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Inside the Battle to Keep a Leaky Castle Standing

Duart Castle isn't exactly weather-proof

(Newser) - Tom Hanks' next role: Sir Lachlan Hector Charles Maclean? The Scottish lord has for the last 26 years been dealing with the king of all money pits. Repairs on the 14th-century Duart Castle he inherited have thus far cost just shy of $2 million, reports the New York Times , which... More »

Castle Restoration Called a 'Heritage Massacre'

Critics outraged at the work in Spain

(Newser) - Remember the botched "restoration" of Spanish fresco Ecce Homo back in 2012? Well, this might top it. Having stood for more than 1,000 years, Matrera Castle in Cadiz was looking a bit worse for wear when officials decided to restore the National Monument three years ago. Now, people... More »

Floods Leave Castle 'Teetering on the Brink'

Scottish baron forced to flee ancestral home

(Newser) - After more than 450 years overlooking Scotland's River Dee, Abergeldie Castle is on the verge of being washed away by it. Floodwaters have eaten away the riverbank in recent days and the 16th-century castle is now teetering on the edge, Discovery reports. John Gordon, the Baron of Abergeldie, was... More »

Couple 'Having Sex' Plunges Over Castle Wall

He apparently worked there, and she was a visiting nurse

(Newser) - A French couple fell 40 feet to their deaths from a castle wall while apparently making love, the Independent reports. Naked bodies of the two 31-year-olds were found in a moat that surrounds a castle on the main island of Chausey Archipelago, off the coast of Normandy in the English... More »

For Sale: Dracula's Castle

Transylvanian property owner seeks bites

(Newser) - A one-of-its-kind property is available for buyers looking for a big stake in the Transylvanian property market: the castle that once housed the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula. Bran Castle, long one of Romania's top tourist attractions, has been owned by everybody from Teutonic knights to Communist governments... More »

What It's Like to Be Stuck Living in a NY Castle

Phemisters struggle to flip this New York house

(Newser) - You don't even need a cool million to purchase a 36,000-square-foot castle in Upstate New York. Just $895,000 will do. The New York Times today takes a look at this most unusual piece of real estate—and the unusual consequences of a common problem: homes that buyers... More »

These Castles Were Built for Love

Going away for Valentine's Day? Check out these castles built by lovers

(Newser) - Aren’t castles romantic? Each of the classy abodes pictured in this photo gallery was built in the name of love, says WebUrbanist.com , so take a gander and read their passionate and, more often than not, tragic back stories. More »

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