Belfast Telegraph

With £500k price tag Game Of Thrones castle in Northern Ireland attracts hoteliers and movie makers

By Emma Deighan

A Co Armagh castle used for scenes on hit fantasy TV show Game Of Thrones could be converted into a hotel or bought by a movie production company, selling agents have said.

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Part of Gosford Castle in Markethill, the backdrop to the execution of Rickard Karstark by Robb Stark in the third season, is on the market for £500,000.

It has 15 bedrooms, 10 reception rooms and 10 bathrooms and is surrounded by 1,000 acres of woodland.

It is listed for sale by Maison Real Estate, which said it had been attracting attention from far and wide.

Director Ciaran McGuigan said there were a range of developers interested in the property, which is understood to be on sale following a bank repossession.

He said there will be businesses including hotel chains and a movie company viewing it today. One of the hoteliers will visit the castle for the third time, accompanied by architects.

Mr McGuigan said one of the hotel companies visiting the site does not have a presence here.

While he couldn't reveal the firm's name, he said it could mean a "first for the high-end boutique chain" in Northern Ireland. But Mr McGuigan said the property could also make a bargain for film bosses.

"Movie companies often pay more than £0.5m to rent a place for a year. I could see them using this and leasing it out and eventually selling it," he said.

And he said interest had been buoyed by the Game Of Thrones connection. "The media coverage that GoT gets has generated a lot of interest for us," he added.

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