Have you ever fancied living in a castle? Now you might have the chance. 

Bath Lodge Castle, in Norton St Philip, was built in 1806 by Lieutenant Colonel John Houlton. 

The castle was the principal lodge and gateway to the Farleigh Hungerford Estate, which was once one of the largest estates in England. 

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The entrance to the property. (Savills)

The property was designed to imitate the main estate buildings of Farleigh Manor and Farleigh Castle, and received permission from the Crown for its fortification of four circular towers to each corner. 

For nearly 25 years, the castle was used as a boutique hotel, but has been vacant for the last four years. 

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One of the reception rooms, with a feature fireplace and exposed beams. (Savills )

The property spans more than 5,000 square feet, and requires some updating, being offered to the market either as a commercial opportunity or a private home. 

On the ground floor, there is an entrance hall leading to a breakfast room, which adjoins a dining room that can seat up to 40 people and includes a bar area. 

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The castle retains its period character throughout. (Savills )

Completing the reception space is a drawing room and a snug, while to the rear of the ground floor is a kitchen, as well as three bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. 

Upstairs, there are a further eight bedroom suites, three of which have private roof terraces. 

The grounds are approximately 3.6 acres, and include lawned gardens and mature woodlands with a stream running through, as well as outbuildings such as a gym and a covered cabana. 

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One of the property's 11 bedrooms. (Savills )

Bath Lodge Castle is being sold with planning permission for the demolition of an existing conservatory and the erection of a new dining room extension, replacement glazing to the coaching arch and internal alterations. 

The property is being sold by Savills for a guide price in excess of £1,800,000. 

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The castle is surrounded by lawns and woodland. (Savills )

Luke Brady of Savills Bath, commented: “With its wonderful castellations, circular towers and heavy timber door, Bath Lodge Castle is every inch the English castle, but on a scale that is entirely practical to run as a small business, as it was before, or a one-of-a-kind family home. 

“Just down the road from Farleigh House, the home of Bath Rugby, and Farleigh Castle, it enjoys a private countryside setting, while being well-connected to one of the most popular destinations in England, the Georgian World Heritage city of Bath.

“It requires some work to bring back to life, however, with consent for an extension and various improvements, plus further potential in the various outbuildings, its sale is an exciting opportunity for someone to guide the future of this special piece of Somerset’s history.”