Always wanted to be king of the castle? Well now you can, quite literally, as this beautiful regency property in Cornwall has just come on the market with a genuine medieval castle in the back garden!
The enormous manor house, near Saltash in Cornwall, is listed for sale at £850,000.
Behind the imposing house is the historic Trematon Castle, which was built shortly after the Norman Conquest in the 11th century.
It was sold to Richard, Earl of Cornwall, in 1270 and since then
it has been owned by the Earls and Dukes of Cornwall. Currently, it is
owned by Prince Charles' Duchy of Cornwall.
The 860-year-old, Grade II listed castle is now in ruins, but some areas are still standing, such as the keep,
which has 30ft high walls.
Standing in nine acres of landscaped gardens, the manor house
features eight bedrooms, four bathrooms, a butler's pantry and a wine cellar. There is also a two bedroom lodge and a 13th century gatehouse on the estate.
Also in the grounds is an 'Indian influenced' outdoor heated swimming
pool. While the leasehold on the property is only 20
years, it is expected that it will be renewed.
Richard Speedy, of Knight Frank estate agents, said: 'The keep is
currently not being used for anything and if you were living there it
could be turned into whatever you like. There is no roof on it so it
might make a very nice garden.'
Trematon Castle was built by the Count of Mortain to strengthen the hold
of William the Conqueror in England after his triumph against King
Harold at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
Poet John Betjeman once wrote that the castle 'had one of the most superb views of
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