Ruined castle with restoration potential
Piteadie Castle is believed to originate from the late 15th century. It was partially rebuilt in the 17th century with the addition of a stair tower. It is now ruinous.
There is a wall with an arched gateway and a pediment carved with a coat of arms. There is a single storey outbuilding (gatehouse) to the side, also in a ruined state.
The castle was featured in Nigel Tranter's novel about James II of Scotland and his protector Alexander Lyon.
Adjacent to the castle is a disused tennis court with a stone-built pavilion. There is a polytunnel and a chicken coop in the garden. There is also a former kitchen garden with the remains of a greenhouse and a potting shed. There is an orchard containing around 30 fruit trees to the east of the castle. The grounds of the castle extend to about 3.8 acres.
Historic Environment Scotland
Historic Environment Scotland advise that any proposals to renovate or refurbish the castle including for use as a residential dwelling should seek to preserve the cultural significance and special interest of the castle, and that any work should be sensitive and safeguard the continued importance of the building for the future.
In reviewing options for the castle's future, restoration so that it could be used as a dwelling could be viewed as an opportunity to ensure its long-term preservation. It might also be worth considering whether there is potential for development within the remains of the later building attached to the northeast elevation which is not scheduled:
Although obviously it would be likely that the castle would also need some consolidation to make it safe.
Piteadie Castle is a Scheduled Monument.
A right of access to the castle will granted up the main drive and along the edge of the field to the east of Piteadie House.
A private water supply via a borehole and mains electricity will be made available.
Photographs and Sketches
Photographs taken July 2020
Brochure Code 201013
The Castle sketches are illustrative only. They have been provided by John Sanders of Simpson & Brown as a concept for a client. Planning permission has not been applied for.
John Sanders, Partner, Simpson & Brown
The Old Printworks, 77a Brunswick Street, Edinburgh, EH7 5HS
0131 555 4678
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