Thursday, February 29, 2024

A cut-price castle

Carbisdale Castle offered for a knock-down price of just £21.70 per square foot


We featured Carbisdale Castle when it was offered to the market for £1.2 million in August 2014 and now after an aborted sale, its price has been slashed to just £900,000.


A cut-price castle – Carbisdale Castle, Ardgay, Sutherland, Scotland, IV24 3DP
A cut-price castle – Carbisdale Castle, Ardgay, Sutherland, Scotland, IV24 3DP
A cut-price castle – Carbisdale Castle, Ardgay, Sutherland, Scotland, IV24 3DP
The castle features grand reception spaces and vast amounts of accommodation


Featuring 41,433 square foot of accommodation and 40 bedrooms, the last castle to be built in Scotland was constructed between 1906 and 1917 for the Dowager Duchess of Sutherland. It was loaned to King Haakon VII and Crown Prince Olav of Norway during the Second World War by its then owner, a Norweigan whaling tycoon named Colonel Theodore Salvesen, and then gift to the Scottish Youth Hostel Association in 1944.


After suffering extensive water damage in 2010, £2 million was spent on repairs to the B-listed building but given yet more money was required a decision was made to sell the building. A buyer stepped forward with plans for a £6.5 million investment to create luxury hotel with a Michelin starred restaurant and an agreement was made to purchase an additional 100 acres to add to the existing 16 acre plot, but this fell through.


Of the castle, selling agent Harry Maitland of Savills told the Mail Online:


“Carbisdale is a magical property, rich in history. It will either make an incredible trophy home for a buyer from Scotland or much further afield, who is keen to restore the interior to its former glory”.


“While significant refurbishment works have been carried out on the fabric of the property, there is also incredible potential to repurpose this fairytale castle as a hotel”.



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    1. Another one for the wrecking ball!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Write about some decent modern houses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This place is nothing but a white elephant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2. Bloody magnificent, I’ll take it.
      That’s an absolute steal at that price, how much land goes with this?
      So much history in these buildings, and it all get’s slowly eroded way as time goes by.

      • His wrecking ball is frankly nothing but tasteless. The building is indeed a white elephant and suitable only for a hotel or conversion to apartments but it has historic merit. We do also feature modern homes and I cannot fathom why Rod keeps on going on about how we don’t.

    3. Trust Barbarian Rod to want to trash a beautiful listed building and pay the fine. Planning consent is probably not available in the options either. He sounds like the Donald Trump of Matthews pages or is that too much of a compliment ? I’d feel like keeping him out of our lovely country as well.

    4. It isn’t exactly in the Cotswolds or on the Cheshire plain, but if the roof is sound and you are full of bright ideas; here’s your chance

      And the fact that the Dowager Duchess wouldn’t give her family the time of day ( see Savill’s write up ) makes for amusing possibilities

      Like renting out for the current style of fantasy movies etc.


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