Ever wanted to own a piece of Game of Thrones history? No, I’m not talking about that DVD boxset you’ve watched hundreds of times back-to-back sitting at home in your pants.
No, Westeros obsessives now have the chance to buy part of Gosford Castle, in Northern Ireland, which served as a stand-in for Riverrun, the seat of House Tully, back in season 3. And, at offers over £500,000, this property is pretty much a bargain compared to most places you can get in London.
In the HBO show, Riverrun was the ancestral home of Catelyn Stark’s (née Tully) clan, who served as the Lords Paramount of the Trident and the Riverlands.
Notably, the castle was also the childhood home of Littlefinger and it served as the base of operations for ‘King in the North’ Robb Stark during the War of the Five Kings. And it was there that he beheaded the disobedient Rickard Karstark for killing two Lannister child hostages (filmed in the gardens of Gosford Castle, as seen below).
In terms of GoT lore, it was this crucial beheading that encouraged the Karstarks to abandon Robb, which in turn forced him to seek an alliance with the Freys at the Red Wedding… and we all know how well that turned out!
And if you’ve got the cash, the for-sale portion of Gosford Castle offers 15 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and 10 reception rooms. But pack plenty of knitted sweaters with Jon Snow’s face on ‘em because as of yet there’s no heating in the property.
Feast your peepers on this historic pile…
The castle, built in the mid-1800s by the 2nd Earl of Gosford, Archibald Acheson, was designed by London architect Thomas Hopper and was occupied by the Earls of Gosford until 1921. During the Second World War the Castle was commandeered and used to house troops and a prisoner of war camp was even set up in the estate, according to the agents.
“Following the war, the Achesons sold the Castle to the Ministry of Agriculture who established the 590-acre demesne as Gosford Forest Park which was later designated Northern Ireland’s first conservation forest in 1986. The castle fell back into military use during The Troubles before being run as a hotel from 1983.”
So why not buy this pad and live your best Game of Thrones fantasy? If you don’t, we probably will.