Offers Over £130,000
Knockhall Castle situated 14 miles from Aberdeen holds potential to be a stunning coastal home or business.
Knockhall Castle has been in the current owner’s family for hundreds of years, and was gifted to him on his 21st birthday. The owner quickly developed a passion for the restoration of old buildings, working on prestigious projects such as Illieston Castle near Edinburgh and Slains Castle. He has been stabilising the site at Knockhall which is a blank canvas for someone to develop the buiding’s full potential as a spectacular family home or business.
Knockhall Castle is a scheduled monument and is B-listed with a rich history.
The entrance is in the re-entrant angle and the lintel of the door is inscribed with the date 1565. Above this are two empty heraldic panels and at eaves level there is a projecting stone shelf which appears to have been intended to shed water away from the entrance doorway. The doorway gives access to a corridor running the length of the building and leads to the main stair. Entered off the corridor, on the left, is the kitchen, complete with fireplace, sink and drain. The main block contains a large cellar also with a sink and drain. Both spaces are vaulted although that over the kitchen has collapsed.
The circular stair is comfortably wide and provides access both to the principal upper floors in the main block and to those in the wing. It may be an addition, but if so the original access arrangements are unclear. The main block of the tower contained the hall and again there is evidence that this space was significantly re-ordered when the large windows were inserted. The second floor of the main block was divided into two, each chamber supplied with a latrine and fireplace. The attic floor was reached by a small internal staircase, with the space above the main stair being a small room with a fireplace.
GLM comment: "A wonderful romantic ruin. The Scheduled Monument status may prove challenging but with a careful touch this might provide a delightful house. It is on the Scottish Castle Initiative's list of castles that may be appropriate for restoration." - NM