Lucerne castle seeks first tenant in 330 years

Malcolm Curtis
Malcolm Curtis - [email protected] • 25 Oct, 2012 Updated Thu 25 Oct 2012 11:57 CEST
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Looking for new digs in Switzerland? Here’s a property new to the rental market for the first time in its 330-year history.

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 2012/10/25 11:57

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