If there’s one thing the folks across the pond do well, it’s castles. But this one is a real humdinger: Seton Castle, which is touted as Mary Queen of Scots’ preferred retreat, is an immaculate Renaissance structure designed by starchitect Robert Adam and it has just hit the market for $9.7 million.
Situated in East Lothian, Scotland, the fully restored castle was built in 1789 and has enjoyed over 200 years of aristocratic occupancy hence its near-perfect condition. The estate boasts 13.5 acres of private gardens and fervent parkland—where the Queen herself used to golf—and an expansive 18,196-square-foot castle complete with seven bedrooms which are fit for royals, of course. If you need more space, there are also two separate, self-contained cottages—The Darnley and The Bothwell—each with a living room, kitchen, bathroom and three bedrooms, which brings the total bedroom count to 13.
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The façade features all the grandiose elements one would expect from an old Scottish castle—think dramatic arches, old-timey turrets, expansive windows and ancient bricks—but the interior is decidedly luxurious and caters to contemporary needs (and some wants). Seton Castle has a state-of-the-art gym, a huge AGA kitchen with a dumbwaiter and 10,000-bottle wine cellar, a silk-lined dining room, extensive billiard room, a cinema, helipad, stables, full security system and even its own private tavern that has been finished to look like a traditional Scottish pub.
Best of all, the historic touches are still rife within the structure: Expect hidden doors and secret passages—one turret spiral staircase leads to a romantic double bedroom with an en-suite skylight for stargazing. There are also plush jacquard velvets, silk wall hangings, Scottish wools and cashmere, adding both elegance and warmth. (Not warm enough? There’s a stately fireplace that’s worth more than the average two-bedroom flat.)
Something of a capsule, Seton Castle was in the same family—the noble Wemyss family—for more than two centuries. It was sold in 2003 to a developer who updated the property and put it back on the market. Then, entrepreneur Stephen Leach snapped it up in 2007 for a reported £5 million ($6.07 million) and 12 years later, he has listed the stately manor with Savills for $9.7 million.
“We’re spending less and less time there,” Leach told Bloomberg. “It’s time to move on.” Or in—if it was up to us.
Check out more photos of Seton Castle below: