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Irish Castles for Sale in Ireland

Updated on April 14, 2016

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

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      ROSY 10 months 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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      Catherine 3 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.

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      Timothy Madden 4 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.

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      bronagh 5 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

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      Ann Leavitt 5 years ago from Oregon

      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.

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      Ann Leavitt 5 years ago from Oregon

      Hi Xavier,

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

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      john 5 years ago

      Is Blarney castle for sale?

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      Xavier Patrick 5 years ago

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

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      laferty 5 years ago

      I want to go home .

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      Ann Leavitt 5 years ago from Oregon

      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

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      DF 5 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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      PrettyWater 5 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.

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      Larry Fields 5 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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      Ann Leavitt 5 years ago from Oregon

      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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      princesswithapen 5 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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      Helen Cassidy 5 years ago

      Thanks Jane, you are an Angel!

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      Ann Leavitt 5 years ago from Oregon

      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

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      Lisa de la Haye 5 years ago

      Laragh Castle for sale County Wicklow.

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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!

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      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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      Venture Boyz 6 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.

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      John Donney 6 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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      Donna 6 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

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      JBGlobalE 6 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. =)

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      Ann Leavitt 6 years ago from Oregon

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

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      AllSuretyBonds 6 years ago

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

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      Ann Leavitt 6 years ago from Oregon

      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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      doodlebugs 6 years ago from Southwest

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

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      Ann Leavitt 6 years ago from Oregon

      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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      110211 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      So do you own a castle?

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      AnkushKohli 6 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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      Melanie Shebel 6 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

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

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      tjgrinder 6 years ago

      Would definitely love me a castle or two!!!

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      Linda Crampton 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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      Guitar Loop Pedal 6 years ago

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

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      BozemanRealEstate 6 years ago from Bozeman, MT

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

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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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      RoseGardenAdvice 7 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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      Maryanne Maguire 7 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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      Ann Leavitt 7 years ago from Oregon

      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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      Vandelay 7 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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      Masumrana 7 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      Interesting hub.

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      lahoriamplifier 7 years ago from Lahore

      informative hub friend

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      Ann Leavitt 7 years ago from Oregon

      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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      Ann Leavitt 7 years ago from Oregon

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

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      Ann Leavitt 7 years ago from Oregon

      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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      Ann Leavitt 7 years ago from Oregon

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

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      Ann Leavitt 7 years ago from Oregon

      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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      Bloget 7 years ago

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

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      Paul Alexander 7 years ago

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

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      Pro Design Source 7 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!!

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      Shawn Scarborough 7 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.

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      stephanie o 7 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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      Ann Leavitt 7 years ago from Oregon

      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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      Rebecca E. 7 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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      Ann Leavitt 7 years ago from Oregon

      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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      twogroce 7 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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      Ann Leavitt 7 years ago from Oregon

      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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      Carl Madison 7 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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      True Blue Tips 7 years ago

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

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      jaishe 7 years ago from S.India

      I too like to own one in future

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      thebuckleshop 7 years ago

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

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      Ann Leavitt 7 years ago from Oregon

      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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      Jasmine 7 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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      Ann Leavitt 7 years ago from Oregon

      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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      Custom Gates 7 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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      Ann Leavitt 7 years ago from Oregon

      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!

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      Liz Kirsten 7 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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      myawn 7 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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      Ann Leavitt 7 years ago from Oregon

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

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      sophs 7 years ago

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

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      Ann Leavitt 7 years ago from Oregon

      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

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      Ann Leavitt 7 years ago from Oregon

      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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      flinchwymer 7 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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      Faye Constantino 7 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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      Ann Leavitt 7 years ago from Oregon

      Runway,

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

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      Runway 7 years ago from New York

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

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      Ann Leavitt 7 years ago from Oregon

      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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      Ros Webb 7 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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      Ann Leavitt 7 years ago from Oregon

      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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      Ann Leavitt 7 years ago from Oregon

      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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      Ann Leavitt 7 years ago from Oregon

      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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      Ann Leavitt 7 years ago from Oregon

      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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      Kelly Kline Burnett 7 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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      saddlerider1 7 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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      Tina Ann 7 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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      seraphim11 7 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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      Ann Leavitt 7 years ago from Oregon

      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.

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      Ann Leavitt 7 years ago from Oregon

      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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      Ann Leavitt 7 years ago from Oregon

      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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      Ann Leavitt 7 years ago from Oregon

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

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      beautiful images...

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      Video Express 7 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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      chakefrh 7 years ago

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

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      Lamme 7 years ago

      Great hub. The pictures are beautiful!

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      Shelly Bryant 7 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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      Rismayanti 7 years ago from Tropical Island

      NIce hub jane... informatif of your irish castles

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      Ann Leavitt 7 years ago from Oregon

      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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      Michael Shane 7 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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      Granny's House 7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      cool hub