Castles are not usually on a price par with houses, even at the higher end of the market, but for those who put a premium on history and character and would happily relinquish a bi-fold door for a studded solid oak one, Blairlogie Castle near Stirling is for sale at the same price point as many newly built, five-bedroomed detached villas.  

This unique opportunity to buy an A-listed, five-bedroomed castle also includes over two acres of south-facing terraced gardens, woodland and burn, views over the Forth Valley, former stables, linked one-bedroomed cottage, outbuildings, and is in a central and very accessible location.

The Herald: The 22ft library has a ceiling made of ship’s timbersThe 22ft library has a ceiling made of ship’s timbers (Image: Savills)

The oldest part of the castle dates to around 1543, with an east wing added in 1582 and a later extension to the rear in 1892. And yet the whole property presents as a picturesque, stone-built home of comparatively modest proportions, with crowstepped gables, corner turrets – and an elevated setting above the conservation village of Blairlogie at the foot of Dumyat in the Ochil Hills.

Inside, while retaining many original features, the property offers comfortable accommodation and a layout commensurate with modern family lifestyles.

The Herald:

The main ground floor has a vaulted hallway and wine cellar off to the side, sitting room with arched 16th century stone fireplace housing a solid fuel stove and aumbry (cupboard) recess, while the adjoining dining kitchen has a four-oven gas AGA, wooden units, and a Belfast sink. Beyond the kitchen is a utility room and cloakroom.

Upstairs, off a wood-panelled hallway, is a 20ft drawing room (with decorative panelled ceiling, stone fireplace, and 16th century oak aumbry), dining room, pantry, and a studded door fronting spiral stairs up to the library. There are also two bedrooms and two bathrooms on this floor.

The Herald:

At the top of the house, the second floor showcases a 22ft library with a ceiling made of ship’s timbers, plus three further bedrooms and a bathroom (one of the bedrooms currently a study), while off the back stair is a loft bedroom.

Outside, linked to the house by a crowstepped stone archway, the cottage provides an open plan living room with solid fuel stove, fitted kitchen area, shower room (with sauna), and a mezzanine bedroom. The former stable block provides useful ancillary accommodation and incorporates two garages underneath.

The Herald:

The castle occupies south facing gardens laid out in terraces and protected by mature trees. As well as displaying many unusual plants, the gardens incorporate a level garden with a central sundial, lawn, stone summerhouse, vegetable garden with fruit cages, small orchard (apple and plum trees), large greenhouse, barbecue area, and a woodland featuring azalea, rhododendrons, burn and waterfall.

The Herald: The castle includes two acres of south-facing terraced gardens, protected by mature treesThe castle includes two acres of south-facing terraced gardens, protected by mature trees (Image: Savills)

Blairlogie Castle is on the market at offers over £1.45 million with Savills, Edinburgh.