The online magazine Luxury Defined from Christie’s International Real Estate presents a collection of castles and châteaux with timeless charm and contemporary comforts. According to the article castles began as fortresses to guard trade routes, river crossings, and other strategic waypoints. Towns sprung up around them, and the nobility built castles to protect their own domains from contentious rivals.
Today’s castles bear little resemblance to their cramped and draughty ancestors. Lavish amenities like spas, elevators, underfloor heating, and chef’s kitchens are designed to satisfy modern tastes, especially when they’re set against the medieval grandeur of a castle with centuries-old mosaic floors, stone fireplaces, and stained-glass windows.
Whether the castle of your dreams is Gothic, Baroque, or Neoclassical, these residences exemplify master craftsmanship on a grand scale with timeless order and contemporary appeal. And for those whose bank balance is high enough, these castles can be bought.
Château Žinkovy in Plzen mesto, Czech Republic
Schaloen Castle in Geul, Limburg, Netherlands
12th-Century Castle in Bucine, Tuscany
Blackwater Castle in Castletownroche, County Cork, Ireland
Château Borelli in Saint-Tropez, France
Medieval Fortress in Savoie, France
Sultan’s Palace in Tangier, Morocco
Château in Brittany, France
You can find out more about these eccentric properties via the links in the respective headlines or in the full article in Luxury Defined.