Hot New Homes: 4 Castles You'd Actually Want To Live In

It's a classic case of fantasy vs. reality. The word "castle" brings to mind decadence and power, but most modern castles can only be described as drafty, dank, and questionably decorated (think floral wallpaper and tasseled draperies). However, this elite group is the exception to the rule: proof that sometimes, dreams do come true. You wish you lived here.

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It's a classic case of fantasy vs. reality. The word "castle" brings to mind decadence and power, but most modern castles can only be described as drafty, dank, and questionably decorated (unless you like floral wallpaper and tasselled draperies). However, this elite group is the exception to the rule: proof that sometimes, dreams do come true. You wish you lived here.

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Location: Restored medieval castle in Piedmont, Italy

Price: upon request

Size: 86,315 square feet

Key selling points: This Northern Italian castle has it all: turrets, towers, vineyards, and stately halls whose original artwork was restored with taste, not a gallon of gold-leaf paint.

Listing: Handsome Properties International

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Location: Roquebrune-Sur-Argens Castle in Cannes, France

Price: $22,130,015

Size: 30,140 square feet

Key selling points: Ignore the gaudy chandeliers and dated furniture. This French château has large, arched windows to let in plenty of natural light, a spacious guest house, pocket vinyard that churns out bottles of award-winning AOC Côtes de Provence vintage, and a fresh, clean vibe rare in any castle.

Listing: Michael Zingraf

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Location: Tulira Castle in Ardrahan, Ireland

Price: $8,991,560

Size: 48,000 square feet

Key selling points: Rip off the wallpaper and remove the hokey bed-and-breakfast furniture and play up the stunning main living spaces (pitch pine flooring, original stained glass panels, exposed stone) and the Gothic Revival style exterior is classic castle, courtyard gardens and all.

Listing: Ganly Walters

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Location: Gorgier Castle in Neuchatel, Switzerland

Price: upon request

Size: 4,321,555 square feet

Key selling points: The décor is, in a word, horrendous. But we'd buy it for the drawbridge alone. Or simply because having more than four million square feet of interior space is grounds for eternal bragging rights, no matter what it looks like inside.

Listing: Sotheby's

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Location: Lord's Castle in Piermont, New York

Price: $5,500,000

Size: 15,000 square feet

Key selling points: The main rooms in this late 19th century Beaux-Arts style castle look like those of an ivy league frat house, but this one trumps the others in location. You could easily head out for a weekend of grilling on the palatial back porch from any Northeast city.

Listing: Sotheby's

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