Cas­tle built into Scot­tish his­tory

Gloucestershire Echo - - OPEN HOUSE -

AN English­man’s home is his cas­tle, but this one, dat­ing back to 1789, is very much a part of Scot­tish his­tory.

Se­ton Cas­tle in East Loth­ian is now fully re­stored into a 13-bed­room fam­ily home.

Set in 13 acres of pri­vate gar­dens and park­land, it was built by ac­claimed ar­chi­tect and de­signer Robert Adam us­ing stone from Se­ton Palace, Mary Queen of Scots’ favourite re­treat. She is doc­u­mented as hav­ing caused scan­dal by play­ing golf at Se­ton in 1568 fol­low­ing the death of her hus­band Lord Darn­ley.

Own­er­ship by the We­myss fam­ily, from the 18th cen­tury to 2003, froze the cas­tle in time, en­sur­ing much of the orig­i­nal ar­chi­tec­ture was pre­served.

Se­ton Cas­tle has re­cently un­der­gone a sen­si­tive two-year restora­tion and been brought into the mod­ern era with a state-of-the-art gym, play­room, cinema and he­li­pad.

In ad­di­tion to the main seven-bed­room cas­tle, the es­tate has two self-con­tained cot­tages – The Darn­ley and The Both­well – each with three bed­rooms, and The Hide­away, a suite hid­den at the top of a tur­ret spi­ral stair­case.

There are also sta­bles with an ad­ja­cent coach house and Sta­ble Bar – a pri­vate tav­ern, sit­u­ated in the orig­i­nal tack room.

Se­ton Cas­tle is cur­rently on the mar­ket with Sav­ills for of­fers of more than £8million. See sav­ for de­tails.

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