Ballantynes, Surveyors and Estate Agents, with offices in Edinburgh and Perth have recently partnered with United Kingdom Sotheby's International Realty to sell Inchdrewer Castle in Aberdeenshire.
Inchdrewer Castle, a 16th Century Castle is believed to have been built in the early to mid 1500's and was purchased by Sir Walter Ogilvie of Dunlugas (or his son, Sir George) in 1557 from the Curror family. A successor, Lord Banff, lived there in 1642 until killed by a fire in the castle in 1713. The castle has a long and interesting history with many historical mentions including the attack on Inchdrewer by the Duke of Cumberland in 1746 when hunting for Bonnie Prince Charlie. It is also understood that the castle was visited by King Edward VII and the Duke of Fife in its past.
The castle was abandoned in the early 1900's and was then bought by the current owners family in 1963 when it was found to be in a mainly ruinous state. Together with a local firm of family builders the castle was restored to a wind and water tight condition by 1971. The castle has not had any further improvements since 1971 and has suffered from some deterioration to the roof and windows.
The property is offered for sale as a whole and includes the Title Baron of Inchdrewer. The current owner inherited the castle from Count Robin Mirrlees who bought the property in 1962 before restoring it over a 10 year period. Count Robin as he was known was deeply involved in helping Ian Fleming research 007's adventures for the 1963 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'. In the book, Bond's cover as genealogist Sir Hilary Bray was based on Count Robin who was at that time the heraldic researcher, appointed by the Queen, at the College of Arms in London.
Rory Ballantyne, Head of the Edinburgh Office is delighted to join Peter Bevan from United Kingdom Sotheby's International Realty in Mayfair to market the property. "Properties like this are very rare in the market and combining the opportunity to purchase at 16th Century Castle with its own Title makes this a very desirable project for both local and international buyers."
Mr Ballantyne added, "The property requires a committed owner to bring it back to its former glory but the hard work of restoring the structure has been completed. Our client also spent a great deal of time and effort in researching the history and original design of the castle and we would be delighted to find a buyer that is willing to take this project forward in a similar fashion."
For further info please contact Rory Ballantyne at Ballantynes Edinburgh office: 0131 459 2222
Asking price for the Castle and Title is - Offers over £400,000
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