Europe is the birthplace of castles. The earliest examples date from the X century, and by the XIV European castles become something more than a fortified dwelling of a feudal lord, acquiring majestic and elegant features and absorbing the best style architectural characteristics from Gothic to Neo-Gothic, Baroque and Classicism.
Today, buying a castle in Europe is a popular and very fashionable investment in the circles of the business elite and celebrity. What is this business for?
Some believe that the castle as a personal residence is an unusual romance, inaccessible in the modern world and therefore even more valuable. Someone organizes entertainment complexes or rents out, considering this ownership exclusively as a business idea. Nevertheless, all owners of medieval historical real estate have one thing in common.
Buying a castle means not only getting it into ownership, but also carefully monitoring its safety and uniqueness, preventing it from destruction and desolation. The more popular and more diverse, thanks to the sale of castles, is the tourism business: many owners create hotels, hold festivals of medieval culture, not only making a profit, but also popularizing history. Every castle in Europe sold by the state remains under its protection – it will not work to reshape it to your liking: top model Natalya Vodianova, who lives with her husband in an English estate of the 12th century, could not drive even an extra nail without the permission of the inspector.
The most influential and famous people acquire such real estate, believing that the sale of castles benefits not only personal well-being, but also the historical heritage as a whole: still, a castle that is on the balance sheet of the state is not always lucky with restoration. Those who decide to make such an acquisition keep their property in a decent condition, as required by its historical value.
The range of prices is fantastic. The cost of a castle in Europe – from several euros to several million euros, depends on its condition, degree of preservation and restoration work carried out before the sale. Owning an antique property is not a vanity fair. It is responsibility, prestige and contribution to the future.