Careston Castle, Brechin, Angus, DD9 6RT | Property for sale | Savills
345 Ac(139.62 Ha)
Offers over £2,900,000

Careston CastleBrechin, Angus, DD9 6RT

  • Sold
  • Freehold

Key features

  • Sold in August 2022
  • Historical castle
  • Wonderful period features
  • 4 Reception Rooms
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • Sheltered gardens and attractive policy parkland
  • 3 estate cottages

Historical castle with a fascinating interior surrounded by wonderful policies.

About this property

  • At the heart of the estate lies Careston Castle, surrounded by glorious gardens, mature policy parkland and attractive amenity woodland. Approached directly off the A90 through a stone pillared entrance, the south drive is flanked on either side by paddocks and woodland enclosed by iron post and rail fencing and winds its way to an extensive gravel parking area in front of the castle. The drive continues around the castle to the rear and associated courtyard before linking into the back drive. Careston Castle is an impressive Category A Listed mansion house of significant architectural merit which stands proudly in its surroundings. Built of red sandstone with a slate roof the castle has many defining features including crow stepped gables, castellated turrets, pillared loggia and astragal windows. Internally, there are many fine features including timber panelled reception rooms, stone and timber flooring, beautiful stone fireplaces with intricate carved figures and surrounds. The detailed stonework is believed to be some of the finest in Scotland and it is thought to be based on the work of French designer Jacques du Cerceau.

    The privacy of Careston Castle is protected and enhanced by the many mature trees which surround the house and in particular a significant woodland plantation lying either side of the long south drive which provides shelter and absorbs road noise when there is a south wind. Careston Castle is a much cherished and comfortable family home behind its grand exterior.

    To the north of the castle there is a range of very attractive traditional outbuildings which encompass former stables, stores and garden stores. These buildings now provide storage for garden machinery, workshops and garaging for four cars.

    Garden and Grounds
    Extensive areas of lawn surround the castle to the west and south. The formal gardens lie to the east of the castle and form two distinct sheltered halves: an extensive area of lawn enclosed in part by a high beech hedge with rose cages directly accessed from the paved terrace which lies below a sloping herbaceous border with box edging and is an ideal spot for al fresco dining; and a productive flower and vegetable garden. Stretching the full length of the back garden wall is a broad herbaceous border producing cut flowers and foliage from early spring to late autumn. Positioned in the centre of this garden is a greenhouse which dates from 1947 when it was gifted, as a wedding present, to Col. and Mrs W J Adamson. Adjoining the greenhouse there is an extensive netted fruit and vegetable cage. On the edge of the garden area there is an enclosed all weather tennis court. The south lawn, directly to the front of the castle, is ideal for a marquee and a stone's throw from the local parish church of Careston which lies a short distance away to the north.

    The original walled garden, which remains largely intact, lies to the southwest of castle and offers fantastic potential to be overhauled and used as intended.

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Local information

  • The estate of Careston lies 5 miles to the southwest of Brechin with its 13th century cathedral in the county of Angus near the east coast of Scotland. Angus has a rich and varied landscape encompassing heather clad rolling hills and glens; rich fertile soils on the Vale of Strathmore; and a vibrant coastline between Dundee and Montrose which boasts a mix of links golf courses, shallow bays, dramatic cliffs and tidal basins rich in birdlife.
  • Careston is easily and readily accessed with excellent communication links by road, rail and air. The A90 dual carriageway provides quick and easy access south to Dundee (23 miles) and beyond to Perth (44 miles) where it joins Scotland's motorway network, and north to Aberdeen (43 miles).
  • Aberdeen and Edinburgh airports (46 and 81 miles respectively) both provide a wide range of domestic, European and international flights with the former now being reached via the new city bypass greatly reducing drive time. Dundee Airport has a daily service during the working week to London City Airport.
  • There are three direct train services daily to London (King's Cross) from Montrose (13 miles), with a fastest scheduled journey time of 6 hours and 16 minutes, in addition to joining the Caledonian sleeper service at Edinburgh Waverley six days a week, Sunday to Friday.
  • Locally, the towns of Brechin and Forfar (8 miles) provide everyday facilities including supermarket shopping, banking, medical centres, primary and secondary schooling. The city of Dundee, which has developed as a 'tech hub', provides a wider range of shops and professional services together with an array of cultural services including the recently opened V&A Museum on the regenerated waterfront.
  • The city is also home to the universities of Dundee and Abertay, and is an established centre of excellence in education and life sciences. Private schooling in the area includes Lathallan at Johnshaven (21 miles), Dundee High School, and in Aberdeen: Robert Gordon's, The Albyn, St Margaret's (girls) and the International School; all within daily commuting distance.
  • The area boasts numerous recreational activities including many fine golf courses, both links and parkland play. Locally there are challenging 18 hole courses at Edzell, Brechin and Montrose, whilst to the south lie Carnoustie and St Andrews, both of which have both hosted The Open, the latter being globally recognised as 'the home of golf'. In addition to the estate's own resources, salmon fishing can be taken on the Rivers North and South Esk as well as on the River Tay to the south and River Dee to the north whilst driven grouse shooting can be enjoyed in the nearby Angus Glens, which also provide fantastic hill walking. The Grampian and Cairngorm Mountains to the north offer more challenging slopes and the opportunity to ski in winter when conditions allow.
  • The local area is well supplied by agricultural merchants, machinery dealers and grain merchants and includes an excellent weekly livestock market in Forfar.

Additional information

  • Estate Cottages
  • Castle Cottage lies immediately behind the castle and is accessed from the north (back) drive which continues past banks of rhododendrons to the minor public road which runs in part around the perimeter of the estate. Over two storeys the accommodation comprises a sitting room, kitchen, utility room, two bedrooms and a bathroom. Surrounding the cottage is an enclosed garden, parking and useful outbuildings. East & West Docote Cottages are a pair of semi-detached single storey cottages situated off the back drive. The accommodation in each includes a sitting room, kitchen and a bathroom. West Docote has four bedrooms and East Docote has three. To the front of the cottages there are well maintained gardens and ample space for parking.
  • Land
  • The land within Lot 1 is located around the castle and provides a mix of parkland policies, woodland and arable land. In total, the land extends to about 345 acres of which 143 acres are arable comprising three large arable fields to the northwest of the castle and three smaller arable fields off the back drive. The remainder comprises 29 acres of pasture and 137 acres of mixed woodland.
  • EPC Rating: D
  • Tenure: Freehold
  • Council Tax Band: TBC