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Question: If you owned a castle , what use would you put it to ??
Private Home - 8 (28.6%)
Mad Science - 4 (14.3%)
Event Venue - 2 (7.1%)
Guest Accomodation - 2 (7.1%)
Haunted House - 1 (3.6%)
Film Set - 0 (0%)
Apocalyptic Bunker - 2 (7.1%)
Evil Mastermind Lair - 1 (3.6%)
Military  Base - 0 (0%)
Museum - 5 (17.9%)
Other - 3 (10.7%)
Total Voters: 27

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Author Topic: If You Had a Castle - what would you use it for ? What type would you Own ?  (Read 2968 times)
Hurricane Annie
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« on: June 02, 2015, 02:41:06 am »


 I would want to own one as  private home  and maybe  hire out parts of it  for events or filming

Maybe one like like these  in the classic  gloomy romantic style


 Katz Castle


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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2015, 03:45:02 am »

Recording studio...always wanted something larger than a broom closet...Wink
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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2015, 03:55:14 am »

Recording studio...always wanted something larger than a broom closet...Wink

 That would be groovy

 great acoustics
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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2015, 04:45:15 am »

Private home, but allowing the use as movie set and some rooms as a private museum.
Would like to have it near a lake, so inside, under the castle there would be enough space for a hidden hangar for some few flying boats... A nice hideout...
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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2015, 04:49:05 am »

Private home, but allowing the use as movie set and some rooms as a private museum.
Would like to have it near a lake, so inside, under the castle there would be enough space for a hidden hangar for some few flying boats... A nice hideout...

 I'm jealous already
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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2015, 04:56:31 am »

A combination of residence, guest house, events, museum, etc....



I did as much castle hopping as time would allow when I lived in Europe.  What impressed me the most about all of these castles was their age and character.  They were more like ancient beings in their own right than just a stone shell haunted by endless dead people.  A mortal owner is just a caretaker for a moment in the castle's life.  

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« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2015, 07:10:21 am »

I voted "museum" -

Whilst I am still enchanted by the idea of owning and living in a castle or stone lodge, and at one time entertained the desire to own a castle, after visiting a number of German Schloss and American replicas I put aside the notion. I am envious of the thick walls and stout roof, but the design does not lend itself to comfort in any way.

The rooms are often laid out poorly, connecting one to the next, or along a side corridor. The space is difficult to heat, and always feels damp, the ceilings are too tall for practicality even if one can afford servants to clean. The floors are notorious cold, hard on the feet and legs, unless one puts in flexible subflooring and a wooden floor and then covers them with rugs. Many castles fell into ruin simply because they were abandoned by the owners as unlivable.

I almost tried to buy a nearby home that had such features - thick walls, high ceilings, central hall... but it had all the detriments as well!
It had an inefficient and rusty  boiler of 1920 vintage that needed constant attention, rusty pipes, cast iron radiators, and was notorious for being cold and drafty. Built originally as a park lodge, it would have taken more 4 times the asking price just to to "remodel" (rebuild is more correct) to make it livable by modern standards.

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« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2015, 11:30:57 pm »

I voted "museum" -

Whilst I am still enchanted by the idea of owning and living in a castle or stone lodge, and at one time entertained the desire to own a castle, after visiting a number of German Schloss and American replicas I put aside the notion. I am envious of the thick walls and stout roof, but the design does not lend itself to comfort in any way.

The rooms are often laid out poorly, connecting one to the next, or along a side corridor. The space is difficult to heat, and always feels damp, the ceilings are too tall for practicality even if one can afford servants to clean. The floors are notorious cold, hard on the feet and legs, unless one puts in flexible subflooring and a wooden floor and then covers them with rugs. Many castles fell into ruin simply because they were abandoned by the owners as unlivable.

I almost tried to buy a nearby home that had such features - thick walls, high ceilings, central hall... but it had all the detriments as well!
It had an inefficient and rusty  boiler of 1920 vintage that needed constant attention, rusty pipes, cast iron radiators, and was notorious for being cold and drafty. Built originally as a park lodge, it would have taken more 4 times the asking price just to to "remodel" (rebuild is more correct) to make it livable by modern standards.

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« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2015, 11:50:45 pm »

I want a bouncy one.
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« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2015, 12:23:43 am »

Would "fending off the zombie apocalypse" be "other"?



Just asking...........


BTW  dibbs on castle island..........
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« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2015, 06:09:13 am »

Would "fending off the zombie apocalypse" be "other"?



Just asking...........


BTW  dibbs on castle island..........

 How could I have been so remiss  as to leave that off the list  !!
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« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2015, 08:03:05 am »

Still a Castle Home beckons. I did not live in a castle proper as a child, but I lived in something that came close to it. Including multiple rooms, a "dungeon"  Grin, as well as tall multi-story ramparts in an adjacent companion property which from the street looks really imposing (5 stories tall).  There was a tunnel made from large granite boulders, which rose through the hill to a height of 4 storeys just to get into the lower level of the house.  And on top of the hill there was a mini forest and "jousting grounds"  Grin.  The "moat" was actually inside the castle and was heated and properly chlorinated  Grin  The house is still standing, per Google Maps as of 2011, and I estimate the value between $5 and $7 million US for both adjacent properties ($2.5 million is the average in that neighbourhood as of last year -and I know my grandfathers properties were bigger than the average).


Better description:
http://brassgoggles.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,37460.msg809383.html#msg809383

http://brassgoggles.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,37460.msg850159.html#msg850159

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« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2015, 08:17:28 am »



  that is an amazing place . You were truly blessed

 It is a damnable shame resource consents would prevent on from  building  ones own castle on the hill face here!
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« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2015, 08:34:24 am »

Over there that was the norm!  All the neighbours had to excavate the hill down to the street level - which is not smart, because the hill bleeds water naturally, so humidity-related problems (and occasional flooding) were common in the multimillion houses designed by the not-so bright architects.

My grandfather did it out of necessity. The hillside was very cheap when the development was inaugurated and that was (or would become) a fancy neighbourhood. Since he built the house room by room, that dictated the multilevel nature of the property.  Then the problem of how to get to the property on top of the hill required some ingenious solutions.  First a tunnel.  And when my grandmother became ill years later, a scissor-type elevator (you can barely see the shaft between the trees on the left top of the picture
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« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2015, 07:40:46 pm »

I've always 'threatened' should I come into great fortune, by way of lottery or lawsuit settlement, that I would purchase the coastal castle of Mont-Saint Michel in France and renovate such into a noisy, glaring 1960s-eraamusement park.

Imagine the vista of said grand structure now surrounded and penetrated by wooden roller coasters, in particular the world-record holding beast of a ride, The Guillotine !

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« Reply #15 on: June 03, 2015, 08:09:05 pm »

I'd go for something alongside a waterfall, to provide power to the Great Machines.

By the way, does this thread make anyone else want to filk? "If I Had a Castle, I'd Castle in the Morning..."
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« Reply #16 on: June 03, 2015, 09:04:28 pm »

I'd go for something alongside a waterfall, to provide power to the Great Machines.

By the way, does this thread make anyone else want to filk? "If I Had a Castle, I'd Castle in the Morning..."

*Groan* someone had to bring that up.
If I had a castle?
I would have some rooms that are up to date but with all modern tech hidden away but the rest of the castle would be restored to 5/6th C looking.
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« Reply #17 on: June 04, 2015, 01:12:37 am »

Sigh!
If I had a castle I would not only have a portcullis and a drawbridge but a stonking great moat, complete with water dragons, as well.
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« Reply #18 on: June 04, 2015, 01:40:45 am »

I'd go for something alongside a waterfall, to provide power to the Great Machines.

By the way, does this thread make anyone else want to filk? "If I Had a Castle, I'd Castle in the Morning..."

I have been wanting to do it.  Glad someone did.
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« Reply #19 on: June 04, 2015, 11:13:44 am »



 are you being disrespectful about a  Nimoy classic?
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« Reply #20 on: June 04, 2015, 08:28:41 pm »



 are you being disrespectful about a  Nimoy classic?

I believe it was The Weavers in 1950 who first sung it!
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« Reply #21 on: June 04, 2015, 10:44:44 pm »



 are you being disrespectful about a  Nimoy classic?

Yaargh! Now I'm imagining a Shatner cover! HELP! Damn you! Damn you. To. Hell!
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« Reply #22 on: June 05, 2015, 07:34:12 am »



 If i was a castle ... and you were a lady....
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« Reply #23 on: June 05, 2015, 01:34:14 pm »

That is going to roll round in my head all night now, dammit!

If I had a castle ... stone walls would not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage.
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« Reply #24 on: June 05, 2015, 01:47:35 pm »

"Every man's home is his castle"
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