Game of Thrones castle taken without bloodshed
There’s a new Lord (and Lady) of Riverrun, with the Game of Thrones castle changing hands without any siege, warfare or beheadings for an unbelieveable price.
The castle was used for exterior shots of Riverrun and among major scenes was the setting of the beheading of Rickard Karstark by Robb Stark in the HBO’s third season of GOT, Maison Real Estate agent Jeremy Baird told FOX Business.
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Known in the real world as Gosford Castle. the grade A listed property property in County Armagh, 40 miles from Belfast in Northern Ireland, has reportedly sold for just over $1.2million (650,000 pounds).
What the new owners have bought though is a cut of the property – not the entire castle.
“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,” according to Maisons’ listing.
“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. The possibilities are endless.”
The castle was apparently built in the mid-1800s by the second Earl of Gosford, Archibald Acheson, “designed in the Norman Revival style by London architect Thomas Hopper and was occupied by the Earls of Gosford until 1921”.
It was then used during WWII by the army, before being sold to the Ministry of Agriculture which created the 590 acre Gosford Forest Park.
“The castle fell back into military use during The Troubles before being run as a hotel from 1983,” the listing said, before it was bought by Gosford Castle Development to create 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.”
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