For sale: A castle not exactly fit for a king

Michael Donnachie, of Michael Anthony estate agents
Michael Donnachie, of Michael Anthony estate agents

With a £75,000 starting price you don’t need to pay a king’s ransom to own your very own castle in the Vale.

However, potential buyers imagining a home fit for a king may be a little disappointed when they view Dinton Castle in the flesh.

Dinton Folly is put up for sale

Dinton Folly is put up for sale

The Grade II listed building on the A418 is being marketed as ‘a ruin’ by Michael Anthony estate agents. It is going under the hammer at an auction in Aylesbury next month after its owner decided to sell up due to its high running costs.

So far more than 50 people have requested information packs and two have offered to buy it before the auction even takes place. One person has indicated they will restore the castle and build their family home deep underneath it.

Michael Donnachie, the owner of Michael Anthony estate agents, said: “There are lots of possibilities with the build.

“Who knows, it could become one of Kevin McCloud’s Grand Designs.

“Whatever they do, it has got to better than it is now. But they will have to work with the council if they decide they want to do something with it.”

In 2008 the castle was placed on English Heritage’s ‘at risk’ register. It was taken off after its owner paid Aylesbury Vale District Council to carry out structural repair works.

The owner, a farmer who bought the site 20 years ago and has asked not be named, told The Bucks Herald he was selling it because it has proved ‘expensive to constantly repair’.

He hopes the new owner will transform it into a useable building.

The castle was designed to be seen from the grounds of Dinton Hall by Sir John Vanhatten in 1769. It was originally three storeys, lived in by servants and used to store a collection of fossils.

As visitors approach, a public footpath runs to the left of the site. The castle comes with just over half an acre of land.

Those wishing to view the castle should contact Michael Anthony estate agents. For more details click here

>The auction takes place on November 26 at 1pm in the Holiday Inn at Weston Turville.