This property, set on the edge of the market town of Devizes in Wiltshire, is a picture-perfect Grade I castle. Sprawling and built mostly of stone, it features turrets and parapets as well as front and rear gardens. While it's easy to imagine a time when Medieval kings would have prowled the grounds and gazed across the countryside, the castle has been decorated in such a way that it now seems like a cozy and comfortable family home.
The kitchen is a good example of how the property merges the historic and contemporary. Exposed-brick and stone walls are juxtaposed with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and modern lighting. From the kitchen, there's access to a terrace and traditional garden filled with trees, a border of herbs, and a section for roses, all intermixed with lawn areas, water features, and stone archways. It's a good place to contemplate the castle's winding history, including as a popular residence for the British monarchy, starting during the reign of King Henry I.
Owning the property, located about two hours from London, would allow time to explore the many period features, from stone mullioned windows and working shutters to oak floorboards and detailed stone archways. The central wooden staircase, as well as the stone spiral staircase, also points to the past, and a glance at the ceiling of the drawing room or study will reveal period carvings and gilded touches. The library's floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, and the dining room's ornately carved fireplace are likewise historic.
Ready to live like royalty in the English countryside, surrounded by gardens and eclectic period features? Find out more about the castle, currently listed at £3,250,000, at Savills.com.