If your new year’s resolution is to make that hospitality venture a reality, then this Guadalajara castle offers plenty of inspiration – on a monumental scale.
The medieval structure dates from the early 14th century and served as both a palatial residence and a military fortress, built in a classical Castile style. Its square footprint features semicircular turrets at the corners, with a central defence and soaring tower keep in the interior courtyard.
A lot of renovation work has already been completed at the Spanish property, which is offered for sale via The Singular Space for €2m, including the restoration of the castle’s exterior stone walls. This includes its battlements, corbels and machicolations (openings that were used to drop materials such as quicklime and boiling oil onto attackers attempting to infiltrate the castle’s defensive walls).
Far less grizzly is the building’s proposed adaptive reuse. Originally earmarked to become a four-star hotel complex, this is probably still its best use – think, future wellness resort or slow retreat encircled by bucolic surroundings. The castle sits on a 4,000 sq m plot with rolling countryside, forest, and expansive blue skies beyond.
Walls are shored up, and steel supports are installed across the 1500 sq m structure, and the next phase would be installing utilities, weatherproofing and transforming its open floor plates into private spaces.
Make no bones about it, deep pockets are required to revive the castle to its full potential. But it’s a tempting investment opportunity – for the right buyer.