Isle of Bute, Scotland
Asking Price: £995,000
This 14th-century Scottish keep is surrounded by an 18th-century estate with homes and gardens. Located the on the Isle of Bute, the current owners are renting out five of its cottages for tourists.
Kames Castle dates from the 14th Century at which time it was the seat of the Bannatyne family, whose roots can be traced back to the reign of King Alexander III of Scotland. The Bannatynes of Kames were believed to be Chamberlains to the Stewart Kings when Bute was part of the Royal Estates and the title of Lord Kames was bestowed on William Bannatyne in the 19th Century before it came into possession of the Marquess of Bute.
On the ground floor of Kames Castle is a great hall with a white painted arch, while the second floor is an open hall with flagged floor. The third floor also has an open hall with timber floor. A building warrant has been secured for the development of the Keep which could allow it to be turned into a commercial property.
A Victorian range of single storey buildings set around two courtyards lies adjacent to the Keep and replaces previous Georgian buildings. Description With its interesting collection of properties, parkland policies and walled garden, Kames Castle represents an excellent opportunity to own and live in an historical property in a situation of great natural beauty.
The cottages have been beautifully decorated and are subject to a rolling programme of maintenance and upgrading and combine to provide an excellent holiday letting enterprise. The agents stress that whilst Kames Castle is currently being offered for sale as a private house with the benefit of producing holiday letting rental income, the principal accommodation lends itself suitable for reinstatement to a larger single residence. The cottage conversions were carried out with due care, attention and sensitivity to the preservation of the integrity of the original buildings. All properties are ‘B’ listed, with the exception of Colmac cottage which is ‘C’ listed.
The Isle of Bute lies in western Scotland, and is home to several thousand people. Farming and tourism are the main industries on the island, which has several medieval sites including the remains of a chapel dating back to the sixth century.