would you want to live in a castle?

@jb78000 (15173)
February 1, 2010 6:42am CST
i am in a country full of the things, you can't go anywhere without seeing two or three on the way. now most of them are rather old and while visitors like going round them nobody lives in them. so would you take on one of these castles and live in it? if so what kind of castle would you like? in my case i would rather not live in a castle - they are cold, don't have either double glazing or central heating, the older ones were built when people tended to be shorter even than me, and they are probably full of ghosts . but that is just me - i'd like to know your feelings...
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@sunny68 (1327)
• India
2 Feb 10
no....i would never like to live in a castle...for that purpose not even a mansion. what will i ever do with all that space?? no use for me. smaller homes are more cozy, warm and friendly. moreover they are easier to maintain....
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@jb78000 (15173)
2 Feb 10
all true - although you could probably think of something to do with the space...
@sunny68 (1327)
• India
3 Feb 10
well....maybe i could put it to some commercial use. but i don't think such places to be suitable for residential purpose, especially for a small family. why not open a social institution instead ?
@jb78000 (15173)
3 Feb 10
good idea. i was going to turn mine into an animal sanctury but your idea would work too
@ANIME123 (2473)
• United States
2 Feb 10
I would love to live in a castle because I would feel like a princess and that would be like a dream come true for me. Who wouldn't want to live in a castle. I'm sure that everyone would like to try this experience because it is worth it. Also castles are so beautiful and lovely and their so big much bigger than an ordinary house.
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@jb78000 (15173)
2 Feb 10
you might be a rather chilly princess. i wouldn't want to live in a castle, except maybe rawbill's.
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
2 Feb 10
You can come and live in my castle JB as long as you don't bring too many other rabbits as they are a pest here...LOL
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@jb78000 (15173)
4 Feb 10
hey thanks . i don't have any rabbits but can i bring my ratties?
• United States
1 Feb 10
Ofcourse I would want to live in a castle, it's the only way to defend my city from those pesky orcs.....WAR ARAGON!!!!
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@jb78000 (15173)
1 Feb 10
orcs aren't real danny
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• Philippines
2 Feb 10
RAWR I'm the king of the orcs go defend your city or I'll serve your broans for supper
@jb78000 (15173)
2 Feb 10
you are not king of the orcs hex.
• Bangladesh
5 Feb 10
Well my friend! Wow! Is this possible. I want to spend at least a night in a castle. I'm not used to living in a centrally air-conditioned house. So it won't be a problem for me to live in a cold castle. Moreover, I don't believe in ghosts. I'm waiting for the day on which I'll get the chance. Have a nice day.
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@jb78000 (15173)
5 Feb 10
same here - i'd give one night a go as long as i wasn't alone (it wouldn't be much fun in that case). living probably not though.
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• Bangladesh
5 Feb 10
Thank you very much for your invitation to live in secluded castle. I hope to visit your country for that. Have a nice day.
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
2 Feb 10
Heck yea I'd take one. With a little restoration & some modern conveniences added They'd be great. I BELONG in one, set me up...
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@jb78000 (15173)
2 Feb 10
i'll fax one over. where are you going to put your sheepies though?
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
2 Feb 10
Just fax me the deed, I'll worry about the details.
• Estonia
1 Feb 10
I don't think I would like to live in a castle, at least not in these conditions they were originally built. I've heard that there is quite cold inside them, humidity levels are high and there is very few light in the rooms. These are quite unhealthy conditions to live in. I would agree living in a castle only if it would be equipped with heating, electricity and comfortable furniture. I think that would be a nice experience anyway!
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@jb78000 (15173)
1 Feb 10
you go for a modernised castle then? very sensible. i would actually spend one night in an uninhabitable one but not by myself (i'd be scared), not in the winter and not for more than one night (too uncomfortable)
• Estonia
1 Feb 10
Well, if it's going to be one night only, then I would agree to do that (of course if there is a proper bed to sleep in). If it's going to be a longer period, then I would, just like you mentioned, go for a modernized castle. Wouldn't you like to play video games sitting on the cozy sofa in the dukes dining room?
@millertime (1398)
• United States
7 Feb 10
I think I would really like living in a castle. It would be a very interesting experience. I think one would have to be wealthy to afford the cost of buying and maintaining one so I don't know if it would really be worth it. How cool would it be to own one's own castle though? I think it would be pretty amazing to own and actually live in one. They are very impressive and imposing structures and extremely well built. You wouldn't be lacking for space, that's for sure. Somehow, I don't think I'll ever get the chance to own one though, as there aren't very many castles here in America. I'll just have to dream...
@jb78000 (15173)
7 Feb 10
would a sandcastle do you?
@Lindalinda (4112)
• Canada
2 Feb 10
I would not like to live in a castle. As you say they are old and cold. Once, many years ago when we were still a large family we arranged a big family reunion in the Tuscany. We had rooms in the former guardhouse of an old castle that had belonged to Duke who kept a small army. The house was absolutely huge, the dining room had a table for 30 people but the walls were also think and had other inhabitants such as mice, tiny scorpions and lots of lizzards. The nearby castle also had apartments for rent. It was interesting. We were invited by the caretaker to come and see the place. Once you opened the front door there was a glassed over area where in olden times there was a trap door, so, if the visitor was not welcome he could be dispatched quickly into the dungeon that lay below. (I am not making this up) The apartments were furnished with old furnitures and the bathing and showering facilities were makeshift. Worst of all, the place was so mouldy, I could not breathe after a few minutes and had to leave. I was so thankful the relatives had booked apartments in the guardhouse and not in the castle. I would have had to move.
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@jb78000 (15173)
2 Feb 10
sounds dreadful. and the dungeon for unwanted guests a little inhospitable
@MJay101 (711)
1 Feb 10
Definitely not - as you say, far too cold for my liking! Also, most of the castles in the UK are in varying states of disrepair - it would cost a fortune to maintain such a place. I'd totally stay for a night, though - if there was a roaring fire and a guaranteed feast.
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@jb78000 (15173)
1 Feb 10
me too - one night would be fine.
• Jamaica
1 Feb 10
well i like big houses. Maybe it is because my family is quite large. i would love to live in a castle although i doubt it will make any difference. but i would like to know how it feels to live in one because the media make castles look so beautiful and large.
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@jb78000 (15173)
1 Feb 10
i would recommend going castle viewing before deciding to live in one
@Godmother (476)
• Indonesia
1 Feb 10
uuuggghh...no, not me. I definitely will not live in a castle. . Gloomy and dark interiors influence my mood and tend to make me sad. Anyway...aren't most castle haunted..??
@jb78000 (15173)
1 Feb 10
yes, most of them are crampacked with ghosties. apparently..
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@Torunn (2810)
• Norway
1 Feb 10
I'd love to live in a castle, if you'd clean it for me :-) I don't like warm houses, I'm quite short and I'm not afraid of ghosts, but I think I'd prefer something a bit more modern. Or at least have a modern toilette installed, I don't really like the ones where everything just drops down just outside the walls. But being able to throw my enemies from the tower wouldn't be bad, or maybe from the flying buttress. If I'm going to have a castle, it must have flying buttresses.
@jb78000 (15173)
1 Feb 10
you can clean your own castle sunshine. anyway i'd like a moat then i could keep fishies and maybe crocodiles
@Torunn (2810)
• Norway
1 Feb 10
Oh yes, a moat would crocodiles would be nice!n Or maybe hippos, hippos are really dangerous and would look great in front the castle. Can't disappoint the tourists, must have something nice in front of the castle. I could take the boat I don't have and go on a pillage, burn and murder spree and get some thralls to clean my castle. That would be fitting with the crazy viking image I suppose, it's important to keep up appearances.
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@jb78000 (15173)
1 Feb 10
don't forget though that you can't disappoint the crocodiles - must have some tourists in the moat.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
2 Feb 10
I always wanted to live in a castle and I know just the one, it's called the White house and it's near that place in Scotland on the West coast whose name just slips my mind. It will come to me if you suggest a few places, it's next to the sea. Of course it would need someone to clean it so I'd be after a Mrs Mop, and probably a butler to send away people who turned up expecting free shortbread and a guided tour. And a gamekeeper to bring lots of wood and keep the fire going. Ghosts are stuff and nonsense so they wouldn't bother me at all.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
2 Feb 10
And I want a huge library in it.
• Australia
2 Feb 10
And I'm sure there would be a few spiders in those high ceilings.
@jb78000 (15173)
2 Feb 10
harold would be very happy there. thea has harold turned up yet?
• United States
3 Feb 10
as much as i like the look of the old medieval castles..i think the heating bill would kill me.that and the taxes on it. there's actually a red sandstone "castle" house built by a victorian near me..it's condos now,but i bet still drafty.
@jb78000 (15173)
3 Feb 10
so a sandstone castle not a sand castle? i don't think i have ever seen a castle made of sandstone, and you are probably right that it is still pretty chilly.
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• United States
3 Feb 10
it's actually a very pretty stone.like a dark rose-ish color. it was an unique idea,i have to give them that.
@jb78000 (15173)
3 Feb 10
seen quite a few houses made from it but a castle is original. you don't have a picture of this castle by any chance do you?
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• United States
2 Feb 10
Oh, I would love to live in a castle! I know that it would probably be dark and drafty, but the house I already live in is a bit drafty, since we really need new windows, although it is not dark. The castle would have a lot more room, too, so it would be an improvement. Besides, if we lived in a castle, then my parents, my brother, my oldest daughter and the rest of us could all live in it together, and we could each have our own wing so as not to be too crowded. Of course, the castle would obviously have to be situated on a lot of land, too. Then, we could all share the expenses of insulating and modernizing it, and the labor would be free as there would be plenty of family members to help, and mostly all of them have some knowledge on the subject. We would also share the expenses involved in heating and lighting the place, so I think that we would be doing fine financially.
@jb78000 (15173)
2 Feb 10
you have a pretty big family then? does everybody get on?
• United States
2 Feb 10
Yeah, actually we get along really well for the most part. There are arguments, of course, but we usually settle them pretty quickly. We have all pretty much lived with one another at different stages in our lives, usually during transitional phases like a divorce or changing jobs which required a change of address to be closer to the job or things like that. It was never a permanent thing, but it worked out well for the times that we needed it. If we each had our own wing, and then certain communal rooms, I think it would work out really well. Obviously this is just a dream, but if we were able to make it a reality, I think it would be great.
@jb78000 (15173)
4 Feb 10
i am not sure that i would want some members of my family that close. some definitely, a couple are horrible and a couple i like but couldn't live with, even in separate wings
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• Pamplona, Spain
3 Feb 10
Hiya jb78000, Castles are very nice to go and see but not to live in at least for me. They are far too cold any day of the week even in Summer because Castles were usually built with good material at least I think so. But no thanks very much I would rather live in a House and see the Castles all I like take Photos but live in one no.
@jb78000 (15173)
4 Feb 10
hiya, same here. although on very hot days (the two that we get here each year) they might be nice.
@jb78000 (15173)
4 Feb 10
you mean a cellar ...yes i have been in a few and yes they are nice and cold but tend to be a bit on the dark side
• Pamplona, Spain
5 Feb 10
Hiya jb78000, Yes a Cellar whatever and they may be dark but they are really nice and cool in Summer specially and they need no kind of refrigeration normally very healthy to have one in your house if you can of course.
@bystander (2299)
• Philippines
3 Feb 10
frankly, jb, i have not seen a real castle yet. if oriental palaces can be considered as castles, oriental castles, then i've seen some of them. living, however, in a castle is far from my imagination. if i don't have to pay for the maintenance and other expenses entailed in living in a castle, i may, probably, consider living in one...
@jb78000 (15173)
3 Feb 10
which oriental palaces have you seen?
@bystander (2299)
• Philippines
4 Feb 10
the old palaces in korea and a few in japan... also in thailand and laos... but in the latter, mostly ruins...
@jb78000 (15173)
5 Feb 10
thankyou - will go looking for some of them online later
@betlynfrnds (1632)
• United States
2 Feb 10
Hello there, Interesting question. For me, my apartment is my castle. I love to be here with all my cats and enjoy the warm, fuzzy feeling I get. In my line of work, I often spent time at other people's homes. Most of them are very big. It takes no time for me to become anxious to get back to my cozy little home. It's like wrapping up in a blanket. So for me, no, I would not want to live in a castle. Just the thought of it makes me feel cold.
@jb78000 (15173)
3 Feb 10
it is more comforting to be in a nice little nest than a massive place. my flat however is not cosy enough at the moment - it is very cold out and taking ages for the heating to make much difference. thinking about castles isn't making me feel any less cold either.
• United States
4 Feb 10
I'm sorry that your flat is cold. Sometimes my apartment gets cold. If I don't want to add to my heating bill, I just put on an extra sweatshirt or wrap up in a blanket and hold a hot mug of tea. Hope this helps.
@jb78000 (15173)
5 Feb 10
it isn't too bad - stays warm for ages once it has heated up. unlike the previous one which went arctic 2 seconds after i turned the heater off. i have got a blanket as well though
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
1 Feb 10
My intense fear of heights was at the age of 4 years when an adult dangled me over the top of Porchester Castle in Hants. She threatened to let me go too! so,no, castles are only for visiting on occasions but not for living in. I prefer the warmer weather where I live.
@jb78000 (15173)
1 Feb 10
what?! what on earth was this woman thinking? no wonder you are scared of heights.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
2 Feb 10
She thought that it was funny. I was petrified with fear
@jb78000 (15173)
2 Feb 10
stupid woman. i hope she got told not to do that again by another adult?
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
1 Feb 10
I would love to live in an old castle like what you are describing. I would much prefer it to be in a warmer climate like here though, compared to the chilly winds that you get over there. I think it would be awesome to restore a building like that and add some modern conveniences to it such as solar power and hot water, tin roofing and water tanks for the fruit trees and vegie gardens. I would also love to install some fun things like a big water slide coming down from one of the towers into a pool in a courtyard and have some internal fire poles to get down stairs quickly from the bedrooms on the upper levels. Ah yes, what a dream!
@jb78000 (15173)
2 Feb 10
your castle sounds fun, and very environmentally friendly
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
2 Feb 10
I may not end up living in a castle, but my plans do include buying some land and building a home using natural building techniques such as rammed earth, cob, hemp or straw bale construction. Building these types of buildings means that you can get creative and also turn it into art or add fun things like fire poles. They are also very environmentally friendly and I would like the property to be 100% self sufficient with energy food and water. That is a dream, but it is also a goal as it is very realistic to achieve in the area and climate that I live in.
@jb78000 (15173)
5 Feb 10
that sounds great. and fun.