£450,000 will buy cottage in castle grounds

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Many people dream of living in a castle.

Now, in the heart of rural north Lancashire, someone’s dreams could be about to come true – for less than half a million pounds.

A luxury two-bedroomed cottage in the grounds of historic Thurland Castle has been put on the market at a guide price of £450,000.

Thurland Cottage is the only stand-alone property in the grounds of the Grade II listed building, which is located in lush parkland between the villages of Cantsfield and Tunstall, in the Lune Valley.

Ben Pridden, of Savill’s property, said people from as far as Chicago, USA, had voiced an interest.

He said: “For under half a million pounds there is the opportunity to live in one of northern England’s most important castles and all that goes with it, the grounds, the security and the aesthetics.

“It’s a rare opportunity. We have had interest from America, people want their own piece of English history.”

The development, which includes seven luxury homes within the main castle and a further five in the stables, is approached by a fairytale arched bridge crossing a moat that surrounds the castle. The interior-designed accommodation boasts underfloor heating, comes fully furnished and offers more than 1,200sq ft of interior space. It sits in 10 acres of communal landscaped grounds and a shared tennis court, with a moat encircling the castle itself.

Its architectural style is a mixture of Elizabethan Revival and Gothic Revival.

Lancashire born critic, writer,architect and philosopher John Ruskin was a regular visitor to Thurland.

The castle has had a turbulent history having been almost destroyed twice, once by battle and once by fire.

Work was done on the building to convert it to a country house in 1810 by Jeffry Wyattville, and in 1826-29 by George Webster, but in 1876 it was gutted by fire. The owner, Mr North, commissioned the Lancaster architects Paley and Austin to rebuild it.

*For further information contact Savills on 01904 617 820.