Gosford Castle, located in Northern Ireland, was originally built in the mid-1800s and features approximately 15 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. It’s been used as a hotel since 1983 but is currently back on the market for £500,000, or approximately $656,452 in U.S. dollars. (As a means of comparison, this is less than the average cost of a home in Los Angeles, which is currently $677,400.) At present, Maison Real Estate, which is managing the castle listing, has the property broken down into six luxury apartments to show the profitability of the property, each with a pretty spectacular name attached to it: “The Round Tower,” “The Inner Bailey,” and “The Old Keep,” just to name a few. Each apartment runs about 3,500 square feet, with access to a rooftop garden with sprawling countryside views.
On the inside, the castle is as elegant and intricate as one might expect, having been designed in the Norman Revival style by London architect Thomas Hopper. Literally the property of royalty until 1921, the castle acted as a home base for the Earls of Gosford. Then, during World War II, it was commandeered and used to accommodate troops and even a prisoner of war camp.
After the war, the castle was sold to the Ministry of Agriculture, which established the surrounding grounds as Gosford Forest Park (later becoming Northern Ireland’s first conservation forest, in 1986). The castle was used by the military once again before it was converted into a hotel in 1983. The castle in its present state is a result of a massive restoration that took place in 2006, converting the estate into 23 luxury residences, with artisans and craftsmen refurbishing the original staircases and vaulted ceilings to their previous prestige.