Words: Franscesca Wallace, Vogue Living
You’ve got to be patient if you’re a Game of Thrones fan. While the late June marriage between Kit Harington and Rose Leslie was a lovely surprise, anyone following the HBO show’s production schedule will know that season eight is literally months away. We’re talking 2019, to be exact. But for die-hard fans missing the cult series, this piece of real estate news might perk you up.
Gosford Castle, one of the many castles used as a set for the Emmy winning show, has just hit the market for offers of £500,000 (R8 791 616, 82 or more). Located on Mullaghbrack Road in Markethill, Northern Ireland, the 15-plus bedroom, 10-bathroom estate was previously used as a hotel and movie set for GoT. Its exterior, which you might recognise, was used as Riverrun in Season 3 of the series.
Known in the show as the home of house Tully and therefore the ancestral home of Catelyn Stark and the birthplace of Robb Stark, in real life, Gosford Castle was built in the mid-1800s by Archibald Acheson, the 2nd Earl of Gosford. According to the listing, the castle was designed by London architect Thomas Hopper in the Norman Revival style and occupied by successive Earls of Gosford up until 1921.
Since 2006, the castle has been in a process of restoration and development, with a view to turn it into 23 luxury residences. While only a portion of the castle is for sale, it is expected buyers could transform the section available into a set of luxury apartments or even a hotel.
Even though the possibilities for this lot of property are vast, we can’t imagine any buyer would want to be moving in straightaway. Looking at the photos of the interior, you can see it has a rustic appeal, although there’s one major drawback. According to the listing, there’s no heating – so you’d want to steel yourself for all the “winter is coming” jokes you can endure.