For $20M, this 15th-century castle and three Napoleon-era forts could be yours

Looking to add some history to your portfolio?
June 09, 2018 01:46PM

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Mike Clare, who made his fortune selling his bed and mattress retail company in 2008, has declared a Brexit of his own it seems.

The millionaire is putting four historical properties located in Scotland and England that date from the 15th to 19th century on the market for a combined $20 million, according to House & Property.

One of the properties is Ackergill Castle, a 15th-century castle in northern Scotland with 32 bedrooms, a bar and the largest tree house in Europe. The other three properties are known as the Solent Forts; the three island forts were originally built to defend England from a French invasion by Napoleon III. The forts were decommissioned after World War II and Clare, like he did with the castle, converted the properties into luxury boutique hotels.

“There is considerable potential for an incoming purchaser to build on Mr Clare’s hard work and legacy. These businesses are yet to mature and there is significant scope for growth and development of these enterprises,” Knight Frank Henry Jackson told the publication. He is handling the listing. [H&P]Erin Hudson