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
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.