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Huge abandoned castles you can actually buy

Posted: July 23, 2019

From the air, you can see how the grand house sits within the grounds, which have both wooded and landscaped areas. Around the estate, you’ll find sculptures of Greek and Roman mythology, monarchs from all over the world and scenes that depict the lives of Ecuadoreans.

Inside, the huge property has over one million square feet of floor space, which is a mixture of architectural styles including Gothic Revival, Renaissance and Rococo. The castle may be empty but doesn’t go without some luxury touches: there are more stone and marble sculptures dotted around the house, carved railings and intricate stucco work on the ceilings.

As well as the main castle, the grounds are also home to a cathedral, two Roman-style pools, multiple pavilions and 50 car parking spaces. So what’s the trade-off for this enormous property? The castle needs major renovation work, which has a projected cost of around $2 million.

Appearing to float on the water, the main house is like something out of a fairy tale with a yellow striped watchtower and a bright pink exterior. In the distance, the Alpine range of Orobie rises dramatically, providing fabulous views worthy of royalty. This island has serious history too; it appears on maps as far back as 1723.

The main house has plenty of space with five bedrooms and a bathroom over two levels of 1,500 square feet. Outside there’s even more room to roam with picturesque balconies, a closed veranda and a courtyard, plus you even get a private jetty and mooring thrown into the deal.

In 2013, the island and property were classified as a site of interest for Italy’s National Trust, the FAI. Any work or renovations need to be approved by the FAI, which will be essential to make the island and home habitable.

And inside is just as stately as the exterior, with 15 rooms that are spread over two floors. At the heart of the house sits the central courtyard, ringed with columns, arches and statues set onto wide balconies.

The empty corridors are lined with traditional Maltese tiles and are spacious and airy. The arched windows look out over the courtyard and, even though it needs some renovation, many of the original features are still intact.

Outside, the villa is surrounded by two large mature gardens that are filled with a grove of orange trees and fountains that are no longer in use. The sheer scale and grandeur of this castle mean it’s got bags of potential to be renovated into a lavish home or a hotel.

After suffering centuries of earthquakes and wars, the building became uninhabitable but was restored in 1778 by Pope Pius VI. During the works, many of the castle features were replaced with more domestic home comforts to make the house more of a luxury residence than a fortress. You can spot these features around the house today, from the elliptical staircase and majestic double front door to a beautiful clock tower and a coat of arms sculpted from stone.

Inside, the main building is spread over four floors that feature beautiful fireplaces, sculptures and works of art mounted in golden frames. The grand staircase in the hallway leads upstairs to the second floor, which has seven rooms that were all skilfully painted by artist Liborio Coccetti.

The former fortress also features a throne room, which is decorated with scenes from the Old Testament, a banquet room with beautiful frescoes and exquisitely carved architraves throughout. In addition to the main house, you also get stables, the Borgian quadrangular tower and a chapel adorned with marble, lapis lazuli and emeralds. Talk about an undiscovered gem of a property!

The house was originally built in 1894 as a summer escape for William Wyckoff and his family. After Wyckoff’s death, the family fell on hard times and his son sold the building to General Electric, who offered materials from the house to locals who would salvage them. Many of the windows, including stained glass, were taken and an entire floor of a bedroom was removed.

Despite its gorgeous river views, the house has been on the market at the same price since 2012 but has failed to attract a buyer. We can only assume that the expensive renovations are scaring off the buyers. Surely someone out there could restore this old house to its former glory?

With 11 bedrooms that are spread over three floors, the home isn’t structurally sound and is currently encased in barbed wire. Left in a state of decay without windows and doors, it has been left open to the elements and isn’t connected to any utilities. Despite all these challenges, it’s a magnificent piece of local history and could be a wonderful luxury house for the right renovator…

Built in 1876, the Grade-II listed building has served as a family home, hospital, orphanage and hotel in its time. The grand external shell with its towers, crenellations and battlements survived the fire but inside is a different story.

Many of the window panes are long gone and the fire-ravaged interior features peeling walls and gutted rooms but there are still some original features intact: the stone mullioned windows and a grand porch on the west side, for example.

At the back of the main castle are a number of cottages that could be turned into extra accommodation by the new owners. Although there’s no specific planning permission in place, the mansion could potentially be converted into a new hotel, multi-resident apartments or a magnificent single-family home.

The expansive building sits in nearly 150 acres of land, room enough for herds of deer and horses. Inside, the castle is dotted with fireplaces, painted ceilings and Portuguese tiles from the 19th century. This grand staircase features gilded woodwork and an intricately-painted underside.

The building may be empty and abandoned but it has over 30 rooms, each of which have been decorated in a different style. This grand fireplace is adorned with gold and cherub statues and is topped with a coat of arms.


The castle is surrounded by a chapel, stables, winery, lakes and waterways, as well as a landscaped garden and rectangular swimming pool. What more could a king or queen want from a home?

Showing elements of English romanticism, the pink fort is spread out over four levels, including a basement which can be accessed from both the ground floor and garden. The main entrance features the original front door, which has been preserved perfectly and is framed by stucco paint.

While structurally sound, the interior needs a spruce up and some renovation to make it livable. But the castle is still full of amazing original details that will surely delight any history lover, including a decorated bay window in the tapestry room, a hand-painted cooker hood in the kitchen that bears a coat of arms and the living room’s coffered ceilings.

The octagonal terrace outside is positioned at the top of the tower with traditional battlements and provides 360-degree views of the surrounding countryside. A beautiful park of nearly 15 acres surrounds the castle, which is split by a wide avenue lined with pine trees, perfect for an evening stroll before supper.

Inside, the castle is awash with traditional arches and features a central courtyard, which has become overgrown with grass. The external red brickwork shows the wear and tear of time with moss and faded stucco paintwork on the ceilings.

The property was expanded during the 15th and 16th centuries and spans a huge 12,000 square feet inside. Aside from the amazing arches and family crests, the estate also features a lookout tower and a 16th-century chapel.

With a huge 32,000 square feet of interior space, the castle features open corridors and sunken living areas with built-in window seats. Built around 1860, the derelict property needs a buyer with a strong imagination and creativity to turn it into a living space.

Open to the elements, the fort has no windows and lacks ceilings in many places. It sits high atop a rocky peak and, even though it’s a ruin, the beauty of the building still shines through.

The sunken courtyard in the center needs some serious work but, surrounded by the fortress walls and arched windows, we think it’s the perfect place for a swimming pool.


www.msn.com –  Abi Harman | 2018-07-12