Stake your claim: ‘Castle Dracula’ that has housed royalty, an impaler (possibly) and a vampire (probably not) is up for sale

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  • Whether your allegiance lies with Bram Stoker, Anne Rice or Stephenie Meyer, this Transylvanian castle surely has to be the nosferatu devotee's ultimate fantasy home.

    Perched on top of what Dracula author Bram Stoker would term a ‘terrific precipice’, Bran Castle is Romania’s biggest tourist attraction, drawing 560,000 visitors annually and is now up for sale.

    Mark Meyer of Herzfeld and Rubin, the law firm handling the sale, says they’re open to select offers:

    ‘If someone comes in with a reasonable offer, we will look at who they are, what they are proposing and will seriously entertain the idea.’

    Before the prospect of owning such a gothic gem gets your blood pumping, be warned that the asking price of £47 million could mean your carefully thought out decorating plans may be in vein (sic).

    What could prove an even bigger pain in the neck is that the current owner, Archduke Dominic Von Hapsburg, is hoping that any buyers will commit to developing the castle even further as a leading (and preferably not too vampire-themed) tourist destination.

    But what really sucks is that the links with Dracula are, at best, tenuous. According to Dutch author Hans Corneel de Roos, the location Stoker had in mind for Castle Dracula was an empty mountain top, Mount Izvorul Călimanului, more than 100 miles away from Bran Castle.

    And even if you choose to consider historic figure Vlad the Impaler as Stoker’s inspiration, there’s no proof he ever stayed at Bran and, what’s worse, other sites have far stronger connections. Chief of these is Poenari Citadel, which Vlad used as one of his main fortresses. Talk about being crossed….

    (And just in case you haven’t had your fill, here’s one final dreadful Dracula joke:
    Why don’t vampires ever attack lawyers? Professional courtesy…..)

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