Category: castles

Cabra Castle

Cabra Castle is located in County Cavan, Ireland. The 19thcentury castle’s exterior was built in a neo Norman style, while the interior carries a Gothic design. The castle was built by the Foster family, who unfortunately went bankrupt due to the castle’s construction costs. In 1813, the castle was sold to the wealthy Pratt family, who owned substantial holdings in the area. They renamed Comey Castle to Cabra Castle in 1820. The castle estate remained with the Pratt family until 1964, when it was sold to the Brennan family. It was the Brennan family who transformed the castle into a hotel. The hotel was closed when the castle estate was sold again in 1986 to Mr. Mansour. In 1991, the castle was sold to the Corscadden family. The Corscadden’s restored the castle and reopened it as a four-star luxury hotel. The castle estate boasts one hundred acres of parkland and gardens, with an on-site 9-hole golf course, tennis, a gate lodge, and six cottages. Cabra Castle has 105 bedrooms, a bar, a restaurant, and conference rooms. 

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Clifden Castle

Clifden Castle is located in the Connemara region of County Galway, Ireland. The early 19thcentury manor house overlooks the Clifden Bay and was built in the Gothic Revival style for John D’Arcy and his family. The castle boasts a rounded tower, a square tower, and an entry tower with two round turrets. In 1839, the estate passed to D’Arcy’s oldest son, Hyacinth. Unfortunately, Hyacinth didn’t run the properties as well as his father and had difficulty dealing with the tenants. In 1845, when famine struck, many emigrated and D’Arcy’s rent incomes fell. By 1850, the D’Arcy’s estate went bankrupt. Clifden Castle was purchased by the Eyre family who added a new roof and altered the façade with decorative elements. The Eyre family used the castle for holidays, but they were known as absentee landlords. The castle was placed into a trust for the six Eyre children and run by agents. Unfortunately, the castle fell into ruin and the lands were leased for grazing. In 1917, J.B. Joyce, a local butcher, purchased the castle estate, but there was great controversy over his purchase as some of the former tenants had purchased parts of the 200 acres for farming from the Congested District Boards in 1913. The farmers turned the town against Joyce. They chased away Joyce’s cattle, put their own stock in the field, and barricaded the gates against Joyce. Through arbitration Joyce agreed to sell the land in 1920; the tenants divided the land amongst themselves. The contents in the house were auctioned, the roof, windows, and timber were stripped away, and the castle fell into ruins.  Today, the castle is currently owned by several families. 

Atholl Palace

Atholl Palace is located in Pitlochry, Scotland. The turreted palace has been established as a hotel for over 135 years, but was used as a school during both World Wars. In 1874, the palace was designed as a Baronial Hydropathic hotel with Turkish baths, treatment rooms, and luxury accommodations. The construction took 150 men four years to complete. In 1886, the lands were sold to William MacDonald who converted the palace into a luxury resort. The water therapy treatments were still available, but MacDonald wished for the “fashionable” to visit his hotel and so he added motor rallies, fancy dress balls, and tennis as further entertainments. In 1913, the Lunn brothers and their company purchased the castle and began modernization of the electrical; powered by generators. In 2001, The Castle Collection Company purchased the palace and an extensive refurbishment began. This included restoring the Victorian spa and Turkish baths. In 2005, the Atholl museum was established in the old servants wing of the palace. The Palace boasts 106 en-suite rooms, a spa, a snooker room, a library, conference rooms, all weather tennis courts, 49 acres of gardens, a putting green, a pitch and putt course, and guest cottages. 

Knock Castle

Knock Castle is located in the town of Crieff in Perthshire, Scotland. Built in 1885 for Glasgow merchant, William Miller, and then purchased by Scottish shipping magnates Lord and Lady MacBrayne, this Baronial home was constructed amid the hills of the Strathearn Valley. Knock Castle has become a four-star hotel and boasts 20 bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, a spa, two restaurants, a whiskey bar, a 12-seat theater, a steam room, sauna room, a gym complex, a lodge, and a swimming pool built inside the conservatory that is known for its spectacular views. The castle sits on 3.5 acres overlooking the town of Crieff. 

Crossbasket Castle

Crossbasket Castle is located in Glasgow, Scotland. The
first tower was erected on this site in the early 15th century and
served as the dower-house of the Lindsay’s of Dunrod. Robert the Bruce granted
John Lindsay the lands of Kilbride in 1382, and the lands remained a part of
his family’s holdings until the 17th century. The property changed
hands numerous times throughout its history. In 1878, the inventor and
manufacturer of a waterproof material used for raincoats, Charles Macintosh,
lived at the castle and had a dye mill constructed on the property near the
River Calder. The castle was sold to the Clark Family and eventually came under
ownership of George Neilson in 1891. It was Neilson who created the castle that
is seen today. The castle continued to change ownership and in the 1960’s, the
castle served as an education center called James Little College. In 1981, the
Castle was sold to the Latter Rain Ministries and ran as a Christian center
until 2005. The castle was then sold to a developer, but the property remained
in an abandoned state until 2011. Crossbasket Castle was purchased by the
Reid-Timoney family who spent millions to transforms the castle into a luxury
hotel and event venue. Crossbasket Castle boasts nine bedrooms, a Gate Lodge, a
ballroom, a four-story private bridal tower, opulent public rooms, a tearoom, and
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Laarne Castle

Laarne Castle is located in the Province of East-Flanders in
Laarne, Belgium. The first moated castle was built on this site in the 11th
century as part of a line of defense to protect Gravensteen Castle in Ghent. In
the 14th century, the Counts of Flanders were given permission to
house a garrison at the castle, and the castle underwent several sieges. Built
in Balegem sandstone, the square castle boasts three circular towers with stone
pyramid-shaped fireproof roofs that were built in the 14th century.
The curtain wall was also built at this time, but in the 16th
century the castle underwent further construction and the curtained walls
became living quarters. The castle once held a drawbridge, but this was removed
during the rebuild in 1640. The castle underwent a massive renovation in the
1960’s. The castle’s last private owner, Comte de Ribaucourt, gifted the castle
to the Royal Society of Historic Towns and Courts of Belgium. The castle is a
national monument and museum. Laarne Castle is open to the public and has a
restaurant located in the forecourt. 

Kasteel van Wijnendale

Kasteel van Wijnendale is located in the village of
Wijnendale, in West Flanders, Belgium. The castle was reconstructed in the 19th
century, but its north wing is from the 15th century. The present
owners occupy one of the castle wings, while the other wing serves as a museum.
The first castle was built on this site in the 11th century and used
as a base of operations for Robert I, Count of Flanders. Throughout the 12th
and 13th centuries, the castle served as the residence for the
Counts of Flanders. In the 15th and 16th centuries, the
castle was under the control of the Dukes of Burgundy who transformed the
castle into a mansion. In the 17th and 18th centuries,
ownership went to the Dukes of Pfalz-Neuburg. The castle suffered though many
attacks by Louis XIV, and was occupied many times by passing French troops,
even suffering through an explosion when the troops blew up part of the castle.
In 1700, Duke Johann Wilhelm rebuilt the castle. In 1792, due to the French
Revolution, the castle became the property of the French state and was damaged
so badly that it became a ruin. In 1825, the castle estate was sold to the
Walloon Industrial Group, who cut down all the trees before going bankrupt. In
1833, the castle was purchased by banker Josse-Pierre Matthieu who rebuilt the
castle from 1837-1852. The estate passed to his son Joseph who modified the
castle. The Matthieu family still owns the castle today. The museum part of the
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Fyvie Castle

Fyvie Castle is located in the village of Fyvie in
Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Fyvie Castle is believed to have been built in 1211 by
William the Lion, it was known as an open-air royal court held by Robert the
Bruce. In 1390, the baronial castle was used to pay a ransom after the Battle
of Otterburn, and was later taken possession by five successive families who
added a new tower to the castle. The Preston tower is from 1390-1433, the
Meldrum tower from the late 1400’s, the Seton main entrance tower was built in
1599, the Gordon tower in 1778, and the Leith tower in 1890, which is really an
added wing. Leith and his wife restored the interiors and furnished the castle
in grand style. The castle boasts an enormous drawing room, which opens into
the gallery that holds a series of rich tapestries and a pipe organ, while the
staterooms have elaborate plasterwork and paintings, and the entry hall holds a
fireplace. The Leith descendants sold the castle to the National Trust for
Scotland in 1984. The castle grounds were landscaped in the 19th
century, which includes a variety of gardens growing a wide range of Scottish
fruits, and includes a walled garden, and a lochside walk. Like many old
castles, Fyvie castle is believed to be haunted and has appeared on many television
shows. Fyvie Castle is open to the public. 

Castle de Haar, Haarzuilens, province of Utrec…

Castle de Haar,
Haarzuilens, province of Utrecht, Netherlands

The current buildings, except for the chapel, date from 1892 and are the work of Dutch architect P.J.H. Cuypers, in a Neo-Gothic restoration project funded by the Rothschild family.

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