Kinpurnie Castle lies a short distance to the west of the village of Newtyle in the county of Angus and commands the most outstanding views over the Vale of Strathmore. Dundee, known as the City of Discovery, lies some 12 …
Kinpurnie Castle lies a short distance to the west of the village of Newtyle in the county of Angus and commands the most outstanding views over the Vale of Strathmore. Dundee, known as the ‘City of Discovery,’ lies some 12 miles to the east and provides an excellent range of shops and professional services,
together with good leisure facilities. Home to the universities of Dundee and Abertay, Dundee is an established centre of excellence of education and life sciences. The city’s renowned
cultural facilities will be further enhanced by the building of the V & A Design Museum due to be completed in 2018.
There are a number of private schools in the area including Dundee High School and St Leonards in St Andrews with further schools in both Perthshire and Edinburgh. There is a primary school in Newtyle whilst secondary schools can be found in Dundee and Monifieth.
Both Edinburgh and Aberdeen lie some 65 miles distant and can both be accessed easily by road and by rail from Dundee. Further the airport in Dundee provides regular daily flights to London Stansted.
There is a wide array of outdoor pursuits within reach of Kinpurnie Castle. Walking can be enjoyed both on the Sidlaw Hills and slightly further afield to the north in the Grampian and Cairngorm mountain ranges. Shooting and stalking may be taken locally as well as salmon fishing on the River Tay, North Esk and South Esk. For the golfer there are numerous courses within a comfortable distance including Carnoustie, which hosted the Open Golf
Championship in both 1999 and 2007. St Andrews, with its world famous golf courses, lies to the south east with the challenging 18
hole course at Piperdam nearby. Sailing can be enjoyed on the Tay Estuary and around the coast.
LOT 1 - KINPURNIE CASTLE, LODGE & GROUNDS - ABOUT 133 ACRES
Kinpurnie Castle is a magnificent Category ‘B’ Listed mansion house in the Scots baronial style, dating back to 1907. It has a harled and painted exterior lying under a slated roof and very much encapsulates the Scots baronial style with a castellated tower, turrets, fine dressed stone architectural details, astragal windows and a highly ornate porte cochere of dressed stone, castellated pediment and arched astragal windows. The flair of the exterior continues in the interior and boasts a wealth of period features throughout including oak panelled reception hall with fine oak staircase, polish wooden floors, panelled doors with original door furniture, ornate cornicing and ceiling plasterwork together with magnificent fireplaces.
Despite the scale and proportions of Kinpurnie Castle it is surprisingly manageable. The principal accommodation on the ground floor comprises an oak panelled reception hall, four
elegant reception rooms with marble fireplaces and elaborate ceilings and cornicing. The kitchen and number of stores and pantries are found in the practical east wing. There are four bedroom suites, four further bedrooms and four bathrooms with eight further secondary bedrooms all lying over the first and second floors. There is potential to enhance the principal bedroom suites by altering the existing layout to create en suite bathrooms in the existing dressing rooms. On the lower ground
floor there is a series of storage rooms which could be converted to provide a state of the art gymnasium or entertainment suite.
Kinpurnie Castle was designed by Thoms & Wilkie of Dundee and built in 1907-8 for Sir Charles Cayzer, the ship owner and founder of the clan line, who had recently acquired the estate from the Earl of Wharncliffe’s Trustees. The gate lodge and entrance gates, together with the carriage house, were designed and built at the same time together with the walled garden. It has all been described by John Gifford in the Buildings of Scotland: Angus and Dundee (Published year 2012) as being in the free C17 Scotstyle, otherwise known as Scots Renaissance. Two years after its completion Sir Charles commissioned the same firm of architects to remodel and enlarge the house, presumably to accommodate his numerous grandchildren, as well as house parties. At that time the original attic walls were heightened to a full storey under new battlements with conical roofs rising above them. The finest craftsmen of the time were employed to decorate the house and the magnificent plaster work is by the Bromsgrove Guild, a company of artists and designers associated with the Arts & Crafts movement. Probably the most famous of their works are the main gates of Buckingham Palace together with Canada Gate and the Australian Screen at the top of The Mall. The Guild was awarded a royal warrant for that work in 1908. The joinery work, notably the oak panelling, is by Methven, Hyslop and Co. of Dundee.
KINPURNIE CASTLE LODGE
Kinpurnie Castle Lodge is a category ‘B’ listed gate lodge lying within the castle policies and adjacent to the northern entrance. Built over one and a half storeys it provides a kitchen, sitting room, dining room, two bedrooms and a bathroom. The lodge is surrounded by mature woodland and sits within its own garden.
Lying to the east of Kinpurnie Castle is the original carriage house constructed in the same baronial style as the castle and now providing garaging for four cars with a three bedroom flat above. Situated to the south east of the castle is a purpose built four car garage constructed in a traditional style with a clock tower.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
Kinpurnie Castle lies within extensive gardens and grounds. A sweeping drive leads from the two principal entrances to an extensive gravelled sweep to the south and west. Beyond are the extensive southerly lawns bounded by the mature woodlands beyond. To the north is a balustraded terrace with gently sweeping lawns below, interdispersed with formal rose beds.
Lying to the east of the castle and beyond the carriage house is an extensive walled garden extending to almost 2 acres and developed in the 1920s by Eileen, Lady Cayzer. In the traditional Scottish style it lies away from the house and its formal flower garden would have been the focus for a gentle stroll. The walled
garden of today is laid out for both pleasure and utility; the north/ south axis of the flower garden provides a wonderful view over
Strathmore to the hills beyond and there are strategically placed benches throughout the flower garden which boasts magnificent
herbaceous borders and roses. Beyond the flower garden is a highly productive kitchen garden providing fruit, vegetables and
cut flowers for the castle. There are also extensive glasshouses which produced house plants as well as exotic fruit and tender
vegetables. Beyond the walled garden to the east is a field of about 17 acres down to pasture and providing ideal grazing for
LOT 2 –NEWTYLE HILL
Newtyle Hill lies to the south of Kinpurnie Castle and is principally hill ground of some 333 acres. There is a belt of mixed woodland, extending to some 19.80 acres, lying immediately to the north east of the hill.
LOT 3 – KEILLOR HILL
Keillor Hill lies to the south west of Kinpurnie Castle. It comprises principally hill ground of some 203.70 acres with 49.19 acres of mixed woodlands lying to the west and a small area of some 3.70 acres classified as rough grazing.