20 Apr 2012
While some dream of buying a property to live in or as an investment, others dream of living in their own castles like true princes and princesses.
This does not need to just end on a dream, it can become a real life scenario - you either need to borrow money from your parents, get extra work to afford it, better still win the lotto (if you are lucky) or you could have inherited loads of money from your grandparents.
According to Engel & Volkers, South Africa is not known as a country with historic castles compared to some countries in Europe and the United Kingdom.
The agency maintains that living a fairytale life in a castle in sunny South Africa can be a reality as some of these properties are priced at a fraction of what they cost in other countries.
Located in the Free State Province, the small town of Clarens is described as the Jewel of the Free State.
It is situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains and not very far from the Golden Gate National Park and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho.
The town is characterised by a mix of artists and photographers who frequent the area with several artists having opened their studios.
Clarens is an ideal weekend getaway property location and is popular with locals as well.
It is also in this small town that it is believed more than 50 000 beer bottles were used to build the tiny "Cinderella Castle" in Naupoort Street.
Estate agents report an increase in buyers looking for homes in Clarens.
Instead of visiting a castle home for a day, you could buy one priced at just under R3 million in Clarens.
The Camelot Castle features a plot surface of over 3 000 square metres and a living area of over 400 square metres to ensure the castle owner lives like a true king.
It has five en suite bedrooms, two living rooms and a majestic garden making it a perfect weeding venue or it could be used as a guest house.
Two other castles in Clarens include the Rapunzel Tower located in the Maluti Mountains, which is currently being used as a guest house.
It has two double en suite bedrooms and can easily sleep four people.
Destiny Castle sits on a 460ha mountain estate on the border of Lesotho and is used as a venue with an in-house spa offering accommodation for eight people.
The castle was built as a holiday home in 1932 out of natural stone found at Noetzie by Herbert Stephen Henderson who lived in what was then Southern Rhodesia.
It consists of three different double storey castles.
The main castle has a living area of 656 square metres, two luxury en suite bedrooms with terraces, a wood burning fireplace, under floor heating, climate control and a gym.
The honeymoon castle has a living area of 190 square metres with an en suite bedroom, while the third castle in this property comes with an en suite bedroom, under floor heating, climate control and a kitchenette.
Castle living is no longer only for princes and princesses - when you have money to splash on a not-so-ordinary property, think fairytale homes and castles in South Africa. – Denise Mhlanga
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