• Switzerland's news in English

Lucerne castle seeks first tenant in 330 years

Malcolm Curtis · 25 Oct 2012, 11:57

Published: 25 Oct 2012 11:57 GMT+02:00

With its 18.5 rooms, the Castelen castle in rural Alberswil in the canton of Lucerne will appeal to a family with extravagant needs — and means.

The sprawling home on 2.5 acres of property with an adjacent 11-room building is renting for 15,000 francs ($16,100) a month.

The white-washed chateau, originally built in 1682 by Henry Sonnenberg, has stayed in family hands ever since.

Current owner Hubert von Sonnenberg, 56, now lives in Basel for professional reasons.

“I would like to see a tenant who has a relationship with the ancient castle and uses it respectfully,” Von Sonnenberg told the 20 Minuten newspaper.

The massive house, with 8,450 square feet of living space and an elevator, was restored in 2011 and each floor has a different colour scheme.

Vaulted ceilings, fine plasterwork and the von Sonnenberg coat of arms are among the features of the interior decorating.

See also: PHOTO GALLERY of Castelen Castle

But along with the history are all the mod cons, including a state-of-the-art kitchen and luxuriously appointed bathrooms.

Served by a private road, the castle offers underground parking for six cars, a courtyard and a park with two garden pavilions.

Two loft apartments and office space can be found in the annex.  

“Castelen Castle affords heaven on Earth: luxuriously refurbished historic rooms, parlours and salons and a breathtaking panoramic view of far-away-fields and lush forests,” says Nobilis Estate, the Zug-based property firm handling the rental.

On its website the firm describes the castle as “an oasis of sheltered privacy and the perfect hideaway for those with sophisticated tastes”.

Nobilis Estate says the castle offers a wide possibility of uses, ranging from a home to a “distinguished company headquarters” or a “five-star boutique hotel”.

More than 50 people have inquired about the property but as of Thursday no-one had signed a lease.

Malcolm Curtis (news@thelocal.ch)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Prison for woman who faked Swiss airport bomb threat
Geneva airport. Photo: eGuide Travel

The 41-year-old French mother of four provoked a massive security scare at Geneva airport.

Hot weather causes forest fire fears in Valais
Bonfires are traditionally lit to celebrate Swiss National Day. Photo: Marcus Gyger/Swiss Tourism

National Day fireworks and bonfires should be staged with caution, says the canton.

Swiss National Day: five traditions all expats should try
Want to learn to play the alphorn? File photo: Christof Sonderegger/Swiss Tourism

Celebrate Swiss National Day on August 1st by learning these proud Swiss traditions.

Swiss bank bounces back from losses
File photo: Emmanuel Dunand

Credit Suisse is back in profit following a first quarter dip.

Man falls to his death over dropped ski pole
The site of the accident. Photo: Valais cantonal police

Frenchman dies after he went to pick up a dropped ski pole and fell 200 metres down a mountain.

Young migrant injured after jumping from window
The girl was staying in a centre for asylum seekers in Zweisimmen. Photo: Vasile Cotovanu

A 15-year-old girl due to be deported from Switzerland is in hospital after jumping from a window.

Woman faked airport bomb threat over marital tiff
The bomb threat caused a big security alert at Geneva airport. File photo: Richard Juilliart

Wednesday's bomb threat was invented by a woman who wanted to get revenge on her husband’s mistress.

Bencic joins Federer in opting out of Rio

The Swiss is the latest top 20 tennis star to pull out of Olympics.

Swiss sports court heads to Rio Olympics
CAS has relocated from Lausanne (pictured) to Rio to deal with doping matters. Photo: CAS

The Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has temporarily relocated to Rio so it can make rulings over Olympic doping from the scene.

Police step up security at Geneva airport after tip-off
File photo: eGuide Travel

UPDATE: Police gradually withdraw security measures put in place this morning after an unspecified threat against the building.

File photo: Chase Elliott Clark
Study: a fifth of Swiss spy on neighbours
Photo: Katwarn.de
Switzerland mulls alarm text message service
Photo: The Local
Study: grazing cows are worse for the environment
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
Photo: Kecko
Terror fears trigger Swiss run on guns
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Photo: Commune d'Ayent
Spectacular Valais ‘bisse’ to feature on new banknote
Photo: Swiss Post
Swiss Post moves to accept debit cards – sometimes
Photo: Chris Marquardt
Police break up dispute over late-night laundry
Sponsored Article
Five things Americans should know about voting abroad
Photo: Grand Tours Project
Why you should get on your bike in Switzerland
Sponsored Article
Why Swiss hospitality graduates are in demand
Photo: The Local
Swiss village tells landlords: don’t rent homes to refugees
Photo: Rolf Krahl/Christophe G
Survey: world willing to pay more for ‘Swissness’
Photo: The Local
Chaos in Como after Swiss send back refugees
Photo: AFP/The Local
Nine top celebrity hotspots in Switzerland
Photo: Graubunden police
World-class Swiss climber Norbert Joos dies on ‘home mountain’
Photo: Kathleen Waters
Italian ‘ignored’ by Swiss schools in language wars
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Photo: Whitepod
The quirkiest places to stay in Switzerland
Migrant busted trying to sneak into Switzerland in a suitcase
Sponsored Article
Why Swiss hospitality graduates are in demand
Photo: Jonathan Kos-Read
Basel suffers wettest six months for 150 years
Photo: Georges Gobet/AFP
Why Swiss science could suffer badly from Brexit fallout
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
Photo: Robert Valencia
Swiss couple in Nicaragua told to give back adopted daughter
Photo: Zurich cantonal police
Police hunt prisoner on the run in Zurich murder case
Photo: Christoph G
Switzerland sets out law on expelling foreign criminals
Photo: Bernacqua
Drone shocks nudists at Swiss waterpark
Photo: Basel Justice and Security Dept
New signs lay down law and order for Basel prostitutes
jobs available