Welsh castle with a difference for sale for £3.9 million
Castell Gyrn in Denbighshire, Wales is not quite what it seems. It stands in a “commanding position” overlooking the Clwyd valley and Snowdon beyond and though it is a castle, it is one that was built between 1977 and 1994. It is currently for sale for £3.9 million ($5.7 million, €5.1 million).
Described as a “modern fortress” by the BBC and built by an architect who also designed New Scotland Yard named John Taylor, this contemporary castle stands in 48 acres and features a total of 5,814 square foot of accommodation over four floors.
The property was last openly marketed in 2004 for £1.25 million (the equivalent of £1.7 million, $2.5 million or €2.2 million today) following Mr Taylor’s death. Its current owner Jeff Thompson claims to have spent a further £3.5 million ($5.1 million, €4.5 million) upgrading the building and on that basis, even if he gets his asking price he stands to make a loss on the sale.
Of his investment, Thompson told the Mail Online:
“I saw it as a project to do up and sell on, we never intended to move in”.
“It does drag you in though. The budget rather ran away with it and we have developed it as it told us to”.
Castell Gyrn is on the market through Strutt & Parker.
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The outside looks fine, but inside it looks like a ‘crib’, built by the new American rich, people with ‘loads of money’, but no taste.
An upmarket version of a certain well known Gloucestershire property known locally as the W*nkers tower. One of the more interesting by-laws governing the Welsh borders is that it is still legal for Shropshire people to shoot Welshmen on sight with longbows on a market day.
Interestingly The Wanker’s Tower has now worked its way through three agents (Henry George, Sotheby’s and now Savills). Its price has remained the same at £2.5 million so plainly the greedy owner has yet to see sense and realise its not worth anywhere near that figure.
Given a strong arm and steady aim
Are you referring to shooting Welshman or manipulating the “Tower”?
If you saw a Welshman on the streets of Chester, after curfew, you were entitled to kill him. The by law was only repealed in Victorian times.
Shooting Welshmen – look you, isn’t it?
I don’t go to Chester at night for obvious reasons.
You can: it’s safe now that this very sensible law has been repealed!