Castle built into Scottish history
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 savills.com for details.
Period features abound