If you have a spare $429,000, a love of history, a burning desire to live in the northernmost region of England, and don't mind sharing your abode with a ghostly woman (and, according to some reports, a phantom hound), step right this way.
According to the real estate broker's website,
Blenkinsopp Castle dates from the 13th century with a Pele tower which was later incorporated into a 19th century mansion. During the 20th century the manor house was used as a hotel but was severely damaged by fire in 1954. The castle ruins still stand with a wing currently being occupied as an imposing family home. The house is Grade II listed with the ruins being noted as a scheduled monument. The house itself enjoys a high degree of versatility with the current arrangements providing two reception rooms, dining kitchen, study and four bedrooms, one with en-suite facilities. The sale represents a rare opportunity to acquire a unique property and a piece of history and folklore.
A "Pele tower" is a watchtower, which is cool enough on its own, but "folklore" is obviously code for haunted, which makes this a rock-solid real estate investment in every way ... even if the interiors are kind of meh. That said, under 500K for a genuine castle seems like a steal, no? Even if the castle has a rather unromantic parking lot attached to it, as seen in the top image?
The Daily Mail explains who's haunting the thing. It's quite the lurid tale.
The castle is thought to have been built in 1339, and historical documents show that Thomas de Blecansopp was given a licence to crenellate, or fortify, the property in 1340. One of the family's medieval patriots, Bryan de Blenkinsopp, who held the castle some 600 years ago, was said to have a lust for wealth, and married a French woman who was plain, but possessed a chest of gold so heavy it took 12 men to carry it.
However, she would not tell Sir Bryan where she and her servants had hidden it, eventually causing him to quit the castle, leaving her behind. Legend has it that, tortured by her actions, she was doomed to haunt the castle, and is known as the White Lady.
Is the gold still there? Is the ghost? Whoever buys Blenkinsopp Castle, please invite us over to crash out in one of your four new bedrooms.
Image via CastleUK.net.