Historical castle with a fascinating interior surrounded by wonderful policies.
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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