By Mark McConville
CLAIM the iron throne in this 19th century castle which has featured on hit TV show Game of Thrones and could be yours for less than a king’s ransom at just £500k.
Stunning pictures and drone footage show the enormous 15-bedroom castle from the air and the lush greenery of its grounds.
Other incredible images show the spacious interior including the round tower as well as 10 bathrooms and 10 receptions, although the building will need some work before it’s liveable as there is currently no heating.
Gosford Castle is located in Markethill, Northern Ireland with offers over £500k being welcomed.
Built in the mid-1800s by the 2nd Earl of Gosford, Archibald Acheson, Gosford Castle is a grade A listed building. It was designed in the Norman Revival style by London architect Thomas Hopper and was occupied by the Earls of Gosford until 1921.
During the Second World War the Castle was commandeered and used to accommodate troops and prisoner of war camp was set up in the estate.
Following the war the Achesons sold the Castle to the Ministry of Agriculture who established the 590 acre demesne as Gosford Forest Park which was later designated Northern Ireland’s first conservation forest in 1986.
The castle fell back into military use during The Troubles before being run as a hotel from 1983.
In 2006 the castle was bought by Gosford Castle Development Limited who put forward a £4m proposal to restore the Grade A listed building into 23 luxury residences.
The restoration was undertaken by artisans and craftsmen with a focus on retaining the character and historic integrity of the castle.
Particular care was taken to use existing features such as staircases and vaulted ceilings and even to use original colour schemes wherever possible. These apartments are extremely popular and command great interest when they are placed on the market.
The portion of the castle being marketed for sale at this point has been partially developed in places with a view to convert the space into six luxury apartments with each boasting an average space of 3500sq ft and with some offering roof top gardens.
The six apartments are proposed to be developed in the Inner Bailey, Great Hall, Old Keep, Dining Room House, Library Wing and the Round Tower with each having between three and five bedrooms.
A potential purchaser could also invest with a commercial direction in mind as the buildings have been used previously as a hotel and as a movie set for the world famous ‘Game of Thrones’ TV show.
For more information see http://www.maisonni.com/gosford-castle-mullaghbrack-road-markethill/528198