Sale of Clan Douglas castle attracts worldwide interest

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The sale of a former stronghold of one of the Borders’ most famous families is

attracting interest from around the world.

Cavers Castle, near Hawick, once the seat of Clan Douglas, went on sale in the summer with an asking price of only £300,000.

That may seem low, but then there’s not a lot remaining of the former 64-room fortress, now reduced to just a shell. However, with its picturesque setting in 11 acres, the 14th century castle has been the subject of enquiries from as far afield as the United States, Asia and Australia.

Giles Charlton, of selling agents Rettie, says while only now a ruin, plans have been drawn up by an architect which show how the crumbling property could be transformed into a unique home.

“Scottish Borders Council is positive about redevelopment of the site and would look at different restoration plans of style and size,” said Mr Charlton.

“A new property tax law came into force in the 1950s and the then owner decided to destroy the roof on the building to avoid the duty.

“Once the roof was removed, the property became dilapidated and mostly collapsed. But despite that we have had widespread interest, including one woman who came all the way from California, accompanied by her mother, to view the castle and meet with council planning officials on site.”

And Mr Charlton says negotiations are also under way by the vendor of the castle to see if the baronial title of ‘Baron of Cavers’, now owned by another party, could be purchased.

Clan Douglas was granted the lands of Cavers by King David II in 1352. The property remained in the hands of the Douglases until the late 19th century, but eventually became disused and, in 1953, was used by the British Army for demolition exercises.