London house prices are always used as a comparison to those elsewhere, but it is truly jarring to see literal castles selling for less than the cost of a one-bedroom flat in the capital.
This ‘castellated folly’ (a folly is a building constructed primarily for decoration, and castellations are battlements) in Wales is on sale for £310,000, and estate agents are saying it’s ‘one of the most unique properties’ they’ve ever seen.
Bursting with character and charm as well as spectacular views, the folly dates back to around 1810 and is truly unique.
Called Picton Castle, it’s split over two floors and offers three bedrooms, two bathrooms, along with two reception rooms and a large kitchen.
It’s on sale for £310,000 and is marketed by Tudor Estate Agents – Y maes, via OnTheMarket.
Built on an elevated spot above Pwllheli on the stunning Llyn Peninsula, the folly boasts panoramic views across the harbour, marina, and Cardigan Bay, with the mountains of mid-Wales beyond.
The property still retains a number of original features such as a stained glass window at the top of the roped staircase and a striking original stone fireplace in one of the reception rooms.
The house has previously been a school, a doctor’s surgery and as well as a family home for decades – in 1877 it sold for £300 but anyone looking to buy now will be spending around £310,000.
Vikki Bennett, spokesperson for OnTheMarket said: ‘The future custodian of Picton Castle will be buying a unique home in a beautiful situation.
‘The building itself is very striking but the inside is presented for modern living – there aren’t many properties like it.’
The outside of the home includes a paved patio and a water feature with a fishpond, making for the perfect place to sit and enjoy the spectacular views.
There is also a workshop, a greenhouse and potting shed as well as a vegetable garden.
Traditional follies were originally built on wealthy estates to ornament the landscape and provide focal points. Those constructed for decoration during the 18th Century were often built to represent ruined medieval castles or abbeys.
Sophie Pengelly, spokesperson for Tudor Estate Agents – Y maes, said: ‘This is without a doubt one of the most unique properties we have encountered.
‘Its presentation inside has been achieved without compromising the period features and detailing – it is truly an outstanding property.’
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