Britain may boast some incredible castles, but the idea of owning one is, for many, a fairytale. The price tags that accompany any castles that actually go on sale with the general public are usually so high that only a real royal could even consider them.
Right now, however, there is a chance to own some regal architecture without needing a king's ransom. For the modest price of only £550,000, you could own Molly’s Lodge, the smallest castle in the UK!
Listed as a ‘two bedroom detached house’, Molly’s Lodge is the work of Edward Blore, a well known 19th century architect who oversaw the completion of Buckingham Palace. The Grade II listed building is the former gatehouse for the Weston Park Estate, but it has plenty of grandeur to make up for its modest background.
Molly’s Lodge sits on the northernmost edge of the beautiful Cotswolds, just on the south tip of Warwickshire. While this may not be a commuter’s dream, the local scenery is some of the most beautiful in Britain. There is also easy access to the decently sized market towns of Chipping Norton, Moreton-in-Marsh and Shipston-on-Stour, while the nearby Banbury and Stratford on Avon provide shops, bars, schools and other facilities.
“The property features squared and shaped coursed limestone, polygonal corner turrets, embattled parapet, a pyramidal slate roof with carved finial and stone mullion windows,” says Savills, Banbury.
Indeed, the ‘lodge’ almost looks like a scaled down play-castle that a rich monarch might have bought for their kids!
A paved pathway leads to the 'castle', with a glazed oak front door greeting you as you head inside. The castle itself contains a single bedroom, bathroom and a dining room that features a striking cast iron Victorian fireplace. The kitchen is accessed via a beautiful stone archway, and offers quaint garden views through stone mullion windows.
The future owner will get more than a castle for their money: they will also acquire ‘Molly’s Mews’, a detached timber frame building that adds a single garage, two open bay carports and a secure home office to the deal.
No true castle would be complete without a wonderful garden. The property’s numerous gardens are laid out into carefully planned areas, offering formal lawns, an ornamental pond and a smaller cottage garden. There is also a hard standing and seating area for residents to enjoy “scent and a variety of colour all year round”, as well as gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside.
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