Property of the Day: Duchray Castle, Aberfoyle, Stirling

A fully refurbished 16th-century castle in the centre of a national park

THE PROPERTY: Duchray Castle is set in the middle of about 85 acres of its own grounds surrounded by the lochs, glens and forest of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The original property dates back to 1509 and it was used as a meeting point by Royalist forces against Oliver Cromwell’s men. The current owners bought it in 2010 and have since carried out a full refurbishment, including renewing the roof, gutter and flagstone floors, and adding underfloor heating. It now trades as a B&B and wedding venue. There is also a stone-built bothy, a rockery, formal lawns and a rose garden with a 150-year-old box hedge.

THE LOCATION: Duchray Castle is situated above the Duchray Water in the Loch Ard Forest. As well as enjoying a picturesque and secluded setting it is only 30 miles from Glasgow and Stirling. Aberfoyle has a primary school, shops, post office, supermarket, a selection of hotels and restaurants and an 18 hole golf course.

THE INTERIOR: Highlights include hand-built studded oak doors, stone spiral stairs, exposed stone and wood-panelled walls, oak floors, en-suite bedrooms, roll-top baths, rain showers, TV ports and internet in each room, and a triple-aspect Great Hall with an oak-beamed ceiling.

WHY WE LOVE IT: The wildlife is among some of the best in the UK. The property is surrounded by woodland filled with golden eagles, red deer, wildcats, red squirrel, feral goats and more.

BUY IT NOW: Offers in excess of £1,650,000 with Savills

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