quinta-feira, 3 de junho de 2010

Aberdeenshire Castle

One of the principal castles of Mar and the only one in private ownership. This fantastic Category A Listed castle has been fully restored by the current owners. Contents available in addition In all about 185 acres. Exactly when and by whom Midmar Castle was built is not known but it is thought to be the first of the five great castles of Marr. These were built by the ancestors of a very remarkable school of local granite-masons, the Midmar school, which sprang up here in the late sixteenth century. Within an area no more than fifteen miles across, they built a group of masterpieces, Crathes, Fraser, Cluny, Craigievar and Midmar, castles unrivalled for their splendour and character in Scotland. Crathes, Fraser and Craigievar are now all owned by the National Trust and open to the public. Cluny Castle has been extensively replaced by more modern building and there is little to see of the original castle. Midmar remains the only one of the principal castle of the Marr still in private hands. The remainder of the estate is made up of about 140 acres of productive arable/grassland which encircles the castle and its policies.

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