Seize your very own castle

From a Grade I-listed castle with Anglo-Saxon origins in Staffordshire to a chateau in Gascony that was once a resting place of the musketeer that inspired Alexandre Dumas’s novel.


Auchenbowie House, Auchenbowie, Stirling
Auchenbowie House, Auchenbowie, Stirling. A 17th-century laird’s house originally built in 1555 as an L-plan tower house and subsequently remodelled to include a hexagonal stair tower with battlements. It sits in its own parkland grounds and comes with further grazing land and woodland. 9 beds, 4 baths, vaulted dining room, 3-bed flat, stables, walled garden, terraces, tennis court, stream, 97.5 acres. £1.825m Savills 0131-247 3700.


Casewick Hall, Casewick, Stamford, Lincolnshire
Casewick Hall, Casewick, Stamford, Lincolnshire. This Grade I-listed building was originally a medieval moated house; it was remodelled in the 1620s to include a Gothic crenellated frontage. It is now divided into four separate houses, and the house for sale makes up the central core of the property. 5 beds, 3 baths, 2 receps, breakfast kitchen, garage, private garden area, 14 acres of communal parkland gardens. £785,000 Savills 01780-484696.


Castellar Castle, Saluzzo, Turin, Italy
Castellar Castle, Saluzzo, Turin, Italy. A 14th-century castle remodelled in the 1800s. The landscaped gardens include an unusual swimming pool fed by a fountain. 8 beds, 5 baths, 2 main receps, gallery, private chapel, gardens, outbuildings, 2.5 acres. €2.5m Italy Sotheby’s International Realty +39 011 1947 1640.


Caverswall Castle, Staffordshire Moorlands
Caverswall Castle, Staffordshire Moorlands. A Grade-I listed castle built on the site of an Anglo-Saxon manor and remodelled in 1615 to include a Jacobean manor at the centre of the bailey. 18 beds, 13 baths, 7 receps, chapel, gym, 4-bed gate house, courtyard, moat, 20 acres. £2.95m Paul Carr Estate Agents 0121-308 5511.


Chateau D’Arricau-Bordes, near Pau, Gascony, France
Chateau D’Arricau-Bordes, near Pau, Gascony, France. A chateau with links to D’Artagnan and the Duke of Wellington, set high up in its own grounds with views of the distant Pyrenees. It has been renovated and has an inner courtyard, beamed ceilings and large, open fireplaces. 10 beds, 6 baths, 5 receps, kitchen, wine cellar, tower rooms, outbuildings, 3-bed cottage, swimming pool, vineyard, 34.6 acres. €3.074m Knight Frank 020-7629 8171.


Glenborrodale Castle, Glenborrodale, Acharacle
Glenborrodale Castle, Glenborrodale, Acharacle. A 1902, Grade A-listed baronial mansion built from red Dumfriesshire sandstone on the banks of Loch Sunart. The grounds include the islands of Risga and Eileen an Feidh. The mansion has vaulted ceilings and stone fireplaces. 16 bed suites, 3 receps, kitchens, gate lodge, coach house, landscaped gardens, woodland, 133 acres. £3.75m Bell Ingram 01738-621121.


Hilfield Manor, near Sherborne, Dorset
Hilfield Manor, near Sherborne, Dorset. This unlisted manor was originally constructed as an octagonal hunting lodge in 1880 with a crenellated roofline and tower added in 1901. 7 beds, 3 baths, 3 receps, 3-bed lodge, 2-bed coach house, grounds, woodland, 14.7 acres. £2.35m Knight Frank 01935-812236.


Silbererschlössl, Neunkirchen, Semmering, Austria
Silbererschlössl, Neunkirchen, Semmering, Austria. A neo-Gothic castle built in 1893 by the politician and aviation pioneer Victor Silberer. Its turrets are covered with green glazed tiles and it has been fully restored. The interiors have stained-glass windows and wood-panelled walls. 9 beds, 8 baths, living area of 955 sq m with 16 rooms in total, outbuildings, 12 acres. €3.9m Engel & Völkers +43 1 961 5000.