Castle Heaton for sale

More castles have been built in the border county of Northumberland than in any other county in England because of the habit of its Scottish neighbours in times gone by to invade this most Northern part of England.

The launch of the 1,229-acre Castle Heaton and Shellacres estate at Cornhill-on-Tweed, 12 miles from the border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, at a guide price of over £11.5 million’ through local estate agents illustrates the revival of the market by leading local landowners. In a small number of castles for sale it has a bumper asking price which , if achieved, will set a record for recent years in the North-East.Land values have never been as strong in this part of the country, and we’re seeing an increasing number of buyers moving up from the South to re-invest, and live in and enjoy all that we have to offer in this part of the world.

With its rich mix of history, heritage, sporting assets and farming know-how, Castle Heaton has much to intrigue a discerning sporting incomer. The estate, which sits either side of the River Till, a tributary of the Tweed, is being sold either as a whole, or in two lots. The main residential element, on the west bank of the Till, comprises Castle Heaton House and gardens, its adjacent Granary House and Tower, four stone cottages, an arable and grassland farm, a pheasant shoot and a very private beat of salmon and sea-trout fishing-638 acres in all-and is on offer at a guide price of ‘excess £6.15m’.

Castle Heaton House is a substantial 19th-century stone and slate building-extensively refurbished and upgraded in 1992-with three reception rooms, a large kitchen/breakfast room, a nursery, six bedrooms and four bathrooms. The Granary House, on the west side of the gardens, was partially demolished and converted in 1998 to create an annexe to the main house, with one main reception room, a kitchen, four bedrooms and two bathrooms. It is attached to a castellated tower currently being modernised to provide a large, open-plan reception room with a high vaulted roof, an en-suite double bedroom and kitchen area.

A range of traditional 16th- and 17th-century stone farm buildings beside the main house includes a much earlier buttressed stone barn, listed Grade II*, which contains the remains of the original late-medieval Heaton Castle, built in 1415-possibly by Sir Thomas Grey-and destroyed in 1496 by the Scots and James IV. In the 1580s, a dispute arose between the Grey family and the Crown as to who should bear the cost of repairing the castle, as a result of which nothing at all was done.
On the east side of the river, 590-acre Shellacres is a first-class farming estate in an area renowned for its arable farming, and holds the Guinness World Record for the most wheat harvested in eight hours-551.6 tons. The estate agent for this property has been inundated with enquiries

Crantzdorf Castle under offer

Crantzdorf Castle, the 20,000-square-foot property owned by local auto dealer Steve Grindstaff, will not go to auction today as originally planned. Instead, an offer for the castle “is on the table and being negotiated,” according to Kari Neering, associate vice president for Rubenstein Public Relations. “The seller has elected to focus on negotiating a deal rather than go to auction.” Originally priced at $28.5 million, the property is currently listed for sale at $19.5 million with its agency, Mountain Sotheby’s International Realty. The 13-acre spread, located at 191 Degrasse Drive, sits on the shores of Boone Lake. The castle, which is reportedly modeled after the Palacio de la Magdalena in Spain, boasts nine bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and four half-baths

Castaway island Taransay sold

Taransay island, which featured in the BBC’s Castaway, has been sold .It had an asking price of £2m or above. Selling agents CKD Galbraith have not named the new owners but said they already owned property on Harris. Ben Fogle, one of a group of people who lived on the island for Castaway in 2000, had been leading a bid to buy Taransay. CKD Galbraith said the island’s owners knew the purchasers and the island was passing into “safe hands”. The firm’s John Bound added: “There will no doubt be a number of disappointed parties who would have liked to bid but it is fitting that Taransay is now in the new ownership of somebody closely acquainted to the area who will preserve the current management of the island.” Taransay offers trout and sea fishing and deer stalking. The island also has a sheep farm. The island is said to be home of Celtic pagans in 300AD and was the site of several fierce battles, such as the Massacre

New English castles database published

A new database allows searchers to look for castles by postcode in England . Details of England’s national heritage from protected shipwrecks to listed lamp-posts are being made easily available to the public for the first time with a new online database.
English Heritage has launched the National Heritage List for England which it claimed was “a significant milestone towards achieving better understanding and protection for heritage in this country”.

It lists all 400,000 listed buildings, parks, gardens, battlefields, shipwrecks and scheduled monuments. And for the first time, the public will be able to search by postcode, by age or by categories from coal-mines to castles.

The database launch came as English Heritage came as it announced priorities from now until 2015 in the light of a 32 per cent cut in its Government grant.

Work still going ahead include vital repairs to Kenwood House in north London and a major advice service to councils who are selling off public buildings such as town halls and libraries because of their own budget cuts.

Royal couple holiday on exclusive island in the Seychelles

Last month’s Royal wedding dominated the world’s media in  way that only a Royal romance can . Now newly marrieds the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are honeymooning in the Seychelles. Despite attempts by the Palace to keep it secret , news has come out that Princess Diana’s son  Prince William and Kate are in the Seychelles . They spent a week in the Indian Ocean archipelago, on the island of Desroches, in August 2007. William is reported to have told islanders that the trip was the best holiday he had had. Desroches is the main island of the Amirantes group, an exclusive setting well beyond the reach of most honeymoon couples. The archipelago boasts 115 islands. This might show William and Kate’s relationship is on a more equal footing than his parents’. Charles and Diana’s post-wedding travels in 1981 – Broadlands in Hampshire, family home of the Mountbattens, followed by a Mediterranean cruise on the royal yacht, then on to Balmoral with his family – smacked of a husband calling the shots. Whether the Amirantes will be such an aphrodisiac is another question. William was born in 1982, eight months after the couple returned.

Framlingham Castle available to rent

English Heritage is searching for tenants for what was once The Great Hall of Framlingham Castle, the Suffolk residence of several English Kings and Queens.

The Red House is on the market for just £850 per month.

A two-bedroom flat in London’s Mayfair will cost you the same amount per week.

But the availability of the key to The Red House is an incredible opportunity to live inside a piece of genuine English history.

Framlingham Castle was built by Roger Bigod, the 1st Earl of Norfolk, between 1117 and 1200, to replace his father’s timber fort which Henry II destroyed.

The Red House was converted from The Great Hall into a poorhouse in 1729.

The Parsonage , Dunmore

The Parsonage is set in fully 15 acres of its own land, sheltered by mature woodland and surrounded by open countryside. There are spectacular views to the north over the Firth of Forth to the hills beyond.

The house has a highly accessible situation mid way between Edinburgh and Glasgow. It is near the pivot of the motorway network of central Scotland, being only 4 miles from the junction of the M876 and the M9. Edinburgh and Glasgow (and their airports) are both within daily commuting distance.

Stirling is only 8 miles away and Perth and Dundee are both within 60 miles. The new bridge over the Forth at Kincardine is only 3 miles away and gives greatly improved access to Fife. There are also good rail connections from Falkirk which has commuter services to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Perth.

Airth (1 mile) is the local village which has a local shop, post office and primary school. Airth Castle Hotel on the far side of the village has its own leisure club with a swimming pool, gym, sauna, fitness classes, bar and dining facilities. There is a golf driving range off the main road close to the gates of the hotel.

Stirling, is the major town of central Scotland. In the middle ages Stirling was the seat of the Kings of Scotland and the town is famous for William Wallace who fought the English at Stirling in the 13th century. The modern day town provides a full range of shops, schools and services including a Tesco and also has a golf club, cinema and swimming pool. Bridge of Allan 3 miles beyond is home of Stirling University and also has a leisure centre and the MacRobert Arts Centre with a theatre and cinema and a prep school (Beaconhurst).

Private schools in the area include Dollar Academy (10 miles), which takes both girls and boys as boarders or day pupils, and Beaconhurst at Bridge of Allan. Strathallan, Morrison’s Academy, Glenalmond, Craigclowan (preparatory) and Kilgraston (girls only) are all within 40 miles. All the private schools, universities and colleges of Edinburgh and Glasgow are also within easy reach.

As well as being conveniently placed for the amenities and towns of central Scotland, The Parsonage is also well placed for access to the highlands to the north. The A84 from Stirling is a main route into the Highlands leading to Callander and onto Loch Earn, Crianlarich, Fort William and Oban. The Trossachs and Loch Lomond to the west are also within easy reach. There are therefore opportunities for many outdoor activities including climbing, hill walking, water sports, fishing, shooting and stalking. Gleneagles Hotel with its leisure club and golf courses is only 25 miles away.


The Parsonage is a magnificent period mansion house which dates from 1863 and was originally built as the parsonage for the neighbouring Dunmore Estate.

The house has a traditionally Scottish appearance with impressive façades to both the north and south. It is built of stone under steep pitched slate roofs, with large bay windows on the ground floor and pitched dormer windows on the first floor. There is an enclosed courtyard to the rear of the house with a substantial garage / outhouse adjoining.

The main accommodation of the house is reached off a large central hallway with matching stairways at either end. The reception rooms off this hall are well proportioned and of a manageable size. They include a drawing room, a dining room, two sitting rooms and an informal dining room. An inner corridor leads to a flower room and a study and continues to the large kitchen / breakfast room beyond. This room is in the heart of the house and is one of the most impressive modern features with its Aga, central work unit, period style dressers and large breakfast area with French doors to both the garden and the courtyard. Further storage and utility rooms adjoin the kitchen. A corridor from the kitchen leads to an integral staff flat which comprises a sitting room, kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms. Adjoining the kitchen stores is has been converted into a playroom with a galleried first floor above.

The first floor accommodation is served by two stairways from the reception hall and by two landings. The master bedroom suite is off the south landing and comprises a master bedroom with a dressing room and bathroom. There are seven further bedrooms in all and three further bathrooms or shower rooms, two of which are en suite.

Gardens And Grounds

To the west of the house is a paved courtyard enclosed by high wrought iron gates set in stone pillars.

In front of the house, to the north and east, is a large area which is laid down to lawns interspersed with rhododendrons and mature trees. The main garden is to the south of the house where there is a large paved patio with the formal garden beyond. This garden continues around to the west of the house, with flower beds and a central urn.

On the east side of the garden, behind banks of rhododendrons, is a five acre enclosed paddock.


CASTLE OF CARBONANA sits on top of a hill, enclosed by a beautiful cypress park. It is located in Umbria, in between Gubbio and Umbertide, and is surrounded by green rolling hills.

Often called the “Green Heart of Italy”, Umbria is a beautiful countryside area of rolling forested hills, meadows covered with flowers, olive groves, lakes and deep valleys. The landscape of Umbria is dotted with many picturesque medieval villages, and the people of the area are known for their distinctive cuisine, friendliness and hospitality. This wonderful, tranquil region offers visitors a gorgeous, clean, natural environment, as well as medieval art and architecture, and many sites of historical interest in the countryside.

The property comprises approximately 20 hectares which corresponds to about 50 acres of land. It has a small vineyard, olive grove and some fruit trees. The building is not protected by the Ministry for Cultural heritage, nonetheless is one of the best preserved castles in the area.

Castello Carbonana was probably built in the 5th century as a military signal post during the period when the Senate was in Rome and the Emperor resided in Ravenna and the main tower of the castle dates from this time. In the 10th century the Templar order rebuilt the smaller tower, which is the jagged part on the front of the castle.

The round tower was built in the 12th century and at that time the abbot was given the title of Count of Carbonana.

A painting of Castello Carbonana – dated to 1495 – appears on a large wall map in a corridor that leads from the Vatican museum to the Sistine Chapel.

The building as it stands now, completed with the roofed sections, was completed in the 14th century and has 37 rooms. In the 13th and 14th century it belonged to counts Porcelli who had to flew the castle in 1315 as the city of Gubbio was ruled by the adverse party. In 1576 the duchy of Urbino granted the count of Carbonana hunting rights over a large territory.

Purchased by a Canadian businessman in late ‘60s, the castle has not been lived in for some years and needs now some maintenance and refurbishing works to get back in full to its magnificence.

The covered surface is roughly 1.350 sqm (13.500 square feet), plus the inner courtyard and all the terraces. The castle is squared shaped with an inner courtyard where a high tower arises; The tower is still accessible via a ladder up until the very top, where a breathtaking view will hit the visitor.

On 4 levels, of which 2 lie underneath the inner courtyard, the building is split into 5 interconnected units; the main apartment on the ground floor is in fairly good condition, the remaining part needs a restoration and a refreshening. The castle also contains wine cellars, dungeons, tower rooms, and a small chapel, still accessible.

Plumbing and wiring are installed throughout the castle but need to be updated to latest standards.

At short distance from the castle there is also a detached old stone-house on 2 levels, for approximately 350 sq m.

Perfect for a redevelopment project or for a luxury tourist resort.

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