Be your own king of the castle! One of the last moated castles in England is for sale and comes with an old dungeon and three converted turrets


Having been built in the 13th century, Caverswall Castle has always had a distinctly medieval feel about it.

But perhaps rarely more so than today after its current owner lovingly restored the listed building in Stoke-on-Trent to showcase its many historic features.

It is now one of the last remaining castles in England that’s surrounded by a moat and it comes complete with an old dungeon and three converted turrets.

The magnificent Caverswall Castle is one of the last remaining moated castles in England and is now on the market for sale The grand approach to the castle includes passing across a bridge and through an archway in the converted gatehouse The interior of the property has been renovated to a high standard and includes many medieval references

The 18 bedroom castle is on the market through estate agents Sotheby’s for £3million and is described as among ‘the most attractive mansions in Staffordshire’.

The building is approached via a bridge and gatehouse, which has also been converted.

The main house includes wood panelling throughout and impressive four poster beds in many of the 11 luxury bedrooms.

Many of the castle’s 11 bedrooms are large enough to house decorative four poster beds and separate seating areas The property has been given an extensive makeover and now includes an old dungeon and three converted turrets The historic property provides an impressive setting for entertaining friends and family at dinner parties Some of the furniture is being sold with the sale of the property, with individual items open to separate negotiation Panelled walls feature in many of the rooms, alongside wood flooring and wooden beams in the ceilings

There is also a library, billiard room and a wine cellar, with the castle sitting in 20 acres that includes gardens and lakes.

The interior includes some impressive looking furniture, including a carved four poster bed and a medieval armoured suit.

The estate agent has suggested that some of the furniture will be available to buy, especially those items that ‘look as though they belong here’.

There are large windows with stained glass and stone surrounds in the colourful dining room The current owner went to great lengths to reinstate the impressive moat and gardens at Caverswall Castle It is all in the detail: There is intricate wood carving around the working fireplace of this reception room The turret provides stunning views of the expansive moat and the Stoke-on-Trent countryside beyond The property covers more than 18,000 sq ft and is on the market for sale for £3million via estate agent Sotherby’s

The castle was built on the site of an Anglo-Saxon manor in 1275, according to Sotherby’s.

It’s earliest recorded owner was Emuf de Hesing, before being passed to Sir William de Caverswall who incorporated the tributaries to form the moat.

Sir William then built the towers within the outer walls of the castle.

The castle fell into decay until 1625 when the Mayor of Stafford Matthew Cradon and a wealthy merchant bought and rebuilt it as a Jacobean mansion.

The great tower was retained along with its walls and turrets, which then became garden pavilions.

A varied history: Caverswall castle was built on the site of an Anglo-Saxon manor in 1275 and has had several owners Open countryside: The large roof terrrace includes a seating area providing 360 degree views of the countryside The entrance of the dungeon has been transformed into a cosy dining and seating area with a wrought iron staircase No expense has been spared with the property’s makeover with new luxury fixtures and fittings in the bathrooms Some of the bedrooms have a more contemporary feel with matching modern fabrics and wallpaper

During the English Civil War, the castle was used as a garrison by parliamentary forces before later becoming a sanctuary to an order of Benedictine Nuns who had escaped the French Revolution.

Sir Percival Radcliffe owned the castle in the middle of the 19th century and drained the moat, creating stunning gardens.

The Wedgewood family lived at Caverswall during the 1880s and added the decorative library ceiling.

By 1891, the castle had been bought by Mr W E Bowers, who owned it for 40 years and added a wing that is now a separate home.

The new owner has an opportunity to turn this home into a business as Listed Building Consent has been granted for a change of use into a spa with guest hotel accommodation.

Robin MacDonald, the current owner of Caverswall Castle, said: ‘There is a lot of international money coming into England due to the currency situation and so this is a great opportunity for an overseas buyer.’