10 bedroom detached house for saleEthie Castle, Inverkeilor, By Arbroath, Angus, DD11
- Home Report £1.7 million
- Magnificent 14th century castle
- Retaining many fine features
- Walled garden & tennis court
- Close to Lunan Bay
- EPC Rating = F
Magnificent castle dating from 14th century
Ethie Castle is most attractively situated, about ½ mile from the Angus coast and about 1½ miles south of Lunan Bay, which is a renowned and award winning beach. The castle sits within its own policies, and is surrounded by farmland. The garden and courtyard walls, together with the wooded grounds which have been supplemented by more recent plantings, ensure that the castle enjoys privacy as well as having an attractive setting.
This part of the Angus coastline is mainly red sandstone with notable cliffs, rock features and sandy bays. As well as Lunan Bay, popular beaches are found at Montrose and St Cyrus. There is an attractive coastal walk from Lunan Bay to Arbroath via Auchmithie. Fishing has long been associated with the area, especially in Arbroath, famous for its "smokies", Auchmithie and Usan. Salmon were netted at Lunan Bay and at other fishing stations along the coast. The surrounding countryside is rolling fertile farmland and there are Nature Reserves at Montrose Basin and St Cyrus. Salmon and sea trout fishing is available on the North and South Esks. There are golf courses at Montrose and Arbroath with the championship course at Carnoustie within easy driving distance. Gleneagles and St Andrews are also easily reached.
The nearby village of Inverkeilor provides primary schooling and Gordon's is a well known and award winning restaurant. Private schooling is found at Lathallan (Johnshaven) or the High School of Dundee, together with Robert Gordon's College, the Albyn and St Margaret's School for Girls in Aberdeen, with children travelling daily by train from Montrose and Arbroath. Other private schools include St Leonards in St Andrews, Glenalmond and Strathallan.
The much improved A92 links Dundee with Arbroath and on to Montrose and Stonehaven. The A90 provides access to Aberdeen and from Dundee links to Perth, Edinburgh and the south. Dundee and Aberdeen provide all the services expected of major centres. There are train stations at Montrose and Arbroath with regular services to Aberdeen and to the south, including a sleeper. Aberdeen Airport has a range of domestic and European flights and there are services from Dundee to London Stansted. Edinburgh Airport is also easily reached.
Ethie Castle is a most imposing and historic castle. In recent years the castle has been carefully restored. It has evolved over the centuries from its ancient beginnings and, with its wings and towers, forms a magnificent residence of great character. Its association with Cardinal Beaton is still evident as the castle includes a small chapel and the Cardinal's Sitting Room, with its secret staircase to the Great Hall above. Architecturally the castle contains many fine features including four turnpike staircases, a balustraded tower, turrets and crow stepped gables. The barrel vaulted rooms, together with panelled rooms, decorative plaster work, fireplaces and window shutters all provide an insight into the history associated with the castle.
The principal rooms at Ethie provide grandeur and elegance, whilst the everyday living quarters are comfortable and manageable. The accommodation is arranged over three principal floors.
Within the last 12 years considerable improvements have been made, both within the castle and outside. The kitchen was refurbished in 2011 along with two bathrooms in the last eight years. The windows have been refurbished and the roof has been insulated and the house has been redecorated and carpeted. The castle has two kitchens. The vaulted kitchen, next to the dining room was completely re-fitted and refurbished in 2013/14 as was the master bedroom's en suite bathroom. Outside, the improvements are even more noticeable. The magnificent walled garden has been restored and the greenhouse refurbished. A further garden or parterre has been created next to the house, linked through new gates to the walled garden. Further landscaping has included the creation of a walk around the pond, paddocks have been re-fenced and a lime avenue, hedges and new woodland have been planted.
The shared private driveway leads past the north of the property and continues to gates to the courtyard to the side. From the driveway a gravel drive leads to the front door, to the west of the house.
Square Footage: 15,091 sq ft
Acreage: 13.9 Acres
If coming from the south take the A92 coast road from Dundee to Arbroath. At the roundabout on leaving Arbroath turn right signposted Seaton and Auchmithie. At the T junction turn left signposted Auchmithie and Lunan. After 3.1 miles and at the left hand bend continue straight ahead and through stone gate piers (signposted Ethie Barns and Ethie Castle). Continue up the tarred road and the castle will be seen on the right hand side after 0.6 miles.
Alternatively, if coming from the north on the A92 turn off some 9 miles south of Montrose into Inverkeilor. In Inverkeilor, opposite Gordon's Restaurant, turn onto Station Road. Proceed out of the village and after 0.8 miles turn right signposted Ethie and then turn immediately left again, signposted Ethie. Continue on this road for 1.4 miles and at a right hand corner the stone gate piers will be seen on the left. Proceed as above.
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