- A 500-year-old Scottish castle that nearly burned down in 1773 is for sale for $885,106.
- Kilberry Castle is 13,565 square feet, has 14 rooms and has its own Victorian pet cemetery.
- The princely style estate has been in the Campbell family since 1550.
- A Knight Frank real estate agent told Insider that the property needed someone with "deep pockets" to restore it.
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The 500-year-old Kilberry Castle in Scotland is for sale for $885,106 (£650,000).
This was announced by the current owner, Charmian Campbellevening standardShe and husband John Campbell have lived in the 13,565-square-foot chateau in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, since moving from London 30 years ago, and they're ready to let it go.
"We two are hanging out, it's time for us to go," Charmian said.
In 1550 the Campbell clan took possession of the land at Kilberry, Scotland that came with the castle. Since then it has served his descendants as a family home.
The castle is a short drive from the village of Kilberry in Argyll and Bute and 99 miles from Glasgow Airport.
According to a brochure byopen knight, the real estate agency that markets the chateau, the area is a hotspot for outdoor activities such as fishing, diving, sailing and mountain biking.
The castle burned down in 1773 and lay in ruins until it was renovated in 1840.
It's not the first time Kilberry Castle has caught fire. The date 1513, engraved above the gatehouse, is the year a pirate named Captain Proby is said to have "raided and burned" the castle, according to the estate's brochure.
The castle survived and the original tower house remains almost exactly the same. The brochure adds that in addition to the renovations carried out in 1940, further changes were made in 1873 when new rooms such as the billiard room and the west wing were added.
Despite the changes that have been made over the years, the castle still has a classic princely style aesthetic.
The stately style has rootsfrom the 1500sand is known for his use of turreted towersflavors.
Perhaps the most famous baronial-style estate is the Queen's Summer Vacation.Castillo Balmoral. The Royal familyofficial siteHe notes that it was built in "Scottish Baronial style".
The current owner, Charmian, says that the castle's history is written on the walls.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Charmian said: "There are a lot of things about the house that we didn't change because we didn't have to, the story is on the walls, it's on the house, there was no reason to remove it. "None of that".
The fireplaces found in most of the castle's rooms are windows into Kilberry's past.
The two fireplaces in the living room and library are built in bespoke white Italian marble. According to the brochure, they were bought in 1871 by John Campbell 10 and his wife while they were honeymooning in Italy.
The original dining room is flooded with natural light pouring in through large windows.
The dining room, which still has an original open fireplace, has large windows overlooking the forest surrounding the property.
Overnight guests are no problem for the new owners, because the castle has 14 rooms.
The floor plan of the main house provides for 10 main rooms and four adjoining rooms with further rooms in the basement, which were once used as servants' quarters.
In the basement there is also, as described in the brochure, a cellar, a pantry and the housekeeper's former room.
Above, the history of Kilberry's former residents is more visible.
Tom Stewart-Moore, who markets the castle with Knight Frank, told Insiders the story of young Archie Campbell, who lived at the castle in 1885. That year, the boy contracted scarlet fever and had to remain locked up for “several months.” in a room upstairs.
Accompanied only by his nurse, young Archie amused himself by wallpapering the walls of the room with pages from the London Illustrated News.
To this day, one wall of the upstairs room is papered with decorations from Archie's newspaper. The story detailed in the pamphlet states that Archie survived his illness and went on to become a respected Supreme Court justice.
Unfortunately, her sister, who also contracted scarlet fever during the Kilberry outbreak, succumbed to the disease. His remains are still buried in the family mausoleum on the castle grounds.
Unfortunately some of the rooms at Kilberry Castle have fallen into disrepair.
"It takes someone with a lot of money to bring it back to its former glory," Stewart-Moore told Insider.
The conservatory "could be nice," he said. "It kind of has a double height ceiling with light coming in from above - it would make a kitchen with a wow factor."
There are other benefits of owning the chateau such as the holiday home on the premises.
The Laundry Cottage is named for its previous use as a Victorian washroom and is currently rented out as a short term holiday home. Stewart-Moore told Insider that it's essentially a "blank space" for new owners to do as they please.
The Laundry Cottage is next to the main entrance of the castle and has its own garden area and views over Kilberry Bay.
The Laundry Cottage has coastal views of the Scottish islands of Islay and Jura, Gigha and the Mull of Kintyre.
According to the floor plan, the cabin is fully furnished with three bedrooms, a kitchen, a living room, a laundry room and a dining room.
To complement the estate's rich history, Killberry Castle also houses a collection of 26 medieval and early Christian tombstones.
The stones are said to come from a medieval parish church which the prospectus says burned down in the 1640s, but adds that human remains were discovered under the castle's bowling alley in the 1920s, raising the suspicion that it may have been a Church is still buried under the site.
The early Christian and medieval stones that are in care todayhistorical scotland, are still housed on the property in a shelter at the top of the driveway.
A short walk through the woods from the castle leads to the Victorian walled garden, built in 1877.
The brochure states that the walled garden was formerly used to grow a variety of soft fruit, vines and vegetables. It is also home to a Victorian pet cemetery, located in the north-east corner of the garden. According to thatBonus BBC History Podcast, these pet cemeteries were common in the 1880s.
Around the garden is an old forest with plane trees, lime trees, ash trees and beeches. There are also three old fish ponds on the site, which are spanned by a stone bridge.
Kilberry Castle is just 10 minutes' walk from secluded sandy beaches.
The brochure describes Kilberry Bay as 'safe' and 'secluded'. The new owners of the castle can take a 10-minute walk to the beach through the neighboring fields.
According to Knight Frank, Kilberry Castle is attracting "worldwide interest" but it will take someone willing to go the extra mile to make it a comfortable, modern home.
Stewart-Moore told Insider that there have been many visits from prospects from the UK and abroad. If you're interested in Kilberry Castle, you can check that out toopre-recorded video tourfrom the property or contact Knight Frank to arrange alternative options. The closing date for entries is currently July 29th.
"I've seen a lot of castles," Stewart-Moore said, "but this one is really beautiful. It will be fascinating to see who buys it and what they do with it.”