A Castle With Historical Ties to Mary Queen of Scots Is up for Sale

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The four-story Neoclassical mansion has its own pub and helipad, plus views of Edinburgh and Arthur's Seat. And it just hit the market for $10.5M.

Why be confined to one of Europe's most beautiful cities when you can see it through the windows of your very own castle—and arrive there by car in about 20 minutes? Proximity to Edinburgh is just one of the attractive attributes of this Robert Adams-designed castle, built in 1789 on the site of (and with stones from) Seton Palace, a favorite destination of Mary Queen of Scots in the 16th century. The estate's helipad also makes arriving and departing from the castle pretty convenient. 


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Adams was known for his elegant and airy style, especially in the buildings he designed in London. It wasn't until the end of his life that he turned his attention to Scotland, and castles in particular. This one is spectacular and imposingly large from the outside, with four floors linked to U-shaped wings encircling a formal garden. But inside, it feels like a comfortable home, albeit one with a centuries-long history. A meticulous restoration process maintained Seton's original character, from the ceiling plasterwork and large bay windows to curving walls and oak-paneled doors. 


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The castle also offers a few surprises, like hidden staircases and doors, and a 10,000-bottle wine cellar. Moreover, along with the central seven-bedroom castle, the full estate includes a pair of self-contained three-bedroom cottages, and a suite called The Hideaway, reached by a spiral staircase in the turret. And in true royal fashion, Seton Castle features refurbished working stables, including a foaling stable. After greeting your horses, you can head to the adjacent coach house and Stable Bar, a private tavern built in what was the original tack room. 


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Don't miss a chance to own this compelling piece of Scotland's history. Learn more about the property's past, as well as its careful two-year restoration process, at Savills.com