August 23, 2010

I’ll Take This… Castle in Scotland

For the price of a London apartment, you could waft into Carraig Thura, a Scottish baronial fantasy on the shores of a loch on Lochawe, Argyll. Lochawe-Argyll-001 Given the size of the place – 17 bedrooms and a similar tally of bathrooms including a self-contained apartment and separate wing – you could bring numbers of your favourite friends and family to dwell with you, which means the extreme remoteness will weigh less heavily.Lochawe-Argyll-007Carraig Thura is a large Edwardian house built in 1904 in the Scots baronial style with crow-stepped gables and corner turrets. It was designed by George Penrose Kennedy Young of Perth. Lochawe-Argyll-005 Young had previously carried out extensive additions to the nearby Lochawe Hotel and to Ardbrecknish House on the southern side of Loch Awe.Lochawe-Argyll-003Carraig Thura was designed to take full advantage of its wonderful setting between the shores of Loch Awe and Ben Cruachan, at the mouth of Glenorchy. It has magnificent views over the loch to Kilchurn Castle, one of the most photographed castles in Scotland, and to the rugged Ben Lui hills beyond. Funnily, I was at right at this place, exactly five years ago this week!Lochawe-Argyll-008Recent renovations have respected the dark paneled walls, beamed ceilings and huge fireplaces. Lochawe-Argyll-002 If you demolished the 1960s’ west wing containing half the bedrooms, it would be of a more manageable size. Lochawe-Argyll-006 Check out the great sink!

£695,000 (or $1,074,351.67)

10 comments:

  1. Very nice. I would like to live there with a wife and six children, but it's highly unlikely.

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  2. Fabulous property ....you share the best Meg!!

    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  3. I wished I had an extra million laying around...I would pack up today! Dreamy...

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  4. It would be fun to spend a week at a castle. Not so sure I'd want to take up permanent residence.

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  5. I'm a city girl at heart! Beautiful but sooooooo lonely.

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  6. Would never tire of those views!

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  7. I think as others have suggested, it's a wee bit remote. And these photos were probably taken in summer! All reflected in the price however, as you'd have to spend about GBP50k pa to walk around (inside) without a fur coat. Besides, I could use 2 bedrooms, which leaves a mere 15 unoccupied; well maybe 10 after my 5 servants had been accommodated.

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  8. Thank you for your wonderful blog. The pictures are amazing. I look forward to seeing each new one.

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  9. This house is absolutely stunning and if I were old enough to start thinking about moving out and had a decent job to obviously afford it in the first place it would be absolutely perfect, loneliness is not an issue when the scenery and decor of the house is so gorgeous!

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