A house good enough to eat | best gingerbread houses

There is something childishly enjoyable about a gingerbread house and the scents and the smells all remind you that Christmas is on its way.

These days you can buy a perfectly crafted one from most supermarkets if you don’t want to go through a labour of love with your children, delicately gluing gingerbread pieces together with icing.

Or you can even take your love of fairy tale magic a little bit further and actually visit a real life gingerbread house.

There are towns in Germany, such as Bernkastel-Kues, where the whole town centre looks good enough to eat, particularly during the snowy winter months and when the Christmas markets are in full swing.

In America, the traditional festive feel to the gingerbread house is given a brighter makeover with houses painted pink, yellow and blue.

Here are Quick Move Now’s top four real life gingerbread houses…

1: Downpatrick Gate Lodge, County Down

This two-bedroomed National Trust cottage reminded us of something straight out of a Brothers Grimm book.

Built in the 1870s for Lord Bangor, it can be found at the entrance to Castle Ward and is available to rent as a holiday cottage.

2: Park Guell, Barcelona, Spain

This park was originally intended as a housing development, designed by architect Antoni Gaudi, and commissioned by Eusebi Guell. But only two houses were ever built and it is now a municipal park.

It was built between 1900 and 1914 and Gaudi himself lived in one of the houses, which is now a museum and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has an eclectic mix of styles, including a number of gingerbread creations.

Open as a tourist attraction all year round in daylight hours, this park is easily accessible from Barcelona.

3: Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard, America

This area of Martha’s Vineyard island looks just like a storybook, with brightly coloured gingerbread houses scattered around the village.

Tourists flock to the area, which is situated in the middle of the gingerbread campgrounds, to stay at many of the homes, which are rented out, or to just walk around and take in the sights. Many of the chocolate box properties were built during the mid-1800s.

4: The Gingerbread House, Bay Ridge, America

You would expect the witch from Hansel and Gretel to open the door if you knocked at this spooky-looking property. The home, in Bay Ridge, is famous around the world and was built for its original owners, Howard E and Jessie Jones, in 1916, by the architect James Sarsfield Kennedy.

Sadly you can’t go inside this house, but you can walk past and also enjoy the rest of this pretty neighbourhood.

If you can’t face creating your own gingerbread castle this year, why not start planning a trip to see one instead!

This content was written by Quick Move Now
Published on 19th December 2013
Last updated on 19th April 2017

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