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S cottish actress Rose Leslie has packed a lot into her 12- year career, including a BAFTA for her role in 2009 BBC drama New Town as well as a spell in Downton Abbey. More recently she’s bagged high- profile roles in Game of Thrones and the legal drama The Good Fight.
Her early life was high- flying too. Rose hails from a family born of two noble Scots clans and, as well as being a descendant of King Charles II, she is related to historian William Dalrymple.
Leslie was brought up in a 700- yearold castle in Aberdeenshire with her four siblings and, after attending schools both locally and in Somerset, studied at London’s Royal Academy of Music and Dramatic Art before fame beckoned. Castles cost a lot to run and Rose’s family home – Lickleyhead Castle – is available to rent via home sharing website Airbnb.
It’s been run as a bed and breakfast for several years by her parents and, for £ 600 a night, it offers groups seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms as well as access to its historic lounges, dining room and grounds.
Other features worthy of any Game of Thrones episode include a pair of corbelled two- storey turrets on the north front, a vaulted basement, decorated pediments, a garret and walls with bullet holes in them.
The property, which is Category A listed and therefore considered of “international interest”, was put on the market in 2013 for £ 1.35m but was withdrawn before it found a buyer.
Rose Leslie’s family own this dramatic 700- year- old castle in Aberdeenshire