Res­i­dents happy to be sent to the tower

Why set­tle for a house when you can choose an en­tire tower? Wel­come to In­verquhar­ity Cas­tle A Scan­di­na­vian-style home in Gar­tocharn, West Dun­bar­ton­shire, of­fers the ul­ti­mate re­treat from city life

The Herald - Scotland's Homes - - News -

ABUDGET of around £600,000 would buy a sub­stan­tial fam­ily home any­where in Scot­land. How­ever, for those look­ing to pur­chase some­thing uniquely dif­fer­ent and leave their mark on his­tory, In­verquhar­ity Cas­tle, near the gin­ger­bread town of Kir­riemuir in An­gus, might fit the bill.

Re­cently mod­ern­ized, the his­toric A-listed fif­teenth-cen­tury tower house oc­cu­pies a com­mand­ing ru­ral po­si­tion within ex­ten­sive gar­den grounds – ap­proached by a pri­vate drive and bridge over the Quhar­ity Burn – con­ve­niently placed for ac­cess to both Dundee and Aberdeen via the A90.

The orig­i­nal tower house dates from the 1440s and was re­stored and ex­tended in the 1960s/70s and a sig­nif­i­cant pro­por­tion of the cas­tle has more re­cently been re­fur­bished to a high spec­i­fi­ca­tion and in­cludes cen­tral heat­ing and par­tial un­der­floor elec­tric heat­ing.

In­trigue be­gins at the front door, which is pro­tected by an iron yett li­censed by King James II in 1444 and gives way to the main en­trance hall, off which is a morn­ing room (with fire­place and his­toric well), cloak­room and store. From the hall a stair­case leads to the first floor din­ing room, a mag­nif­i­cent set­ting with vaulted ceil­ing and ac­cess to a beau­ti­fully fit­ted kitchen/break­fast room.

A turn­pike stair con­tin­ues up to an aptly named Great Hall with a mag­nif­i­cent fire­place and small mu­ral cham­ber, and a bed­room suite with dress­ing room and bath­room. On the third floor is the master bed­room – with two orig­i­nal fire­places and en suite bath­room – plus two fur­ther bed­rooms and a shower room.

Win­dows set into walls that are clearly several feet thick are a rar­ity these days, but then so is ev­ery­thing about In­verquhar­ity, which has the po­ten­tial to en­thrall those with a love of old and his­toric build­ings.

The 11-acre grounds in­cor­po­rate gar­dens and wood­land and nearby Kir­riemuir and For­far of­fer a wide range of shops and leisure ameni­ties, in­clud­ing golf and fish­ing on the River South Esk and the North Esk.

Joint sell­ing agents Knight Frank and Bell In­gram are seek­ing of­fers over £620,000 for this his­toric home.

MOD­ERNISED MAR­VEL: The orig­i­nal tower house dates from the 1440s. It has been re­fur­bished to a high spec­i­fi­ca­tion and in­cludes cen­tral heat­ing.

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