Instead of needing to arrange a raiding party to storm my old family castle I could now just step up and buy it!
From The Courier
“A HISTORIC west Fife castle has gone on the market.
Once home to flamboyant Conservative MP Sir Nicholas Fairbairn, Fordell Castle comes with a price tag of over Â£3.5 millionâ€”and its own title.
The fully restored 16th century castle is the ancestral home of the Hendersons of Fordell, who were given the lands of Fordell by King James IV in 1511.
It comes with the title of the Barony of Fordell.
Also included in the sale is the restored 17th century St Theriotâ€™s Chapel and crypt, a garden cottage, and 210 acres of landscaped gardens and wooded grounds.
John Coleman of selling agent Knight Frank said, â€œProperties of this type, this well restored, and with access to Edinburgh, Edinburgh airport, and the central motorway network, come on to the market very rarely.
â€œThe castleâ€™s owners have also taken an active and sympathetic interest in restoration of the main property and the chapel, and in the upkeep of the grounds and gardens which are all in a superb state.â€
The property has an entrance hall and vaulted kitchen on the lower ground floor. There is a great hall with a beamed ceiling, secret staircase and engraving depicting the death of the last witch in Scotland, and dining room on the principal floor.
The first floor includes the Lairdâ€™s study and master bedroom with views to the Forth while the second floor houses a Mary Queen of Scots room and French bedroom.
Viewing is by appointment with the selling agents, Knight Frank or Savills.”
Now all I have to do is talk to my bosses to arrange a small raise to cover the mortgage!