You Could Have the World's Largest Castle for Only £20 Million! Agent John Jonk of Sotheby’s International (0039 05507 51888; sothebysrealtycom) says there are few such medieval castles in Tuscany. “The castle was built at a time just before Giotto, when the Renaissance lay around the corner and Siena was at war with Florence.” From the 1400s it was in the Piccolomini family until the current owners bought it more than 30 years ago. “The price is unusually low considering it provides…
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Ryanair founder Tony Ryan’s grand estate, Lyons Demesne, is on the market for £25.5million, just three years after it was valued at £63.5million. Dr. Ryan bought Lyons Demesne in Co. Kildare for £3.5million 16 years ago & despite its change in fortunes, it is still the most expensive house on the market. The £38million drop in value represents the largest reduction ever seen in the Irish property sector. By May 2010, its value had fallen from £63.5million to £40million.
Dunstall Hall in Staffordshire was built with the vast fortune of entrepreneur Sir Richard Arkwright. Pioneer of the Industrial Revolution invented the spinning frame, making it easy to spin thread from wool or yarn. The property near Burton on Trent would not sell for £5million so estate agents have slashed price by £1million.
Chateau de Resistance: Five storeys, seven bedrooms - and yours for less than a Home Counties semi. Five-storey mansion in central France appeared on Grand Designs in 2004. It was the HQ for the local resistance during World War II. The seven-bedroom home is now on the market for £495,000.