Spanish mediaeval Castle for sale in Salamanca, Spain. The Spanish Lord of the Castle for just €2.75 million in this 14th-century beautifully maintained Castle.

The castle is an imposing 14th-century structure located in the Valley of Mena, in the northern region of Castilla y León. Eduardo Gil Lang, the 21st lord of the castle of Los Velasco, a Bilbao native, who inherited the Castle from his mother in the early 1990s.

Spanish mediaeval Castle for sale in Salamanca, Spain

Luis Sánchez, beside the Castle of the Congosto Bridge in Salamanca.

Eduardo has been an excellent Guardian of the Castle restoring and maintaining its 14th-century mediaeval charm in almost perfect condition.

Now, because of health problems, Eduardo Gil Lang, would like to sell the Castle. Which went on the market in 2013 and although he has received many offers mostly from foreigners, none have materialised. Eduardo said, “There’s been a lot of interest, but there’s also been a lot of dreamers.” There have been hotel chains and even some European nobles distantly related to the family who showed an interest. “Whoever buys it has to be a bit eccentric and willing to maintain its excellent condition.”

What the eventual buyer will find is a perfect mix of the 14th and 21st centuries; a fort on the outside and a technological mansion on the inside. The price tag is €2.75 million. According to Gil Lang, the amount is already adjusted to the crisis.

“Selling a castle is quite difficult because who has a million euros, or two or six, to buy a property? It takes a lot of time,” explains Elvira Fafián, an expert in this market. She is the manager of a real estate company specializing in the sale of castles, stately homes, and abandoned villages. “We are going through a very good time. Previously, for foreigners, it was unthinkable that they could buy this kind of property in Spain. It shocks them, and that opens many doors for us,” she says. The foreign investor doesn’t just buy a building. They are also buying history. That’s why properties are listed with their coat of arms. “They love the family shields, it is an emblematic thing for them,” explains Fafián.

But sometimes a buyer does not show up. Luis Sánchez did not find one, more than 30 years ago, when his family wanted him to sell the Castle of the Congosto Bridge in Salamanca, in northwestern Spain. “Some people came to see it, but there were no brave men that dared,” said Sánchez. What he did instead was to buy it himself, taking on a job that has lasted almost four decades. “Who was going to tell me that my love of history was going to end like this? Living it in the first person.”

Luis Sánchez has converted the Castle of Congosto Bridge into a fortress to protect the traditional culture of the region, with a small museum of lost trades.

PABLO SCHNELL, ARCHAEOLOGIST

“By holding weddings here we make some money, not much, but it’s gradually covering the expenses,” says Sánchez. “We do not want to sell to a hotel chain because it would be awful to have to ask for permission to sleep here. But this is a considerable expense, and nobody pays us anything.”

According to Pablo Schnell, an archaeologist, and director of the Spanish Association of Friends of the Castles, “the problem is that in Spain there are no patronage laws like in other countries, and the owner has little aid in maintaining these historic buildings.”

The association has 10,400 buildings. But they are aware that there are more that have not been cataloged yet. They are ghostly shadows of what they once were. Eduardo Gil Lang has no doubt who the ghost of his own fortress is. “It’s me. On top of that, I am from Bilbao!” And with one more laugh, the 21st lord of Velasco Castle pets his dogs affectionately and carefully shuts the gates through which, hopefully, a good buyer will one day walk.