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Sweatpants & Sanity | Fantasy Break: Castles For Sale, Part 1

Have you ever wanted to live in a castle? Sure! I definitely have, even though I suspect they’re cold and drafty. That’s what they have a dozen fireplaces for, right? As it turns out, there are a number of castles for sale in the world, and if you had enough money (that’s a fantasy for another day), or enough skill to whip them into livable condition, you could live in one! Dragons, unfortunately, are sold separately.

Check out these (literal) palaces:

1. Highlands Castle in Bolton, New York State, USA

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Is moving to Europe not your jam? (Really?) You can even find castles for sale in the United States, sometimes, although the history tends to be quite a bit shorter. Check out this beauty in New York:

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Overlooking Lake George and the Adirondack mountains, this castle features King and Queen separate bedrooms with private baths for 10 bedrooms total, over 7 acres of private land, and best of all – it doesn’t need any renovations done. Only $12,800,000 USD. Check out the rest of the listing here.

2.  A 12-bedroom castle in Chianti, Florence, Italy

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Now we’re talking! This castle dates back to the 14th century, and had major renovations last in the 1800’s, although I spy with my little eye some modern fixtures and furnishings – the listing reveals that it was completely refurbished in 1998 and has central air and heating, and wifi. Mama, I’m coming home! Features 12 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, and a pool, on just shy of 5 acres. Only $10,545,000 USD. Check out the rest of the listing here.

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3.  A 4-bedroom castle in Torre Del Rio, Perugia, Italy

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This modest-by-castle-standards place is a little more towards a normal price range! High on a hill above the small town of Riosecco in Tuscany, this castle features 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a pool, an outdoor pizza oven, and a waterfall with “water clean enough to drink.” It also requires no renovations! Only $1,221,000 USD. Check out the rest of the listing here.

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4.  16th century former luxury spa, Prague

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How about a 500+-year old castle near Prague which, until recently, was operated as a four-star hotel and luxury spa? Features 20 bedrooms, 20 bathrooms, and over 43,000 square feet of living space, and requires no renovations. On nearly 3 acres of land. Gorgeous! Only $4,995,000 USD. Check out the rest of the listing here.

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5. Modern castle in Casas Des Benitez, Spain

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How about a modern palace in sunny Spain? This beauty features 14 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, and nearly 15,000 square feet of living space. It dates back to 1920, and was known as the “Palace House of Mr. Julian Navarro.” It is in art deco style, and situated in a wine region! What could be better? Best of all, it’s under $1M USD at only $832,500, and requires no renovations. Check out the rest of the listing here.

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While all of these castles featured had no renovations required, stay tuned for part 2, if “fixer uppers” are more your cup of tea.

Emily Parker is a musician, writer, and avid reader who started Bucket List Book Reviews, the ‘1,001 Books to Read Before You Die’ project. For Sweatpants & Coffee, Emily hopes to inspire the reading of the classics by a whole new audience by only reviewing the really good stuff.

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