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Wardhouse Estate

Prices over £100,000

Wardhouse Estate

An once grand Palladian mansion that has links to the Spanish royal family and was abandoned by its owners more than 60 years ago.

Wardhouse near Insch, Aberdeenshire, was left behind in the 1950s by the “Spanish Gordons”, a branch of the prominent north east family whose lineage took on an Iberian connection after several of its members moved to Jerez to make their fortune in sherry.



Designed by John Adam in 1757, Wardhouse was the childhood haunt of Napoleonic Admiral Sir James Alexander Gordon, on whose life CS Forester based his fictional character Horatio Hornblower.

After James Gordon built Wardhouse in 1757 it has passed to a number of family owners.  Occupied until after the war, sadly in the early 20th century the family, who by now were known as ‘Spanish Gordons’, sold the estate in 1952, and shortly afterwards the roof and interior were removed. Since then, it has been left to the elements.

The regeneration of Wardhouse has approval for seven domestic dwellings created with virtually no external alteration and also a new garage court.


Approximately 33 Acres


  • Insch


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