I am still house-hunting, but I think that this property is a bit bigger than I need. It’s the north wing of Callaly Castle in the English Borders. Castles stretch the budget a bit in these austere times, but if you can limit yourself to a wing you can sample stately living for £595,000. Callaly Castle in Alnwick began life as a medieval tower house and was aggrandized during subsequent centuries into grade I-listed status. The north wing is the modern bit, built in 1727. It has one of the original staircases and a huge venetian window on the landing, plus a 33ft drawing room, a morning room and three huge bedrooms. Residents share 35 acres including three lakes, a croquet lawn and a kitchen garden.
One of the things I like about UK real estate adverts is that they show the dimensions of all the rooms, as well as a schematic plan. That way, you can find out tidbits like the fact that the kitchen is 33 feet long and FOUR feet wide! Shocking!
I think that if you’re going to bother getting your house all ready for a nice photoshoot, you might want to hide the cat’s scratching post somewhere other than under a table! Nevertheless, it looks like an amazing space, and the price isn’t too awfully huge!