Call ofthe WILDLING

Solihull News - - PROPERTY & LIVING -

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

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