Multiple Aussie homes turned into medieval castles with moats and dungeons are up for sale
They’re homes that hark back to a bygone era of swords, knights and dungeons and they’re offering buyers the chance to live out their fairytale dreams.
The unusual medieval-style homes, often with drawbridges, moats and stained glass windows, have been streaming onto the market for sale around Australia over the past year after being held by the same families for decades.
They had been put on the market amid a recent surge in buyers searching for character homes they can lease as short-term getaways — on sites such as Airbnb or Stayz — where properties that stand out can often command higher rents.
But in a falling property market, some of these properties are still up for sale.
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Among the unique properties for sale is a Blue Mountains house with a theme that skirts the middle-ages and Tudor period.
The home on Blaxland Rd in Wentworth Falls includes a Norman-style tower, a drawbridge over a dry moat and gothic-style door arches and hinges.
The home is also decorated with a knight’s coat of armour, stained glass artwork and a pillory, a medieval punishment device used to fasten the offender’s hands and neck.
The owner of the home told The Daily Telegraph they got inspiration for the property after reading a magazine of Tudor architecture in the 1970s and have been collecting rare items for the property ever since.
Over the years they’ve hosted banquets at the home where guests in period-style clothes were served medieval recipes.
She said that she hoped the property sold to someone who would appreciate it’s unique character. “We know there is someone out there who will love it.”
CoreLogic sales records showed the home has been for sale since September, with the price guide cut from $870,000-$930,000 to $860,000-$$895,000.
Selling agent Matthew Gale of McGrath-Wentworth Falls said he had admired the home as a child and it was well-known to locals.
“You just don’t see this kind of property every day,” Mr Gale said.
“It would make a great weekender or Airbnb listing and that’s where we’ve been getting the most interest … the more unique homes are often more desirable for holiday (rental) buyers because they stand out.”
In the Batemans Bay area, a medieval-style home has been up for grabs since April last year, with the price reduced from $989,000 to $795,000-$850,000.
The home on Runnyford Rd was converted from a 100-year-old church and has medieval doorways and chessboard tiles, along with a bell tower and spire.
Further north, a castle-shaped home in Bonville near Coffs Harbour has been up for sale since December. The price has been retained at $1.295 million.
The owners were understood to have decided to turn their home into a castle after visiting Ireland, according to information provided in the listing.
Numerous medieval-style homes have also come up for sale in Victoria, including a turreted property with twin square towers in Tarnagulla, an area about 40km west of Bendigo.
The property has been for sale for more than two years and the price has been slashed from $589,000 to $410,000.
In the Gippsland area, a Willung South blue castle home complete with a dungeon, turrets, towers and a great hall has been for sale since October for $1.25 million.
PRDNationwide’s James Hannah recently sold a castle-shaped home in Hunter Valley town Maitland and said these properties often took a long time to sell because they needed a unique buyer.
“They’re special homes and they usually need a really special buyer,” he said. “They’ve really got to love everything about it.”