In the luxury real estate sector, the terms manor and castle often rub shoulders with each other, without it being clear on what differentiates one from the other. In most people’s mind, the castle generally refers to the feudal castle, designed to defend the town and its population from its enemies, while the manor evokes a large country house, as there are many for example in the English countryside. Nevertheless, to understand the true subtleties of the two types of prestige properties, it is necessary to conduct a semantic search and therefore to be able to establish a clear distinction.
The confusion today between the terms manor and castle is partially due to the disappearance of feudalism and the loss of the defensive use of castles over the centuries. Indeed, their architectural signature gradually faded and they lost what originally differentiated them from the manor. In fact, historically, the castle is a prestigious property of a feudal lord or king, from which he has authority over his fiefdom. This is why castles are normally located in the heart of a city or town, so that they could accommodate the population in case of trouble.
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