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Couple keen to swap their German castle for a Melbourne property

Scott Carbines, April 30, 2017 5:50PM Herald Sun

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IF you are living in a Melbourne apartment but have always wanted to live in a huge old castle then this could be your chance.

The eccentric* owners of a 15th century German castle with 23 rooms want to trade it for a Melbourne property.

Lord James Richard Welsh and his wife Ingrid Straub-Zerfowski are seeking to switch their ‘Schochwitz’ castle for a slice of the high life in the world’s most liveable city.

Their 4000sq m property, in a small village of the same name, sits next to a lake among rolling hills in the Saale-Unstrut area, a winegrowing region in northern Germany.

It is about two hours’ drive southwest of the German capital Berlin.

“My wife and I bought the castle about 12 years ago and have appreciated our time here in Germany and at this wonderful place,” Lord Welsh said.

Inside the castle. Picture: supplied media_cameraInside the castle. Picture: supplied

“However, we are looking to retire and have family in Melbourne so that’s why we are interested in a trade.”

Melburnians with a property fit for a king would earn the title ‘Lord’ with the trade, according to Lord Welsh, who said it came with the purchase.

The castle is worth about $1.09 million (750,000 euros).

Lord Welsh said they were looking “for the right person or situation to make a trade.”

“We are hoping to find someone who has a nice apartment or house for a similar value. We would prefer three to four bedrooms but can be flexible*,” he said.

“We are also open to something out of the city if there are people interested in our offer.”

The ‘Schochwitz’ castle was originally built for the family von Alvensleben and has been meticulously* restored by the couple.

Lord Welsh, originally from England, said the couple ran a therapy centre and guesthouse from the property, which they called “Healing Castle.”

The castle features about 1500 sq m of living space, including sleeping space for 60 people, central heating and double glazing* throughout the building.

Lord James Richard Welsh. Picture: supplied media_cameraLord James Richard Welsh. Picture: supplied

“It also has a lake nearby a lovely garden, an English cafe and a yoga and meditation room,” Lord Welsh said.

Anyone interested can contact Lord Welsh via email: schochwitz@hotmail.co.uk.

GLOSSARY

eccentric: unconventional or kooky

flexible: open to ideas and change

meticulously: with great detail

double glazing: thick windows designed for better heat control

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CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

Activity 1. Castle for swap!

Write a real estate advertisement for the ‘Schochwitz’ castle.

Read the article carefully to ensure you include all important details, especially its unique ‘price tag’ and a picture.

Set out your advertisement to catch a buyer’s interest.

Use lots of positive descriptive language to help sway the reader.

Where would you advertise this property?

Extension: Would you like to move to Germany?

While this deal sounds amazing, a decision like this would need to be well thought through to ensure you made an informed decision.

Imagine that you and your family were interested in swapping houses with Lord Welsh and his wife. What questions would you like answered before agreeing?

Write at least five questions under each of the following headings.

The castle

For example: Is there heating and cooling in the castle?

The town

For example: How cold does it get in winter?

The deal

For example: Does the castle come with furniture?

Time: allow 40 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English, Visual Arts – Media and Critical and Creative Thinking

Activity 2. Germany

Create a fact file about Germany.

Include the following information:

Capital city, official languages, currency, climate, famous landmarks, location (continent, neighbouring countries), native flora and fauna and any other interesting information.

Extension: Melbourne

Lord Welsh and his wife wish to live in Melbourne.

Make a list of things for them to see and do in Melbourne and surrounding areas.

Time: allow 40 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English, Humanities – Geography and Intercultural Capability

VCOP ACTIVITY

(Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers, Punctuation)

Persuade your family!

Imagine going home after school and your parents informing you that you are moving to Germany to live in a castle.

Write down 3-5 reasons why this is a terrible idea!

Alternatively, list 3-5 reasons why it is a fantastic idea!

Extension:

Use your arguments to form a one page Exposition piece of writing of why your family should/shouldn’t move into this castle

(Approx. 30 minutes)

Curriculum links: English, Big Write, VCOP

Activity provided by Andrell Education www.andrelleducation.com.au

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