Castle Douglas was a stronghold of the Douglas family from medieval times to the 20th century. The first castle, erected in the 13th century, was destroyed and replaced several times, until the 18th century, when a large mansion house was built in its place. This was demolished in 1938, and today only a single corner tower of the 17th century castle remains. The castle was the former family seat of the Prime Minister, Alec Douglas-Home.
The castle is located 1 kilometer north east of the village of Douglas, South Lanarkshire, Scotland.
The ruins of Strathaven Castle, also known as Avondale Castle or Gavler’s Castle, still dominate the town. Built in 1458, it replaced an earlier castle owned by the Douglas family. The Hamilton family owned the castle from 1611 and it was last occupied in 1716 when Anne, Duchess of Hamilton made it her residence. When part of the castle walls collapsed, or were demolished, a human skeleton was supposedly found. An information board outside the castle expands on the story:
“According to tradition, the wife of a past lord so greatly displeased her husband that she was walled up alive in part of the Castle wall. Nothing is recorded of her crime, yet it is said that she was led into a small purpose-built niche, blessed by a priest, given some food and water, and then walled up forever. When a portion of the walls fell down in the middle of the 19th Century human bones were discovered, giving some credence to this story.”.
When this property popped up on my Twitter feed last week, I couldn’t help but bookmark it to feature with this 5 of the best series. For a start, the interior caught my eye as the living space is peppered with cool pieces of furniture and lighting (hello Arco light, hello Robin Day dining chairs, and hello vintage sideboard).
And then there’s the scale of the main living area, which is open plan to the dining space and kitchen. Just look at the vast ceiling height here, which creates a great sense of space, while the floor-depth windows and Velux rooflights bathe this area in natural light.