17 Feb 2021

Needs a Little Work

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The Scotsman reports on a real estate bargain.

A 15th Century ruined castle in Fife with a tennis court is on the market for the same as a one-bed flat in London.

Piteadie Castle, on the outskirts of Kirkcaldy, was built in the 15th century but renovated 200 years later when a stair tower was added, and has a carved coat of arms on the gateway.

It has the potential to be turned into a dream home but Historic Environment Scotland urged for care to be taken ‘to preserve cultural significance’ and that restoration ‘should be sensitive’.

The castle was featured in Nigel Tranter’s novel about James II of Scotland and his protector Alexander Lyon.

It also has an orchard with around 30 fruit trees, a disused tennis court with a stone-built pavilion as well as a polytunnel and a chicken coop in the garden.

It has stunning views across the countryside towards the Firth of Forth, and is in the grounds of country home Piteadie House, also for sale.

The castle is on the market for offers over £225,000 – the same as a one-bed flat in Croydon, South London which has double glazing and central heating. …

Jamie McNab from Savills, said: “The castle ruins and adjacent land are also an interesting prospect, with the opportunity to develop the site for residential use being a distinct possibility, though naturally planning consent and the support of Historic Environment Scotland would be required.”

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Savills has the listing. You get 3.8 acres.

You have to get permission for every move from both a local planning board and from Historical Environment Scotland. Good luck with that!

“it would be likely that the castle would also need some consolidation to make it safe.”

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