Dracula’s castle – or at least the castle that inspired the novel – is for sale.
Unfortunately, you’ll need $US80-odd million to buy it, which is prohibitive to say the least, even though more than half a million tourists walk through its doors annually.
But buying a castle isn’t exactly out of reach, particularly if you’ve got a job that’s transportable and you’re used to paying $1m plus for anything near the centre of a major Australian city.
So here’s a quick primer at what’s on offer elsewhere in Europe. France seems to be the place where most castles are crying out for love, but Italy and Portugal are worth a look too.
Happy hunting, castle fans.
This 14th century, 6-bedroom castle with a moat.
On 4 hectares close to the Loire Valley.
This 19th century chateau, with 12 bedrooms withion an hour’s reach of Bordeaux.
River views from all rooms, on one and a half hectares of grounds with a gate that open onto the main square of the local village.
This 8-bedroom, 16th Century chateau and outbuildings.
Four spiral staircased towers, on a massive 117 hectare plot, 3-and-a-half hours from Paris and Lyon.
This 9-bedroom fortified chateau in Normandy.
15th Century stone and oak timber, on 11 hectares and run as a “thriving” B&B business.
Portugal is nice this time of year.
5-bedroom hotel, 18th Century castle. “Perched in the heart of Gerês, the largest Natural Park in Portugal stands the magnificent 18th century castle that majestically dominates the hills of a quiet rural village called Anjos (the village of Anjos).”
This neat little one-bedder in Italy.
For those who can’t afford a whole castle, there’s plenty of apartments on offer.
Your money here buys you the tower – 95 square metres of living space arranged over three levels, with private garden, pool, tennis court, club house, parking and 17 hectares of land to roam.
This practical, family castle
This 15th Century 3-bedder is just five minutes from the centre of Sarlat, southwest France. It “offers all the features of an historic medieval castle but on the scale of a very practical, family home, set in the middle of 4.1 hectares of lawns and woodland”.
This medieval castle with a pigeon tower.
A potentially huge 1000 square metres of living space on offer, this 12th Century monolith also has another excellent feature – a wine cave.
At least half of it is liveable and its located in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in southern France, not far from Narbonne.
In case you need 24 bedrooms
This incredible palace in the southwest of France offers 2800 square metres of living space.
There are 60 – yes, 60 – “small en-suite bedrooms of poor quality” which could presumably be converted into the advertised 24 bedrooms.
All on 17 hectares of land, within reach of Bordeaux and Bergerac international airports.