Dundarg Castle, New Aberdour, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, AB43 6HP | Property for sale | Savills
163 sq m(1,754.52 sq ft)
Offers over £675,000

Dundarg CastleNew Aberdour, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, AB43 6HP

  • Under offer

Key features

  • Built on the grounds of a medieval ruined fortress, much of which is still visible
  • Designed by Air Vice Marshall DV Carnegie in the early 1930's
  • Dundarg appeared in the first series of the Netflix drama ‘The Crown'
  • Two stunning shingle beaches
  • About 15 acres
  • 4 bedrooms and a tower room
  • Lower basement and loft space suitable for potential conversion to create additional living space with necessary consents and permissions

A striking, totally original property in a spectacular coastal location.

About this property

  • Dundarg is believed to date back to Roman times and is thought to be one of only two places in the north of Scotland where the Romans landed. In the 13th century, the Comyns built a castle here which was dominated by Robert the Bruce in 1308, before finally being destroyed after a famous siege in 1334 by the Regent, Sir Andrew Moray, leaving only the ruins that can still be seen today.

    The grounds have been subject to several archaeological digs which have been documented in a book. The present house was constructed in 1937 on the site of the old castle at the south wall immediately adjoining the old moat. The stonework used for the building was salvaged from the former New Aberdour United Free Church by Air Vice Marshall DV Carnegie who oversaw the construction of the Dundarg castle we see today. Drawn to the area by the sea, the views and the wildlife, Dundarg still carries Carnegie's legacy today through references to the RAF where he served with distinction such as the stained glass window seen from the staircase.

    In more recent times, Dundarg has taken on part of the London skyline with the addition of five chimney pots that originated from St Pancras Station. More recently it featured in the Netflix series "The Crown."

    Dundarg was built in 1937, yet the ambience is very much that of a centuries-old castle, thanks to sympathetic design and the use of authentic materials. The building is L shaped with small windows and a corner tower block with battlements and impressive granite surround to the main entrance. Floors are a combination of wood and flagstones. Other features include decorative oak wood panelling, some exposed stonework walls, exposed beamed ceilings, Gothic-style doors and window frames along with superb fireplaces. All internal woodwork has been salvaged from churches or old mansion houses and been restored to its original condition. Large imposing storm doors open into the reception hallway, which sets the tone for the character of the property. An arched doorway leads to the inner hall with an aspect to the moat side. A wonderful formal reception room is the drawing room/dining room with outstanding sea views and a magnificent carved fireplace. The dining kitchen is fitted with base and wall cabinets with contrasting worksurfaces, tiled above. There is a gas oven and hob along with a cooker hood. This room also captures views towards the sea and the ruins. Additional storage is provided with an understair cupboard. For every day domestic tasks is a utility room with plumbing for a washing machine and space for a dryer and refrigerator. Ascending to the first floor is an oak turned staircase, dominated by a beautiful stained glass window. Two of the bedrooms enjoy breathtaking outlooks over the sea. The most compact and charming is bedroom 4 at a mezzanine level and although smaller in size it is still big on views. From the first floor landing is the principal bedroom. This room is particularly generous in size and enjoys the most stunning aspect of all. There are large triple wardrobes and another detailed fireplace. Bedroom two has an aspect over the moat side. Bedroom three is an enchanting tower room with fireplace and stair access to the upper tower room. The bedrooms are serviced by a shower room with an over sized shower compartment housing a mains shower and finished with aqua panel boards. Adjacent is a cloakroom with WC and wash basin with aqua panel boards to dado height.

    A private driveway leads to a parking and turning area for vehicles. The magical setting comprises around 15 acres which include the immediate grounds that are mostly laid in lawn to the cliff edges. A path can be walked to the peninsular of the original ruin and flanked on either side is a wonderful shingle beach. There is an established patio area with stone seating area on the eastern side of the property.

    The garage is stone built with power and light that is adjoined to the house by an arch with a bell.

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"A quite extraordinary property in so many ways, it's not surprising Dundarg has featured as a dramatic TV backdrop"

Fiona GormleyProperty agent

Local information

  • Dundarg is situated on the rugged coastline about seven miles west of Fraserburgh and lies between the villages of New Aberdour and Rosehearty on the old coast road. Fraserburgh, renowned for its fishing heritage, is the largest shellfish port in Scotland, and one of the biggest in Europe. It retains the ambience of a traditional seaside town, with the Scottish Lighthouse Museum and Fraserburgh Heritage society. For the outdoor enthusiast, beautiful golden beaches provide superb coastal walks, as well as opportunities for watersports. Fraserburgh beach is close to the town centre, while the nearby Waters of Philorth beach is within a local nature reserve. Fraserburgh Golf Club is the fifth oldest club in Scotland and the seventh oldest in the world, having been founded in 1777. Both primary and secondary schooling is available within the town.
  • Aberdeen lies some (40 miles) to the south, with the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route providing improved travel in and around Aberdeen and a quicker and more direct route south to Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh. The international airport offers regular flights to London and other UK and European cities. There are regular train services from Aberdeen, including a sleeper to King's Cross, London. Aberdeen provides all the services of a major city, including business, leisure and health facilities, theatres and cinemas, restaurants and a wide range of shopping. There is private schooling including Robert Gordon's School, St Margaret's, and Albyn School as well as the International School at Pitfodels. There are two universities and two colleges of further education.

Additional information

  • Viewings: Strictly by appointment with Savills 01224 971 110
  • Services: Mains electricity. Private water. Private drainage. LPG central heating. Remote activated CCTV system.
  • Miscellaneous : The property is reached by a private road approximately 400 yards in length.
  • Fixtures & Fittings: Standard fixtures and fittings are included in the sale.
  • Servitude rights, burdens and wayleaves: The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all servitude rights, burdens, reservations and wayleaves, including rights of access and rights of way, whether public or private, light, support, drainage, water and wayleaves for masts, pylons, stays, cable, drains and water, gas and other pipes, whether contained in the Title Deeds or informally constituted and whether referred to in the General Remarks and Stipulations or not. The Purchaser(s) will be held to have satisfied himself as to the nature of all such servitude rights and others.
  • Possession: Vacant possession and entry will be given on completion.
  • Offers: Offers, in Scottish legal form, must be submitted by your solicitor to the Selling Agents. It is intended to set a closing date but the seller reserves the right to negotiate a sale with a single party. All genuinely interested parties are advised to instruct their solicitor to note their interest with the Selling Agents immediately after inspection.
  • Deposit: A deposit of 10% of the purchase price may be required. It will be paid within 7 days of the conclusion of Missives. The deposit will be non-returnable in the event of the Purchaser(s) failing to complete the sale for reasons not attributable to the Seller or his agents.
  • EPC Rating: F
  • Tenure: Freehold
  • Council Tax Band: G