Sheriff Hutton Castle
North Yorkshire, England
Asking Price: £1.1 million
The beautiful ruins of a 14th century castle in northern England have gone up for sale. Sheriff Hutton Castle was built by the powerful Neville family around the year 1382, and at times belonged to Warwick the Kingmaker, King Richard III, and King Henry VIII. Richard often stayed at this castle before ascending to the English throne.
However, by the late 16th century the castle was abandoned and soon fell into ruin. It was owned for centuries by the Ingram family, who used to farm around the site. It has since become a protected heritage site – Grade II – and has been repaired by English Heritage. They describe it as:
Sandstone and limestone rubble. Rectangular on plan with 4 corner towers and remains of curtain walls enclosing inner court of 120 x 100 ft. Gatehouse to north of south-eastern tower, with a poorly aligned intermediate tower to north. Substantial remains of corner towers survive, to 4 storeys in places. Some trefoil headed cusped windows survive and several fireplaces. Gatehouse has 4 shields in relief over first floor window opening. Interior contains some surviving tunnel vaulting to ground floor and cellars, that to north-eastern tower particularly well-preserved.
The property for sale is eleven and a half acres, and also includes a four bedroom Warden’s House, a two bedroomed cottage, garage and outbuildings, landscaped gardens, a double moat and natural ramparts.
The property is being sold through Boulton and Cooper Stephensons. A spokesman for the Estate Agent told the BBC “there’s already been a smattering of interest and I fully anticipate it attracting interest from far and wide, possibly even abroad given the connections to Richard III …I’ve never sold anything like this before, it’s very rare to have something like this come to the market.”