Orchardton Castle

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Orchardton Castle
Orchardton House with Hestan and Windfarm - geograph.org.uk - 1344421.jpg
Orchardton Castle viewed from the North West
Orchardton Castle is located in Dumfries and Galloway
Orchardton Castle
Orchardton Castle
Coordinates 54°51′33″N 3°51′15″W / 54.859222°N 3.854173°W / 54.859222; -3.854173

Orchardton Castle is a Scottish Baronial-style stone castle located in Auchencairn in Kirkcudbrightshire, Dumfries and Galloway in Southwest Scotland. It overlooks the Solway Firth, with views to Cumbria and Hestan Island.

History[edit]

The current castle was built by William Douglas Robinson-Douglas in the Scottish Baronial style in the 1880s, on the site of a small mansion dating from around 1769.

The 1769 house had been started by Sir Robert Maxwell, 7th Baronet of Orchardton, who married a MacLellan of MacLellan's Castle and used the roof timbers and stone from an earlier Orchardton Castle (now known as Orchardton Tower) to build a new house in a better location near the sea. However the work bankrupted him and in 1786 the estate came under the ownership of James Douglas, a Liverpool merchant, and eventually passed down into the hands of William Douglas Robinson-Douglas, who started to rebuild the present castle in 1878. [1]

In 1944 the castle was turned into a military hospital for wounded officers and into a hotel after the war. The property was sold in 1951 but remained in use as an hotel until 1960. Between 1960 and 1981, it was a school and thereafter used for residential courses and conferences and housing for artists. Sold again in 2003 to Susan DeVere[2], it was renovated over the next two years, including the installation of central heating and renewal of the electric wiring.

The owners fell prey to a con artist while trying to sell the castle in 2012 and spent the next three and a half years sorting everything out. The property remained on the market in 2016 for 2m pounds.

In late 2017, the owners offered the castle for sale in a lottery with £5 tickets. The drawing will take place on 18 May, 2018, with the winner to be given the castle plus £10,000.[3]

Castle[edit]

The castle has around 48 rooms, including 17 bedrooms and three flats, a cinema, libraries and an outside sauna.

There is a palm tree and many other rare tree and plant species in the garden and grounds, which stretch over 5 acres (2 hectares). The grounds are often visited by pheasants, deer and peacocks.

Sources[edit]

  • Paterson, George B L (1983). Orchardton House, Auchencairn, by Castle Douglas. University of Glasgow, Mackintosh School of Architecture: University of Glasgow.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Orchardton Tower, Castle and estate". The Douglas Archives. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Writer bought castle for just £450k, but..." Scottish Mail on Sunday. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  3. ^ https://winacastle.co.uk/