Capital castle that hosted legendary authors up for sale at £6m

Richard Demarco kept his archive at Craigrook Castle. Picture: Gareth Easton
Richard Demarco kept his archive at Craigrook Castle. Picture: Gareth Easton
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A 16TH-CENTURY castle that welcomed the likes of Sir Walter Scott and Charles Dickens could be yours for £6 million.

Craigcrook Castle, hidden in the west of the Capital, is on the market for the first time in almost 300 years.

Craigcrook Castle. Picture: Jon Savage

Craigcrook Castle. Picture: Jon Savage

The stunning three-storey castle was built in 1542 by 
William Anderson and boasts a round tower that offers breathtaking views of Corstorphine Hill, Blackhall and the Firth of Forth.

The original design set out a tower house that has been extended and adapted throughout the years.

The new owner will also get a modern two-bedroom gatehouse at the entrance to the castle.

The Grade B Listed property had passed hands a number of times before John Strachan acquired the castle and left it to the Craigcrook Mortification Trust in 1719.

Another literary great who visited the castle was Hans Christian Andersen, who wrote The Little Mermaid. Publisher Archibald Constable lived at the castle until 1815 when it became the home of literary critic Francis Jeffrey – whose ghost some people believe haunts the property.

While Constable and Jeffrey leased the castle, Scott regularly visited the property. The castle hosted literary soirees in the 19th century with guests 
including George Eliot, Lord Tennyson, Dickens and Andersen.

In recent years, the castle has been let on a long lease for commercial purposes and in the 1970s, a single storey annex was added to the eastern wing of the castle. Since this period, the castle has been used as offices. Artist Richard Demarco also kept his archive at the site.

The property is being marketed by Ballantynes Surveyors and Estate Agents.

Rory Ballantyne said: “It is so enclosed and private that many don’t know that it is there and that may attract celebrities 
and those who value their privacy.”

For horse owners, the property also includes a two-
storey stable building.

Surrounding the castle is more than four acres of attractive landscaped gardens, a small area of mature woodland and the original walled 

The castle grounds are subject to a planning application for a proposed care home, which developers are hoping will be given the green light by planners.

Alan Carr, from architects 
Inglis and Carr, said he was waiting for the planning department at Edinburgh City Council to determine the application.

He said: “We are still waiting for planning permission to come through.

“We still anticipate that the care home will still go ahead.”

The proposed care home would be predominantly two storeys high with a small three-storey area above the main 
entrance, to minimise its height in relation to the castle.

The care home development would also feature a hidden rooftop terrace.