Live out your Game of Thrones fantasy in these castles
With Game of Thrones set to return to Australian screens, now is the perfect time to get into the Westorosi frame of mine and stake your claim on an Aussie castle.
But the question is, will you be a King of the North or a bannerman in the south?
In the north, there is a 50-room, three-storey sandstone fortress at 8 Locke St, Warwick.
Known as The Abbey, this 127-year old property was formerly the Sisters of Mercy convent.
It was designed by the Breakfast Creek Hotel architect and features stained glass from the Munich Royal Bavarian Art Institute for Stained Glass, as well as a statue by the Statue of Liberty designer Frederic Auguste Bartholdi.
The regal manor has 14 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, parking for 30 cars or at least two dragons, and function rooms for parties, coronations or the back stabbing of mad kings.
The Abbey is on the market for offers over $2.2 million.
If you are looking for something a little more affordable and smaller, take a peek inside the bluestone castle at 402 Ringwood Warrandyte Rd, Warrandyte.
This Victorian citadel sits on 7000sq m and was built using timber from the former Darling Harbour Pier and Perth Woolsheds.
Inside, the home has grand timber ceilings, leadlight windows, solid wood doors — there will be no need to ‘hold the door’ here — and an impressive stone fireplace.
There are four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a turret-like dining room.
The property is on the market for $1.7-$1.85 million.
Also in Victoria, Mirabilia Castle come complete with a dungeon — the perfect place to lock up queens of the Seven Kingdoms or family members suffering from greyscale.
This six-bedroom keep, at 2638 Hyland Highway, Willung South, features a great hall for feasting, a private lounge for smaller gathering, a large kitchen for roasting wild game and a dungeon, which is currently used as a wine cellar.
The property has six bedrooms, three bathrooms and an upstairs courtyard with 360-degree views, which will make it hard for your enemies to take you by surprise.
There is also a separate function room with public amenities — probably not suitable for red weddings — and maintained gardens on the five-acre block.
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