I had to renovate Orchardton, replacing wiring and plumbing, adding central heating and boilers, removing partitioning and doing various work to the building. Decorating most of the rooms. It took two years to finish.
It was refurbished last year,and had a new flat roof plus several areas were re-painted. We also overhauled the front door and placed glass in where it had been originally, many years before I bought it.
Completed in Scottish baronial style by William Douglas Robinson in the 1880’s, on the site of a mansion dating from around 1761. Originally built by Sir Robert Maxwell, seventh baronet of Orchardton, and used the roof timbers and stone from Orchardton Castle, (now just Orchardton tower remaining) rebuilding it in a better location.
In 2016 a black book came to light which showed the original mansion and how the building was altered, the original mansion still within. Amongst other changes, the roof was lifted and another floor added as well as fortifications to the front and back including turrets. It is thought that William Douglas was a smuggler and may even have built a secret tunnel down to the sea.
It has impressive asymmetrical elevations which incorporate large bay windows, crow-step gables, corbeled turrets and tall chimney stacks. The property has beautiful original features including oak paneling, impressive stairways with carved balustrades and imposing open fireplaces, many with carved mantels and original tiling.
There are 45 rooms as well as store rooms, a walk in linen cupboard and impressive hallways. Most rooms and hallways have original wooden shutters. There is even a manual pulley on one of the two sets of full height staircases. It has the luxurious grand staircase and two further staircases, one of wood and one of stone.
The properties ,approach is is from front gates to the north leading to a turning circle and parking area. There are also two other vehicle entrance. There are extensive lawns, established woodland, giant rhododendrons (over 100 years old) and an enclosed hedged garden to the south. Outside of the hedged area are rare plants and trees, including a thriving palm tree due to the milder Scottish Riviera weather. There is an old wooden stand-alone sauna which could be redeveloped next to a large pond. Full access across the fields to the very private beach.
Benefiting from the effects of the Gulf Stream, Orchardton has probably the best weather in Scotland. Most winters are mild and summer temperatures can be very high.
There is 5 acres plus stables, an outside wood burning sauna, no I have never used it but it could turn into something else. Access to secret beach (maybe not so secret now) across the field at the back.
Peacocks, deer and pheasants are regular visitors.
NOTE: In Scotland you are also able to run a number of events a year with a residential property. There is so much freedom here to follow your dreams. Plus we are on the Scottish Riviera with sea views at the back and hill views at the front , Gulf stream weather with rare plants and trees, including a palm tree in the back garden.