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Derek Murphy
One of the reasons I love castles is that they’re mostly in Europe. History. Architecture. Food. I just always feel more creatively inspired if my surroundings are inspired. We’ve spent falls in Europe for the past 3 years – and I’m going to be focusing on running more writing retreats so I can hang out...
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There used to be a feature in the Airbnb browsing options that let you choose a “type”. That’s not there anymore, but the search string still works. It looks like this (for Europe): https://www.airbnb.com/s/Europe?type=castle   You can also do it by country: https://www.airbnb.com/s/Germany?type=castle If you’re looking for cabins, use this: https://www.airbnb.com/s/Europe/homes?type=cabin For chalets, you can...
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Last year I rented a chateau in France for Nanowrimo. We got some great press coverage and had an amazing time. All in all, I think we did pretty well. I love the idea of running writing retreats in castles, so I’m doing it again this year. This year, I’m going to keep things a...
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There are things I like about this castle, and maybe I just can’t get a sense of it from the images. I’d love to see what the inside looks like. To me this looks like a stage or reproduction rather than an actual castle – very unlike the rundown property I really like, which is...
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Although I have my heart set on one particular castle, I want to explore my options and see some properties while in France. Here are some more we hope to see. I like the outside but the inside is pretty boring, at least what I can see of it, but apparently there are many unrestored...
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Here’s another possibility, but it’s not high on my list of favorites. What I like about Butron castle is its size: it’s massive. I like all the towers. I like that it looks like a ‘real’ castle. And at 3.5 million EU it’s half the cost of my other favorite. What I don’t like about...
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I’m determined to buy a castle, because of what it represents: a community of creative people working together to complete a massive goal with physical reality. I want a huge, immense structure, so when you stand by it you are dwarfed and overwhelmed by the enormity of our conquest. However, in terms of actually finding...
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This castle has had ‘extensive restoration work’ done so I can’t tell how much of it is actually 11th century (that’s 1000 years old!). But I love the way the tower sticks out of the trees like that. And the outer walls like pretty massive. I can’t tell how big it really is or how many...
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Ever since watching Dee Williams talk about tiny houses at the World Domination Summit last year I knew I wanted some around my castle. The castles I’ve looked at usually have under 10 rooms (although some monsters have over 20, but those often cost over 5mill.) A lot of chateaus or castles already have a bunch...
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“Why a castle? Why not a nice comfy house in the USA or something?” “Lots of authors don’t have passports. Travel is too expensive.” The main reason is to go big. There are already lots of writers retreats and conferences in the USA. If you don’t already had a passport, you need to get one....
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