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Terpersie Castle, Tullynessle, Alford, Aberdeenshire

Under Offer £395,000

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Terpersie is a miniature Z plan castle dating from the 1560s which was restored during the 1980s after spending much of the 20th century in ruins. The castle comprises a rectangular main building with a round tower at each of two diagonally opposite corners.

The castle is some distance from the public road, while the last part of the drive is shared with the adjacent farm. The drive crosses a cattle grid and one then approaches the castle along a gravel drive, which glides round into a gravel sweep by the front door and the garden stretches out from the drive in a westerly direction.

The strong front door leads into the entrance hall with flagstone floor and doors off to the atmospheric dining room and kitchen in the north turret. A cloakroom in the south turret completes the ground floor. Stone stairs to the first floor Great Hall with its large fireplace and triple aspect provides a great entertaining space. In the turrets off are a study/Laird's room and bedroom 3.

The second floor comprises the master bedroom suite, with dressing area and bathroom, bedroom 2 and a mahogany family bathroom.

The castle was formerly moated but there is no sign of this now. A lawn in front of the castle merges into mature herbaceous borders, flanked by a beech hedge which separates the formal garden from the woodland garden, where barked paths weave through the native woodland to make the most of this enchanting place.

Terpersie Castle is Listed Category A by Historic Scotland (HB Number 13879).

Historical note
Terpersie Castle was built by a member of the Gordon clan; it was burned in 1665, restored and then became ruinous post 1885.

The last Gordon of Terpersie hid in the Correen Hills above the castle after the defeat at Culloden until he was eventually caught by government troops. He was identified as someone other than the vagrant who the troops thought they had caught by his children, who ran towards him with cries of "Daddy! Daddy!" as he was brought down to Terpersie after his capture. He was subsequently taken to Carlisle and hung!

Terpersie Castle enjoys a peaceful situation, surrounded by open countryside and rolling hills. Alford, a former market town, in west Aberdeenshire is almost equidistant from the towns of Inverurie, Banchory and Huntly.

Alford is the main shopping centre and has a supermarket, library, transport museum, community centre, swimming pool, bowling green, and an 18-hole golf course. There is a primary school in Tullynessle with secondary education available at Alford.

This part of the north east of Scotland is famous for its outdoor pursuits, including excellent hill walking. Salmon fishing can be taken on the River Dee and Don and shooting can also be taken on nearby estates.

The castle is readily accessible to Aberdeen which provides all the ancillary leisure, recreational, shopping, entertainment and cultural facilities expected of the energy capital of Europe, with an airport situated to the north of the city which has an extensive range of domestic and international flights. Aberdeen benefits from an ever-expanding range of domestic and European flights. There are also regular inter-city services from the city's railway station.

Aberdeen provides considerable choice of educational facilities with a number of private schools including The Hamilton School, Robert Gordon's, St. Margaret's and Albyn School. The city also boasts two universities and several colleges for further education.

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26 October 2011

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