For-Sale Scottish Castle Comes With Three Napoleon-Era Forts, a Pub

Drunken ne’er-do-wells to the dungeon!

June 26, 2018 9:00 am

The success of Game of Thrones has spawned an entire cottage industry of custom beersfilm tours and ice villages and more.

Our take?

If you want to feel like the King in the North, just go get yourself an actual castle in the north.

Enter: Ackergill Tower Estate, a for-sale 16th-century castle along the Caithness Coast. That’s the northernmost region of the Scottish mainland, reaching towards Norway. Way up there.

The 30-acre property includes 32 bedrooms, 31 bathrooms (great ratio for frequent “goers”), walled Victorian gardens, a mile-long driveway, Europe’s largest treehouse — a fort with a half-moon porch and gnarly branches splicing straight through the roof — and somehow topping all that, a pub called Smugglers Inn.  

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And, just to consolidate the kingdom, the seller is including three forts down the complete other side of the U.K. in The Solent near Portsmouth. Named No Man’s, Spitbank and Horse Sand, the forts were created to repel feared invasion by Napoleon III in the 1860s. These days (they’ve acted as hotels in recent years), they’re mainly great for defending against noise.

All told, the package will run you about $20M (though the properties are available separately). Find the full listing here.

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