A medieval castle near Bilbao with a romantic design worthy of a Disney fairy-tale is hitting the auction block on Oct. 21, with a reserve price of €3.5 million.
With 2,400 square metres built and 35 hectares of parkland surroundings, Butrón Castle was refurbished in the 1990s and features numerous bedrooms, bathrooms, grand hall, banqueting room, chapel, dungeons, and a wine cellar, plus all the amenities and style you would expect from a fairy-tale castle. Judging from the pictures the interiors appear to be in good condition.
Butrón Castle, located in the Gatika municipality 19 kilometres from the city of Bilbao, in the Basque Country’s Bizkaia province, was first built in the middle of the 13th Century by local nobles and power-brokers the Butrón Family. It played an important role in the power struggles of this part of Northern Spain in medieval times.
Once power was consolidated in the 16th Century the castle was semi-abandoned until it was fully restored and remodeled in 1878 by Don Francisco de Cubas y González Montes, the Marquis of Cubas. The current design reflects the romantic look of Bavarian and Central European castles fashionable at that time.
Declared a national heritage site, the vendors claim it is the only example of romantic castle architecture for sale in Spain, where castles tend to hue towards Moorish styles.
“It stands as a magnificent monument of the Romanticism, which fantasizes with medieval evocation,” explains the auction website.
The castle was purchased by the current owners, property developer Inbisa, in 2005 for €1.6 million, almost a third of its original asking price, according to Spanish press reports. It is being sold by internet auction run by BNP Paribas Real Estate.