When you were little, did you ever want to be a prince or a princess? Maybe you still have it in your plans to work royalty into your career path. Either way, chances are that you fantasized about living in a giant palace and reaping the benefits of royal life. Though the houses that we concept and build are generally of a slightly smaller size, castles around the world have served as excellent inspiration for many of our designs. Gone are the days when castles were only made of stone, and plumbing was a bit less easy to use. Today, palaces and castles on the seven continents span the spectrum of architectural styles and serve as a great pinnacle to motivate companies like Australian Heritage Homes. Let’s take a look at some of our favourites.
Mont St. Michel
This beautiful castle is an island commune in Normandy, France. Nearby landmarks include the Couesnon River. It’s a tiny community, with a whopping population of 44, extremely popular for tourists and visited by more than three million each year. It’s one of 60 buildings that are protected by France as historic monuments. The castle, officially referred to as an abbey, is a great example of Romanesque architecture. It was originally designed in the 11th century by William of Volpiano, who was Italian.
If you’re a fan of kilts and whisky, you may be well familiar with the highlands of Scotland. They’re also home to Edinburgh Castle, which has stood the test of time, despite centuries of skirmishes and battles nearby. It’s actually a mix of architectural styles, which is due to the different updates and add-ons that have taken place. The centre crux of the castle is the oldest and most authentic – St. Margaret’s Chapel.
First goal, be able to properly pronounce the name of this German beauty, that – fun fact – was the inspiration for the Walt Disney castle. It’s a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace. Neuschwanstein was built for King Ludwig II, and is set on a rugged cliff near Fussen in Southwest Bavaria. It brings to life a trend called castle romanticism, as well King Ludwig’s love for the opera.
Ever wonder where the Queen of England puts her feet up at the end of the day? At points throughout her life, it’s been right here, at Windsor Castle. Windsor Castle is a royal residence in Berkshire. It was originally built in the 11th century, right after William the Conqueror invaded England. Fun fact? It’s the longest-occupied palace in Europe. Art historian Hugh Roberts summed it up best as a “superb and unrivalled sequence of rooms widely regarded as the finest and most complete expression of later Georgian taste”
Travel bug itching but needing to stay a bit closer to home? Give the Australian Heritage Homes team a shout. It doesn’t matter if you’re at the beginning of your search, or have no idea where to begin. We’d love to help you build your next dream home for you and your loved ones.