Haunted castle in Wales hits the market for £1million

Be king of your own castle for £1m: Historic 15th century property goes up for sale (though you might have to share it with spirit of a Victorian lady and a ghostly First World War soldier or two)

  • Bodelwyddan Castle in Denbighshire, Wales has hit the market with a starting price of £1million 
  • The historic property appeared on paranormal TV show Most Haunted and reported several apparitions
  • The three-storey countryside mansion features incredible Gothic Revival architecture
  • It oozes period features including marble fireplaces, decorative arched ceilings and a grand, ornate staircase

A historic castle in Wales with stunning views of the picturesque countryside has hit the market in excess of £1million.

While the purchase appears to be a dream property, there is more to the sale of Bodelwyddan Castle, than what first appears. 

The new owners of the Grade II listed castle, which dates back to the 1460s, may also be inheriting a few of its oldest tenants after it was featured on the paranormal TV show Most Haunted back in 2004. 

In the past staff at the castle have reported seeing an apparition of a woman in white and disappearing through walls.

The Bodelwyddan Castle in Denbighshire, Wales has hit the real estate market in excess of £1million. While historic building could be a dream property purchase, the Grade II listed property has had reports of paranormal activity

A soldier has also been seen stalking the halls and a spirit dubbed the blue lady who has been seen in the tea room, according to website Haunted Rooms.

The main castle of the property, which sits on approximately 15,817 square feet, is on offer as the other section of the property has been transformed into a four star hotel, the Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel currently owned and run by Warner Leisure Hotels.

Due to a covenant placed on the sale of the property, the castle for sale cannot be converted into a hotel. 

The three-storey country house, which features incredible Gothic Revival architecture, is currently owned by the Bodelwyddan Castle Trust.

Their part of the property is run as a museum, gallery and visitor attraction, but after the Trust announced in 2017 they would be loosing an annual £144,000 grant from Denbighshire County Council, the organisation has been forced to sell the property.  

It is unclear when the museum and visitor attraction is to close its doors, but in February 2019 the Trust put the remaining 99 years of the 125 castle’s lease on the market.  

The property oozes period features including marble fireplaces and a grand, ornate staircase. In the past staff at the castle have reported seeing an apparitions of a woman in white, a soldier and a spirit dubbed the blue lady

The three-storey country house features incredible Gothic Revival architecture and decorative arched ceilings. Alex Banning from Lambert Smith Hampton said the property could be developed into an alternative tourist attraction, converted for residential or educational use, or as a wedding venue or conference centre

Alex Banning from Lambert Smith Hampton said the property could be developed into an alternative tourist attraction, converted for residential or educational use, or as a wedding venue or conference centre.

The castle oozes period features including marble fireplaces, decorative arched ceilings and a grand, ornate staircase.

It also features business facilities such as a customer cafe, a commercial kitchen, offices and ancillary staff accommodation.

Outside, the country house sits within about 55 acres of parkland which includes a children’s play area and a replica WWI trenches exhibition which regularly hosts re-enactment events.

The sits within about 55 acres of parkland which includes a children’s play area and a replica WWI trenches exhibition which regularly hosts re-enactment events

The main mansion has previously severed the home of Sir William Williams speaker of the House of Commons from 1634, as well as a family home, an army base during the First World War and a private school, Lowther College (students pictured in 1925)

He said: ‘The collections, including many fixtures and fittings, remain part of the Trust and will be removed once the sale has been completed; some items are currently on loan to the Trust from third parties and will be returned at an appropriate time.

‘Some curtains and carpets could be included within a sale by way of a separate negotiation.’ 

The property also has a further two lots for sale, a total of 200 acres of land made up of 145 agricultural and pasture land and 55 acres of parkland.

The second lot is a two bedroom, detached, single storey cottage called St Asaph Lodge.

According to website British Listed Buildings, the main mansion has been the home of Sir William Williams speaker of the House of Commons from 1634, as well as a family home, an army base during the First World War and a private school, Lowther College.

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