Easter Achnahanat is a traditional cottage with modern comforts
Easter Achnahanat is a traditional cottage with modern comforts

16th century Scots castle on the property market

A beautiful 16th century Scottish castle set in beautiful woodland is now available for sale.

Presented for sale by Bell Ingram, the category A-listed Lickleyhead Castle, near Premnay, in Aberdeenshire, sits in a sheltered position below the hills of Bennachie and is approached from a long drive through mature woodland.

It has a rich history with the oldest part of the Castle thought to have been built in 1560, beginning as a simple four story rectangular tower. Later, around 1626 the stair tower in the south west corner was added and finally in 1731 the block to the east was constructed. The castle has remained in the family of the current owner since 1922.

The accommodation is spread over six levels, some of which are mezzanine floors located within the stair tower. In summary, the ground floor has a sitting room, kitchen, laundry, boiler room and various utility and store rooms, some of which have vaulted ceilings.

The principal rooms on the second floor include the drawing room, dining room, library, study, a bedroom and
a bathroom.

The remaining six bedrooms and a number of bathrooms and WCs are spread over the remaining floors and the stair tower. Note that the internal rooms of the castle were photographed prior to 2018.

Adjacent to the castle is a detached, traditionally constructed cottage with a slate roof. The cottage has a public room, a kitchen and family area, two bathrooms and two bedrooms, one of which is on the first floor. The accommodation extends
to about 91.62 m2. There is an integral garage/workshop which adds a further 22.88m2.

There are garden areas to the front and sides with a greenhouse at the rear. A chipped area at the front allows for parking vehicles.

The property has oil fired central heating on the ground floor.

The grounds extend to about 10.7 acres (4.33 ha) which are divided between the walled garden, parkland and amenity woodland.
Lickleyhead Castle is within easy commuting distance of Aberdeen airport which is 23 miles to the south east. This area between the Dee and Don valleys is one of contrasts between mixed farming systems, woodlands and open hill.

The village of Premnay where there is a local primary school. Secondary schooling is duel zoned for Huntly and Inverurie Academy. Premnay has a local pub.

The nearby village of Insch is served by Insch railway station where there are regular train services to Aberdeen and Inverness.
Insch has a health centre and a community centre. There is a small selection of general and specialist shops, and a post office. There is an 18-hole golf course and a bowling green.

Alford is the nearest principal town and provides a wide range of amenities including a variety of shopping facilities, a primary school, a new secondary school incorporating leisure facilities and library, health centre, dry ski slope, 18 hole
golf course, two museums and regular public transport to and from Aberdeen’s city centre.

The range of amenities available in the area is considerable with a number of golf courses, hillwalking, cycling, climbing and skiing at the Lecht and Glenshee.

The agents will consider offers over £700,000.

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