But the castle is actually newer than it looks, having been built in 1893 by Alexander Ross to replace an earlier house which burned down. There are ten bedrooms set across three main floors, and myriad other rooms – the floorplan of this 15,000sq ft home looks like a series of Cluedo boards taped together.Just as attractive as the building itself is the setting within 15 acres of grounds. Fairytale Craigcrook Castle, in four acres of landscaped grounds, including mature woodland and a walled garden, is an astonishing property just three miles from Edinburgh city centre that is on the market for the first time in 300 years at a price of £6m.The mix of original features and 21st century gloss is brilliantly judged.The oldest parts of the mansion date back to 1700, with the bulk of the building having been constructed in 1869.
Dating to the 17th century, the strikingly pretty Cassillis Castle was the home of the Earls of Cassillis.
The turrets give it a true fairytale look, while the 11 bedrooms mean that it’s large without feeling too big to be a family country retreat – indeed, it has been a family home for the last 14 years.
This classic Scottish Baronial mansion is dominated by its four-storey central tower which has fine views over surrounding countryside, and boasts a corbelled and crenallated wallhead with cannon water spouts. This glorious castle near Arbroath is a genuine 14th century building, beautifully and sympathetically updated while retaining the original grandeur and elegance.
Vast windows flood the room with natural light, and whilst the fireplace forms a centrepiece for the room, it is undoubtedly trumped by the fine ceiling plasterwork.
The Inner Hall and Dining Room also have grand fireplaces, with the hall’s glazed roof bathing the space in natural light.