9.21.2009

Highland Home for Sale

"Money a mickle maks a muckle"

Saving a small amount soon builds up to a large amount

but will it be enough to buy Scotland's Ackergill Tower?

Hang on to your haggis - for stately Ackergill's asking price is
GBP £5,000,000 (8.2 million American). A Realtor's ® dream!

Ackergill Tower is just five minutes from Wick Airport which now benefits from multiple no frills scheduled flights into Aberdeen, Edinburgh or Inverness and then on to Wick with either Flybe/Loganair from Edinburgh or with Eastern Airways from Aberdeen.

Depart from London Heathrow via Edinburgh at 08:00 and be here in plenty of time for lunch, and when you leave Wick at 12:00 you will be back in Heathrow at 17:20.

With the Tower's million dollar price tag, you would become the
host of a ghost.
It is believed that the ghost of Helen Gunn haunts the castle, who was the
daughter of an opposing family. When she was kidnapped at age
15 she jumped to her death from the battlements of the tower.


Ackergill Tower, a historic estate dating to 1476, is on Sinclair’s Bay in the northeast corner of the Scottish Highlands. It was expanded significantly around 1850.The estate is three miles from the town of Wick, where there are shops and an airport, and approximately 105 miles north of Inverness, which is known informally as the capital of the Scottish Highlands.

The estate has about 30 acres, including a Victorian walled
garden, formal lawns, woodlands and waterfront land with
five miles of sandy beach

There are also remains of a medieval moat that once surrounded the castle

The purchase also includes an opera house (once the coach house), an approximately 1,100-square-foot tree house (with a deck, dining room and kitchen), and seven more guest rooms in various outbuildings, some of which were once kennels and a blacksmith shop

Your buying approximately 12,000 square feet of Scottish Castle

Owned by only three families over five centuries,
the castle retains a medieval aura

Ackergill has 17 bedrooms, each with an en-suite bath

The furnishings, which are included in the sale, are mostly original
to the castle and include tapestries and Persian rugs

WHO BUYS IN THE HIGHLANDS?
Among non-Scottish buyers, the English are the most common, followed by other Europeans.
states Reg MacDonald, the regional director of Re/Max Scotland.

If you are to live in the Highlands, you will certainly need to practice
your Scottish sayings.
Repeat after me ~
  • Fit Like? - An Aberdeen greeting, meaning how are you?
  • Dinnae fash yersel - Don't trouble yourself.
  • You're a long time deid - Enjoy life now.
  • A dinna ken - I don't know.
  • Dinna fash yersel - Don't worry
  • Nae Problem - No problem
Do you love a good history lesson? Read about the great sand heist of Ackergill at odd.scotland.com.
Fascinating story of the the beach being ancient burial grounds for the Vikings.

To purchase this stately home contact
John Coleman @ Knight Frank, 011-44-131-222-9600; www.knightfrank.co.uk

Want to test sleep before you buy? Stay a wee whiley at the edge of the sea; rates and information are found here.

Something to wet your whistle and sooth your soul down to those woolly socks

Champagne Scottish Apple Romance -

brought to you by wineintro.com

1 shot Glenmorangie Single Highland Malt Scotch Whiskey
1 shot apple brandy
Rose Champagne

Pour Glenmorangie and apple brandy into a flute glass, then add in Rose Champagne to fill. Delicious!

JennieMac from letshaveacocktail.blogspot was incredibly kind to honor me with this clever award on Sunday. Her one request was for the receivers of her award were to pass on a cocktail recipe and join in the party. I hope you will give the champagne Scottish apple romance a try and visit Jennie's hilarious blog. She has a way with whit like non other.

Gin a body meet a body

Comin thro' the rye,

Gin a body kiss a body,

Need a body cry?

Robert Burns

Coming thro the rye

credits; ackergill-tower.co.uk; allgreatquotes.com; nytimes.com; odd.scotland.com; knightfrank.co.uk; theinspiredroom.wordpress; scotlanddreaming.com

28 comments:

Style Redux 2 said...

Deb-I'll live in the tree house.

Kitty said...

Dt: I'll join SR2, but she probably needs the whole tree house for her vast collection of accessories! Thanks for reminding me of the Old Country! If I had a spare 10 mil I would totally buy it!

Janet said...

...5 miles of sandy beach and a moat...I'm there.

The Townhouselady said...

Now THAT's a house!

Averill said...

Gorgeous, if only I had the cash to spare! I'm hoping to go to the Highlands next year with Dave; if we do go, I'll have to swing by Ackergill and see it for myself!

Christy said...

Wow - what a gorgeous estate with such an interesting history! Let's all put our pennies together and snap it up! ha! Loved this post!

Jacqueline said...

Oh Deb, thanks so much for letting me know that this castle is up for sale. I'm off to Scotland with £5 million in my pocket, to buy it as my holiday home!!!!....I WISH. If only I could win the Lottery.
Never mind. I love my home and I also love to look at wonderful homes like this. Thanks so much at a peep of Scottish Aristocracy. XXXX

The Consummate Hostess said...

Amazing! My husband's family is Scottish- I am pretty sure that we cannot live without this castle ;). Great post!

Mimi said...

Thanks for the history lesson! Loved it..and by the way...I wouldn't mind being the host of ghost. Great post..very funny too!

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh my Lordy, what a post. Bit gobsmacked actually. Bit sad about the ghost. It looks totally amazing.

Thanks so much for all the info and the drink to wet the whistle.
xoxo

vicki archer said...

Amazing place.....I just love the Scottish lingo.xv

The Haute-Shopper said...

Yeah, I wouldn't mind staying there, but I might have a bit of a cash-flow problem if I attempted to pay for it ;-) Love the fact it comes with its own opera house! For now, I'll have to be happy of our 2nd home in the center of Scotland ;-) Hope you're having a great week so far!

Brabourne Farm said...

Looks like castle heaven. I love the way it's been modernised so beautifully but still retains its medieval magic. Great post - thank you!

DesignTies said...

If I had a spare $8 million, I'd be tempted!! ;-) The location is awesome -- I'd love to wake up and look through the window and out over the water every morning. And I like the idea of having no neighbours!!

The opera/tree house is cool -- wonder how much that one costs per night ;-)

Kelly

Renee Finberg said...

now that's a home i can wrap my head around.

wouldn't it be a dream to live there ????
beautiful post as always,
xx

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JennyMac said...

its gorgeous..and we have an affinity for Scotland..my maternal grandparents were born there...and I grew up Highland Dancing and all my uncles etc play the pipes! Maybe I should buy this abode!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Deb
You certainly do give good blog!! Sorry I am late... i think you know why.. something to do with naughty mother nature and there may be more coming our way!

Well I love everything about this! and that is also going to be my new saying!! I've been working on my 'muckle' for a while now but doubt it is going to get me this beauty!! Remind me, why can't we all live like this?

Thanks for the cocktail recipe. I don't really drink anymore.. sad but true... but might indulge just for you and JennyMac x Julie

Slices of Beauty... said...

Yeah, would love to own a Scottish castle!
Lovely post.

annechovie said...

Scotland has such a rarified beauty to it....love that beach. Great post, Deb! XO

Couture Carrie said...

Gorgeous post, darling! I need a Scottish castle stat!

Congrats on your award :)

xoxox,
CC

Heavenly Housewife said...

Can I just buy the tree house??? That looks so cool!!!!

Michael St. James said...

Gorgeous home! Awesome blog!

Averill said...

PS - Just gave you an award on Odi et Amo today -- stop by and pick it up!

Kristin said...

I wouldn't mind picking up a little crib there. Ah ha

Duchess of Tea said...

Oh! I want the castle!! Hello darling, fit like. (I hope this is correct.) Darling have a lovely weekend.

Love & Hugs
Duchess

{this is glamorous} said...

fascinating post -- loved reading about the history of this amazing castle and catching a glimpse of its expansive interiors -- and the recipe for champagne scottish apple romance was the perfect way to end things!

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