17th century castle joy

There are all kinds of castles in Europe, and some occasionally come up for sale. Kasteel Schaloen, located in Oud-Valkenburg, the Netherlands, is on the market for $13 million.

Schaloen was first built in 1200, re-built in 1656 after a fire, and last renovated with Gothic features in 1894. Since the castle was built on an island, it has a natural moat for protection.

Want a 17th century castle?  Kasteel Schaloen, located in the Netherlands, can be yours for only $13 million. Built on a tiny island, the castle sports 17,500 square feet, 28 bedrooms, 30 bathrooms and 6 half baths. (Christie's Real Estate)

Want a 17th century castle? Kasteel Schaloen, located in the Netherlands, can be yours for only $13 million. Built on a tiny island, the castle sports 17,500 square feet, 28 bedrooms, 30 bathrooms and 6 half baths. (Christie’s Real Estate)

Why are we sharing a castle on Tiny House Joy?

Today there are plenty of U.S. properties on the market with $13 million-plus price tags. While authentic castles from the 17th century are a bit hard to come by, Gothic features do appear on grand and less-grand homes built here. It’s an archetype that seems familiar.

We bet you felt some joy when looking at this Dutch castle. That feeling might come from fairy tales, imagining old lords roaming the place. Or perhaps the turrets, dormer windows shaped like mini-castles, large front door or simple landscaping caught your attention.

The good news? Any archetypal style may be borrowed and evoked in a scaled-down home. Going tiny or small doesn’t mean you must throw away your style ideas or preferences. You should live well — even when occupying 97 percent less square footage than a European castle.

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