From medieval castles to Victorian mansions, Gothic architecture is as varied as it is imposing. Hallmarks of this dramatic style include vaulted ceilings, arched windows and ornate details, such as flying buttresses and the occasional leering gargoyle.
The Gothic period began in 12th century France and stretched until the 16th century, but its influence has spanned half a millennia. Gothic design enjoyed a revival under the Victorians and still proves popular with modern homeowners.
We’ve rounded up six of our favourite Gothic houses on the market right now.
Dalmoak Castle, Dumbarton, Scotland
14 bedrooms; £795,000 via Savills
Architect Alexander Watt completed this Tudor style Gothic mansion in Scotland’s Dumbarton in 1869, and it’s not lacking in ornamentation. Rich details include carved Corinthian columns, an imperial staircase and ornate stained glass depicting mythical Celtic scenes attributed to WG and KK Keir, who also worked on Glasgow Cathedral.
The windows are thought to be the largest stained glass panes in a private house in the UK. During WWII the 9,500 sq ft country house was used by the RAF – it is presently a nursing home.
Barri Gòtic apartment, Barcelona, Spain
Sitting inside a 19th-century building in Barcelona’s feted Gothic Quarter, this 1,991 sq ft main floor apartment is a time-capsule dwelling that has been untouched by modern fads. While it will need renovating, there’s plenty to excite the imagination, including wrought iron balconies, frescoed ceilings and decorative fixtures.
Hadlow Tower, Kent, England
4 bedrooms; £2m via Strutt & Parker
Looming large over the Kent countryside, Hadlow Tower was built in 1838 supposedly so its industrialist owner could keep an eye on his estranged wife – and the farmer she’d run away with. The 175-ft-tall folly is has been converted into a four bedroom home set over eight floors, four of which are accessible via an elevator.
Rooms have gothic flourishes throughout including pointed arch windows. As well as a tidy half-acre plot of landscaped gardens, residents of the country property have access to the grounds of the adjacent Hadlow Castle. Take a closer look.
64 Ludlow Lane, New York State, USA
9 bedrooms; $3.595m via Joyce Realty
Seven Oaks is among the oldest houses in New York’s Snedens Landing and sits on a bucolic 2.29-acre plot. Constructed in 1862 in a Gothic Revival style, the 8,000 sq ft house is named for the oak trees that are bedded into its grounds.
The nine-bedroom New York property features a steep gable roof with classic dormers while interiors have tall ceilings, original decorative mouldings and no less than a dozen fireplaces.
Blackmoor House, Hampshire, England
4 bedrooms; £950,000 via Sotheby’s International Realty
Natural History Museum architect Alfred Waterhouse designed this sprawling Grade II* listed country estate in Liss, Hampshire, for the 1st Earl of Selborne. It’s still owned by the family today but Blackmoor House was converted into 17 apartments in the 1970s, one of which is now on the market.
The four-bedroom country dwelling is accessed via a colossal communal hall, complete with a carved staircase and stone fireplace, and has a farmhouse style kitchen. Rooms meanwhile overlook the house’s landscaped grounds.
Knockdrin Castle, Westmeath, Ireland
12 bedrooms; €13.5m via Sotheby’s International Realty
Knockdrin Castle was commissioned by Sir Richard Levinge around 1810 to sit on the site of an earlier Norman castle, about an hour and a half drive from Dublin. The Irish mansion features the ornamental flushes of the Gothic Revival style, but with bigger windows and a lighter touch inside its cathedral-like rooms: ‘a classical Georgian country house in Gothic dress,’ says the listing.
Irish architect Sir Richard Morrison designed the 19,375 sq ft Gothic house. Ornamental arches lead into a grand hallway, which features a double-height oak staircase lit by a domed skylight. On the ground floor are a formal library, ballroom, and study. Bedrooms are upstairs, and Knockdrin’s Crown Suite hosted Sir Winston Churchill during the Irish War of Independence (his parents were frequent visitors to the estate).
Knockdrin has several smaller properties on its 1,140-acres of land – some 600-acres of which are arable, with 415-acres of woodland.