Are you the ultimate “Game of Thrones” fan? Are you sure? Because maybe you can’t lay claim to that unless you pony up $656,452 for the castle in Northern Ireland that has served the series as Riverrun Castle, the ancestral home of Catelyn Stark.
Gosford Castle — or, you know, Riverrun, was of course also the site of the Red Wedding from the HBO show’s third season as well.
But even if you’re not a Game of Thrones fan, the history behind the castle and the income property potential might also sway you toward opening up your bank account.
Maison Real Estate, who has the listing, explains that the Norman Revival-style castle was built in the mid-1800s by the second Earl of Gosford, Archibald Acheson, and was designed by London architect Thomas Hopper. Occupied by a succession of earls until 1921, it was commandeered during World War II and used to house troops, and a POW camp was established on the castle grounds.
“Following the war the Achesons sold the Castle to the Ministry of Agriculture who established the 590 acre demesne as Gosford Forest Park which was later designated Northern Ireland’s first conservation forest in 1986,” Maison explains. “The castle fell back into military use during The Troubles before being run as a hotel from 1983.”
In 2006, the castle was bought by Gosford Castle Development Limited, who planned to create 23 luxury residences inside the castle.
“The portion of the castle being marketed for sale at this point has been partially developed in places with a view to convert the space into 6 luxury apartments with each boasting an average space of 3500sq ft and with some offering roof top gardens,” the listing said.
“The restoration was undertaken by artisans and craftsmen with a focus on retaining the character and historic integrity of the castle,” the Realtors said. “Particular care was taken to use existing features such as staircases and vaulted ceilings and even to use original colour schemes wherever possible. These apartments are extremely popular and command great interest when they are placed on the market.”
And, of course, it can also be leased out to other film production companies, just like the current owners did for “Game of Thrones.”
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