Great Estates: the castle that was the inspiration for Bleak House which holds a race called ‘the Suffering’


 As well as the house and the events, they run a 2,500-acre farm, 500 acres of woodland (the rest of the land is tenanted), and manage 60-70 residential properties. The idea of making Rockingham into such a diverse business would have been unthinkable to the 20th-century custodians, says Saunders Watson. “They let the house once for a hunt ball and the people trashed it. You just think, god, never again. Thankfully the opportunity set has changed.”

Rockingham opened to the public aft… (View original article)

On June 3rd You Can Visit State Rooms at the Prague Castle For Free


Ceremonial spaces in the castle not normally open to the public will be opened – for example, the Rothmayer Hall, the Spanish Hall, the Rudolph galleries and salons southern wing of the New Palace.

These rooms are used for ceremonies or representative purposes and they are located in the middle and southern part of the New Palace.

The access to this area will be ensured through Matthias Gate at the 2nd courtyard. Last entry is possible at 4.30 p.m.

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Count rooms and whisper ‘Rosebud’ at Hearst Castle – LA Times


Why: In a state known for its outlandish mansions, this is the boondoggle that set the standard. Construction began in the 1920s and continued into the ’40s.

What: There are 165 rooms in this palace, which was designed by Julie Morgan according to the whims of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst (who died in 1951). Now owned and operated by the state park system, the castle includes a main house, three guest houses, one elaborate tiled indoor pool, another pool outdoors, all on… (View original article)

6 things to do at the ‘abandoned castle’ in Batangas | ABS-CBN News

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6 things to do at the ‘abandoned castle’ in Batangas

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 22 2017 12:10 AM | Updated as of May 22 2017 12:36 AM

Contrary to what was initially reported on social media and some blogs, the “abandoned castle” in Lemery, Batangas is far from deserted.

Fantasy World was converted from a theme park to a photo park by the ECE Realty Corporation years after the management decided to halt … (View original article)

Italy Is Giving Away Free Castles 2017 | POPSUGAR Home Australia


If you’re ready to live like royalty and own a castle, now’s your chance! Italy is giving away 103 historic buildings for free to lucky owners who want to help boost tourism in the country. The State Property Agency and Ministry of Cultural Heritage of Italy recently announced the sweet deal — but there’s a catch. In order to receive one of the properties, you’ll have to submit a proposal of what you’ll do with the space to help attract tourists to the area. This means all of the free castl… (View original article)

Neighbours From Hell: London’s Infamous Property Disputes | Londonist

The Castle. Photo: Matt BrownNeighbours aren’t always the most accommodating folks. Rarely a month goes by without another super basement creating anger. When neighbours are unhappy about your building plans, there are two ways to tackle the issue. Either be as friendly as possible working together to solve possible issues, or do the exact opposite (colloquially known as the low road). Here are a few of London’s most famous disputes and how they were solved.

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“Concise but vivid retelling of such epic events” – new Battle of Lincoln 1217 book is gripping | Lincolnshire Live

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A new book that recounts the 1217 Battle of Lincoln has been specially commissioned for the Historic Lincoln Trust to bring events 800 years ago to life.

Released to coincide with city-wide celebrations and the launch of the Knight’s Trail, you can read about the climactic events that ensued following King John’s death in Newark in October 1216, when the kingdom lay in ruins after his disastrous reign.

Encouraged by rebel barons, the French had invad… (View original article)

Cork’s Historic buildings set to benefit from funding allocations | westcorktimes.com

The Structures at Risk Fund and the Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2017 announced recently by the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD will offer funding allocations to historic buildings throughout Cork County.  In total 569 heritage projects nationwide will share in a €4.8 million investment package as part of the government’s commitment in “Realising Our Rural Potential: the Action Plan for Rural Development.”

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National treasure Matsumoto Castle seen in need of stronger quake resistance | The Japan Times

NAGANO – Matsumoto Castle in Nagano Prefecture is more vulnerable to an earthquake than previously thought and requires work to strengthen its resistance, officials of the city where the national treasure is located said Thursday.

A recent earthquake resistance test has found that the castle’s main tower could fall in the event of a quake measuring upper 6 or stronger on the Japanese seismic scale to 7, according to the officials of the Matsumoto Board of Education.

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Trakoscan, a Year-Round Video Appreciation

It is one of the jewels of Croatian tourism, gorgeous any time of year.

When people talk about 12-month tourism in Croatia, they tend to look at the Adriatic beaches in Decemeber and conclude it is not possible, and yet there are some fantastic year-round treasures waiting to be discovered, which offer a different experience depending on the time of year.

And there are few more majestic places than Trakoscan Castle in Varazdin County, close to the Slovenian borde… (View original article)