Scottish castle with pub and secret bedroom up for sale with $14 million asking price
A grand Scottish castle that has recently undertaken a full modern restoration, including the addition of its own private pub.
Known as Seton Castle, the countryside estate — roughly 10 miles from Edinburgh — is on the site of Seton Palace, thought to be Mary Queen of Scots’ favourite home.
Now any budding buyer keen to take command of their own castles can call it home, hitting the market with an $AUD 14 million asking price (£8 million).
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When the palace was demolished, the castle was built in its place in 1789 by famed Scottish architect Robert Adam, using the stone from the former residence.
The historic integrity of the castle has been well preserved, in part due to the centuries-long ownership by one family who held the home from the late 18th century until 2003, according to a news release from estate agency Savills.
Over the last decade the castle has been on the receiving end of a thorough renovation project, including the installation of historic French oak flooring and the rebuilding of turrets, chimneys and parapets. The restoration has also including an update to incorporate modern living.
“Seton Castle is simply one of Scotland’s most significant and ravishing buildings, with eight centuries of history and legend carved deep in its walls,” Jamie Macnab of Savills Edinburgh said.
“With the unstinting dedication and investment shown by recent owners, Seton Castle is now also a wonderfully comfortable and welcoming home.”
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Spanning more than 1,670 sqm, the home has a reception hall with Corinthian pillars and a stone staircase, a silk-draped dining room, original wood-burning fireplaces, a library, a chef’s kitchen and a billiards rooms.
More contemporary additions include the helipad, the gym and the home cinema.
There are also two three-bedroom apartments situated in the west wing: Darnley Cottage and Bothwell Cottage, named after Mary Queen of Scots’ husbands, according to Mansion Global.
A clandestine bedroom suite dubbed the “Hideaway,” can only be accessed by a discreet secret staircase; and in the original stable block this is a traditional tavern-style bar.
The 5.2ha of grounds “more than match the scale and grandeur of the castle,” according to the release, and are home to a 15th century carriage bridge, formal lawns, parkland and wildflower meadows.