Fancy a castle for your next home? If you can lay your hands on at least €2m, you could make it a reality. From Scotland to Italy, here's our top 10 for sale on Zoopla.

1. Nine-bedroom castle for sale in Cannes, France, for €55m

There’s castles and there’s CASTLES. Having been built in the 19th century, this is fairly modern by castle standards. Even so, it’s been given an almighty restoration with no expense spared. It now boasts a home cinema, wine cellar and the very latest home technology. It’s also got a separate apartment for the caretaker (and let’s face it, you’re going to need one to keep this place spick and span).

Available via Mansion London

2. 20-bedroom castle for sale in Cremona, Italy, for €16m

With no less than 20 bedrooms, this castle is ideal if you enjoy a vibrant social life – or have an eye on a hospitality business. It’s surrounded by medieval walls and protected by a fosse (trench) so you can keep the baddies out. Plus, it’s got some very striking features to boot. Frescoes, vaulted ceilings, imposing columns, marble statues and mosaic flooring just to name a few. Sold?

Available via Lionard

3. 12-bedroom castle for sale in Chianti, Italy, for €6.5m

Unlike many castles, this one gives the impression of actually feeling homely. There's a swimming pool, pool house with summer kitchen and fitness room, tennis court, play area and a loggia for al fresco dining - all surrounded by olive groves, cypress trees, a forest of holm oaks and a carefully-manicured Italian garden. If you're searching for La Dolce Vita, this is it.

Available via San Niccolo Real Estate

4. Five-bedroom castle for sale in Ravelston, Edinburgh, for £5m  

Back on home turf, this 16th century castle is close (less than three miles!) to the bright lights of Edinburgh city centre. Unusually, it’s on the market for the first time in 300 years. The property has strong links to the likes of Sir Walter Scott, Charles Dickens, Hans Christian Anderson, George Elliot and Alfred Lord Tennyson, so if you’re a literary boff, this castle is right up your street.

Available via Ballantynes

5. Six-bedroom castle for sale in Gueret, France, for €4.2m

Isn’t this a handsome castle? Just look at that pentagonal plan, big circular towers and wide moats (and there’s some arrow loops for good measure). This 16th century castle is drenched in history. It was built on the site of a 12th century fortress, and previous owners were thought to have been close to a variety of kings, including King Henry IV, King Louis XIII and Louis XIV. Phew.

Available via Home Hunts

6. Eight-bedroom castle for sale in Perpignan, France, for €3.2m

Perched atop a hill with views of the Mediterranean, it’s hard not to fall in love with this romantic castle. It dates back to the 11th century and has a rich and colourful history, involving the Kingdom of Aragon and (not related with...) feudal marriages. There’s also a 15th century chapel with a baroque altar close to the castle gate at the disposal of the castle owner. Handy, non?

Available via Home Hunts

7. 19-bedroom castle for sale in Nontron, France, for €2m

This 16th century castle is nestled among ancient forest in the heart of the Dordogne. If you're a sporty sort, there's equestrian facilities and a small golf course on tap. And back at 'home', there's an oak library to retire to and an exquisite chapel. I think we can agree, a very distinguished lifestyle awaits here.

Available via Home Hunts 

8. 10-bedroom castle for sale near Milan, Italy, price on application

If you’re looking to make a big impression (and assuming money is no object), then you’re unlikely to go wrong with this place. Unsurprisingly, it has belonged to a couple of illustrious families since it was built in the 16th century. Its frescoes remain intact but – a word of warning – you’re going to need an interest in all-things horticultural to maintain that intricate garden design.

Available via Lionard

9. 19-bedroom castle for sale in Florence, Italy, price on application

This castles oozes sophistication. Located between Florence and Siena, it was completely renovated a few years ago. You’ll certainly be living the Tuscan dream here. And, if you’re into home produce, note that for over 1,000 years, the castle has been producing its own wine, oil and Vin Santo (that’s Italian pudding wine to you and me).

Available via Lionard

10. 25-bedroom castle for sale in Chianti, Italy, price on application

Calling all wine aficionados! This medieval castle comes with 15 hectares of vineyards that churn out 75,000 bottles of Chianti Classico each year. And that’s not mentioning the various apartments and studios in other buildings, chapel, restaurant and moat-turned-swimming pool. Really, this is an all-singing, all-dancing castle on a picturesque hilltop. Any takers?

Available via Prestige Properties 

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