Friday Castle – be Monarch of the Glen


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Complete with friendly, and very tidy ghost…

Balavil House near Kingussie, Inverness-shire, once famous as Kilwillie Castle in the television drama Monarch of the Glen, is on the market.

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The 6,000 acre sporting, farming and residential estate on the slopes of the Monadhliath Mountains has been in the family of laird Allan Macpherson-Fletcher since 1790, and has been run as a commercial operation for the last 40 years.

The main house, which was originally designed by Robert Adams,  is a classically designed seven-bay mansion.

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It also comes with a traditional farmhouse, an East and West lodge, six cottages and a farm.

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Would-be lairds, unless they’re vegetarian, will have plenty to keep them occupied as Balavil is among the elite selection of Scottish estates where it is possible to achieve a “Macnab” of shooting a brace of grouse, stalking a stag and catching a salmon all on the same day.

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One things that might put buyers off, however, is the sitting tenant, Sarah, the ghost of a maid who fell in love with the butler.

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According to the owners their love was doomed as he was above her station, so she threw herself from a bridge into the waters of the Raitts Burn.

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But, says the laird, she is kindly and well meaning, and has been known to fold guests’ clothes for them, so we suspect many would see her presence as a bonus.

The listing doesn’t give a price, but the laird told a reporter from the Telegraph that ‘seven million and a bit would be grand.’

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