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Markree Castle Hotel: A Beautiful Castle Hotel in County Sligo, Ireland

June 2, 2015

There are a lot of amazing castle hotels in Britain, but we’re putting the spotlight on one of these castle hotels today. Located in Ireland, this castle hotel is interesting because it’s located in the place the inspired the famous poet, William Butler Yeats. This is the Markree Castle Hotelin County Sligo.

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The bedrooms in this castle hotel are unique. Each has its own style and charm, so you could stay here twice and receive different – but equally wonderful – experiences in terms of accommodation.

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There are a lot of things to do while staying at Markree, as well. One can go riding around the estate, exploring the surrounding areas. You can go on treks and trailrides, as well, and there are different packages for that depending on what you want to do. The location of this hotel makes several golf courses accessible for anyone who’s into golf. As well, one can go to Queen Meave’s grave, which is on top of Knocknarea mountain. There are a lot of things to do, and a lot of places to experience.

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Sadly, though, at the time of this writing, this castle hotel is for sale, so the management is unable to take reservations. You are welcome to visit the website and check back, however. Once you get the opportunity to visit, it will be great to stay at the Markree Castle Hotel.

Guest comments:

We were extremely pleased with our brief stay at Markree Castle. I hope that in the near future we will be able to schedule a longer visit. The staff was most pleasant and helpful, from the receptionist to the housekeeping staff to the servers in the dining room.
– Carl Webber, from USA

Markree Castle was the highlight of my trip to Ireland. I’ve always wanted to stay in a castle, and I finally had my chance. It was magical.
– Arlene Scallon, from USA

All images and comments are credited to the website, Manor House Hotels of Ireland.

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A 13th Century Castle for Sale in France

May 16, 2015

For anyone who’s interested at castles for sale, here’s an interesting one in France. This one is located at Languedoc-Roussillon, Gard, Alès, and is priced at €850,000.

This dominating 13th Century Castle is located in the greater Alès area, in a village with all amenitites in the Languedoc Roussillon. This beautiful Castle with its yellow stone walls reflecting the sunlight  has been in the current owner’s family for three generations. Very private yet just a short walk to shops and restaurants, this wonderful castle offers a stately home in the sunny South of France and presents many great opportunities. There are numerous outbuildings to be converted if desired and a pretty garden comprising of rambling shady areas under ancient trees.
– from French Property’s website

Check out the castle here. Check out the pictures below (they’re all from the castle’s French Property posting).

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5 Castles in Spain You Can Buy Right Now

March 18, 2015

For a change of place – and moving out of the British isles for a while – we’ll look at some of the castles on sale in Spain, the ones which you might consider buying, if you ever decide to. We can already believe that castles fulfill a certain purpose outside of the initially perceived one of being a fort to protect everyone from invaders. But now, there are a number of castles up for grabs that can serve as writing retreats, and Spain happens to be one of the best places to find ones that you can buy, or that you can dream of buying. Let’s take a look at five:

1. Castle in Arenys d’Emporda, Garrigas, Girona, Spain

Price: 1,200,000 EUR

This castle is located on top of a hill, attached to its tower and village church. One of the notable things about this castle is the place in which it is found – a beautiful, breathtaking countryside, a pristine country setting that proves fairytale-like.

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2. Castle in Beuda, Girona, Spain

Price: 1,300,000 EUR

A pretty large property, this medieval castle is part of a 62-acre property. It’s found near the village of Besalu. Nearby, there’s a beach. Fun fact: it’s found in the area where artist Salvador Dali was born.

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3. Castle in Barcelona, Spain

Price: 2,500,000 EUR

This one is pretty nice. A medieval castle found 30km away from Barcelona, the property affords one a view of the vegetation in the county of Valles Oriental.

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4. Castle in Vic, Barcelona, Spain

Price: 4,000,000 EUR

This property sports a pretty hefty price tag compared to what we’ve had in the list so far, but it’s not without reason: this one is an actual castle that one of the kings of Spain – King Alfonso XIII – had used, and the pieces of furniture he had in his bedroom are still there and well-preserved. The castle itself dates back to the 7th century, and apart from that, it offers wonderful, beautiful views.

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5. Castle in Tarragona, Spain (Restoration Project)

Something a little different: we’ve looked at whole castles, or castles that only need their interiors renovated. This property, however, is unique in that it is in the process of being restored. The property is found in Catalunya, and an hour away from Barcelona.

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Image credit: LucasFox

Unless indicated, all images belong to Citadelle Consulting.

That’s another handful of amazing places to look at! Keep coming back to find more lists like this, as well as links to the property pages.

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4 Amazing Castles for Sale

March 4, 2015

No one needs to be told that castles are amazing, or that they look like pretty cool places to live in. Maybe, at some point, you’ve dreamed of actually living – and owning – a castle, and while that sounds like something pretty unreal, you can actually realize that dream. There are a lot of beautiful castles for sale all over Europe, and it’s only a matter of knowing which castles are on sale and where these castles are, before you start saving up for your own.

Here’s a list of some of the most breathtaking castles for sale. Look through the list and maybe you”l find your own dream castle.

(Note: The price range for these castles is 220,000 to 12,000,000 Euros.)

1. Florence Area Castle at Tuscany

Italy is one of the most fascinating, beautiful countries in Europe (though one may argue that pretty much all of the countries in the continent are charming and wonderful in their own way), and this castle in Tuscany embodies that charm.

The castle is a particularly interesting structure from an architectural point of view as it combines military and villa styles with a central fortress flanked by elegant 16th century stucco villa facades.
It was during the 16th century, when the castle was owned by the
Ciaini family that the stucco villa facades were added to the existing stone fortress andtower. The Ciaini family were one of the wealthiest Florentine families of their time and were known for their patronage of the arts and architecture.
– from the castle’s Prestige Property page

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2. Castle in Austria

Located eighty minutes away from Vienna, this beautiful castle has its own church.

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3. 13th Century Medieval Castle

Another historical treasure, this medieval castle is not only a wonderful setting on its own – it’s also near some wonderful locales in the Perugia area.

The restoration has been done preserving the original characteristic of the medieval castle from the XIII Century and at the same time, equipping all the apartments with all the modern comforts.

Guests will be able to experience Todi, Orvieto, Perugia, Assisi, Spello , splendid pearls where history can be lived again, immersed in the green of the Umbrian nature and discover the slower pace of life still full of qualities. Also the palate will be satisfied by authentic and genuine cooking of the best chefs in Italy. Great wines DOC, produced by the many wineries located along the Castello’s territory.

Situated in one of the most evocative villages around Todi, its ancient construction has been turned into a modern and an elegant resort equipped of every comfort and ready to satisfy the most demanding and refined travellers.

The ancient fortress, which was once home of the great monarch Ezzelino III, overlooks the Tevere river.
– from the castle’s Prestige Property page

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4. French chateau

This French chateau is situated in a picturesque country scene, the kind that you only find in paintings and automatically believe to be unreal. This chateau, however, is the real deal, and, far from being imaginary, is an expertly-renovated property.

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All images and quotes from Prestige Property UK.

And we’ve only seen some of the many beautiful castles around the world that are on sale. Of course there’s more, but for now, these four, we hope, will be able to entice you to look at more castle properties around the world.

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13th century Medieval citadel – your new home?

March 4, 2015
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I was really excited about this one but now I’m not so sure.

It’s certainly photogenic.

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It’s certainly a castle with a lot of history.

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It’s “authentic” – parts of it haven’t been updated for 300 years.

And you can’t beat the surroundings: within 1KM there’s white water rafting, mountain climbing, beautiful hiking trails
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And of course the amazing view…


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So what’s wrong with it?

Well, it’s just so… medieval.

 

 

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I found a few rooms with high ceilings which gives me some hope. The others are so claustrophobic.


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With some proper Games of Thrones luxury furniture, carpets and decorations, it could be cozy. But I’m afraid the winters would be brutal.

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I need a place that will be comfortable year round so we can write and work without our fingers freezing off.

Plus, the nearest airport is at least an hour away and in Italy, so you’d have to arrive, then cross the border.

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For all those reasons I think, while at first impressive, this property might soon get tiring, and not be conducive to real creative productivity. But at 3million EU, it’s still within the realm of possibility.

What do you think?

Would you pay to stay here for a month as a life experience? Or would you rather have a comfortable, 5star chateau?

Listing here

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Castello Guglielmi on Lake Trasimeno is on sale for $4.5 million

March 3, 2015
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This is the property that got me excited about CreativCastle in the first place. A huge castle in need of a community and some love to restore it. But I couldn’t narrow a price and it seems to be around 11million. However I just saw some news that puts it at 4.5.

True, it’s not ancient – it’s only about 150 years old (although the land has much more history – St. Francis is said to have lived here for awhile).

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And unfortunately I haven’t seen inside yet, it could be a mess. But I imagine it’s pretty nice. And the place is enormous, so we could have all sorts of things going on.

$5million is only 1000 people paying $5000.

With a place this big we could probably have 50 to 100 people a month, with plenty of room for volunteers, special pimped out suites for celebrity guests, and more.

I basically want to put a bunch of tables and a library in this gigantic cathedral – it would make an insane coworking space.

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However…. it would probably get too hot, or too cold, and too dirty – and would be a royal pain to maintain. I’d probably be required to keep it simple since it’s a historical site. I’m not sure how much they would let me renovate/fix/improve. I’m OK with simple, minimal and comfortable antique furniture, but of course we need a good kitchen, fast internet and lots of electricity.

Oh….  and a boat.

Still, the property needs to be something epic like this to catch on. What do you think? Less practical? More inspirational and awesome?

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An Italian Castle for rent

March 3, 2015

This still isn’t quite what I want, but it’s pretty cool – worth sharing. On the one hand, it’s a big freaking castle. More people, but it seems really crowded. Not great for writers who need a lot of space. And it’s in a town, which is a mixed blessing. I’d rather not be in a town like this, full of tourists, on the other hand, isolation means whenever anybody wants a snack, or needs something, or wants to go shopping, I’ll have to drive them (or they’ll be “stuck” and I don’t want anyone feeling like that). It’s convenient being able to go walk somewhere if you need a change of pace. Sometimes that’s good for your writing.

What do you think is more important for a writer’s retreat? Isolated or convenient?

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Listing here

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A castle with a pool! For those hot days.

February 28, 2015
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I’m quite interested in this one as well. At 2.5 million EU it’s a little pricier, but it’s been mostly modernized, and the exterior looks great (including the all important tower).

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Plus it seems like it comes with those four outbuildings, which could be used for extra accommodation or events, and one of them has a pool! Partaaay.

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http://en.terresetdemeuresdefrance.com/castle-for-sale-in-the-berry-france.b-902.html

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Toulouse medieval village with rustic charm

February 27, 2015
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I know by now my best bet will be a ginormous castle that looks like a ‘real’ castle, with luxurious old furnishings to die for. It’s got to have history and style to attract writers who love bygone eras, but enough comfort and bling to make entrepreneurs looking for a great place to start their new businesses feel like they aren’t missing out on their fancy coffee shops. And it’s got to be modern enough to have blazing fast internet and some kind of climate control so it doesn’t get too hot or cold.

Alas, this property doesn’t meet most of those stipulations… but that won’t stop me from fantasizing. It’s like a real little micro-medieval city, about a thousand years old, with many original features. I can see turning it into a health club or somewhere to go and experience the hardships of real medieval living. Which would be fun… but not exactly the plan for creative castle.

On the other hand, I keep coming back to this one, and it’s appealing to me more and more. It has promise. It has potential. 

 

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And I know those are dangerous words, as many expats have bought French historical property and ended up spending an extra 1million+ just to renovate it. And while, on the one hand, I think that would be a lot of fun, I also need to make sure I’ve got the funds to make it happen – and even then it won’t be as comfortable as other more modern buildings.

That said… you can go stay in a 5star hotel anywhere in the world. This is a real medieval town – you can step back in time and experience history in an entirely new way. There’s even chimneys for boiling your own tar to dump on intruders (you’ll need it for the zombie apocalypse).

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The main building is 15th/17th century, but it’s surrounded by a stone wall that’s 13th century – all with lots of original features.

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It also looks like the surroundings forests are pretty thick.

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As long as you’re getting out of the city, why not really get out of the city?

Inside there’s all kinds of large open spaces to fix up and make comfortable.

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There’s also areas that need a lot more work: They’d take time to renovate but we also have more control of what happens. (For example, I’ve always wanted a dark room – where you can shut out all light for 3 days and reset your brain completely; these often lead to metaphysical experiences. I could use the following for that – or maybe for a “float tank” which are also great for creativity).

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And if that seems like too much work; there are other areas that look better, almost move-in ready. There’s even a pool table.

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And though it may seem cute or quaint, it’s still a pretty massive building.

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This is the kind of place I could turn into a whole sustainable ecosystem, with carefully developed tools aimed at a massive life and creativity reset (1 month fasting/fresh foods, nothing packaged/10pm strict electricity off/ a 21 day total life overhaul using ancient techniques, exercises, coaching and counseling, group therapy, etc).

Again, that’s not exactly what I would do or what I had planned to do with creative castle: we could also just make this super comfortable and modern enough to get a lot of work down without the temptations of city life.

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The Perfect Writer’s Retreat – in a Castle!

February 25, 2015
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No doubt about it, this is the one I want. It’s fairy-tale perfect.

I love the stone, the fireplaces, the view – the large old desk and arched windows.

I don’t have a price yet but my guess is expensive, around 10million usd? More?

The interesting thing is, few people would be able to use a property like this. It wouldn’t really make sense for a family home or getaway (though if I were rich, I would totally buy it for my vacation property.)

But for a writer’s retreat? It’s perfect.

I’m not very interested in running a normal writer’s retreat, at a less amazing place. I’m not interested in renting, or small cottages or hotels. I’m not even very interested in a nice but not incredible 1 million dollar property. I’m reading “Go Bold” and it’s convinced me that my dream is achievable, but it will be easier to go big than to go medium.

A nice, interesting chateau? Kind of cool. Nice idea.

But THIS CASTLE?

Unbelievable. That’s the response I need to get. I need people to be really, really excited. Overzealous.


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It’s 7.6 million EU… which means, I need to make a million dollars and then get 7 friends with a million dollars to split it with me. Or, I need 2000 people to pay $5000 to stay there.

Or, I can pay two million now and pay about $50,000 a month on a 30 year mortgage.

The bigger and more amazing the castle, the easier it’s going to be to get people to come and join.

So this 7.6million castle may actually be a much easier sell than a million dollar chateaus I’ve been looking at. And, I believe, it’s got 10 modern flats at the base, plus some outbuildings (farm, workshop, etc). So much potential.