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Mary of Scots castle is on sale for £1.5 million

You could own a piece of history, Mary Queen of Scots castle to be exact.

The 500-year-old property, Cleish Castle is on sale for £1.5 million. When Mary was held prisoner at Lochleven Castle by protestant nobles, she managed to escape the island in May 1568 and fled to Cleish Castle.


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The eight bedroom castle is set on 26 acres including the oldest yew trees in Scotland from 1620 which are over 150 yards in length. The main house is around 500 years, spans over five storeys with a library ceiling by painter Jennifer Merredew and tartan-carpeted staircase.

The original owner was Archibald Meldrum ‘of Cleish’ in 1466 and continued to be part of the family until 1723. The home started as a single tower, until the early 17th century when the castle was enlarged.

From there the Grahams of Kinross bought the estate, it was then bought by the Young family until it was sold in a private sale in the 1950s.

Painted ceiling in library. Strutt & Parker

Painted ceiling in library. Strutt & Parker

The home has undergone extensive restoration inside and out including a woodland path, a vegetable garden and beech hedges. The current owners purchased the castle in 1993 and added a one storey south wing. Other highlights of the property include stables, a dovecote, pottery studio, wine cellar, and tennis court.

If outdoors are more your style, trout fishing, roe deer stalking, pheasant shooting and golf courses at St Andrews and Gleneagles are all nearby.

Cleish Castle has also won awards for its architecture. The Saltire was awarded to Cleish for reconstruction in 1973 and the European Architectural Heritage Year Restoration Award in 1975.

Strutt & Parker

Strutt & Parker

For sale by Strutt & Parker, the castle is “only 25 miles from Princes Street in Edinburgh” and “built on a slightly elevated site, the castle and the grounds have outstanding views across Kinross-shire with Loch Leven visible to the east and the Ochil Hills to the north” for the best views.

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