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Famous Castles

Updated on October 4, 2014
Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
Before the restoration
Before the restoration
Aerial view
Aerial view
Main bedroom
Main bedroom

Jeremy Irons - Kilcoe Castle, Ireland

Kilcoe Castle is near Ballydehob in West Cork, Ireland. It was built in 1458 and it had been sinking into ruin since its fall in 1603. Irons took on the project of refurbishing this castle and it took up six years of his time and many of his movie profits to complete the project.

It is very remote and the location is breathtakingly beautiful.

The Castle has twin towers which soar into the sky by 100ft and is perched on an outcrop of land overlooking the bay.

There is a vertical inclined stone staircase and it has gaps for spears to stop intruders!

Walls of the castle range from 3feet to seven feet thick and the only place that you can hear any outside noises is at the summit of the castle.

Jeremy Irons painted this medieval castle peach to bring some mediterranean flavour to it and he and his wife live there today.

They travel to the castle by sailboat.

Jeremy took on the project with the help of his architect Bena Stutchbury and wanted to restore the towers to its original look.

However the stone was weak and previous builders knew that it would not withstand the elements so protected the castle with a mixture of lime, clay, beachsand and gravel which was also covered in limewash.

Jeremy knew that he would have to do the same to ensure that his home could be lived in for another 600 years and went to Scotland to take a look at sample colours of limewash. White was the obvious colour and he had said that he ahd no doubt that the original castle was white but it would not be practical in the climate and it would be hard to maintain. Therefore he chose, what appears to be a peach colour that blends in with the greenery and the colours in Cork. Kilcoe Castle is on the list of sights to see and he wanted it to withstand the elements as well as look picturesque too.

ballydehob cork:
Ballydehob, Co. Cork, Ireland

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The Royal family of Windsor
The Royal family of Windsor
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle | Source
State Room
State Room
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle

Queen ElizabethII - Windsor Castle, England

The House of Windsor belongs to the British Royal family of Queen ElizabethII. Her father GeorgeVI became king after his brother abdicated and left Queen Elizabeth as an heir to the thrown. GeorgeVI changed their name from SaxeCoburg and Gotha to Windsor after anti - German sentiment during world war 1.

Queen Elizabeth has three sons and a daughter. Prince Charles her eldest son is heir to the thrown.

Although they do reside at Buckingham Palace too, Windsor Castle is known to be the weekend family home.

This castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. The castle covers an area of 15acres and has many state apartments that are furnished with treasures from the Royal collection.

Visitors are allowed to see the castle and during Winter months an extra five state rooms are open to the public to view.


29 March 2013: Admission to the Castle Precincts only. St George's Chapel will be open between 14:00 and 16:00 in addition to services. ALL OTHER AREAS CLOSED.
30 March 2013: St George's Chapel closed until 11:00
31 March 2013: Castle closed until 13:00

4 April 2013: State Apartments closed
10 April 2013: State Apartments closed
18 April 2013: St George's Chapel closed from 13:00
21 April 2013: CASTLE CLOSED FROM 12:00
29 April 2013: State Apartments closed
30 April 2013: CASTLE CLOSED

11 May 2013: St George's Chapel closes at 13:00
31 May 2013: St George's Chapel closes at 15:00

14-17 June 2013: St George's Chapel closed
16-18 June 2013: State Apartments closed
17 June 2013: CASTLE CLOSED

5 July 2013: St George's Chapel closed until 10:30
19 July 2013: State Apartments closed

17 August 2013: St George's Chapel closes at 13:00

7-8 November 2013: Semi-State Rooms Closed

13 December 2013: St George's Chapel closed until 10:30
23 December 2013: St George's Chapel closes at 13:00
25-26 December 2013: CASTLE CLOSED (St George's Chapel open to worshippers).

Nicholas Cage owned his own castle
Nicholas Cage owned his own castle
The famous castle previously owned by Nicholas Cage
The famous castle previously owned by Nicholas Cage

Nicholas Cage - Schloss Neidstein, Germany

Actor Nicholas Cage bought a castle in Etzelwang, Germany for $2.3 million and wanted to refurbish it to it's full glory.

He bought the property in July 2006 and it includes 28 rooms on a hill in the middle of a 395 acre forest. He also bought a castle in England in 2007.

The castle is situated in Bavaria, Germany and it was originally owned by the Brandt family in 1466 and was inherited by American administrative law judge, Theodor von Brand, who passed away in 2004 and the heirs sold it to Nicholas Cage in 2006. In 2009 Cage sold it to a lawyer in Amberg.

Unfortunately due to the highest paid actor feeling the sad economic times, he was forced to sell the property.

49°32′03″N 11°36′17″E:
Neidstein 1, 92268 Etzelwang, Germany

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Singer Castle - Chippewa Bay, New York

This castle was formerly known as Jorstadt Castle was designed at the turn of the century by famous Beaux - Arts architect Ernest Flagg as a summer residence and hunting lodge for the president of Singer Sewing Machine Company.

Built in the 1900s, it has 7 acres of landscaped gardens and terraces and stands just north of the St Lawrence Seaway. There are dungeons, turrets, towers, secret passageways and subterranean labyrinths.

The castle has 28 rooms, 5 story's and is made of granite. It has a chapel with gothic windows, library, drawing room, sunroom, wine cellar, private offices, 17 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms and 10 fireplaces.

It is currently for sale at $9.5 million.

Hammond, St lawrence county, neww york:
Hammond, NY 13646, USA

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    • Tashaonthetown profile imageAUTHOR

      Natasha Pelati 

      5 years ago from South Africa

      I wanted to do castles that are inhabited. Hurst Castle is open to the public and it is owned by English Heritage.

      Bran Castle was on my list but it is presently owned by the state and they are in a battle to release it to the original owners. I am keeping my eye on that one!

      I looked up Crantzdorf Castle but it is not owned by anyone famous, it is on th market and I will follow to see who buys it.

      Thanks for reading!

    • Iammattdoran profile image

      Matt Doran 

      5 years ago from Manchester, UK

      Interesting hub. How about Hurst Castle and Bran Castle (home of Dracula) are also very famous. Lot's of detail in your hub. Voted up

    • MrHunter profile image


      5 years ago from Highway 24

      Someone did a brand-new castle in Johnson City, Tn, where I grew up. Check it out. It may still be there. I saw it in a a real-estate mag for $19 mill. A car guy had it built.


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