17th century Scottish castle on sale for more than half a million
If you can find a spare half a million pounds behind the back of the sofa you could be in with the chance of owning an A-listed 17th century Scottish castle.
Powrie Castle, which is located to the north of Dundee and features turrets and leaded glass windows, has gone on the market with offers encouraged of more than £625,000.
Amateur bakers and aspiring chefs will be glad to know the property used to have its own bakery, which has been converted into a dining kitchen with a stone vaulted ceiling, bread oven and Aga range cooker.
At the heart of the building sits a 325 sq ft drawing room with a high vaulted ceiling, along with a dining room with flagstone flooring, an inglenook fireplace and an oak-beamed ceiling.
Among the three double-sized bedrooms is "the grand Laird and lady's bedroom," which incorporates an open fireplace and barrel-vaulted ceiling, plus an en-suite shower room.
The "Tower Room" can be accessed through the bedroom, which is currently a study and was previously used as an art room.
The castle has had extensive renovation work done by its current owners over the last three decades, but parts of the building's medieval and renaissance features have been preserved.
Thorntons Property has advertised the site as suitable as a family home, holiday home or investment.
The castle also includes a monument in its grounds, The Keep, which dates back to the 16th century.
The origins of the grounds themselves can be traced around 850 years back to 1172, when King William the Lion gifted the land to Robert Ogilvie, the Earl of Angus.
Since then its stewardship has been dominated by two families, the Oglivies and the Fotheringhams.
The families, which owned the castle for around 600 years between them, were actively involved in the politics and conflicts of the late Middle Ages, Renaissance and the Age of Discovery. Letters show their correspondence with royal figures including Mary Queen of Scots.
Property manager David Fletcher said the property was "sure to attract interest from a wide range of buyers".
"Powrie Castle is a rare opportunity to own a beautifully renovated castle, with links to some of Scotland's noted royal figures and significant historic events," he said.
"Despite its grand connections, it is a remarkably comfortable and enchanting home that offers great flexibility."