You'll fall in love with this £2.5m Auchencairn, Scotland, Orchardton castle for sale. Surrounded by stunning views, the Orchardton Castle has a Scottish Baronial style, 25,000 square feet, over 40 rooms, extensive lawns around, and an enclosed hedged garden to the south. The castle has 4 floors plus turret rooms, 3 self-contained flats, 17 bedrooms, and over 40 rooms. The Scottish castle sits on 5 acres to include stables, garden wood, and paddock, plus access through fields behind the house leading to a secluded beach for walking, riding, and sailing.
The castle was completed by William Douglas Robinson in the 1880s, on the site of a mansion dating from around 1761, Orchardton Castle was built in the Scottish Baronial style. The building has seen life as a school, a hotel, and a hospital for wounded soldiers. There are forty-five rooms as well as storerooms, a walk-in linen cupboard, and impressive hallways. Seventeen of the rooms in the castle are bedrooms and there are three full flats contained within the property. Most rooms and hallways have original wooden shutters. There is even a manual pulley on one of the two sets of full height staircases that were previously used to transport linens up and down the five levels of the house. It has a luxurious grand staircase and two further staircases, one of wood and one of stone.
The castle is situated on the Scottish Riviera with sea views at the back and hill views at the front, the gulf stream weather allows for rare plants and trees, including a palm tree in the back garden. The castle property's approach is from the front gates to the north leading to a turning circle and parking area. There are also two other vehicle entrances. With five acres of land in total, there are extensive lawns, established woodland, giant rhododendrons (over 100 years old), and an enclosed hedged garden to the south. Peacocks, deer, and pheasants are regular visitors to the property.
The property has space for a helicopter landing pad in the back garden with an easy approach across the Solway Firth. There is an old wooden stand-alone sauna that could be redeveloped next to a large pond. Across the fields, you will find access to the very private beach. The castle is only 16 miles across the sea to the Lake District in Cumbria, England. It is also close to Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright, Kippford, and Dumfries voted the happiest town in Scotland to live in. The property is 90 miles south of Edinburgh and Glasgow and within an hour and a half of the ferry to Northern Ireland. It is less than 3 hours to Manchester and 5 hours to London.
The Orchardton Castle is a Grade B listed building. In 2016 a black book came to light which showed the original mansion and how the building was altered with the much smaller original mansion still within its walls. Changes were made in the late 1800s, the roof was lifted and another floor added as well as fortifications to the front and back including turrets. The property also has a paddock, stables, and wildlife pond. It is thought that William Douglas was a smuggler and may even have built a secret tunnel down to the sea
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