A house on the banks of Loch Lomond which comes with a 16th century ruined castle is up for sale.
An eight-bedroom sandstone town house, built in Arts and Craft style popular in Victorian times, is part of the Bannachra Estate, near Arden, West Dunbartonshire.
The luxurious home is set in 94.7-acre grounds, which include a castle that dates back to the 16th century and waterfalls as well as a bluebell wood.
The castle – recognised as a medieval tower house – would have measured three storeys in its prime and looks out over the loch.
Its grounds include extensive gardens, a pond, a cottage, outbuildings in ‘various states of repair’, a river with fishing rights and woodland which blooms with bluebells in spring.
The grand house, which has six bathrooms, has a butler’s pantry and a five-oven aga, and a new living room is being built with oak from the woodlands.
The cottage is two-bedrooms and, if planning permission was granted, could be used as staff or guest accommodation.
Jennifer Campbell, head of estate agency in Baird Lumsden DM Hall, said: “Properties of this nature – in which all the component parts meld naturally into a perfect whole – are, frankly, as rare as hen’s teeth in a rural market which has seen demand for estates soar, and Bannachra is bound to spark intense interest, not only domestically but internationally.
“Set in Scotland’s first national park, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, the estate is surrounded by some of the most attractive countryside in the UK, with lochs, mountains, waterfalls, grand Victorian architecture and innumerable outdoor pursuits.
“Nature has taken a hand in Bannachra’s embellishment, with snowdrops and daffodils in the early spring, bright rhododendrons and azaleas as the year wears on, the delicacy of wild orchids and the particular pleasure of bluebell woods.
“Formal gardens counterpoint the majesty of the wild land.”
The property is being sold by Baird Lumsden, the specialist rural property arm of DM Hall Chartered Surveyors.
Price is available on application.
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