0.23 Ac(0.09 Ha)
Offers over £130,000(€147,378)

Knockhall CastleNewburgh, Aberdeenshire, AB41 6AD

    Key features

    • Opportunity to restore a castle
    • Great historic interest
    • Coastal setting
    • Close to Trump International Golf Course
    • Residential potential
    • Commercial potential

    A beautiful site, with a long, illustrious history.

    About this property

    • The following details have been documented by Historic Scotland:
      Knockhall Castle, in the parish of Foveran, is situated near the mouth of the river Ythan and was probably built in 1565 as an L plan towerhouse of three stories and an attic with a projecting staircase tower on its northside. The tower does not have a parapet and the gables have skews rather than crowsteps. To the south of the castle there was an enclosed courtyard, but all that now remains of this is a fragmentary round tower at the south east angle of the enclosure which incorporated a dovecot on its upper level. The tower has undergone significant alteration, probably in the second quarter of the 17th century.

      The tower is lit by large rectangular windows in the south and east walls. These are arranged more or less symmetrically and their raised margins suggest they are insertions dating to the mid 17th century. The earlier windows which have survived have a typical roll moulding of mid 16th century type, and some appear to have had gunloops in their sills. The basement is pierced by a number of wide-mouthed gunloops but also has some fairly large windows which have the raised margins of the 17th century windows.

      The entrance is in the re-entrant angle and the lintel of the door is inscribed with the date 1565. Above this are two empty heraldic panels and at eaves level there is a projecting stone shelf which appears to have been intended to shed water away from the entrance doorway. The doorway gives access to a corridor running the length of the building and leads to the main stair. Entered off the corridor, on the left, is the kitchen, complete with fireplace, sink and drain. The main block contains a large cellar also with a sink and drain. Both spaces are vaulted although that over the kitchen has collapsed.

      The circular stair is comfortably wide and provides access both to the principal upper floors in the main block and to those in the wing. It may be an addition, but if so the original access arrangements are unclear. The main block of the tower contained the hall and again there is evidence that this space was significantly re-ordered when the large windows were inserted. The second floor of the main block was divided into two, each chamber supplied with a latrine and fireplace. The attic floor was reached by a small internal staircase, with the space above the main stair being a small room with a fireplace.

      The tower is externally complete and in an example such as this there is often sufficient evidence for a tower to be restored for modern occupation without detracting from its historic significance. The planning of this tower, with a large stair serving the two wings, and with ample light through the large rectangular windows, would also make its adaptive re-use possible. It should be noted that there is significant potential for associated archaeology surrounding the tower. In schemes of adaptive re-use, archaeology is an important issue to be addressed.

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    The castle and site at Knockhall have been responsibly stabilised by the current owner, who is something of an expert on the restoration of ancient buildings; it now just remains for the right buyer to become inspired to create an amazing home and/or business.

    Fiona GormleyProperty agent

    Local information

    • Newburgh is a popular and picturesque, sheltered coastal village, ideally situated for easy commuting to Bridge of Don, Aberdeen and Dyce as well as Aberdeen International Airport which is a mere 15 miles away and offers daily services to London, Europe and various other destinations. The area is well served by local recreational facilities including an 18 hole golf course, salmon and sea trout fishing on the River Ythan, coastal walks and the famous Forvie Sands, a designated nature conservation area (NNR – National Nature Reserve) with long sandy beaches and large colonies of seals, Eider duck, Arctic terns and many other species. Primary and nursery schooling is provided at the highly regarded Newburgh Mathers School which is located in the village, while a modern Academy is available for secondary school education in Ellon. Newburgh also contains a church, a hotel, convenience stores and offers a regular fast track bus service to Aberdeen, Peterhead, Dyce and Ellon, the latter of which is only 5 miles away and offers additional amenities.

    Additional information

    • Directions: Leaving Aberdeen, take the Ellon Road towards the A90. Shortly after passing Trump International Golf Club take the right turn onto the A975 and continue to follow the road through Newburgh. After passing through the main street of Newburgh take the left turn into Knockhall Road. Turn left at the first junction, continue to follow this road around where you will see a cottage on the right hand side and turn into the track leading to Knockhall Castle.
    • EPC Exempt