Real Estate: Castles in Europe

spiritofmusic

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There's no whys or wherefores on this. Often it's to do with an architectural style or appreciated building construction.

So, barns in the UK countryside that were used agriculturally to store hay or grain, animals etc, back in the Industrial Revolution and after, often have architectural merit in roof structure, and are Grade 2 or even 1A listed.

Ecclesiastical buildings like churches and cathedrals too, and castles. Many industrial buildings of great design interest or even use of building materials are often deemed vital, and thus Listed.

In our case, there are/were so many of these Methodist chapels of which we've bought a fantastic example, but deemed "not of interest/merit", and thus not Listed. Some snobbery here, Methodism was not revered in the same way as Angicanism (Church Of England), and thus chapels were not protected as churches have been.

Of course the irony is that planning permission to acquire change of use on planning of Listed churches from place of worship to domestic residence is very hard to get, and these churches fall into disrepair. Barns much more positive.

And that's the reason we now live in a Non Listed chapel. Already converted, although needing total renovation, and not handcuffed/made bankrupt by the suffocating obligations.
 

gilles13

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You can choose a small castle, you find a lot in France. Nobody need a big one . Big castle may be good for hotel... I love going to castel /hotel.
 

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"When you look long into a castle, the castle looks into you"
F. Nietzsche, bankrupt and destitute former castle owner and busking philosopher
 
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Truly beautiful design and surroundings.. looks like something from a Disney movie set.. I would prefer being away from any metro area.. I think you should get it, fly us all out for a week and let us help you break it in properly..!
 

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Well, in that case they both found what they were looking for. You could also add Colourfield to the castles in the air enthusiasts.
Good day to you, I had to look that group up.. I will see if I can locate their version online..
 

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chrisr

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castleist.com has listings too. Amazingly low prices on some, I'm guessing because there is no working plumbing, HVAC, etc., might still have the plague from the 14th c. in the loo pit ;)
 
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Ron Resnick

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castleist.com has listings too. Amazingly low prices on some, I'm guessing because there is no working plumbing, HVAC, etc., might still have the plague from the 14th c. in the loo pit ;)

The consensus, above, is that buying these things is the least expensive step.
 

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Exactly. I hardly believe it is true, but I once heard from a real estate guy in France that sometimes you can even get a castle for a symbolic Euro in the Loire river region provided you take a full responsibility for the renovation and maintenance for at least 25 years, but then you find yourself in a rabbit hole situation.
 
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