These spectacular abandoned mansions, with stunning looks, creepy atmosphere and scary legends surely make for a wonderful sight. There are thousands of such heritage buildings around the world that also feature on ‘Historic England’s’ list of dangerous places. We’ll try to know more about some of them here.
1. Mavisbank House, Scotland
It is regarded as one of the most significant country houses of Scotland, and remained with the Clerk family up until 1815. Mavisbank House was known for its perfectly-proportioned model for the classical style Mansion. Bought by a local car-breaker, Archie Stevenson, but house fell into disrepair. The 19th C. wings were demolished in 1954 and the entire house was gutted by fire in 1973.
2. Chateau Miranda, Belgium
Chateau Miranda, Belgium is an imposing neo-Gothic Chateau in Celles which was built in the year 1866 by an English architect by the name of Edward Milner mainly for the noble family of Liedekerke-Beaufort. This eerie-looking structure was used as a holiday center for kids until the late 1970’s and later sold by Belgium’s National Railway Company.
3. Wyckoff Villa, USA
The Wyckoff House was conceded to Wyckoff’s son, and his family owned this magnificent house up until the days of Great Depression. After getting desperate for money, they decided to sell it to the GE Company in the 1930’s.
4. Witley Court, England
The Witney Court in England is one of the most spectacular constructions in our compilation, which was built in the 17th century for the Foley’s and is located in Worcestershire. The building was reconstructed by John Nash in 1805, the same architect who designed Brighton’s Royal Pavilion and Buckingham Palace.
5. Dundas Castle, USA
This neo-Gothic, abandoned, but beautiful castle lies deep in the Catskill Mountains in the state of New York and sits on approx. thousand acres of land. The Dundas Castle, aka Craig-E-Clair was dubbed as ‘the Castle of Sorrow’ and covers a gloomy history.
6. Pidhirtsi Castle, Ukraine
This legendary Dracula-appearing castle remained with the Koniecpolski family till the year 1682, and later passed to the aristocrat called Jakub Ludwik Sobieski. The Grand Country Pile of this massive structure was later acquired by Hetman Stanislaw Rzewuski in 1725, and it remained with his family until the latter part of 19th century.
7. Sammezzano Castle, Italy
The Sammezzano Castle in Italy got abandoned recently in the 1990’s. This beautiful castle was bought by the Italo-British company called Sammezzano Castle Srl in the 1990’s which planned to re-open the building as a 5-star luxury hotel.
8. Briarcliff Mansion, USA
The Briarcliff Mansion lies on the Briarcliff Campus, Emory University in the state of Georgia. This boarded-up mansion was built between the years 1920-1922 for the unconventional heir of Coca-Cola, Asa Griggs Candler Jr.