An 18th-century castle linked to the beheaded Mary, Queen of Scots has its own tavern and a cinema - and it's on the market for $9.7 million. Here's what the renovated property looks like.
- Seton Castle in East Lothian, Scotland, is on the market for £8 million (about $9.7 million).
- It was built in 1798 by famous Scottish architect Robert Adam using the stone from a palace that would host Mary, Queen of Scots, according to the listing website Savills.
- It was sold and renovated in the early 2000s but still features original touches that date back centuries, according to Bloomberg.
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For a little less than $10 million, you can have your very own castle in Scotland.
Seton Castle in East Lothian, Scotland, is on the market for £8 million (about $9.7 million).
The property was originally the site of Seton Palace which, according to Bloomberg, was neglected after the Jacobite rebellion. But prior to Seton Palace's downfall, Mary, Queen of Scots - the queen of Scotland from 1542 to 1567 - was believed to have stayed there and considered it one of her favorite retreats.
Keep reading for more about the castle's background and to take a look inside.
Seton Castle is located in East Lothian, a historic county in southeastern Scotland. It's around a 25 minute drive east of Edinburgh, the country's capital.
Seton Castle was originally the site of Seton Palace which, according to Bloomberg, fell to ruins after the Jacobite rebellion.
But prior to Seton Palace's downfall, Mary, Queen of Scots — the queen of Scotland from 1542 to 1567 — was believed to have stayed there.
In 1798, famous Scottish architect Robert Adam used the stone from Seton Palace to build a new house for Alexander MacKenzie, who bought the decrepit former palace in the late 1700s and hired Adam to repurpose it.
According to the listing website, the new Seton Castle was Adam's final project in Scotland.
For over 200 years, Seton Castle was owned by the aristocratic Wemyss family, who acquired it after MacKenzie died.
It was finally sold to a developer in 2003, at which point it was renovated.
Then, in 2007, it was sold to its current owner, tech entrepreneur Stephen Leach, for £5 million — roughly $10 million at the time.
In total, the estate spans 13.4 acres. Along with the main seven-bedroom castle, the property also includes an additional two three-bedroom houses — The Darnley and The Bothwell cottages — and a "hideaway" suite atop a spiral staircase.
The interior of the castle pays tribute to its historic past. According to Bloomberg, many parts of the home still feature original touches, including fireplaces, doors, and leaded glass window panes.
Even the silk walls in the dining room date back centuries.
The property's more modern amenities include a gym, a playroom, a bar designed to look like a traditional Scottish tavern, a cinema, and a stable.
The castle also includes a billiards room ...
... and a 10,000-bottle wine cellar.
There's even a helipad.
Seton Castle is currently on the market for $9.7 million.
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