Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enter?

To enter the competition:

(a)             Click on the “Enter Now” button on the Website,

(b)             look at the Competition Question and complete and submit the online entry form, together with your answer to the Competition Question then

(c)              purchase the required number of tickets;

If you attempt the question several times, the last answer submitted before you pay will be the answer accepted. We will then send you a confirmation email letting you know if your answer is correct or not.

How much does it cost?

Our early entry discounts have now expired. The more entries you buy, the cheaper it is per entry.

  • The price for a Single Entry ticket is £10 (£10 per entry)

  • The price for a Triple Entry ticket (3 times more likely to win than a single entry) is £15.00 (£5.00 per entry)

  • The price for a Ten Entry ticket (10 times more likely to win than a single entry) is £27.50 (£2.75 per entry)

Multiple entry tickets also allow you to take part in our weekly draw for the chance to win a castle holiday break in the tower:

  • Triple Entry tickets are entered into the holiday break draw 3 times, for 3 weeks (so 9 entries in total)

  • Ten Entry tickets are entered into the holiday break draw 10 times for 10 weeks (so 100 entries in total)

Please note that as the competition approaches the end, there may be fewer weeks left than 10 or 3 for the multiple entry tickets that would otherwise entitle the ticket holder to be entered into the weekly draws. This will not result in more entries to earlier weekly draws, but if the competition deadline is extended for any reason you will still get those entries into the next available draws in the same way as described before.

Please further note that you only get one chance to submit an answer per transaction, no matter how many tickets or entries you buy in one transaction.

Is this competition real?

100% real! The Tower is a famous local landmark and has been featured in many national newspapers and magazines such as:

The Times

The Sun

The Daily Mail

House Beautiful

Homes and Property

Country Life

… and many more

Is this a lottery?

No, this is not a lottery. The Promoter has obtained expert legal advice to ensure this is a prize competition and not a lottery. Entrants will only enter the draw by purchasing a ticket and exercising skill knowledge or judgement to answer the Question correctly. Only then will they be entered into the draw to win the Grand Prize, the Alternative Prize or one of the weekly Castle Holiday Break prizes.

Yes. A law firm specialising in prize promotion law has confirmed that the prize competition is legal and that no licence is required to operate it in the UK (excluding Northern Ireland) due to the level of skill involved.

Who can enter the competition?

The competition is open to any individual over the age of 18 who is a resident in the UK excluding Northern Ireland.

Any winner of the Castle Holiday Break prizes will need to be accompanied by someone over 25.

Do I have to be over 18 to enter the prize competition?

Yes, all entrants must be 18 years of age or older and their entry will be void and no refund offered if any winner is found to have purchased a ticket when they were not at least 18 years of age at the time of entry. In addition, any winner of the Castle Holiday Break prizes will need to be accompanied by someone over 25.

What could I win?

 
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The winner of the prize draw competition will have a choice of either becoming the new owner of Hadlow Tower - a unique and absolutely stunning 4 bedroom home, the Tower is Grade 1 listed and thought to be the tallest Gothic folly in the world!

OR

A 3 bed Caribbean villa on the beautiful island of Grenada overlooking the award winning Grand Anse Beach. The winner gets to choose!

 If we reach the target number of entries and the winner chooses the Tower, they will also win:

  • £100,000 cash to spend on anything they like

  • Legal fees up to a value of £3,000

  • Council Tax paid for a whole year

  • All Stamp Duty paid

  • Up to £3,000 to cover the cost of moving

  • All fixtures and fittings including the curtains

 

If we reach our target number of entries and the winner chooses the Caribbean villa they also win:

  • £250,000 cash bonus to spend on anything they like

  • Legal fees up to a value of £3,000

  • All property transfer taxes

  • £4,000 towards flights to Grenada for the winner to go and enjoy their new property!

 

For more information about these amazing prizes and lots more photos, please see the The Grand Prize and The Alternative Prize

The maximum number of entries to our competition will be 1,000,000. If we reach the maximum level of entries the winner can also choose to receive £1,000,000 cash instead of a property.

  • In order for Hadlow Tower to be the prize, or for the £250,000 cash bonus to be given away with the Caribbean villa, 800,000 entries or more must be sold (in any combination of tickets).

  • If between 200,000 and 800,000 entries are sold, then the Caribbean villa with £30,000 cash will be awarded to the winner.

  • If between 50,000 and 200,000 entries are sold, then the Caribbean villa with £15,000 cash could be awarded, or at the sole discretion of the Promoter, this could be replaced with a cash alternative.

In the unlikely event that fewer than 50,000 entries are sold:

  • If between 15,000 and 50,000 entries are sold the prize will be a cash prize based on the value of entries sold.

  • If fewer than 15,000 entries are sold then only the weekly Castle Holiday Break prizes will be given away.

See Terms and Conditions for a detailed explanation and examples of how the cash prize will be calculated.

 

You could also win one of up to 25 Castle Holiday Breaks! Every week there will be a separate draw and the winner will have exclusive use of Hadlow Tower for a 2 night stay. See Castle Holiday Breaks for more details

What is the prize value?

Hadlow Tower is completely unique and no one really knows its true value. All we know for sure is that it has had more than £4,000,000 spent on renovating it to a stunning standard inside and out. It is insured for close to £7,000,000.

Two independent estate agents have recently valued it at being in excess of £2,000,000, but the owners expect it could sell for much more in good market conditions.

The Caribbean Villa is valued in the region of USD 800,000. (This is the owners valuation based on initial purchase price and more recent asking price information of similar properties at the resort).

Where is the property?

The Tower is in the picturesque village of Hadlow, just outside Tonbridge in Kent.

Tonbridge has frequent and direct trains to central London, which take just over 30 minutes.

Hadlow Tower is very commutable to London!

Tonbridge also has some of the best Independent and Grammar schools in the country.

 

The 3 bed Caribbean villa is on the beautiful island of Grenada and overlooks Grand Anse Beach and across the bay to the capital of St George’s.

Will the grant money be paid back?

The grants were given by various charities and public bodies to the Vivat Trust, over a number of years. When the Vivat Trust went into receivership, the assets of the trust were managed by the receivers. Any obligation to pay any grants back would be a matter between the grant body and the receivers. The current owners did not receive any grants or donations and are no way connected to the Vivat Trust.

Will the local community benefit from this competition?

If the competition reaches its target number of 1,000,000 entries, Castle Competition will donate £50,000 towards the restoration of the original Hadlow Castle gates that front onto the High Street. This will hopefully cover all or most of the cost of restoring this wonderful Grade II Listed local landmark.

Can I visit the Tower?

You can only visit it by booking onto one of the 28 open days, which start in March 2019. Please see Public Open Days for times and how to book.

Please note - To access the Tower you would have to walk across private property. Please do not walk into the castle grounds unescorted and without having booked in advance.

Are there any covenants?

Hadlow Tower is a Grade 1 listed property. As you might expect from such a building, there are some covenants that come with the property.

1)      The property can only be used as a home or as a rental property including a short term holiday let. It cannot be used for commercial purposes. This covenant is permanent and could only be changed with the agreement of the covenant holder

2)      For the next four years after the Winner takes ownership of the property, it is to be opened to the public for 28 days a year.

3)      The property must be well maintained.

More details of the covenants can be found on “The Grand Prize” section of the Website under the Prizes page.

If the winner chooses the Tower, they must agree to honour the covenants before the property will be transferred over to them.

The Caribbean villa is located within a resort and there are some covenants governing the relationship between the villa owner, the resort and other villa owners. Further details can be found in the Alternative Prize section of this website under the Prizes page

Why is there an Alternative Prize?

Not everyone wants to live in a castle! The Alternative Prize is a 3 bed villa at a boutique Caribbean resort, plus all transfer taxes paid and cash towards flights to Grenada and legal fees. More details of the Alternative Prize can be found here

Also, we want to make sure that even if we don’t sell enough entries to reach the Grand Prize target that there is still an amazing property to be won, so we have included the Alternative Prize, which could be won if we don’t sell as many entries as are needed to give away the Tower.

Is any money going to good causes?

Yes!

One of the reasons for us holding a prize competition is to raise money for good causes. You can choose to donate 5% of your ticket price to charities that support deaf children, people suffering from mental health conditions or ex-military personnel.

We are also making the Tower available to a charity supporting terminally ill children throughout the duration of the competition to hopefully allow as many terminally ill children as possible to have their wish come true (usually of being a princess or king for the day).

Why are you selling your home in this way?

It is a great way to raise the profile of this magnificent building and it promotes the public open days. We also wanted to raise money for good causes at the same time as selling our property. For more about this, please see “We’ve Launched” on our Winners and Blog page

What are the odds of winning?

It is possible to buy different tickets that buy multiple entries at lower prices than single entry tickets. A Single Entry ticket costs £4.50. A Triple Entry ticket costs £10.50 (so £3.50 per entry) and a Ten Entry ticket costs £27.50 (so £2.75 per entry).

The odds of winning are entirely dependent on the total number of correct entries submitted, and not the number of tickets sold.

As this is a skill competition, we expect a significant proportion of people to get the answer wrong (the question is more difficult than it first seems!). Therefore, the chances of winning will, in reality, be significantly higher than what is stated below. However, because we can’t say exactly how many people will get the question right or wrong, or how many entries they will buy, all we can say with any certainty is:

If you buy a Ten Entry ticket for £27.50 ticket and answer our question correctly, , then the odds of winning the prize would be no worse than 1:100,000.

If you buy a Triple Entry ticket for £10.50 ticket and answer our question correctly, , then the odds of winning the prize would be no worse than 1:333,334

If you buy a Single Entry ticket for £4.50 and answer our question correctly your chances of winning are going to be no worse than  1:1,000,000.

The odds of winning the Euromillions jackpot are approximately 1:139,838,160 and 1:45,057,474 for the National Lottery jackpot (as of 1 December 2018).

How many times can I enter?

The maximum number of tickets any one individual can buy is 500

What are the maximum amount of tickets that can be sold?

The total number of entries that will be sold is 1,000,000. Tickets are available that entitle you to 1 entry, 3 entries and 10 entries. The main prize will be awarded provided 800,000 valid entries are received by the competition deadline. See “What could I win?” section in the FAQs further up the page for more details on what number of entries are needed for the different prizes to be won.

What are the minimum number of entries that need to be sold for someone to win the Caribbean Villa?

The Caribbean villa is our Alternative Prize and this will be awarded to the winner provided 200,000 valid entries are received.

If the number of valid entries exceeds 800,000 the winner will still be able to choose the Caribbean should they wish and if they do so, will receive a further cash bonus of £250,000!

Why are you selling different tickets?

We wanted to open this competition to as many people as possible so we have a lower priced ticket for a Single Entry, but we also know that some people will want to buy more than one chance to win so we are offering bigger discounts for people who want to increase their chance of winning. Just select the ticket you want when you enter our competition.

Why do I have to answer a question to take part?

This is a Prize Competition. As such, the winner must exercise their skill, knowledge or judgement to be able to stand a chance of winning. The fun question we have set will require you to use your skill, knowledge or judgement to answer it correctly.

How long does the competition run for?

The competition will open on 4 December 2018 at 6am and tickets will be on sale for 6 months until midnight on 3 June 2019.

The Opening Date and/or Closing Date of a competition may change if we consider it necessary to do so. For example:

The Closing Date may be extended by up to 6 months so that additional entries can be received and make it more likely that the Prize or the Alternative Prize will be awarded instead of a Cash Prize (for more information on prizes see section 5 of our terms and conditions); or

The Closing Date may be brought forward if the competition reaches the maximum number of entries earlier than expected.

If the Opening Date and/or the Closing Date of a competition does change, the new details will be displayed on the Website.

All competition entries must be received no later than the specified time on the Closing Date. All competition entries received after the specified time on the Closing Date are automatically disqualified and no refunds will be given.

The maximum number entries to the competition is 1,000,000. The number of tickets you are able to purchase may be limited if the maximum number of entries is reached.

When will the winner be selected?

A winner will be selected within two weeks of the Closing Date.

How is the winner selected?

All correct answers will be put into the Draw and a ticket will be randomly selected by a certified random number generator. This will be before an independent person.

For all draws, including the weekly draws for a Castle Holiday Break, we will also use a random number generator. We will post a link to the draw, in the Winners page of the website, that automatically updates when the random number is generated. This number will be between 1 and the total number of valid entries, sorted in chronological order. This corresponding entry will then be announced on the Winners page of the website.

I haven't received my confirmation email of my entry?

After you successfully submit your payment you should have been taken to a page saying if you got the answer correct or incorrect. If that did not happen, you will not have submitted your payment and you would not, therefore, receive a payment confirmation.

If you did get sent to a page and were told if your answer was incorrect or correct, and you haven't received a confirmation email within 24 hours of purchasing a ticket, please check your spam folder. If it is not there, contact us on the form we created for this just here.

How will the winner be notified?

The winner will be informed that they have won via email within 2 weeks of the closing date using the email address provided with the competition entry. The initial and last name of the winner will also be announced on the CastleCompetition website.

We will send an email and call the winner and keep trying for up to 3 weeks after they have been selected to ensure they have the chance to accept the prize.

What happens if the winner cannot be contacted?

If the winner cannot be contacted within 21 calendar days of the announcement then the draw will be re-run (again by a certified random number generator and overseen by an independent person) and a new winner will be announced as per the terms and conditions of the draw.

This process will be repeated until a lucky winner is reached.

Will the winner have to pay stamp duty?

No. Any stamp duty will be paid by the promoter on behalf of the winner.

What happens if not enough tickets are sold?

The target number of entries to the competition will be 1,000,000

Provided entries reach 80% of the target, then the winner can choose between the Tower or the Caribbean villa.

  • In order for the Tower to be the prize, or for the £250,000 cash bonus to be given away with the Caribbean villa, 800,000 entries or more must be sold (in any combination of tickets).

  • If between 200,000 and 800,000 entries are sold, then the Caribbean villa with £30,000 cash will be awarded to the winner.

  • If between 50,000 and 200,000 entries are sold, then the Caribbean villa with £15,000 cash could be awarded, or at the sole discretion of the Promoter, this could be replaced with a cash alternative.

In the unlikely event that fewer than 50,000 entries are sold:

  • If between 15,000 and 50,000 entries are sold the prize will be a cash prize based on the value of entries sold less costs of promotion and gifts to charity. For a detailed explanation and examples, please see our terms and conditions.

  • If fewer than 15,000 entries are sold then only the weekly Castle Holiday Break prizes will be given away.

If the number of target entries as stated in the terms and conditions is not met by the competition closing date, the closing date may be extended for up to six months or until the number of target entries is reached.

Can the winner sell the Tower?

Yes – the winner will own the property and is free to sell it. Or they could live in it as a grand home, or they can rent it out and generate a sizeable income. The choice would be theirs and theirs alone.

The winner can only sell the property once the property is legally transferred to them.

Can the winner sell The Alternative Prize?

Yes – the winner will own the property and is free to sell it. Or they could use it as a home from home, or they can rent it out either on their own or by using the rental pool that is managed by the resort. The choice would be theirs and theirs alone.

Most other property owners at the resort enjoy their property for several weeks a year and choose to rent it through the resort run rental pool to cover the running costs.

The winner can only sell the property once the property is legally transferred to them.

What happens if my answer is incorrect?

You must use your skill, knowledge or judgement to answer the question correctly to enter the Prize Competition. Only correct answers will enter the draw. If your answer is not correct you will still be charged for the amount you consented to pay. We will send you an email letting you know and you will have the chance to enter again if you want to.

If your answer is incorrect you will also not be entered into our weekly draw for a weekend stay at our castle as you need to have answered the question correctly to qualify for the weekly draw.

Is the property leasehold or freehold?

Hadlow Tower is a Freehold Property. Please see The Grand Prize for more details and photos

The Caribbean villa is owned as a ‘Fee Simple’ (there is not the same concept of ‘Freehold’ In Grenada). Please see The Alternative Prize for more details and photos

Can I pay offline?

The only way to buy tickets is online through this website.

Yes. A law firm specialising in prize promotion law has confirmed that the prize competition is legal and that no licence is required to operate it in the UK (excluding Northern Ireland) due to the level of skill involved.

How do I enter?

To enter the competition:

(d)         Click on the “Enter Now” button on the Website,

(e)         look at the Competition Question and complete and submit the online entry form, together with your answer to the Competition Question then

(f)          purchase the required number of tickets;

If you attempt the question several times, the last answer submitted before you pay will be the answer accepted.

You will then be sent a confirmation email.

How is my personal data protected?

We know how important your data is to you and we have worked hard to ensure that your data is safe and stored securely and will not be distributed to any third parties that we have not been given specific permission to by you. This competition is compliant with all UK and EU data protection regulations. For more details of our data protection please see our Privacy Policy

If I buy 10 single entry entries can I get a discount?

You will get a discount, only if you purchase one of our Ten Entry tickets for £27.50. This is considerably cheaper (approximately 70% cheaper!!! than buying ten single entry tickets. Availability of 10 entries for £27.50 is limited. So is the availability of the Triple Entry tickets for a discount.

If I buy tickets over several weeks can I get the same discounts as if I bought in a single transaction?

No. Any discount offered is on a transaction by transaction basis. It is will cost more to buy 10 Single Entry Tickets on ten different occasions than it will to buy a Ten Entry Ticket once.

Do I have to pay more to enter the weekly draw to win a 2 night holiday at the tower?

  • You need to buy a Triple Entry or Ten Entry ticket to be eligible to take part in the weekly draw to win a 2 night holiday at the Tower.

  • If you purchase a Triple Entry ticket you will also have 3 entries into our weekly draw for the next 3 weeks to win a 2 night break in the Tower. The Triple Entry tickets give you a total of 9 entries to the weekly draw (3 entries x 3 weeks = 9 entries)

  • If you purchase a Ten Entry ticket you will also have 10 entries into our weekly draw for the next 10 weeks to win a 2 night break in the Tower. The Ten Entry tickets give you a total of 100 entries to the weekly draw (10 entries x 10 weeks = 100 entries).

  • So the higher priced tickets give you more chances to win a prize, for longer, and at a lower price per entry than the single entry tickets.

  • You are more than ten times as likely to win one of the Castle Holiday Breaks if you buy a Ten Entry ticket rather than a Triple Entry ticket for example.

  • You will only be entered into the weekly draw if you get the answer to our question correct when you submit your entry form.

  • If you win the 2 night break in the Tower, you will be required to pay a damage deposit which will be returned to you, less any charges for damages, after your stay.

Can I choose between The Tower and the Caribbean villa?

If 800,000 entries is reached then the winner will be able to choose the Caribbean villa or the Grand Prize of the Tower. If the number of target entries is met and the winner chooses the Caribbean villa instead of the Tower, they will receive a cash prize of £250,000 as well as the Caribbean villa.

See ”What happens if not enough tickets are sold?” (above) for a diagram showing what prizes are available when certain number of entries are received.

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