Having gained planning and ancient monument consent for Duntarvie Castle
on the Hopetoun Estate in West Lothian, Geoffrey Nicholsby of Geoffrey
(Tailor) Kiltmakers has instructed J&E Shepherd Chartered Surveyors to
market the eight-acre site with planning consent to become a corporate
headquarters - complete with its own retail, guest accommodation and
Duntarvie represents a unique opportunity to develop one of the few
remaining castles in Scotland with full planning consent and Historic
Scotland Scheduled Ancient Monument approval for restoration into a modern
office headquarters and conference facility.
Located just eight miles from the centre of Edinburgh, close to the main
motorway networks and a 10-minute drive to the airport, Duntarvie is
classified as an ancient monument, rather than a listed building, due to
its roofless and ruinous state.
David Maxwell, Commercial Surveyor, at J&E Shepherd said, "The proposed
castle accommodation will consist of reception, bar, kitchen and storage
at ground level, corporate dining and coffee area at first floor level
with directors offices at the second floor level. Within the east tower
are located four bedroom suites. Within the west tower is a single suite
over three accommodating sitting room, bedroom with en-suite facilities
and a study/office floor."
Although in a rural situation, the property is ideally placed for access
to Scotland's major cities. The M9 is only 2.5 miles away and links
directly to central Scotland's motorway network whilst Edinburgh airport
is only six miles drive to the east.
Full of historic family history as well as of architectural merit, the
castle is situated within the parish of Abercorn, West Lothian, one mile
north of Winchburgh. Uninhabited since the 1840s, Duntarvie was a fine
castle in its medieval heyday. In the 16th century, the tenants of
Duntarvie were the Durham family. Alexander Durham served as a clerk in
the Scottish exchequer for James V, Mary of Guise and their daughter Mary
Queen of Scots, and was appointed master of the prince's wardrobe.