Happy Wednesday! Have you ever dreamed of owning your own castle? Now is your chance! Craig Castle, in Huntly, Aberdeenshire is a gorgeous castle set in 63 acres of land. The oldest part of the structure dating back 1510 and is Grade A listed by Historic Environment Scotland due to its historic merit. It’s currently on the market taking offers over £400,000 ($492,000 USD)!
Per the listing, “It has been described as: ‘specially fortunate in passing through four centuries of more or less continuous occupation with so little obliteration of its original character’” In its present condition, the 18th, 19th and 20th Century parts of the house are in variable but habitable condition with the 18th Century wing in particular being used on a regular basis by the current owners for weekends and holidays.
The listing from Country Life here has so much rich detail about every part of the castle and all the history behind it, it’s worth the read!
Aberdeenshire is famed for salmon fishing, golf, and whiskey – the perfect country life!
Here’s an excerpt from the listing (there is so much more to read!):
Above its door are the Royal Arms of Scotland, to the left are the arms of the first laird Patrick Gordon and lady Rachel Barclay. Their initials appear above together with their son William Gordon’s (the second laird) and his wife Elizabeth Stewart’s below. On the right panel are the arms of the third and fourth lairds and ladies, their initials similarly displayed.
This section is entered through a large oak door of great antiquity, thought to be an original and complete with handle and knocker, showcasing the work of early Scottish blacksmiths. Above the door is a gun loop and behind is a heavy iron yett defence protecting the castle.
The majority of the ground floor lies beneath a barrel vaulted ceiling together with a groin-vaulted vestibule. The groin work is intricate, and displays the Royal Arms of Scotland in the centre with a religious cherub on the left and the arms of the Menzies of Pitfodels on the right, a nod to the sixth lady of Gordon, Elizabeth Menzies, and a tell-tale sign that this work was a later addition.