AN EPIC castle has been transformed into the perfect party palace – and it could be yours for £2 million.
The Gart in Callander, Scotland, has 13 bedrooms, five bathrooms, a kitchen, dining room, office, gym, morning room, billiard room, library, drawing room, cinema and garage.
The baronial property was built in 1935 and it was renovated by current owners Nikki and Stuart McAlpine Miller – the artist in residence at the Savoy Hotel in London – in 2016.
The owners have put their own unique stamp on the interior of the castle, using bright colours and a modern finish, and incorporating Stuart’s art in several rooms.
And, for one lucky buyer, the plush furniture and stunning artwork are included in the sale.
Ideal for entertaining, the mansion sleeps up to 26 people and it is available to hire out as luxury accommodation for parties or corporate events.
The super-sleek house has kept its period features – including panelling and high ceilings – and has blended this with contemporary elements such as a 50-feet long drawing room, a gin and whiskey bar and a home cinema.
The cinema room is located in one of the castle’s turrets and the “morning room” has a digital baby grand piano.
Speaking to Savills, Nikki said: “I love original features, and I like the mix of contemporary and traditional.
“We were definitely looking for a place with large open spaces.
“We wanted to create an art gallery within the house, so we wanted to have a lot of wall space and be considerate throughout with colour.
“It was a blank canvas at the time, but the view from every window was like a painting.”
Nikki said the approach to the refurbishment was “very organic”.
“I love finding pieces,” she said. “There’s a little Art Deco sofa that’s reupholstered in one of Stuart’s artworks, and I found the original sofa in a store in Hackney. I like reimagining things.”
Situated in a spectacular location, Savills property agent Jamie Macnab said the party palace has been given a “luxurious edge”.
“The Gart been given a whole new dimension by the style and workmanship and luxurious edge of the contemporary elements so boldly conceived and executed by Stuart and Nikki,” he said.
The castle has an impressive entrance façade with a tower on the south corner featuring a pepper pot turret – and there’s a second tower with a spired roof in the northeast corner.
Surrounded by mountains, the lawn has private access to the River Teith and 12-acres of gardens around the house.
The avant-garde property, which looks out to Ben Ledi and the Highlands, is currently on the market with Savills for £2.1 million.
“The Gart is a handsome stone-built Scots baronial country house which dates from 1835,” the Savills listing states.
“An original, smaller house was designed on the site by William Burn. It was substantially rebuilt and enlarged after a fire in 1901.
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“The house can sleep up to twenty-six. It is ideal for entertaining with a one-hundred-foot long reception room with its roaring fire for winter evenings.
“The Gart is a remarkable property in a truly spectacular location.
“The McAlpine Millers have created a home for themselves, and an incredible space for guests, that feels both personal and very unique.”