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Castle for sale, one-time pad of mad queen, €15m

Castle for sale, one-time pad of mad queen, €15m
The Condado de Castilnovo, one time home of Mad Queen Juana La Loca is up for grabs. Photo: Idealista
Buy this medieval castle in Segovia and you will not only find yourself with 21 bedrooms to decorate but also a library full of rare books and a dining hall that can accommodate at least 400 guests.
If you happen to be able to get your hands on €15m and want to live like a King or Queen then look no further than Condado de Castilnovo, a gothic castle near Sepulveda in the province of Segovia which is rich in royal legend.

Nestled in a valley on the banks of the San Juan river, this fortified residence is steeped in history, with its origins said to date back to the time of Abd-al Rahman in the eighth century.

Later it was rebuilt under the Catholic Kings, with much of the present structure, including its six towers, dating from the 14th century when it was given to Alvaro de Luna, the favourite courtier of King Juan II.

It was also the one time residence of Juana La Loca, the mad daughter of the Catholic Monarchs, Fernando and Isabel – and sister of Catherine of Aragon. Crowned Queen of Castilla she later also became Queen of Aragon although she spent most of her life locked away in a convent.

The property listed on Spanish property website idealista comprises 5,457m² is set over five floors and has extensive gardens and land in a hamlet of only a hundred residents.

It was recognized as a site of cultural interest in 1931 and had been used to house a museum before being converted into a hotel and restaurant, which accounts for the fact that the property includes a total of 24 bathrooms.

And if your budget doesn't quite stretch to a castle of your very own, here is a list of the best castle holiday rentals Spain has to offer.


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