Orchardton Castle

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Orchardton House with Hestan and Windfarm - geograph.org.uk - 1344421.jpg
Orchardton viewed from the North West
Orchardton is located in Dumfries and Galloway
Coordinates54°51′33″N 3°51′15″W / 54.859222°N 3.854173°W / 54.859222; -3.854173

Orchardton is a Scottish Baronial-style mansion located in Auchencairn in the historical county of Kirkcudbrightshire in Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland. It overlooks the Solway Firth, with views to Cumbria and Hestan Island.


The present house 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 nearby 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 house in 1878. [1]

In 1944 it became 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 property 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 property for sale in a lottery with £5 tickets [3]. However, not enough tickets were sold and a cash prise was offered as an alternative, leading to legal action against the owners [4]


There are 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.


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


  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/
  4. ^ https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-47953542