless steel, a greeting room that looks out over the front gardens, a great hall with a fireplace and arched ceilings, and many more beautiful chambers, curving staircases, and sunny hallways give it a feel of homeyness. What's more, an intercom system connects all the rooms!

The gardens rival Hampton Court, with beautiful terracing, pond and streams, twelve waterfalls (including one 12 metres high!), little stone walls along winding pathways, and benches placed strategically in romantic places under flowering trees. My favorite is the adjoining Ballinruane Wood: 1,000 acres of fantasy-land-exploring potential (though the grounds also include a golf course for more structured sporting).

This property is also available through Helen Cassidy with Premier Properties Ireland.

Heathfield Castle
Heathfield Castle
Heathfield Castle Grounds
Heathfield Castle Grounds
Heathfield Castle Greeting Room
Heathfield Castle Greeting Room
Heathfield Castle Stairway
Heathfield Castle Stairway
Grantstown Castle at Sunset
Grantstown Castle at Sunset | Source

3. Grantstown Castle, Kilfeacle, Co. Tipperary

A single tower stands 22 meters tall on a slowly rising hill surrounded by a loyal gathering of three rustic Tudor cottages. The tower is in good company. To the south lie the Galtee Mountains, and to the north, the Silvermine Mountains spread with wild abandon. The biggest and most picturesque ruined Abbey in Ireland, Athassel Priory of 1200, is only 5 km away, and two additional historic castles and a tower are in close proximity. Also nearby is the Rock of Cashel, where the Kings of Munster ruled during the 4th century.

The Grantstown Castle has a cozy, rustic feel, as well as all the strategic essentials, including a tight, winding staircase for hand-to-hand combat (or carrying your tea and cookies from the kitchen to the study), a "murder hole" over the entryway for dropping hot oil on intruders as they come through the door (or for sprinkling petals!), and a few arrow slits that open on an informative view of the surrounding countryside. Several of the windows even have stained glass!

The ground floor is divided into two rooms. The eastern room has a lovely terra cotta Spanish tile floor and access to the electrical mains and water system. The western room would work well for a bedroom or kitchen, with two lovely arches that add a regal touch. The great hall has been remodeled as a minstrel's gallery, with imported German oak. A large stone fireplace exudes warmth and hospitality. It spans five floors, with 3,300 square feet of living space. Scroll down for pictures of the rustic luxury of one of the bedrooms, the bathroom, and the inside of the hobby room.

The grounds include two acres of garden and wild grassy meadows and some ancient trees.

For sale at €795,000. Contact Helen Cassidy of Premier Properties Ireland for more details.

View from Grantstown Castle
View from Grantstown Castle | Source
Grantstown Battlements
Grantstown Battlements | Source
Winding Staircase
Winding Staircase | Source
Strongford Castle's Fortress Wall
Strongford Castle's Fortress Wall

4. Strongford Castle

Located in beautiful pastureland near Craughwell, County Galway, Strongford Castle was built in the 15th century by the wealthy de Burgos family, direct descendants of William the Conqueror. Two gargoyles snarl at every visitor that comes through the arched doorway. Once inside, be cautious of the "murder hole" in the ceiling above the entryway, the hole through which inhabitants could drop dangerous substances or heavy missiles on the enemy who came through their doorway. The galley kitchen is accessible from the front hallway, outfitted with a modern sink and countertop.

As you continue to explore, you will notice that all the interior walls are whitewashed stone, and small slit windows give a narrow view of the scenery outside. On the ground floor, the great hall is warmed by a wood stove and well-lit by a chandelier. A long winding stone stairway leads upstairs, where the lordly master bedroom awaits in all its regality: dark wood crossbeams above small slit windows, red deal floor, expansive space in every direction, and, wonder of wonders, a shower in the turret.

Rumor has it that the asking price is €650,000 but you should contact the agent, Helen Cassidy, for more info if you're interested.

Strongford Castle
Strongford Castle
Strongford Castle's kingly master bedroom.
Strongford Castle's kingly master bedroom.

5. Clonony Castle

Built in the 1500s by the McCoughlan clan who owned the surrounding countryside and built their castles at over a dozen other sites, Clonony Castle was the hiding place of Anne Boleyn's family when King Henry VIII decided it was time to execute her, his second wife. It was subsequently owned by other noblemen including Matthew de Renzi in 1620, and by a barrister-at-law named Edmond Molony who wrote a famous epitaph on his wife's tombstone praising her for her talent in watercolors and her "passionate, and tender" love for him.

This is the castle for you if you prefer a rich historical background and meager to rustic livability. Standing tall on three acres of verdant grass and surrounded by a moat, it has lost little of its original medieval charm.

Photos and more info available from Premier Properties Ireland.

Clonony Castle Exterior
Clonony Castle Exterior
Clonony Castle Interior
Clonony Castle Interior

6. Killahara Castle

Owners began a complete restoration in 2006 and just recently finished the job. Now, it has a great heating system, wide windows on the all floors that let in light and warmth, subtle electric wiring for easy electricity, and a lower expectation for future maintenance. Wide spiral stairways and larger living spaces than you would normally expect from a vertical castle like this complete the picture.

This fortress also boasts incredible views from all sides, and sits on seven acres of its own land, including a beech-tree forest and a little avenue that runs through it. It is located near historical Dovea, which gives it a rural feel without entirely isolating it.

Killahara Castle Exterior
Killahara Castle Exterior
Alley through the beech tree forest.
Alley through the beech tree forest.
View from Killahara Castle
View from Killahara Castle

Owning a Castle

A real estate auctioneer in Galway who specializes in castles, Helen Cassidy, interviewed by Medieval News, says that buyers and owners often have many legal issues to overcome. "You do have to be lion-hearted to take one of these on. People who buy them tend to have done their homework." She goes on to say that even though it is a huge piece of real estate, it really doesn't make a very good financial investment. Restoration is nearly a constant project, and they often have terrible insulation and can't retain heat, making them expensive to keep warm.

The legal ramifications of buying an historical attraction are also something to consider. According to Helen Cassidy, the buyer should thoroughly research the history of prospective properties and should get good legal help to find out what has been done in the past that may decrease or increase their value.

In spite of all the legal and financial expense, castles will continue to draw people to them, whether they happen to be driving by on a scenic byway or making a planned stop. Many owners don't live on site, but instead charge tourists for tours. Others have turned their properties into bed and breakfasts, or offer their gardens or great halls for destination weddings. This brings in income for owners and provides great motivation to keep the property in good shape.

Many Irish Castles for Sale

Ireland literally has thousands of castles, and many have appeared on the market recently. They range from having lavishly decorated and completely remodeled interior, to being wall-less or roof-less piles of historic rubble. Some sellers have compiled in-depth historical accounts of what their properties have been through, while others have a history that can only be imagined (or have yet to be discovered)!

Whatever your interest, know that there are plenty of resources available to help you make an informed decision as you explore your childish fascination for castle lore.

©2013 Jane Grey

Comments 44 comments

Maya Perretti 6 years ago

WOW! I just stumbled across this hub! Absolutely marvelous. Actually, I had to run out and buy a lottery ticket before I could leave a comment. Since most of us will never be able to afford the fantasy, I thought I would buy a lottery ticket and dream!

Marvelous information and beautifully displayed.


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Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

Glad you loved it Maya! I hope you didn't pay too much for that lottery ticket, because it's more profitable to save or invest your money. :)

Jane


 6 years ago

WOW! Nice ! I just love Castles! Thank you for sharing...


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lender3212000 6 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

I've always enjoyed a good castle, they are kind of a pain to clean but heck if you have that kind of money you can probably staff it with a good set of hired help, right? Excellent and entertaining hub!


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Maggie Elaine 6 years ago

Jane, I love your article on castles. I have traveled widely in Europe and have visited many castles. Ireland being our most visited country. I wasn't aware that there are so many old castles that are for sale. Keep up the good work!


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Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

I just loved this hub, now if only I could afford one of those! ~aloha~


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Cindy Letchworth 6 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

Wow, I'll buy two!! Just kidding, of course, but what a fun article.


DexiSpecs 6 years ago

Great Hub about castles in Ireland! Hope to visit some day. Would love to connect with family history and the magic of the land.


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WestOcean 6 years ago from Great Britain

Marvellous. Who wouldn't dream of living in a castle?


Michael Hofmayer 6 years ago

I do love this website. I want to buy a castle and would go into a business with someone else who would buy one with me. Thank you for all the info .....


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Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

Mr. Hofmayer,

What sort of business are you looking into starting with your castle-buying partnership? If you have a website and can give me a good write-up, I'll include a link in the body of the article above so that people can contact you.

Jane


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Enchantedbama 6 years ago from Bama

How wonderful this Hub was. Makes me miss Ireland. Can't wait to visit again!


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Jane Grey 5 years ago from Oregon Author

Glad you enjoyed it!


Dr. Herbert Shriver 5 years ago

I always wanted a castle since i played with copies of castles and toy Knights since i was a small child. I am about to retire and fortunely can actaully afford a poor investment!I certainly do not want a fixer upper, i want to enjoy it while making some improvements. I love this site! Respectfully, Herb


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Jane Grey 5 years ago from Oregon Author

Dr. Herb, Thanks for visiting! It's great to hear from someone who both loves castles and can afford one! I hope you find the perfect castle to invest your savings into. Let me know if I can do anything for you on that front!


Jesse Monroe 5 years ago

why is there no prices? where can i find a castle for around the same as a house? is that even possible? well thanks for posting this! i love ireland. its my favourite country. i really want to visit it soon.


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Jane Grey 5 years ago from Oregon Author

Jesse, I have prices attached to the castles that I know them for, but many agents and sellers want to negotiate terms and prices with the individual buyer, so finding a price on the castle can be rare. A castle for the same price as a house will be very hard to find, as castles usually fall into the category of mansions and historical monuments when it comes to pricing, because these facts add greatly to its value.


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BetteMachete 5 years ago

i totally enjoyed this. found it randomly. it would be so cool to own a castle, what a dream.


Bill E 5 years ago

Have dreamed of ownership of a castle In Ireland or Scotland and found your site while surfing the Internet. Can't think of one realistic or sound reason for ownership other than I can afford a dream like this so will be looking forward to exploring all available. Would much prefer something livable rather than a total fixer-upper. Thanks for your website.


Kathleen Cochran 5 years ago

What a great Hub! Loved the pictures - I can see myself in any one of the castles, especially since I've recently been to Ireland on a trip that was a dream come true. Now if the dream of owning a castle would come true -


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Jane Grey 5 years ago from Oregon Author

Bill,

I'm excited for your upcoming purchase! For most people, owning a castle is only a dream. My site exists for both dreamers and realists-- and I'm happy for you! Stop by and let us know about the castle you decided upon! I would love to quote you in my article if you have any advice for others interested in buying a castle in Ireland or Scotland.

Jane


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Jane Grey 5 years ago from Oregon Author

Kathlen,

You've seen firsthand the beauty of these castles. What a blessing! Most of us will only have these photos. Thanks for your comment!


Daniel 5 years ago

One day I will have my own irish castle great hub thanks


marilyn henderson 5 years ago

one day i would ilke to buy a castle.


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Jane Grey 5 years ago from Oregon Author

One day! I hope you will. :)


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eugbug 5 years ago from Ireland

When I save up all my pennies, I will one day buy a castle.

Interesting hub !


leanne flynn 4 years ago

have you done any research on people building castles right now? I know of folk who are building a stone keep by hand. What an impressive legacy? Two generations are working with free time and using stones from the land to lay foundations and walls. They get help as they need it. Bet you can find others who are doing the same. Thanks for the read and the beautiful images.


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Jane Grey 4 years ago from Oregon Author

Leanne, I have not done any research in that area. Sounds fascinating, though!


John Coffey 4 years ago

Hey any free castles with about a 100 acres??


Zoey 4 years ago

Yes! Thank you for sharing. Ran a cross your site while looking for blackwood. ran into it last week but for got to save in favorites. wanted to buy a plot


paula 4 years ago

Thank you so much for this information -- it is merely a dream...but someday, I would love to buy a castle and turn it into a bed and breakfast! I will bookmark this site in hopes that my someday will come sooner rather than later - cheers!


Ian Tempany 3 years ago

Anything at moment for 250000 euro?


kelly pauls 3 years ago

I am emailing you because I would like some information please. I think it would be interesting to live in a castle and would like to know if there isany for sale or rent in British Columbia Canada, Great Britain and Ireland. I would like to use part of the castle to hold weddings, parties etc. or to use the castle so people can tour thema nd use the grounds for weddings, parties etc. I would hire people from the country that the castle is located in. I would also like to know if an elevator can be installed into the castle as I need a wheelchair and walker to move about. You may email me at kellypauls@hotmail.ca. Thank you for your time!


Sul 3 years ago

Great information , can't afford a castle but recently purchased a gate lodge dating back to 1820, it's a listed building in need of complete restoration, must send u pictures , would like to hear your opinion!!


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Jane Grey 3 years ago from Oregon Author

Sul, are you thinking of selling your gate house?


Sul 3 years ago

Well I hadn't really I had planned to restore it back to its former glory but if the right offer came along u never know! I send u a picture if u want to see , send me your email and post them to u.


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Jane Grey 3 years ago from Oregon Author

Sul, you can send me an email at sechrista [at] gmail.com. If you provide some good pictures and details that would fit with my article, I may include it. You will need a blog or website or real estate listing, though, so others know how to find you.


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

So beautiful. I can only dream! Well written and presented hub with lovely photos.


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SavannahEve 3 years ago from California

Oh great! Now I really really really really want a castle. Gotta start saving. What a lovely hub, thank you for the beauty and the dream!


Najoba 3 years ago

Would you know the best resource in Ireland to help me locate Welland Castle? One one of my distant ancestral relatives' father, Erskine Beveridge of Dunfermline, Scotland owned this property, and I found it a subject of litigation in the House of Lords around 1870. I cannot locate it. Thanks.


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Jane Grey 3 years ago from Oregon Author

Hi Najoba,

The only thing I can think of is checking with Helen Cassidy, who sells most of the castles that I listed on this site. She would probably know if it changed its name.


Robbie Orpen 2 years ago

Family castle burnt down in 1922, Ardtully......Kilgarven. We have visited

some years ago. I understood from a late Uncle of mine that it was owned

by the Irish Fisheries Board? If you possibly have some firm information

it would be much appreciated. We met a Mrs O'Shea whose cows were

grazing around the castle,and who had a clock taken from same by her

grand-father.My offer to purchase this wasn't accepted. Looking forward

to your reply. orpen@global.co.za


maria elaine rom 3 months ago

LOVE! LOVE! LOVE the Castles...I will find my family tree album and search if I have a VERY RICH Uncle who owns the Castle, perhaps lightning strikes and he will Will it to ME...


Rebecca Willing 3 months ago

This would be a dream come true. I have been doing the family history/tree, and traced all the way to Domnhall Mor Ua Ceallaigh. I am finding that the family history has gotten quite interesting, many buíochas for this site. Now to see if I am lucky enough to add this to my bucket list to bring my dreams to fruition. Never know what might come.

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    UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada

    Jane what an absolutely delightful hub...I love castles although I can hardly see myself purchasing one! I am also a fan of fearie stories and am currently working on one...so this was intriguing for me as well as giving me another resource to explore. Thanks for all your careful work.

    UlrikeGrace


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    Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan

    Okay, so I'm going to buy a castle :) Whenever I get published, that is! Great pictures - It's cool that people have taken such great care of these structures and that they still live in them.


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    E. Nicolson 6 years ago

    A lovely hub which captures the imagination. We can all dream -- right?


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    Angela Blair 6 years ago from Central Texas

    This interesting Hub brought a whole new awareness: I've never even considered owning a castle and they're the stuff daydreams are made of. I also never thought about a castle being for sale. Wow, I am out of the loop! Enjoyed this Hub immensely - thanks! Best, Sis


    "Quill" 6 years ago

    Great Hub...we are planning on taking in some travel the next few years and Ireland has always captured my attention, the greens are green and incredible landscapes...Castles I have always been interested in...great Hub very informative and a keeper...

    Blessings and Hugs


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    Kendall H. 6 years ago from Northern CA

    'When you wish upon a star'...someday you'll live in a castle! Thanks for this fun hub! Makes me want to move right now except for the constant upkeep involved. Now I know why so many homes in Europe are open to tourists, it helps to pay the bills! Otherwise who would want people constantly trapsing through their home? :)


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    UlrikeGrace,

    I hope to hear more about your faerie story! Castles are fun to look at and fantasize about, but I don't think I'm going to be able to purchase one any time soon!


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    Hi Rose,

    I'll go in on one with you when I get published too! I love the interiors of these castles. Some of them are still so rustic-looking that it's easy to imagine the medieval people that lived in them.


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    E. Nicolson-- I'm dreaming right along with you! :) Thanks for stopping by.


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    Angela,

    I had no idea castles were for sale either until I started doing the research, and then I found they were popping up all over! It certainly is a huge purchase decision, but there are plenty of informed agents and restorers that can help with making a big decision like that. I think it would be a great homestead to pass on to one's children's children as their inheritance.


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    Hello Quill, I definitely hope to visit Ireland someday too, and the main reason is the castles. Hope that dream comes true for you someday soon!


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    Hi Kendall,

    I love that song! And yes, that would be the only reason I would allow muddy-booted tourists to tramp through my castle too. And considering how quickly the mold and moss eats away at old stone, I am really grateful I'm not the owner of many of these castles. Thanks for your fun comment! It made me smile.

    Jane


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    ButterflyWings 6 years ago

    These are absolutely incredible. I never considered owning one, but I love looking at pictures of castles, country houses, and other rich old dwellings. You have brightened my day.


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    Thank you, ButterflyWings! I'm happy to have cheered you. There is something so contemplative and story-bookish about castles. I think that's why we are always drawn to them. So glad you visited!


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    gramarye 6 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

    Jane, I love castles, you have really touched me with this hub. When I win a big lotto, I'll get your advice on the latest castles for sale!


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    I'm glad to hear I've found your soft spot, gramarye! Because it's my soft spot too. I've found some castles for sale in other countries too, so you might want to wait until I can put those in hubs too before you make your decision on which one to get. ;)


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    prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

    Great hub. I can't say anything. I like all the picture above. I only watch those castle only on my television. Believe me, this hub totally wonderful. I think only rich people can buy those castle. Two thumbs up for you.


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    Thank you Prasetio30, I appreciate your complements.


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    RobinLC 6 years ago from Kentucky

    Wonderful article! I'll purchase one as soon as I win two or three lotteries. lol.


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    James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

    A fantabulous article once again, Jane. I still marvel at your writing skills; and intuition about what is interesting. Thank you for this pleasure.


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    Thanks for visiting my article, James! I'm not surprised that we have a love for castles in common as well; there's much to fascinate.

    May God bless you!

    Jane


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    Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

    Absolutely fascinating stuff. I've always said that if I were to ever have a lot of money, I'd not necessarily be one for the all the toys...but a castle? Oh man. A CASTLE? Would it even be a question? Or maybe I could just have a house built with one of these beauties in mind.


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    Springboard, your last statement is the way to go, I think! Buy some land when the prices drop and erect a castle/house that will be in your family for generations. That's what the castles were built for, anyway! We need to have an architectural scheme that is not so utilitarian, but will be beautiful, established homesteads for children's children in the years to come.

    Thanks for reading!


    Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

    I WISH I had a rich uncle or something. (more like 2 or three by the sounds of it). This was a lovely hub and now I am off in la la land as I dream of castles, maidens, knights and dragons. :) I have a thing for castles too. Loved every word and picture.


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    Thank you, Duchess (every Duchess should have a castle)! I'm planning on featuring castles for sale, in other countries as well, in future hubs. I love to research castles!


    Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

    Oh good! I hope my email continues to work so I get the notice! (if I don't you can always remind me there is a new one!).


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    borge_009 6 years ago from Philippines

    Living in a castle definitely makes you feel like a king. I hope I can live in one of those(in my dreams). Thanks Jane Grey for this amazing hub.


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    Thanks for being a reader, Duchess! You are too kind.

    You're welcome borge_009! I know the feeling (in my dreams)!


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    moonlake 6 years ago from America

    Great hub really enjoyed it. Love castle's but I would never get any sleep in one.


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    Richard Armen 6 years ago

    I hope to one day get to visit Ireland...A lot of family of mine have visited and loved it.


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    ddhamilt 6 years ago

    Ok I'm gonna start saving now. But what about Scottish castles, any of those?


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    Moonlake,

    Yes, they're not as cozy as a cottage, are they? A little too big and creepy perhaps.


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    Richard Armen,

    I would love that too! I hope you can, someday!


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    DDHamilt,

    Your wish is my command. Sorry I took so long to reply to your comment; you gave such a lovely suggestion that I decided to act on it! The result: Scottish castles for sale, my new hub. :) Tell me what you think!

    https://toughnickel.com/real-estate/Castles-for-Sa...


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    Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

    Jane, very true. So many subdivisions I drive through simply have houses with no character at all. There's just no design to them. Yeah, they are spacious, even somewhat nice. But that's about it. There's no story. No uniqueness. Nothing special. It's something sadly amiss from today's architecture...

    Then I think architects nowadays are as cookie cutter out of college as the houses are ultimately built. Architects used to be artists. Not so anymore.


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    Springboard, that's exactly it! There's an artistry about the way these castles were made that has been lost in modern architecture. Ultimately I think it comes down to where our perspective is. If we're only looking to finish a job and make a few extra bucks in a finite world, then so be it, a concrete house with a bit of paint works well. But if we want to build something that will last for centuries, if we want the impact of our lives to be felt in a positive way in the many years to come, we'll be building, creating, and beautifying our homes and castles so that they'll last.


    Harlan Colt 6 years ago

    I looked at both the Scottish and Irish Castle hubs. What a super-fun diversion. Thank you very much Jane!

    - Harlan


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    Why thank you, Harlan! I'm so glad you enjoyed them.

    Jane


    Irene 6 years ago

    Wow! A great hub on castles. They are very interesting and I like the pictures very much.

    Irene of http://www.vintagechandelier.org


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    Hi Irene! Thank you for your comment; it sounds like you are into vintage décor a bit yourself!

    Jane


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    Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

    cool hub


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    Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

    If only I could find my pot of gold! I would indulge myself with an Irish castle & some Irish Whiskey.....Great Hub!


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    Michael, you lost your pot of gold? I've never heard of a leprechaun doing that before. ;) Glad you enjoyed my irish castles!


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    Rismayanti 6 years ago from Tropical Island

    NIce hub jane... informatif of your irish castles


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    Shelly Bryant 6 years ago from Singapore and/or Shanghai

    Fantastic hub, Jane. I enjoyed both this one and the Scottish castles. Beautiful pictures and descriptions!


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    Lamme 6 years ago

    Great hub. The pictures are beautiful!


    chakefrh 6 years ago

    woooow nice castles i hope that i can buy a 1/2 castle haaa


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    Video Express 6 years ago from Boston, MA

    A castle would be so much fun. I would be tempted to get a suit of armor to walk around in all day. Or at least a crown anyway.


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    barryrutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia

    beautiful images...


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    Thank you, Shelley! It is hard to do justice to these castles' beauty, but I'm glad you enjoyed it.


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    Laame, Thank you for your kind comment! I am grateful for some excellent photographers who truly show the beauty of these castles.


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    chakefhr, A half castle is a great idea! Maybe you could find someone to go in on it with you and start a bed and breakfast chain to help defray the cost. Castle honeymoons and destination (castle) weddings are very popular these days, so there's an idea for your castle as well!


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    Video Express, that would certainly make your castle "experience" authentic! Perhaps you could do research on your castle and give tours about its history while wearing your armor or crowne.


    seraphim11 6 years ago

    lol! Count me in as a dreamer also! I always dreamed of owning a castle, but I eventually had to wake myself up lol! Thank you for this interesting info!


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    Tina Ann 6 years ago from Frozen tundra of the Northwoods

    I have a new dream: to buy a castle- or more accurately build a replica here in the U.S.! With all the madern comforts, of course. I LOVE castles. They are so old and so rich with history and I love to imagine what it might have been like during those historic times. I love big houses but castles are the ultimate- even better than mansions!


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    saddlerider1 6 years ago

    What a wonderful journey into the past. I am part Irish and my partner is Irish. She spent some time there as a little girl and would love to go back. I have been to England and France but not to Ireland. To afford to buy one of these beauties, I would do it in a heart beat. The pictures you post are spectacular. I let my mind wander as I traveled through the past.Thank you for the experience. You have my vote, thumbs up.


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    GmaGoldie 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

    I love this dreamy Hub that took me to an enchanted castle of my forefathers. I am a tad bit Irish and very proud of it - now I know why - wonderful Hub!


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    seraphim11, keep dreaming and maybe someday you will have the chance to act upon those dreams! Real Estate in the UK is getting cheaper because the British pound is getting weaker. This is certainly a buyer's market!


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    Tina Ann, What a lovely idea! Several castles have been built in the US, and though they don't have quite the same historical value (yet!) as UK castles, the dreamy and romantic qualities of a castle can still be there. Keep your eye out for a future hub on castles for sale in the US! There are quite a few hidden gems.


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    Saddlerider, Thank you for your very kind complements! I was hoping to give you a bit of visual poetry with the pictures and information, and it makes me happy to know it pleased you. You have a special heritage, being part Irish. I hope you can visit the green island some day!


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    GmaGoldie, It certainly would be fun to find out you are a descendent of one of the former inhabitants of these castles! That is a likely possibility, and there is much research still to be done on many of the histories of these castles. Thank you for your comment!


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    RosWebbART 6 years ago from Ireland

    I live in Ireland and often drive past old castles ; would love to live in one but what about the central heating bills?


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    RosWebbART, what a beautiful place to live! Have you ever driven past any of these castles? You're right, the central heating bills would be huge, but these castles often have big fireplaces or smaller living quarters that you could decide to selectively heat.


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    Runway 6 years ago from New York

    Wow, this is fantastic! Thanks for sharing! Didn't know you could buy a castle!


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    Runway,

    Many castles of historic value are owned by the government, but there are several still privately owned!


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    Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida

    This is a beautiful dream to me, although it is an expensive venture. At the very least I can dream, this is a captivating collection.


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    flinchwymer 6 years ago from West Yorkshire U.K.

    I loved this hub Jane. I am of Irish descent and it has been my ambition for years to live there. Just got to persuade the wife (and win the lottery). I would buy Heathfield Castle in a breath. Thanks for sharing.


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    Thank you for visiting, Faybe Bay! Yes, most of us will only dream, but that is not unsatisfying, as dreams are sometimes more pleasant than reality.


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    Flinchwymer, Glad you liked it, and how fun to be actually Irish! These castles and their stories are a part of your heritage, even if you don't officially own one.

    Thank you for your approval!

    Jane


    sophs 6 years ago

    Brilliant hub! If I ever win the lottery I'm definitely buying a castle! :)


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    Thank you, Sophs! It was a pleasure to research and write.


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    myawn 6 years ago from Florida

    A castle would be the home of my dreams it would be a big utitlity bill though and I need my knight in shining armour to buy it for me..Love the photos such a nice Hub!


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    Liz Kirsten 6 years ago

    Very intriguing topic. I have always had a fascination with Ireland and with its castles. The pictures you have used really capture the differences in castles, inside and out. Thanks for the hub! Ireland is my first destination when I get a chance to travel out of America.


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    myawn, It certainly would require a large utility bill, but I think you could close up one half the castle and light fires in the hearths of the rooms in the other half. But yes, a knight in shining armor would be nice!

    Liz Kirsten, Thank you so much! Glad you found this interesting; I did try to choose pictures that would show readers and potential buyers what they would be getting! I have always been fascinated with Ireland and castles as well. There's so much scope for the imagination!


    Custom Gates 6 years ago

    OMG! Very nice castle! I can only afford this in my dreams! hehe :) True! But whoever lucky person will buy this for sure they're zillioners! Thanks for sharing Hub!


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    Custom Gates,

    Thank you for visiting! Yes, these castles are expensive, but I think it would be harder and more expensive to build one yourself or hire a contractor. Right now is the time to buy, especially if you live outside the UK.


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    vox vocis 6 years ago

    Great hub! Castles always draw my attention! And, the stairway on the pic above...beautiful!!! I want to climb it, at least once (when I can´t own a stairway like that :-))!


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    Vox, I agree— there's something about a curving stairway that invites exploration. You never know what you'll find around the bend!


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    thebuckleshop 6 years ago

    i should try buyin one..in like 200 years of saving money


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    jaishe 6 years ago from S.India

    I too like to own one in future


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    True Blue Tips 6 years ago

    Thanks for writing this great hub. Now all I need is my Prince Charming!


    Carl Madison 6 years ago

    When I studied abroad in England, I saw many castles. The ones in Scottland were my favorite. How much are these actually selling for?


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    Carl, I love the ones in Scotland the best too! The history of the Scottish people's fight for freedom and liberty is what appeals to me, and makes their architecture all the more noble.

    I am not aware of how much castles like this have actually been sold for since I only recently began to be interested in the topic, but most of them are priced somewhere 400,00 euros to 900,000 euros. Contact the individual real estate agents if you'd like more specific details.


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    twogroce 6 years ago

    Very nice Hub! I enjoyed the photos very much. Perhaps someday I may be able to travel to see one in person, until then the photos will have to due.


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    twogroce, glad you enjoyed the eye candy! These are some of my favorites. If you do ever go in person, make sure to take lots of pictures!


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    Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

    wow, now to save my dimes and cikles.. off to buy me a castle... one more reason to build up my hubs! Stumbled and dugg for traffic blessings.


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    Wow, thanks Rebecca E.! You just visited my most trafficked hub, and made it better with your traffic blessings! I appreciate the complements of an "expert" like you-- I always direct newcomers to your hubs. They sure helped me when I was starting out! Who knows, by the end of this we may be able to each buy a castle with all our hubs!


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    stephanie o 6 years ago from Pacifica, CA

    for as long as i can remember, i've always wanted to live the medieval life in a castle! if only i could afford one of these.. they're so beautiful...

    thanks for this lovely hub! i'll keep dreaming!


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    Shawn Scarborough 6 years ago from The Lone Star State

    Nice hub! And some great pictures too. I really enjoyed reading this and I am looking forward to reading more of your hubs.


    Pro Design Source 6 years ago

    I love your hub! Never realized all of the hoops you have to jump through to own a castle. Definitely a future tourist destination, but I'm sure I wouldn't want to own one. Thanks for all of the beautiful pictures!!


    Paul Alexander 6 years ago

    This is very interesting, i liked it a lot! Paul Alexander


    Bloget 6 years ago

    ohhhh you captured my heart... with Castles! ;--) Love it!


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    Stephanie O., we're all with you on that one! The medieval castle life was not as romanticized and beautiful as we like to make it (the smells, the young death rate, the lawless behavior), but living in a modern castle would certainly combine the best of both worlds!


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    Thanks, Shawn! I appreciate your complements and hope you are pleased by my other hubs.


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    Pro Design Source, you'd have to be a circus lion to enjoy jumping through all the fiery hoops that potential castle-owners must go through! Buying a castle is not for the weak hearted.


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    I appreciate you coming over to look at "my" castles, Paul Alexander!


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    Bloget, you're not the only one! I think everybody loves a castle now and then, and it's pretty special to think that they're for sale now too.


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    lahoriamplifier 6 years ago from Lahore

    informative hub friend


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    Masumrana 6 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

    Interesting hub.


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    Vandelay 6 years ago from United States

    Great Hub, I was actually surprised that they don't cost more. I will never be able to afford one, but I would have guessed it to be even higher.


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    Jane Grey 6 years ago from Oregon Author

    Vandelay, I was surprised they weren't higher priced as well, but if you think about it, the pricing follows the trends of all real estate these days. It's a buyer's market. The fact that the Euro isn't doing extremely well helps lower the price also.


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    Maryanne Maguire 6 years ago from Santa Monica, CA

    Just beautiful! Cannot image the utility bills or cleaning it takes, but totally awesome-looking. Nice Hib!


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    RoseGardenAdvice 6 years ago from San Francisco

    Amazing photographs! Really neat compilation - now all I have to do is raise the money and buy myself a castle :)


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    henrykasan 6 years ago from UK

    Good Hub!!!!!!

    The information shared is very much knowledgeable such as castles were originally built as fortresses, not necessarily as things of beauty. Photographs are awesome and the whole compilation is sparklingly wonderful. Thanks a lot for sharing.


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    BozemanRealEstate 6 years ago from Bozeman, MT

    Stunning. I'll have to come back to finish. Thanks!


    Guitar Loop Pedal 6 years ago

    I want to buy a castle. I think Tony Robbins owns his own Castle.


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    AliciaC 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    I’d love to visit Ireland and explore the castles that you’ve described. I’ll never have enough money to buy one, but it’s nice to daydream!


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    tjgrinder 6 years ago

    Would definitely love me a castle or two!!!


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    melbel 5 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

    Wow, what a beautiful hub! I would love to own a castle in Ireland!


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    AnkushKohli 5 years ago from India

    Nice Hub About castles. I always enjoy reading that type of hub. Im not going to buy it as I'm looking in India but always prefer to others. Nice job Jane.


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    110211 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    So do you own a castle?


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    Jane Grey 5 years ago from Oregon Author

    110211, No I don't own anything that anyone else would call a "castle," but I do consider my home my castle!


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    doodlebugs 5 years ago from Southwest

    Nice Hub. I wouldn't want the heating bills for some of those though!


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    Jane Grey 5 years ago from Oregon Author

    Doodlebugs, you're right about the energy bill! It's usually huge on the castles that aren't remodeled with drywall and insulation, but some of the more modern ones are better at retaining heat. There's always the huge fireplace in the great hall and a forest of trees to use for fuel!


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    AllSuretyBonds 5 years ago

    Great Hub. These castles are pretty amazing! I love the spiral staircases.


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    Jane Grey 5 years ago from Oregon Author

    AllSurety, the spiral staircases are what draw many people to these castles! That, and the turrets and drawbridges. Thanks for leaving a comment!


    JBGlobalE 5 years ago

    Pretty cool castles! I have a few interesting old homes for sale in the Ireland and Germany area on my listings site Global Escape Realty, if you like the medieval look. =)


    Donna 5 years ago

    I would love to live in an old castle. Imagine the spirts that are there, thats if you belive in them. I do i lived in a house that had them and they were nice ones we did have that made you feel a little uneasy. But they never hurt anyone. I would love to be able to go and spend time in one an learn something about ancient times in Ireland. My Greay grandparents came from Ireland. I woul love to have a pen pal from there to learn all about the castles an life in Ireland. Unles i came into alot of money i will never be able to visit Ireland. My family came from Ireland, Scotland and England, But Ive always been drawn to Ireland for some reason.Hope there is a nice Irish person in Irelnd that wants a pen pal. Who Knows maybe my family owned a castle there. Have a very pleasant day. Sincerely Donna


    John Donney 5 years ago

    The pictures of the place looks great and I believe the environment is very relaxing. I also suggest you look ask International Real Estate for more options. They will be very helpful.

    John


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    Jennie Demario 5 years ago from Floating in the clouds

    I'll take all 5 castle please! pretty amazing. we don't have history like that in the good ole US. I could swear that I have seen the Killahara Castle in one of those home shows where people shop for unique homes.


    Tim 5 years ago

    I have been looking into this for long time now. I am very young. But I will be making a lot more money very soon. If you could help me throw buying one of these castles. I would be very happy. But the nature of my job or anything about that is government business only. So please understand I can't tell you.


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    Dr Rockpile 5 years ago from USA

    Very nice hub. I would love to live in Cloghan or Heathfield Castles. They are amazing!


    Lisa de la Haye 5 years ago

    Laragh Castle for sale County Wicklow.


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    Jane Grey 5 years ago from Oregon Author

    Helen,

    So good to have you stop by! Yes, there are many of us who love the history and beauty of these properties. You must really enjoy getting to introduce these beauties to others. Let me know if you would like any information on this page updated. I try to keep it current based on your listings.

    Folks, now you know where to go when you have decided to buy you Irish castle!

    Jane


    Helen Cassidy 5 years ago

    Thanks Jane, you are an Angel!


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    princesswithapen 4 years ago

    Jane

    This is awesome! There is always fascination with properties that have a history attached to it. I wonder if the plunge in property prices in Ireland has affected prices for castles. I will follow the links you've provided to dig out more information to feed my curiosity. Thanks for sharing!

    Princesswithapen


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    Jane Grey 4 years ago from Oregon Author

    Princess, I'm glad it piqued your curiosity! From what I've seen, castle prices have been dropping all over Europe in conjunction with the weakening economy. This will be good for Americans who are looking at purchasing property in Europe, at least for a little while, since the dollar doesn't seem to be dropping as quickly in value as other European currencies.


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    Larry Fields 4 years ago from Northern California

    What gorgeous photos!

    One drawback in owning one of these high-maintenance beauties is that I'd have to get a high-maintenance Irish Wolfhound to go with it!

    As a consolation prize, I may buy a Blackthorn walking stick. :-)

    I already have an Irish driver's cap. And I've practiced doing an Irish accent on a line from one of the Star Trek TNJ episodes, "There can be no pleasure without an equal amount of pain."


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    PrettyWater 4 years ago from Big Lake, Minnesota

    Wow!!!! I think everything that can be said about this hub has already been said. Love it I'd love two or three and no, I'll never have the pleasure of owning one. Thank you for the visit.


    DF 4 years ago

    That comment about cloghan being 'one of the only castles actually built by an Irishman' is - with respect - utter nonsense. There are about 1200 tower houses in the country, built mainly between 1400 and 1600 there are large numbers in Gaelic areas built by Gaelic lords. In fact tower houses are more common (at least in survival in areas of Gaelic settlement) Even to suggests that the descendants of the Anglo-Normans during that period - the old english - were not Irish is something of a nonsense


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    Jane Grey 4 years ago from Oregon Author

    DF,

    Thank you for telling me! My source was obviously in error, and I hope I will do better research next time. I will change the offending sentence right now.

    Jane


    laferty 4 years ago

    I want to go home .


    Xavier Patrick 4 years ago

    Wow! In love with the Clonony Castle. Not looking to buy at the moment, but how much is it??


    john 4 years ago

    Is Blarney castle for sale?


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    Jane Grey 4 years ago from Oregon Author

    Hi Xavier,

    Clonony Castle is listed at around 695,000 Eu. Contact the agent directly if you're interested!


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    Jane Grey 4 years ago from Oregon Author

    John,

    As far as I can tell, Blarney Castle in Ireland is not for sale. There is a structure called Blarney Castle in the LA area of California, that was named after Ireland's castle, and is for sale.


    bronagh 4 years ago

    for all you fans of Irish castles, have a look at formerglory.ie or abandoned mansions of ireland. they are great sites that will entertain for hours. enjoy willow


    Timothy Madden 3 years ago

    I'm trying to find out how I can contact the owners of "Cloghan Castle"as I would love to buy it and put it back into the family name.


    Catherine 2 years ago

    Hmm. How amusing to stumble across this. My parents live in the first one mentioned, "Cloghan Castle". It is indeed v beautiful, a wonderful family home as well as recently being a successful wedding venue. It is for sale, and less expensive than most large modern homes.


    ROSY 7 weeks ago

    makes me sad, wanna live there soooo bad!! a shame that these places are hard to heat unless you pay a fortune, or people would want to buy them, probably even people in that area. shame to let these places fall apart!!!! these castles and homes are Ireland's heritage, full of history and ancestors!!!

    money can not replace, or buy that, ever!!!!!!!

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