Live in a castle - or a convent

These properties - lighthouses, barns, rectories and castles - have all been transformed into magnificent homes. They're packed with quirks like hidden passages and charming nooks that make them unique and memorable.

Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts
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Clare Island, Ireland
Irish lighthouse
Price: $2.835 million at 1.35 dollars to the euro

Beds: 6
Baths: 6

Description: Perched on a cliff above the Atlantic on the west coast of the Emerald Isle, the old Clare Island lighthouse compound commands the most magnificent ocean views in Ireland.

The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1965 after 159 years of service and the buildings, including a second tower, have been restored to a high degree of comfort and style. As befitting a lighthouse, three of the rooms are round.

Weather fans will adore the long perspective over the stormy North Atlantic. They can watch wind-lashed clouds roll toward the island and hear the heavy seas crashing on the rocky island shore, sending spray higher than the lighthouse beacon.

The main tower has one of the six bedrooms, all of which have en-suite baths. There are two reception rooms, high ceilings and large windows, cast iron fireplaces and extensive grounds lined by old stone walls.

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