Historic Scottish castle hits the market for £3million

Historic Scottish castle hits the market for £3million: Sixteen bedroom property and 70-acre estate owned by same family for 397 years and built on site of 13th century fortress for Scottish kings goes up for sale

  • Brechin Castle is one of Scotland’s most significant and historic buildings dating back to the 13th century
  • Located in Angus, the property includes the 16-bedroom castle, five estate cottages and 70 acres of gardens
  • Home to the Earl and Countess of Dalhousie, descendants of the Maule family have lived there since 1634

A historic castle owned by the same family for 387 years has gone on the market for £3million.

Brechin Castle is one of Scotland’s most significant and historic properties with a history dating back to the 13th century.

The impressive building, in Angus, includes the 16-bedroom castle, five estate cottages and 70 acres of gardens and grounds.

It was built on the site of a much older fortress that belonged to Scottish kings and part of the original 12th century castle is still visible in the 18th century building.

Brechin Castle is home to the Earl and Countess of Dalhousie. The 17th (and current) Earl is chief of Clan Ramsay, descendants of the Maule family, who have lived at Brechin since 1634.

The property has more than 35,800 sq ft of accommodation with eight reception rooms, 16 bedrooms, ten bathrooms and original features throughout.

In the entrance hall there are panelled walls and a ceiling dating back to 1797, as well as a staircase with ironwork balustrades which were installed in 1659.

The small dining room has a vaulted ceiling, small windows and thick walls, suggesting it was part of the original 13th century building.

The historic Brechin Castle, one of Scotland’s most significant and historic properties with a history dating back to the 13th century, has gone on the market for £3million

The property has more than 35,800 sq ft of accommodation with eight reception rooms, 16 bedrooms, ten bathrooms and original features throughout

Brechin Castle was built on the site of a much older fortress that belonged to Scottish kings and part of the original 12th century castle is still visible in the 18th century building

The main dining room, which seats 20, dates to the early 1900s but is fitted in a late 17th century style with panelled walls.

The drawing room, also built in the early 1900s, has intricate craftsmanship throughout with detailed woodwork and the family crests above the fireplace.

The castle sits on a massive bluff of rocks above the River South Esk and previously served as a fortress for Scottish Kings in the 13th century before it was evolved into a residential property. 

Historians say Sir Thomas Maule, while occupant of the fortress during the resistance to Edward I during the War of Independence in 1303, would often walk the walks dusting debris away debris caused by stone missiles.

However, after 20 days Sir Thomas Maule was himself struck by one of the missiles and died from his injuries. His men surrendered and Edward I laid siege to the fortress.

The house, as it is today, was reconstructed between 1701 and 1708 by architect Alexander Edward for James, the fourth Earl of Penure, according to Francis York.

Its walled garden and 40 acres of surrounding land is considered to be one of the finest and most important private gardens in Scotland.

The walled garden is 13 acres and part of it dates back to 1777, with mature trees, roses, a kitchen garden, Victorian glasshouses and a lily pond.

The land also includes fields for grazing and 470m of single and double bank salmon and sea trout fishing rights on the river South Esk.

The drawing room, also built in the early 1900s, has intricate craftsmanship throughout with detailed woodwork and the family crests above the fireplace

The castle’s main dining room, which seats 20, dates to the early 1900s but is fitted in a late 17th century style with panelled walls

Brechin Castle is home to the Earl and Countess of Dalhousie. The 17th (and current) Earl is chief of Clan Ramsay, descendants of the Maule family, who have lived at Brechin since 1634

The walled garden is 13 acres and part of it dates back to 1777, with mature trees, roses, a kitchen garden, Victorian glasshouses and a lily pond

Evelyn Channing, of estate agents Savills, said: ‘The sale of Brechin Castle is attracting interest from all over the globe, particularly from the US where buyers place huge value on Scottish heritage.

‘The castle would lend itself brilliantly to a commercial or hospitality enterprise but could equally remain as a much cherished family home which affords itself to accommodating and entertaining on a grand scale with ease.

‘Perhaps as astonishing as the castle itself are the quite extraordinary garden grounds which despite their scale are incredibly intimate – a wonderful place in which to restore both body and mind.

‘Indeed, they are considered to be among the finest and most important private gardens in Scotland, extending to over 40 acres and including the spectacular 13-acre walled garden.

‘To be involved with the sale of such a castle, which is genuinely steeped in history, and has endless options for a vibrant future, is a privilege indeed.’ 

The land around the castle also includes fields for grazing and 470m of single and double bank salmon and sea trout fishing rights on the river South Esk

In the entrance hall there are panelled walls and a ceiling dating back to 1797, as well as a staircase with ironwork balustrades which were installed in 1659

The impressive building, located in Angus, Scotland, includes the 16-bedroom castle, five estate cottages and 70 acres of gardens and grounds

Evelyn Channing, of estate agents Savills, said: ‘The sale of Brechin Castle is attracting interest from all over the globe, particularly from the US where buyers place huge value on Scottish heritage

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