Dorset

Pennsylvania Castle in Portland sold for £4m

Pennsylvania Castle
Image caption The 200-year-old castle was once used as a hotel

A castle in Dorset where King George III celebrated a wedding anniversary has been sold for more than £4m.

Pennsylvania Castle, in Portland, once belonged to the grandson of William Penn, who founded the US state

Set against views of the Jurassic Coast, it was described as having "great historical provenance".

The castle was sold by the widow of Stephen Curtis, a millionaire lawyer connected to the Russian oil industry who died in a helicopter crash in 2004.

Mr Curtis, 45, and his pilot, Matthew Radford, 34, died when their helicopter crashed near Bournemouth International Airport.

An inquest concluded his death was accidental, amid suggestions the crash was caused by sabotage.

The 200-year-old castle features eight bedrooms, an indoor pool and landscaped gardens with an orangery. It was once used as a hotel.

The agent told the BBC the castle sold for its asking price to a buyer from Australia.

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