You Can Rent In a Castle for Less Than a Manhattan Studio

published May 11, 2017
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Have you ever wanted to live in a castle? Well, this very real former fortress will let you can live out your regal dreams, and all for less than what you’d pay for a tiny studio in Manhattan.

Situated on a high plateau along the rocky coastline of England’s northernmost county of Northumberland, Bamburgh Castle has been called the finest castle in all of England. Though the site has been inhabited since 10,000 BC, the castle’s rich history dates back to medieval times, when the core of the current structure was built by the Normans around a millennium ago.

Bamburgh Castle also has quite a film history. It’s been used as a location for several movies since the 1920s, including Ivanhoe (1982), El Cid (1961), Mary, Queen of Scots (1971), Elizabeth (1998) and both the 1971 and 2015 adaptions of Macbeth.

You’ve probably guessed that the entirety of the castle isn’t available at a bargain rent, but for £1,200 per month (about $1,545), you can call a spacious two to three bedroom flat inside it home.

The apartment is accessed through the Keep Hall via the public areas of the castle and is located on the second, third, and fourth floors (that’d be first through third in UK terms). There’s a paneled bedroom with arched windows with sea views, a fireplace, and built-ins, as well as a spiral staircase up to an ensuite bathroom. The middle floor has the living room and eat-in kitchen with a pantry, along with two bedrooms and a bathroom. The fourth floor has “restricted height” ceilings but offers additional space, including a shower room.

The imposing structure sits above the village of Bamburgh, which has local shops, tea rooms and renowned beaches, and is 20 miles from Berwick-upon-Tweed, which has trains to Edinburgh and London.

Check out the listing over on Savills.