Hot property: Haunted houses

Castillo de Santa Florentina, Spain, €15m (just reduced from €18m)

Where: Canet de Mar, Costa Brava, near Barcelona.

What: A 15-bedroom castle, parts of which date from the second century.

Why: You’ll have your pick of ghosts in this medium-sized castle, which has been regularly rebuilt from second-century Roman foundations all the way through Spain’s turbulent history. Now it’s a luxury family home with pool, stables, light-filled bedrooms and an annual classical music festival. The new owner will be able to take refuge from phantoms in the private chapel or escape to the nearby bars of Barcelona or Pyrenean ski resorts.

Who: Rimontgo Real Estate,, tel: +34 963 504 444

Duncannon Plantation, US, $3.25m

Where: Barnwells, South Carolina.

What: A four-bedroom house with two-bedroom cottage in 994 acres (402ha).

Why: Horror film connoisseurs will recognise Duncannon as the type of southern mansion that takes centre stage in films like Candyman and The Skeleton Key. The area used to be called Slaughter Hill after a bloody civil war battle, so new owners shouldn’t be surprised to see spectral soldiers. Other visitors have included George Bush senior, who often called on family friends here as a child.

Who: Cora Bett Thomas Realty & Associates,, tel: +1 912 233 6000 (US) or +44 (0)20 7467 5330 (UK)

Treassowe Manor, UK, £1.2m

Where: Near Penzance and St Ives, on the tip of Cornwall.

What: A Grade II-listed, 17th-century manor with what are thought to be ruins of a 13th-century monastery.

Why: Building a house on the site of a destroyed monastery is asking for a haunting; residents called exorcists here in 1761 and in 1793. New owners will find out whether the exorcisms worked.

Who: Stratton Creber,, tel: +44 (0)1872 240999

Edoles Castle, Latvia, €3.5m

Where: Edole, Kurzeme, Latvia.

What: A large medieval castle.

Why: This remodelled 13th-century castle is haunted first by Eda, a virgin bricked into the walls during construction and second by Sybilla, with whom two 17th-century brothers – heirs to the castle – fell in love.

Who: Baltic Sotheby’s International Realty,, tel: +371 29 129 810

Roecliffe Manor, UK, £2.5m

Where: Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire.

What: A derelict former children’s convalescent home in Charnwood Forest with 45 acres (18ha).

Why: Deserted institutions are always riddled with ghosts and Roecliffe Manor is no exception. The children who convalesced there, one of whom now works at the house, claimed a constant run of spooky happenings. Planning permission exists to rebuild the property, so there’s potential here to mould a marvellous, massive family seat in a beautiful central English setting.

Who: Bentons,, tel: +44 (0)1664 563892

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