Ghosts and special forces
Originally acquired in 1903 by Thomas Mcintyre, greatgrandfather of current owner Jamie Mcintyre, Sorn Castle has remained the family home ever since. Originally built during the reign of Edward III, the listed building dates back to as early as the 14th century. Since that time the castle has seen many owners and there have been a number of additions over the years. The last expansion was completed under Thomas Mcintyre’s ownership in 1908. Apart from the main reception rooms and bedrooms, the castle also has a few surprises such as secret doors and staircases (pictured), and of course the odd ghostly inhabitant.
In fact Sorn Castle has been well known for its ghosts for hundreds of years. Green Jean is a beautiful lady’s maid from the 18th century who makes periodic appearances, and Ned the nightwatchman keeps guard over the Castle. Meanwhile Margaret lives on the servant’s staircase and over the years there have been many sightings of all three, but the current custodians can assure you that they are mostly friendly.
The castle and grounds also played host to the SAS who were billeted here during World War Two, and much of their part in the fight for the bridge at Arnhem was planned while they were there. This was the action which was subsequently immortalised in the film