A LARGE section of Devizes Castle complete with grand reception rooms, modern kitchen and gardens with incredible views has gone on the market with a price tag of £2.5 million.

Devizes Castle is used as an emblem of the town for everything from civic organisations to sports teams but the building now standing close to the town centre is comparatively modern.

It was built in the 1830s to replace one gifted to Catherine of Aragon by Henry VIII and dubbed the most gorgeous in Christendom. It was designed by HE Goodridge who designed Beckford's Tower near Bath and sits high above the town.

The original castle was in the ownership of the Royal family for 500 years before it was destroyed during English Civil War in 1648.

All that remains of original is the outline of the moat and some foundations but the current day castle is still Grade I listed and comes with castellations and turrets.

Marketing agents Savills say: "Devizes Castle is an exceptional example of a Grade I listed property, predominantly built of attractive stone with alluring castellations and turrets. "There are an array of period features throughout the Castle: generous stone mullioned windows, beautifully detailed stone archways, impressive fireplaces, oak floor boards, working shutters, high ceilings throughout, an unusual bowed Fernery with elegant wooden ceiling, a wide wooden central staircase, charming smaller stone spiral staircases and, in the drawing room and study, ceilings richly decorated with carved and gilded bosses.

"What makes Devizes Castle unique is not only its place in national history but also the marriage between its historical features and comfortable modern-day amenities. The formal reception rooms are grandly proportioned and flow seamlessly into more informal areas of the Castle making it ideal for family living and entertaining alike.

"Upstairs, aside from the two impressive Principal Bedroom Suites offering views over the gardens and the countryside beyond, there is an additional en-suite bedroom and six further bedrooms."

Devizes Castle took its name from the Medieval Latin castrum ad divisas, meaning the castle at the boundaries', because it stood at the central point of three Manors and could have been this that led to the town gaining the name Devizes.