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Gardener Inherits £1.4M Castle

A devoted gardener who cared for his employer in his final years has inherited a magnificent 14th century castle in Northumberland, after the owner died without issue.

Leading property consultancy Galbraith is handling the sale of Embleton Tower.

Kay Seymour Walker was a prominent architect and civil engineer who enjoyed international success and in retirement moved to Embleton Tower, to enjoy the architecture of this outstanding property and the beauty of the stunning Northumberland coastline. Widowed and without children, in his later years he came to rely on his gardener (who Mr Seymour frequently referred to as the son he never had) for daily care and companionship. On his death he bequeathed the entire property to his friend. Embleton Tower requires extensive repair and modernisation and is now for sale on the open market.


Sam Gibson of Galbraith, who is handling the sale said:


“This is a touching story of friendship and devotion going beyond the ties of family. My client was overwhelmed by this bequest, which was completely unexpected. Embleton Tower is considerably larger than his requirements , which presents a superb opportunity for a new owner to modernize and develop the property into an outstanding family home.


“The magnificent conservatory, entrance hall and drawing room give an indication of how special this property will be with the right care and attention. The location is also wonderful – in the heart of the popular village of Embleton with the beautiful Embleton Bay and its sandy beach less than a mile away.”


Embleton Tower is a magnificent Grade I Listed property, dating from the 14th century. The original turreted stone tower was added to in the 19th century and converted into a spacious and impressive house, with eight bedrooms and seven reception rooms. While the house now requires modernisation and significant repair, the property is a highly attractive coastal opportunity.


There are wonderful period features throughout, with high ceilings, stripped wooden floors, large sash windows and elegant and ornate details including fireplaces and decorative plasterwork.


The well-proportioned sitting room and drawing room have large bay windows welcoming plenty of natural light, while there are an additional four reception rooms, including the family room, which is located in the original tower. The large kitchen has a stainless steel range cooker, the original servants’ bell pulls as well as plenty of space for a dining table.


There are eight bedrooms (one en-suite), a library in the original tower, three bathrooms, and a shower room.


The property is set in 3.5 acres of grounds, with rolling lawns, a pond and a wooded area.


Embleton Tower lies in the heart of the popular village of Embleton, on the beautiful Northumberland Coast and less than a mile from the sweeping Embleton Bay Beach, with its dramatic views towards Dunstanburgh Castle. The village has a local shop, several pubs and a doctor’s surgery, while Craster, three miles away, provides further day to day amenities.


The area is renowned for its wonderful sandy beaches, while the coast provides a wealth of walking, cycling and riding routes. Links golf is available nearby at the Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Course and Seahouses Golf Club. The Northumberland Coast also provides excellent opportunities for surfing, diving and other coastal pursuits and watersports.



Embleton Tower is for sale through Galbraith for offers over £1,400,000.