Fairy tales, family homes and former glories
We all like to think that our home is our castle but that doesn't mean that there isn't something to be said for the real thing! This week we take a look at three castles currently for sale in Scotland, each of which has a unique story to tell.
In a secluded valley in Aberdeenshire we find an category A Listed baronial home known as Balbithan House or Balbithan Castle. With a “fairy tale castle” outward appearance, the story goes that when a cannon ball landed in the courtyard of Old Balbithan (which stood on high ground above the River Don opposite Kintore) the Laird of the day vowed to build himself a new castle where “neither friend nor foe could find him.”
The present house is understood to have been built in 1560 but has subsequently been altered significantly including the addition and removal of various towers; a new wing built in around 1630 and internal alterations between 1760 and 1860.
Today the L-plan castle offers generous accommodation over three levels with four or five reception rooms and eight or nine bedrooms. Worth particular mention are the main staircase, the wonderfully atmospheric library and an expansive gallery area which has been successfully used for weddings, functions and exhibitions.
Located a short distance to the north-east of Kintore, Balbithan House is set in about 9.76 acres of grounds including lawns, gardens and mature woodland.
An historic home with scope to modernise and update, Balbithan House is for sale with CKD Galbraith Aberdeen priced at offers over £1,200,000
Our second castle is found in Angus a short distance to the west of the village of Newtyle. Kinpurnie Castle was designed by Thoms & Wilkie of Dundee and built in 1907-08 in the Scots Renaissance style for Sir Charles Cayzer who had amassed a fortune from his shipping interests. Two years later the same firm of architects were engaged to remodel and enlarge the house - believed to be so it could better accommodate Sir Charles’s numerous grandchildren and house parties. The finest craftsmen were employed to decorate the house including the Bromsgrove Guild – known for their work on the main gate of Buckingham Palace - who undertook the magnificent plaster work. With four principal reception rooms and eight principal bedrooms, Kinpurnie Castle is surprisingly manageable for of property of its scale.
A particular highlight is the property’s extensive walled garden of almost 2 acres. Developed by Lady Eileen Cayzer in the 1920s, this formal flower garden is just a pleasant stroll away from the main house and a number of well placed benches offer views over Strathmore and towards the hills. Beyond this lies a highly productive kitchen garden and glasshouses providing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers.
Also included in the sale is the B listed gate lodge and two buildings which each provide garaging for up to four cars, one a purpose built building with clock tower and the other originally a carriage house.
Finally, if you are looking for more of a project than a ready-made home then we might have just the opportunity for you! An A listed 16th century castle in an accessible location close to Glasgow, Bedlay Castle presents a fantastic and rare restoration opportunity.
Originally built in the late 16th century with the towers in the western section added almost 100 years later, Bedlay Castle has a total of six bedrooms and also includes a sitting room; drawing room, large dining room, gallery, kitchen, larder and store rooms.
Grounds of approximately 9.76 acres surround the Castle and extend to meet both Chryston and Moodiesburn. Subject to planning consents being obtained there is potential for long-term development.
In need of an owner prepared to return it to its former glory, Bedlay Castle is for sale with CKD Galbraith Stirling priced at offers over £500,000.