Castle Heaton for sale

More castles have been built in the border county of Northumberland than in any other county in England because of the habit of its Scottish neighbours in times gone by to invade this most Northern part of England.

The launch of the 1,229-acre Castle Heaton and Shellacres estate at Cornhill-on-Tweed, 12 miles from the border town of Berwick-upon-Tweed, at a guide price of over £11.5 million’ through local estate agents illustrates the revival of the market by leading local landowners. In a small number of castles for sale it has a bumper asking price which , if achieved, will set a record for recent years in the North-East.Land values have never been as strong in this part of the country, and we’re seeing an increasing number of buyers moving up from the South to re-invest, and live in and enjoy all that we have to offer in this part of the world.

With its rich mix of history, heritage, sporting assets and farming know-how, Castle Heaton has much to intrigue a discerning sporting incomer. The estate, which sits either side of the River Till, a tributary of the Tweed, is being sold either as a whole, or in two lots. The main residential element, on the west bank of the Till, comprises Castle Heaton House and gardens, its adjacent Granary House and Tower, four stone cottages, an arable and grassland farm, a pheasant shoot and a very private beat of salmon and sea-trout fishing-638 acres in all-and is on offer at a guide price of ‘excess £6.15m’.

Castle Heaton House is a substantial 19th-century stone and slate building-extensively refurbished and upgraded in 1992-with three reception rooms, a large kitchen/breakfast room, a nursery, six bedrooms and four bathrooms. The Granary House, on the west side of the gardens, was partially demolished and converted in 1998 to create an annexe to the main house, with one main reception room, a kitchen, four bedrooms and two bathrooms. It is attached to a castellated tower currently being modernised to provide a large, open-plan reception room with a high vaulted roof, an en-suite double bedroom and kitchen area.

A range of traditional 16th- and 17th-century stone farm buildings beside the main house includes a much earlier buttressed stone barn, listed Grade II*, which contains the remains of the original late-medieval Heaton Castle, built in 1415-possibly by Sir Thomas Grey-and destroyed in 1496 by the Scots and James IV. In the 1580s, a dispute arose between the Grey family and the Crown as to who should bear the cost of repairing the castle, as a result of which nothing at all was done.
On the east side of the river, 590-acre Shellacres is a first-class farming estate in an area renowned for its arable farming, and holds the Guinness World Record for the most wheat harvested in eight hours-551.6 tons. The estate agent for this property has been inundated with enquiries

Scottish posters – clearance sale

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Melrose Abbey poster

Castle pictures is holding a clearance sale of a range of 4 posters – Braveheart, Melrose Abbey , Stirling Castle and the House of Parliament London. Each poster is A3 size full colour glossy poster , 16.6 by 11.7 inches and are now avaiable for just £0.95 ( plus delivery ) . The Braveheart  poster features the Braveheart statue which used to feature at the foot of the Wallace monument .  The statue was controversial because of its resemblance not to William Wallace but to Braveheart star Mel Gibson. Pictures and text by David Rankin

Crantzdorf Castle under offer

Crantzdorf Castle, the 20,000-square-foot property owned by local auto dealer Steve Grindstaff, will not go to auction today as originally planned. Instead, an offer for the castle “is on the table and being negotiated,” according to Kari Neering, associate vice president for Rubenstein Public Relations. “The seller has elected to focus on negotiating a deal rather than go to auction.” Originally priced at $28.5 million, the property is currently listed for sale at $19.5 million with its agency, Mountain Sotheby’s International Realty. The 13-acre spread, located at 191 Degrasse Drive, sits on the shores of Boone Lake. The castle, which is reportedly modeled after the Palacio de la Magdalena in Spain, boasts nine bedrooms, eight bathrooms, and four half-baths

Castaway island Taransay sold

Taransay island, which featured in the BBC’s Castaway, has been sold .It had an asking price of £2m or above. Selling agents CKD Galbraith have not named the new owners but said they already owned property on Harris. Ben Fogle, one of a group of people who lived on the island for Castaway in 2000, had been leading a bid to buy Taransay. CKD Galbraith said the island’s owners knew the purchasers and the island was passing into “safe hands”. The firm’s John Bound added: “There will no doubt be a number of disappointed parties who would have liked to bid but it is fitting that Taransay is now in the new ownership of somebody closely acquainted to the area who will preserve the current management of the island.” Taransay offers trout and sea fishing and deer stalking. The island also has a sheep farm. The island is said to be home of Celtic pagans in 300AD and was the site of several fierce battles, such as the Massacre