15 Oct 2014
Scottish stately home which inspired one of Robert Burns’ most hostile works goes on the market
Scottish stately home which inspired one of Robert Burns’ most hostile works goes on the market.
With 36 bedrooms, 20 acres of land and stunning views out to the Irish Sea, it is a house fit for any A-list star.
In fact, it was once so exclusive that poet Robert Burns was turned away from its doors.
But today, Galloway House will go on the market for just £595,000 – almost half the average price of a flat in London.
The huge country manor – at Newton Stewart, near Dumfries – was built in the early 1740s for Lord Garlies, later the 6th Earl of Galloway.
His successor, the 7th Earl, famously refused Burns entry to Galloway House because he did not like his politics.
The Bard later mocked him in his 1793 work ‘Epigrams against the Earl of Galloway’, where he described the peer as having no kindness.
The sale of Galloway House is being handled by Aberdein Considine, which is expecting huge interest from both the UK and abroad.
“Galloway House is a breathtaking home,” said Harvey Aberdein, the firm’s managing partner.
“The estate is steeped in Scottish history, so to have inspired the work of Robert Burns, albeit a hostile epigram, is quite an accolade to have.
“Property prices across the country continue to rise sharply, so many people will find the asking price here quite staggering.
“With 11 reception rooms, 36 bedrooms and 28 acres including woodland and popular gardens, the property is vast – and it is located in a beautiful part of the country.
“There are many opportunities for country sports in the area, including wild-fowling, fishing and stalking, as well as pheasant and partridge shooting on surrounding estates.
“There are also many popular golf courses nearby, including the championship courses at Turnberry.”
The house and estate were owned by successive Earls of Galloway until 1908, when the family were forced to sell up.
The house later passed to Lady Forteviot, widow of John Dewar, 1st Baron Forteviot, of the Dewar's Whisky family, in 1930.
In 1940 – when she died – the house became a hospital for men injured during the Second World War, before Glasgow Corporation bought it and used it as a boarding school.
It was sold back into private ownership in 1976 – firstly to an American and then an Australian.
To arrange a viewing of Galloway House, which is Grade A listed, contact the firm’s Edinburgh office on 0131 291 0003.
Established in 1981, Aberdein Considine is a national law firm. A broadly based practice, it offers corporate and private clients a complete legal, property and financial professional advisory service.
The firm has 18 offices across Scotland and employs nearly 400 staff.
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