Bardowie Castle Just for Gordon
Posted 22 November 2005 - 06:32 AM
Posted 22 November 2005 - 07:46 AM
Bardowie, By Milngavie, Glasgow
Milngavie 3km (2 miles), Glasgow 11 km (7 miles)
'A' Listed Castle with Georgian addition restored and refurbished to the highest standard to create an outstanding home in a prime location.
Ground Floor: Hall, cloakroom, library, kitchen / living room, scullery, utility room. Vaulted dining room.
First Floor: Drawing room, master bedroom with en suite bathroom, dressing room and shower room. Bedroom 2 with en suite shower room. Sauna. Vaulted gymnasium.
Second Floor: 3 bedrooms with en suite, 1 further bedroom. Original Great Hall.
Integral Flat : Living room, kitchenette, shower room, bedroom.
Ground Floor: Living room, kitchenette, bathroom, bedroom.
First Floor: Bedroom with en suite shower room.
Ground Floor: Log store, kennel, generator room, double garage, garden store, 2 workshops.
First Floor: Study, games/home cinema room. WC and utility area.
Extensive wooded grounds along the edge of Bardowie Loch. Boating, shooting and fishing rights.
Garden and tennis court.
About 3.6 ha (9 acres) in all.
Strictly by appointment with FPDSavills - 0141 222 5875. Prior to making an appointment to view, FPDSavills strongly recommend that you discuss any particular points with a member of FPDSavills' staff who has seen the property in order that you do not make a wasted journey.
From Glasgow take the A879 north towards Milngavie. Turn right onto the A807 signposted to Kirkintilloch and Kilsyth. Bardowie Loch is on the left hand side of this road with the castle on the far side. Take the first turning on the left beyond the loch. The gate lodge and long tree lined drive to the castle are on the left hand side.
Bardowie Castle has a lovely situation on the edge of Bardowie Loch in the rolling countryside just to the north of Glasgow. The castle is set in private wooded grounds in an exclusive estate shared with four other dwellings. It has a large garden fronting the loch which give the property privacy and amenity. The Campsie Fells form a rugged and attractive backdrop.
The area is much sought after due to its easy proximity to Glasgow city centre. The city centre is only (11km (7 miles)) away and many business people who work in the city live in the area and in nearby Milngavie. Milngavie (3 km (2 miles)) is a thriving town which provides a good range of shops, professional services and schools. It also has a commuter railway station from the town to central Glasgow. All the universities, colleges, recreational and cultural facilities of the city are therefore within easy reach. Glasgow airport is 25km (16 miles).
As well as being accessible to the Glasgow, Bardowie Castle is well placed for access to Stirling and Edinburgh which are both reached via the A803 and M80 without going through the city centre.
The property is also well placed for access to the countryside. Loch Lomond is only 24 km (15 miles) to the north and provides a full range of watersports. There is hill walking and climbing in the highland mountains just beyond with skiing at Glencoe. There are golf courses at Mugdock and Loch Lomond. The Loch Lomond Tournament is one of the most important events in the European Callender and attracts many of the world's top players.
The Castle was originally in the ownership of the once great Stirlingshire family of Galbraith, whose principal seats in the neighbourhood were Craigmaddie Castle in Baldernock and Gartconnel Castle in Kilpatrick. Both of these are now barely visible with only a few foundation stones apparent. The Galbraiths of Baldernock were the chiefs of the clan and their line ended with Janet Keith, wife of David Hamilton of Cadzow, ancestor of the Duke of Hamilton. The family of Bardowie are a younger branch of Cadzow and they were endowed with the Baldernock lands, including Bardowie. They moved to Bardowie in the sixteenth century.
The tower was probably erected at that time. The early history of the Hamiltons is the common one in Scotland. They took their share in the various wars of their country, and when not thus employed spent much of their time in feuds with their neighbours. In 1526 they had a quarrel with the Logans of Balvie in Kilpatrick, which ended in John Hamilton being killed by them at Blairskaith, not far from his castle at Bardowie. His son and successor, Allan Hamilton, met with a similar fate, being slain by his nearest neighbour, Colin Campbell of Auchenbowie, and in 1591 a succeeding Laird of Bardowie had a serious quarrel with Walter Graham of Dougalston, another neighbour.
Bardowie Castle has thus probably witnessed many a stormy scene, and no doubt the strength of its walls has been often tested. Robert Hamilton, sixteenth of Bardowie, was the last of the family in the direct male line, and on his death without issue he was succeeded in the estate by his sister Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Buchanan of Spittal and Leny. The family thereupon incorporated Hamilton into their name. John Hamilton, the grandson of Elizabeth, occupied Bardowie for some time thereafter, and in 1707, his sister Mary married the gallant Gregor Black Knee MacGregor of Glengyle, Rob Roy's nephew and chieftain. Some guests who have stayed in the castle have been fortunate enough to see the 'Purple Lady', a fixture which appears from time to time on the gable wall of the Keep, the oldest part of the building. The origin of this lady is unknown, however rumour has it that she was a 'friend' of Black Knee!!
More recently, the property has been rebuilt and refurbished with great sympathy to its original style and history but without compromising on modern comforts. Bardowie Castle is listed category 'A' for its architectural and historic interest.
Bardowie Castle is an outstanding period home comprising a traditional Scottish keep with a substantial Georgian addition.
The entire property has been rebuilt from an outer shell meaning that the standard of interiors is exceptionally good with modern insulation, central heating, wiring and plumbing. The house is also wired for a central telephone, lighting and Bang & Olufsen music system controlled by hand controls and has internal vacuum points connected to a centralised turbine. It has a sophisticated zoned heating system and all the windows are double glazed. The telephone system has intercom and paging facilities. There are telephone points in all the main rooms.
The castle is built of an attractive stone under a slate roof and is floodlit at night. The keep has a traditional Scottish appearance with a small ground floor door leading into a vaulted hall with spiral staircases to the upper floors. The windows are small and original features such as the sluice on the first floor remain. The Georgian wing has a grander appearance with a pedimented front door, large astragalled windows and large well-proportioned rooms. Battlements have been created along the roof line to tie in with the adjoining keep.
To the rear of the castle is an enclosed courtyard with buildings on three sides and an impressive wrought iron gateway on the fourth side.
Internally the accommodation manages to retain a lot of original character but is also well proportioned and well laid out for modern family occupation. All the internal doors, facings and panelling are Oregon Pine, especially imported from America, to match the original fittings. The reception hall has a decorative multi-vaulted ceiling which ties in with both the vaulted hall in the keep and the Georgian reception rooms. There is a sitting room off this hall and a magnificent kitchen/living room running the full depth of the castle. Behind the kitchen is a utility room connecting to the outbuildings and courtyard.
There is a large bright landing on the first floor leading to the drawing room and two main bedroom suites. The large room in the keep can be used as an office but is currently a gym.
The second floor in the Georgian wing has 5 bedrooms, 3 with en suite shower and dressing rooms and a further bathroom. Above the office in the original keep is the original Great Hall. This is a large space which offers scope for a variety of uses. The floor rafters remain from when it would have been divided into two floors and a turreted stairway leads up to the battlements which are now enclosed by the roof.
To the rear of the main house is an integral flat and a 2 bedroom cottage with its own doorway. The courtyard provides scope for additional rooms if required but is currently used as garaging and workshops with two gyms above.
Timber outer storm doors lead to a half glazed inner door to:
5.39m x 3.33m (17'8 x 10'11) Double vaulted ceiling continuing into stairway hall. Stairs up to first floor. Walk in under stairs cupboard. Arched recess. Arch to sitting room and double doors to:
Timber dado panelling. Separate WC: WC and wash basin.
5.20m x 3.18m (17'1 x 10'5) Stone fireplace with stone hearth. Deep built in shelved cupboard. Timber floor. Dentile cornice. Under window cupboard. Steps up to door to flat. Steps up to door to:
Vaulted Dining Room: (E)
5.85m x 3.74m (19'2 x 12'3) White washed stone walls and vaulted ceilings. Stone floor. Arch to original front door with glazed inner door and solid oak outer door. Lifting timber stairs leading directly up to the gymnasium.
From hall, door to:
Kitchen/Living Room: (S&W)
12.8m x 4.16m (40' x 13'8) Decorative cornice and ceiling panels. Living area with 2 under window seats over looking Bardowie Loch. Stone fireplace with wood burning stove. Double French windows (presently blocked) to area with planning permission for conservatory with existing concrete base. Architect designed yellow pine units including a free standing dresser unit, 2 sets of fitted shelves, free standing timber unit with American style Gaggenau fridge, freezer and ice making machine and a free standing unit with Belfast sink. Marble topped unit with fitted cupboard above. 4 oven Aga. Timber floor. Door to:
Plumbed for dish washer. Fitted floor and wall cupboards. Single drainer sink unit. Fitted shelves. Tiled floor.
From kitchen double doors and steps up to:
Utility Room: (S)
3.36m x 2.52m (11' x 8'3) Slatted doors to built in cupboards. Fitted floor and wall cupboards with single drainer sink unit. Plumbed for washing machine. Clothes pulley. Spotlights. Tiled floor. Door to workshop and to:
Walk in cupboard with vacuum unit. Wash room: WC and wash basin. Doors to back yard and stairs up to home office.
From stairway hall original stone curved stairway up to first floor. Double landing with magnificent vaulted ceiling and large sky light, from vaulted landing, door to:
Drawing Room: (S)
6.58m x 5.44m (21'7 x 17'10) Stunning views over the Loch. Detailed cornice and ceiling. Timber dado panelling, co-ordinating doors, window surrounds and working window shutters. Open fireplace with hand carved Adam style decorative timber mantle with marble insert, hearth and a coal effect gas fire. Double doors to gymnasium. Glazed display cupboard. Timber floor.
Master Bedroom Suite
4.45m x 4.30m (14'7 x 14'1) Decorative cornice. Open fireplace with stone mantel. Built in cupboard with hot water cylinder and fuse box. Timber window surrounds and floor. Door to:
Dressing Room: (W)
3.60m x 2.80m (11' 1 0 x 9' 5) Timber fitted open fronted wardrobes, shelves and fitted drawers. Fitted vanity unit. Timber floor. Door to:
4.33m x 4.14m (14'2 x 13'7) Detailed cornice. Open fireplace with stone mantel. Timber floor, doors and window surrounds. Double size central bath in a timber unit with telephone. His & Hers pedestal wash basins. Bidet. Separate WC: WC. Door to:
Tiled shower compartment. Open fireplace with stone mantel. Fitted shelves. Sauna with connecting door to shower room.
From the galleried landing with sky light above, door to:
Guest Bedroom Suite
Bedroom 2: (E)
4.23m x 4.09m (13'10 x 13'5) Plain cornice. Built in cupboard with hanging rail. Timber floor, window surrounds and door.
Double sized shower compartment. WC and wash basin. Connecting door to sauna.
From the landing, steps up to:
Vaulted Gymnasium/Office: (S&E)
6.53m x 4.52m (21'5 x 14'10) Vaulted ceiling. Central open fireplace with stone mantel. Recess with original sluice. Stairs down to vaulted halls. Built in cupboard. Steps down to double door connecting to drawing room. Original steps up to Great Hall.
From the vaulted landing, stairs up to a large galleried landing (E) with small store and doors to:
Corner bath, WC and wash basin. Under window cupboard. Connecting door to:
Bedroom 3: (W)
3.78m x 4.09m (12'5 x 13'5) Plain cornice. Under window cupboard. Timber floor. Door to bathroom.
Bedroom 4: (W)
3.66m x 3.33m (12' x 10'11) Plain cornice. Under window cupboard. Timber floor.
Bedroom 5: (S)
4.49m x 3.63m (14'9 x 11 '11) Plain cornice. Under window cupboard. Timber floor.
Timber fitted open fronted wardrobes, shelves and fitted drawers. Timber floor.
En suite Shower Room:
Tiled shower compartment. WC, wash basin and fitted dressing table with drawers.
Bedroom 6: (S)
3.97m x 3.36m (13' x 11 ') Plain cornice. Under window cupboard. Timber floor.
Timber fitted open fronted wardrobe, shelves and fitted drawers. Timber floor.
En suite Shower Room: (S)
Tiled shower compartment. WC, wash basin, bidet and under window dressing table with drawers.
From the gymnasium narrow stone stairway up to:
Great Hall: (E)
7.56m x 4.78m (24'10 x 15'8) Bare stone walls. Exposed beams with turreted staircase which would have created an additional floor. Arched timber rafters forming the original vaulted ceiling. Central fireplace (blocked). Stairs up to the northern battlements (roofed). The room is not decorated but has all the services installed including vacuum piping, stereo loom, power and lighting cables and telephone point.
Above the second floor is a floored loft with lighting and power points accessed by a Ramsay style ladder. Double doors lead to a tank storage room with four large tanks.
To the east of the castle a glazed door (E) leads to:
4.37m x 2.59m (14'4 x 8'6) Central beam. Steps up to:
1.65m x 1.83m (5'5 x 6'10) Built in floor and wall cupboards. Phillips oven and electric hob and extractor. Circular corner sink. Tricity Bendix fridge / freezer.
Door to passage with door leading to:
Tiled shower compartment. WC and wash basin.
Plumbed for washing machine.
4.42m x 2.62m (14'6 x 8'7) Glazed door facing east.
Connecting door to sitting room in main house.
To the north of the castle a glazed door (E) leads to:
Living Room: (N&E)
4.94m x 4.62m (16'3 x 15'4) Plain cornice. Doors to:
3.02m x 1.71m (9'11 x 5'7) Fitted floor and wall units. Single draining sink unit. Neff oven and hob. Built-in fridge.
Passage with doors to:
Bath with shower attachment. WC, bidet and wash basin. Recessed mirror.
Walk in Laundry Cupboard:
Plumbed for washing machine. Fitted shelves.
Bedroom 1: (N)
3.43m x 2.80m (11'3 x 9'2) Walk in cupboard with hanging rail.
Bedroom 2: (N)
3.82m x 3.42m (12'6 x 9'2) Built in wardrobes and built in cupboard. Door to:
En suite Shower Room:
Tiled shower compartment. WC and wash basin. Access to eaves storage.
Separate power and heating supply. Separate telephone line from the house.
To the rear of the castle is an enclosed courtyard with stone walls and wrought iron railings. Situated around the courtyard are the following buildings:
With power and lighting.
Wrought iron railing along the front. Enclosed sleeping area.
34KVA generator. Stone walls (vented):
2 timber up-and-over doors. Stone walls and concrete floor.
Fitted work bench. Central chimney.
Workshop 1 (Former Stables):
Concrete floor. Double garage. Double garage doors into yard.
Up and over doors. Door to terrace and garden to south. Windows to north and south. Concrete floor. Power and water. Belfast sink. Fitted work bench. Doors to utility room and workshop 1.
From the vestibule off the courtyard at the back door stairs up to:
9.76m x 4.53m (32'x 14'10) Coombed ceiling. Recessed spotlights. Door to wash room with stainless steel single drainer sinks.
Games room/home cinema: (N)
9.74m x 4.47m (14'8 x 32') Coombed ceiling with recessed spotlights. Door to stairs direct to back yard.
Bardowie Castle is set in extensive wooded grounds running along the edge of Bardowie Loch.
The drive leads to a large, enclosed private garden. In front of the castle is a large lawn running down to Bardowie Loch. To the south west of the castle is a sheltered terrace with a delightful small garden with established flower beds enclosed by a low stone wall with views over the loch. There is a private jetty on the edge of the loch. To the rear of the property is a paddock with magnificent mature trees.
Behind and to the side of the castle are further lawns with fine species of trees. On the edge of the property is an all weather tennis court with water and power supplies adjacent. A back drive leads directly onto the shared access drive from behind the courtyard.
Bardowie Loch is owned by Clyde Cruising Club.
The owner of Bardowie Castle has riparian rights to the Loch. This means that he is entitled to launch a boat on the loch and to fish for trout, perch and pike. In addition Bardowie Castle has the right to create an exclusion zone within 40 metres of the edge of the loch.
Servitude rights, burdens and wayleaves
The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all servitude rights, burdens, reservations and wayleaves, including rights of access and rights of way, whether public or private, light, support, drainage, water and wayleaves for masts, pylons, stays, cable, drains and water, 'gas and other pipes, whether contained in the Title Deeds or informally constituted and whether referred to in the General Remarks and Stipulations or not. The purchaser(s) will be held to have satisfied himself as to the nature of all such servitude rights and others.
Vacant possession and entry will be given on completion.
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Posted 25 November 2005 - 09:20 AM
I am noticing that many of the "castles" for sale are more of manor homes than anything else. Almost thinking that the kind of archeticture may be more feasible than the other.
Thanks for sharing!
Posted 25 November 2005 - 09:34 AM
They were more about letting everyone know how important you were loacally, and providing a safe haven for your family, belongings, vassals, and livestock.
The term Fortified House is often used to describe them, the early ones being like a simple keep, but without all the other castle related paraphinalia. They often had small courtyards, ditches, machiolinations etc, but just as often the actual structural features were only decorative. A building such as Duchray was quite a statement of wealth in the highlands, where even a stone house could be considered palatial.
The Bardowie estste was not extensive by English standards, and in that locality I can place fortified houses, admittedly of varying dates, at about 1-2 sq miles each. This was the nature of things here, because the Stewart kings deliberatley diluted the power of the country's greater magnates by dividing their estates when thet fell to the crown, allowing a host of lesser 'nouveux riche' or bonnet laird's to show off their new found wealth . There was a subsequent explosion in the building of tower houses in the first half of the 16thc. This is precisely what happened if you read the particulars for Duchray,and why it appeared so late on the scene. It had originally been part of the ancient Earldom of Menteith, and was now being divided by James 4th after a period in crown possession.