Thankfully just to Westeros, long may our summer reign!
With Game of Thrones returning to our screens in less than a week, we’re taking a look at the Great Houses of this fascinating world. Considering King’s Landing is currently awaiting some rather drastic structural repairs, there are plenty of other magnificent and characterful houses created in this cult TV series.
House Stark: Winterfell
If you’re interested in a colder climate, and can bear the trip up North, just south of The Wall you’ll find this historic home to the King of the North, for the last 8000 years. Recently redecorated with its former colours, but requiring some upkeep, this large castle has proven a popular choice, with good connections to both The Wall and King’s Landing, approximately 1000 miles South.
Whilst the House is due a rather cold snap, it is set on top of a hot springs, providing heated flooring.
House Tully/Frey: Riverrun
With waterside views, this house has recently made use of it’s fortress style build. At the fork of two rivers it can be deserted onto its own island, offering a high degree of privacy and seclusion. With a castle on either side of the river, there is bonus accommodation available here, but is not a suitable wedding venue.
House Arryn: The Eyrie in the Vale
On a peak of the mountain of the moon, within the Vale, this property sits 1000’s of feet above the valley below. Accessed via a private road, it is the characterful features that set this property apart.
A moon door offers a focal, if not lethal, feature, whilst sky cells make the most of the outdoor elements and height, offering spaces that are less than versatile.
House Lannister: Casterly Rock
With a gold mine underneath, you’re literally sitting on a fortune, a huge asset to the property.
House Greyjoy: Pyke
Not the best choice for those who fear heights, as each wing is interconnected by rope bridges.
House Martell: Sunspear, Dorne
Full of rustic appeal, these houses are primarily sand coloured, constructed largely with mud and straw.
House Tyrell: Highgarden
The property also benefits from riverside views, with the river Mander flowing nearby. Great for commuters, as Highgarden can be found on the road between King’s Landing, Old Town and Lannisport.