A spectacular setting
The Dunimarle Castle you see today is an imposing building made up of a small 18th-century mansion house which was incorporated into a castellated villa.
Grand architectural features were added including a three-storey wing on the east side, with mullioned and transomed windows and crenellated parapet, providing exceptional views.
The Castle was built to take advantage of this defensive, coastal site. The small 18th century mansion house ‘Castlehill’ was built further east to exploit the site's picturesque qualities.
The Blaw family owned the estate from the 16th century until 1830, when it was sold to Lady Margaret Keith of Tulliallan.
Shortly afterwards the small mansion was incorporated into a grander, castle-like villa for Magdalene Sharpe Erskine (1787-1872), sister and heir to local nobleman Sir John Drummond Erskine of Torrie (1776-1836).
Steeped in history
An orangery – a very large conservatory – was added where hothouse flowers and fruits could be grown. A castellated gateway with monumental iron gates, a castellated garden gate, drum tower, screen wall and an extensive raised terrace enclosing the forecourt were all added. Extensive garden grounds were also laid out and St. Serfs Chapel was built in 1871.
The castle was unoccupied for nearly 40 years so substantial repairs and refurbishment were needed by its present owners. However many of the original architectural features remain including heraldic panels, painted Chinese wallpaper, fireplaces and cherub and animal corbels.
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