May 30, 2014 6:16 pm

Hold the fort: homes for anyone wanting to be king of the castle

Choose from the Highland seat of a former Scottish chieftain or a fairytale ‘château’ near downtown Miami
Chateau Artisan, Miami, Florida

Chateau Artisan, Miami, Florida, US, $12.8m

Where On Southwest 167 Avenue, just outside the city, 26 miles from Miami international airport.

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What A three-storey castle, built in 2007 with 19,222 sq ft of indoor space, eight bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and white marble floors in the main rooms. Set in the middle of a moat (populated by white and black swans) with 14 acres of gardens and a boathouse. The privacy of the property is maintained – or defended – by wrought iron gates, additional large wooden gates and a staffed gatehouse on the tree-lined approach.

Why A fairytale castle in close striking distance of downtown Miami.

Who The Zeder Team at EWM, tel: +1 305 613 5550

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Castle Carey, St Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Castle Carey, St Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands, £16m

Where Near the capital, St Peter Port, 25 miles west of the French coast, two hours’ ferry ride from St Malo. Flights from London Gatwick to Guernsey airport take about 45 minutes.

What A castle set in 2.75 acres, with 10 bedrooms, eight bathrooms, six reception rooms and a pool. Staff accommodation consists of two two-bedroom apartments in the gatehouse, and a two-bedroom staff flat in the main house.

Why A gothic revival castle built in 1840, regarded as one of Guernsey’s most prestigious residences. It hosted Queen Victoria’s visit to the island in 1859.

Who Knight Frank, tel: +44 20 7861 1707

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Gaiole in Chianti, Siena, Italy

Castle, Gaiole in Chianti, Siena, Italy, €12m

Where In Chianti Classico, 19 miles north of Siena, 42 miles south of Florence international airport.

What A 10th-century, 10-bedroom castle, with 1,300 sq metres of living space, including a guest wing with three bedrooms. There is a new 1,000 sq metre cellar for winemaking and a new swimming pool, all set in 130 acres of land, 42 of which are high quality vineyard.

Why With planning permission to build two farmhouses, and a villa conversion in place, there is plenty of scope for a buyer.

Who Sotheby’s International Realty, tel: +39 02 87078300

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Castle Grant, Grantown-on-Spey, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

Castle Grant, Grantown-on-Spey, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK, £1.1m

Where In the Scottish Highlands, a mile north of the village of Grantown-on-Spey, 32 miles south of Inverness airport and 75 miles from Aberdeen international airport.

What The former seat of the chieftains of Clan Grant of Strathspey, an A-listed 16th-century castle set in 35 acres and extended in 1765 by the architect John Adam, designer of the Royal Exchange in Edinburgh. Renovation is continuing and of the 27,803 sq ft of living space, 11,571 sq ft has been refurbished to date.

Why £1.1m for a castle of this scale and historic importance may seem like a bargain.

Who Strutt & Parker, tel: +44 1463 719171

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Castillo de Butrón, Gatika, Biscay, Spain

Castillo de Butrón, Gatika, Biscay, Spain, €10m

Where In northern Spain, 19km from Bilbao, 10km from Bilbao international airport.

What A large medieval castle rebuilt by the Marquès du Cubas in a Bavarian style in 1878, and renovated in the 1990s. The total constructed area is 2,400 sq metres set in 8.6 acres, with a lower floor, entre piso (in-between floor) and five floors on top. The castle features four main towers and is surrounded by a park with 70 varieties of trees and exotic plants.

Why Previously used for events, the castle has potential to be converted into a spectacular residential property.

Who Engel & Völkers, tel: +34 946 444 005

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