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A renovated tower with views to the Solway Firth
10th October 2011
tower house with secret staircase for sale
Abbots Tower, New Abbey, Dumfries, Dumfriesshire DG2
Offers in the region of £625,000

Scottish Rennaissance Tower New AbbeyFor Sale
Abbots Tower was built by John Broun circa 1580, in all probability using material from the abbey which his uncle, Abbot Gilbert, had been ordered to demolish. It was built in the latest French "chateau" style, now known as Scottish Renaissance, with pepperpot turrets and candlesnuffer roofs, crow stepped gables and wide spiral staircases.

Abandoned as a residence in the 1620's, gradually it fell into disrepair until restoration began in 1990. The sympathetic renovation took the best part of twenty years to complete and combines the original features of the Scottish Renaissance period with modern standards of living.

There is a wealth of traditional features including the double planked clenched oak entrance door with handmade ironwork, stone staircases, gunloop windows, exposed beams, original wooden floors and period fireplaces. The current restoration has recaptured its historical features to include a beautifully painted ceiling which was popular in Scotland during the reign of James VI.

The accommodation lies over four floors accessible by stone turnpike staircases leading up the tower. There are four bedrooms within the tower and a "secret" staircase leads to the Garret which is currently used as an attic bedroom.

Abbots Tower sits in approximately three quarters of an acre with a gravel drive fanning out to give ample uncovered parking. Archaeology indicates that the Tower stood in one corner of a walled enclosure called a "barmkin" complete with stables, storeroom and accommodation for servants. This has been reflected in the modern courtyard which was completed in 2004, though one wall was left deliberately low to enjoy the magnificent view.

Outside are a range of outbuildings include a fuel store, boiler room / boot room, utility room, gardener's w.c and there is a detached double garage and a workshop with a spacious games room above.

A unique and very desirable property!

Selling Agents: Strutt & Parker
Telephone: 0131 718 4599
E-mail: edinburgh@struttandparker.com

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