American fans of the British monarchy will be double-checking their alarms to ensure they don’t miss a moment of the upcoming royal wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry to American actress Meghan Markle.
Inspired by their impending nuptials, we’re highlighting 10 castles fit for a king and queen, or at least a duke and duchess. As Lorde helpfully pointed out, most of us will never be royals. But that doesn’t mean we can’t live like royalty, right here in America.
“My sellers have put the house on Airbnb, and they were booked solid because of the castle feel,” says listing agent Melanie Gilmore-Gaar.
Because who wouldn’t want to be queen for a day—or a least a weekend?
But a weekend stay is far different from owning your own castle, which means maintenance, more maintenance, and lots of mowing the lawn.
“The backyard is the size of a football field,” Gilmore-Gaar says of her listing. The upside is a spacious place for entertaining and perhaps even hosting events such as (nonroyal) weddings.
Practice your bow and curtsy, put on your fascinator, and check out these 10 glorious castles on the market.
Regal details: There’s no need to head to France for a chateau. Built in 1912 and designed by Wisconsin-based architect Alexander Chadbourne Eschweiler, this castle is modeled after the Château d’Azay-le-Rideau in the Loire Valley. The 9,154-square-foot structure opens up to lake views in the back. High points include a grand staircase, remodeled great room, family room with a vaulted ceiling, and guest apartment above the three-car garage.
Regal details: This “magical” and affordable stone castle is nestled on a wooded lot and comes with four bedrooms, a great room with stone fireplace and wet bar, and an updated kitchen that leads out to a deck.
Regal details: Custom-built in 1989 on 2.75 acres in SoCal, this castle features a foyer with a skylight and grand staircase. The updated kitchen has a cooking island and an eating island adjoining the family room, which comes with a bar and fireplace. The grounds include a running stream, and swimming pool with spa.
Regal details: Let’s get medieval! This 6,387-square-foot castle was built in 1952 and comes with 1.8 landscaped acres. The finished basement contains a gym, dance floor, and game room. The immense great room and indoor pool, spa, and sauna can easily entertain royal guests. The landscaped grounds include a water fall, reflecting pool with fountains, and a koi pond.
Regal details: This limestone structure is modeled after the Biltmore mansion in Asheville, NC. The home features 126 chandeliers, a dining room with a 25-foot-high ceiling, and a kitchen with a turret. Multiple balconies and stone decks offer scenic views of nearby peaks.
Regal details: Lords and ladies, Highlands Castle is still searching for a buyer. The custom-built residence was built with 800 tons of stone and has a secret passageway, a secret staircase, turrets, balconies, two guest cottages, and handcarved knights standing guard in the great room. Originally on the market in 2015, it’s still in search of a buyer who’d appreciate the property’s waterfront views.
Regal details: The property known as Minnewoc is a standout in Lake Country. This replica of Anne Boleyn‘s castle was built in 1892 and has been fully renovated in recent years, including a large addition in 2014. The property includes 800 feet of lake frontage and 7.2 acres of land, including a private island. The home’s high-end finishes make for an opulent 16,000-square-foot space, inside and out.
Regal details: A historic landmark, Campbell Castle was built in 1888 by Col. Burton Harvey Campbell and his wife, Ellen, and is reportedly a reproduction of a Richardsonian Romanesque Scottish castle. Original features include fireplaces, handcarved fretwork, German stained glass, and a 300-year-old staircase imported from London. The 17-bedroom home also contains modernizations such as a high-end kitchen and updated baths.
Regal details: Built in 1899, this French provincial–style castle has been updated without losing any of its original grandeur. The living room includes leaded-glass windows, a beamed ceiling, and stone fireplace. The high-end kitchen features Carrara marble counters, custom cabinets, two sinks, and two dishwashers. The 5,158-square-foot castle features a master suite with walk-in closets and a dressing area. The property includes terraced gardens and is an easy commute to midtown by mass transit (no horse-drawn carriage necessary). If you’re not quite ready to be betrothed to this residence, it can be rented for $10,000 a month.
Regal details: Designed by architect G. Sherman Childs and built in 1925, Lakeside Castle has undergone major restorations, with original details preserved. There’s a formal dining room with chandelier and fireplace, and a living room with vaulted ceiling and exposed beams. A conservatory opens to a courtyard with a gazebo and pool. There’s also a game room with a wet bar. We’ll raise a glass to that.
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