What has been done
I bought Orchardton Castle in 2003. It has no neighbours opposite and is within its own grounds of aprox 5 acres. With fields to the front and the sea to the back. Views across to Cumbria, only 16 miles away.
I bought it for £450,000 and then spent over half a million pounds renovating it.
It has previously been used as a commune and I am told it had housed over 40 people. Therefore there were lots of partitions in many rooms to remove. All the stoves had to be removed and it had no kitchen. Just a tap in the wall.
So briefly: Renovation 2003-2005
Decorated 43 rooms.
New bathrooms to make en suites and renewal of other bathrooms.
All wiring had to be checked and a good portion renewed.
Wooden floors had to be sanded and re-waxed or varnished. Wooden panels oiled and brought back into good form.
Installed full central heating to 4 floors on 2 different systems with 2 boilers. Most radiators have thermostats and added extra control with thermostat controls to each floor plus separate ones for two of the apartments.
Plumbing to kitchen and bathrooms. New copper piping to replace lead.
Outside, gutterings and down pipes replaced.
Re-tiling and checking of all 5 turrets.
Put new stables in.
Carpeted most areas and loads of other things along the way. Including installing cinema seats.
New flat roof, complete overhaul and check of roof and turrets. Roof report will be available to the winner. It is in very good condition!
General wood work inside.
Many sections/rooms of painting.
4 Months ago
2 new boilers.
Complete new loft insulation!
Putting your stamp on it
With a building like this you can always find something to do or paint a room.
However, the place is ready to move into and live or turn it into your heart's desire.
Orchardton Castle definitely has the wow factor and people will travel miles out of their way to visit.
Decoration is up to the individual, most areas were re-painted last year.
As a B listed building you can't stick a red nose on the front but B listings in Scotland seem quite happy for people to make changes inside. I came from a Grade 2* listed building in the UK where they are very tight on what you can do so I was really happy to find that you could decorate inside without having to get permission.
The property will be offered to the winner furnished and ready to move into.
Fire doors and alarm system throughout
Leading into the Grand Hall
The Douglas Archives
have more historical notes on the property.