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Gosford Castle sale making headlines around the world

John Hooks

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NEWS that the part of Gosford Castle made famous by Game of Thrones is on the market has travelled around the world.

Since the Ulster Gazette’s story last month revealing that there was interest in turning the Grade 1 listed building into a boutique hotel the famous castle has been making headlines around the world.

Maison Real Estate are the agents for the sale of the castle and they have been inundated with expressions of interest due to the building’s unique nature and it’s star-quality due to it being featured in the incredibly popular television series Game of Thrones.

Next week a team from Channel 9 News in Australia plan to travel to Markethill to record a story about the castle but beyond that the castle has been making headlines all over the world.

Priced at £500,000, Fox News reports that the Game of Thrones Castle is selling for less than the price of a New York apartment.

News of the castle being offered for sale also featured in the New York Post, E News, Entertainment Weekly, Mydomaine in Hollywood, NBC TV stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Miami and San Diego.

In the UK it has featured in the Independent, the Daily Mail, E News London and Esquire magazine.

Irish broadcaster TV3 have also expressed an interest in visiting the castle to record a piece for their new programme.

“The level of interest has been incredible,” said Maison Director, Ciaran McGurgan.

“Since the story broke there has been significant interest and it will be very interesting to see how things progress from here. There are a now a number of very interested parties.”

The listed building featured for a number of seasons in the world famous TV show and the part of the castle which is now for sale includes the round tower in which several central scenes in Game of Thrones were recorded.

The exterior of the castle has also been used as a site for a myriad of different scenes in Season Three of the show.

Gosford Castle boasts a long and illustrious history located just outside Markethill. Built in the mid-1800s by the second Earl of Gosford, Archibald Acheson, Gosford Castle is a grade A listed building.  It was designed in the Norman Revival style by London architect Thomas Hopper and was occupied by the Earls of Gosford until 1921. During the Second World War the Castle was commandeered and used to accommodate troops and prisoner of war camp was set up in the estate.

Following the war, the Achesons sold the Castle to the Ministry of Agriculture who established the 590 acre demesne as Gosford Forest Park which was later designated Northern Ireland’s first conservation forest in 1986. The castle fell back into military use during The Troubles before being run as a hotel from 1983.

The portion of the castle being marketed for sale at this point has been partially developed in places with a view to convert the space into six luxury apartments with each boasting an average space of 3500sq ft.

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