Considering how many people died to claim the Iron Throne, you would think that one of the castles used to film the series would fetch a handsome price. But such was not the case. The Gosford Castle, located in Markethill, Northern Ireland, was used as Riverrun, the childhood home of Catelyn Stark.
The castle was used for exterior shots in the third season of Game of Thrones and was also the setting for the execution of Rickard Karstark, who was beheaded by Robb Stark in “Kissed by Fire.”
The castle was originally listed at 500,000 pounds, and has its own unique history. Originally built by the Second Earl of Gosford, the castle was designed by London architect Thomas Hopper. During WWII, the castle was used to house troops and to keep prisoners of war. The Ministry of Agriculture later purchased the castle to create the Gosford Forest Park.
The military later used it again before it became a hotel in 1983. In 2006, it was restored and turned into 23 luxury residences. Only a section of the castle was sold. That section offers six apartments that each offer an average space of 3500 square feet as well as rooftop gardens. In total, the buyer picked up 15 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms.
So what was the final price? Roughly AUD$900,000. Considering the median price for a Sydney home is $1 million AUD, someone got a heck of a deal.