We’re avoiding the 20th and 21st century houses today and going for something very, very different. Huge thanks to @donnalcrowe on Twitter for letting us know about the 16th century Inchdrewer Castle in Banff, Aberdeenshire and its very special bonus feature. Oh yes, this really is the perfect Grand Design, if you are in the hunt for one.
Inchdrewer Castle is a Grade A listed 16th Century Castle and is believed to have been built in the early to mid 1500s. It was purchased by Sir Walter Ogilvie of Dunlugas in 1557 from the Curror family, then lived in by Lord Banff (until killed by a fire in the castle in 1713) and subsequently various other nobles until it was abandoned in the early 1900s.
It was bought by the current owners family in 1963 in a ‘mainly ruinous state’ and restored to a ‘wind and water tight condition’ by 1971. Sadly, no improvements have been made since, so deterioration has taken place, as you can probably tell by the images.
However, on the plus side, the castle has been prepared with its exposed stone walls, new concrete and steel beam floors and service strips provided from the ground floor to 2nd floor levels. It’s now on the ‘At Risk’ list, so really needs someone to come in and sort it out pretty quickly.
Could that be you? If it is, there’s a rather cool bonus. The castle is sold with a title. You’ll be the Baron of Inchdrewer should you buy this place, which has got to make this potential Grand Design more appealing.
Of course, much depends on the price. That’s offers over £400,000.