‘A rare jewel’: Ten-bedroom 16th Century castle with panoramic views and a Spanish chestnut tree ‘planted by Mary Queen of Scots’ goes on the market for £3.5million

  • Myres Castle in Fife, Scotland, was built around 1530 and was a favourite retreat of Mary Queen of Scots
  • The sizeable property, 45 acres, boasts five reception rooms, ten bedrooms and ten bathrooms 
  • The gardens include a maze, productive kitchen garden, pond, tennis court, a shepherd’s hut and a helipad

A 16th century castle with links to royalty and panoramic views from its battlements is on the market for offers over £3.5million.

The sizeable property boasts five reception rooms, ten bedrooms and ten bathrooms as well as a maze, tennis court and helipad.

Myres Castle in Fife, Scotland, was built around 1530 by John Scrymgeour, who oversaw the refurbishment of both Holyrood and Falkland Palace – a favourite retreat of Mary Queen of Scots.

A 16th century castle with links to royalty and panoramic views from its battlements is on the market for offers over £3.5m

The property boasts five reception rooms, ten bedrooms and ten bathrooms as well as a maze, tennis court and helipad

Historic roots: Myres Castle in Fife, Scotland, was built around 1530 by John Scrymgeour, who oversaw the refurbishment of both Holyrood and Falkland Palace – a favourite retreat of Mary Queen of Scots

The oldest tree at the property, a Spanish chestnut, is believed to have been planted by Mary on one of her many hunting trips.

In more recent years it has been used as a lavish wedding venue with it’s 45 acres of land and an impressive ‘Vatican’ style walled garden.

The B-Listed castle is just outside the Scottish village of Auchtermuchty and surrounded by serene countryside.  

The property was completely restored in the 1960s and again in 1999 with a complete rewiring, plumbing and heating system installed.

The property was completely restored in the 1960s and again in 1999 with a complete rewiring, plumbing and heating system installed

Myres Castle is now a large but practical home, which has been used both as a private home and an exclusive venue for events

Myres Castle is now a large but practical home, which has been used both as a private home and an exclusive venue for events.

The castle has 14,300 sq ft of accommodation with five reception rooms, ten bedrooms and ten bathrooms.

The gardens include a maze, productive kitchen garden, pond, tennis court, a bespoke shepherd’s hut and a helipad.

There is also a semi-permanent marquee at the bottom of the garden and a wooden potting shed has been adapted to use for wedding ceremonies and as a heated yoga studio. 

The castle has 14,300 sq ft of accommodation with five reception rooms, ten bedrooms and ten bathrooms

The gardens include a maze, productive kitchen garden, pond, tennis court, a bespoke shepherd’s hut and a helipad

‘With its impeccable historic pedigree, glorious gardens and sensitive modernisation, Myres Castle is first and foremost a wonderful family home’

‘The prospect of heating a castle need not strike fear in the heart of a buyer with the biomass system already installed and significant financial incentives taking care of the heating costs’

The castle was owned by the Moncrieff family for nearly 200 years until it was bought by Professor Bruce, the King’s Printer, in 1820 along with the neighbouring Falkland Palace Estate, which eventually became the dower house for Falkland Palace in the 1870s.

The Vatican-style walled garden was added after James Fairlie, who had been chamberlain to three popes in Rome, bought the castle in 1887.  

Jamie McNab, from estate agents Savills, said: ‘Without a doubt, this is one of the very finest properties I have had the pleasure of marketing.

The castle was owned by the Moncrieff family for nearly 200 years until it was bought by Professor Bruce, the King’s Printer, in 1820 along with the neighbouring Falkland Palace Estate

There is also a semi-permanent marquee at the bottom of the garden and a wooden potting shed has been adapted to use for wedding ceremonies and as a heated yoga studio

The oldest tree at the property, a Spanish chestnut, is believed to have been planted by Mary on one of her many hunting trips

‘With its impeccable historic pedigree, glorious gardens and sensitive modernisation, Myres Castle is first and foremost a wonderful family home but there is also an attractive commercial aspect, if desired, with the cottage and gate lodge and exclusive use venue/events business all offering various income streams.

‘The prospect of heating a castle need not strike fear in the heart of a buyer with the biomass system already installed and significant financial incentives taking care of the heating costs.

‘In short, Myres Castle is a rare jewel and is likely to create something of a stir.’

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