Castles are the stuff of legend and lore, but the fortified structures of medieval Europe were the high-tech buildings of their day. In the Middle Ages, a castle was the ultimate architectural symbol of authority in peacetime and in war.
Built to withstand prolonged sieges, the earliest motte-and-bailey fortifications were ingeniously re-engineered over the centuries to fend off intruders in imaginative and wildly wicked ways: a drawbridge across a wide moat (cold, deep, and murky), a curtain wall with arrow-slit apertures, a spiked portcullis gate, uneven (trip) steps, even spiral stairways with clockwise risers (pinning right-handed sword-arms against the wall).
As if that were not enough, the aptly named murder hole let defenders rain down unpleasantness in the form of boiling oil, arrows, and bolts from crossbows.
We could go on. We won’t.
A thousand years later, the clash of arms echoes only in old Technicolor movies, but castles endure, figuratively and literally, as symbols of beauty, substance, and stature.
Herewith, Luxury Defined extends a very warm welcome to three castles of old, converted into luxuriously modern homes. Worry ye not, for safe entry and hospitality await within these ancient limestone walls: Thoroughly modern interiors optimized for utmost comfort and luxury. Murder holes optional.