Von Essen sells 26 properties

The forced sale of the 26 hotels in the von Essen hotels “Private Collection” – as well as Verta, the year-old London heliport hotel, a Napoleonic fortress-island off the coast of Wales and the Château de Bagnols in Beaujolais – will net many millions. No-one will feel sorry for the banks who stand to lose as much as 50 per cent of their original investment.Dalhousie Castle Hotel and Spa near Edinburgh and Thornbury Castle in Gloucestershire go on sale

An exclusive property portfolio goes on sale this week , featuring a 38-bedroom stately home in prime commuter-belt territory , four country houses in the  Cotswolds, six properties of architectural merit plus a property in the middle of Bath’s Royal Crescent.

The forced sale of the 26 hotels in the von Essen hotels “Private Collection” – as well as Verta, the year-old London heliport hotel, a Napoleonic fortress-island off the coast of Wales and the Château de Bagnols in Beaujolais – will net many millions. No-one will feel sorry for the banks who stand to lose as much as 50 per cent of their original investment.

Dalhousie Castle Hotel and Spa near Edinburgh and Thornbury Castle in Gloucestershire go on sale . Business owner Andrew Davis went on a spending spree to build his hotel group but the businesses started losing money and last year the bank decided to sell the properties to get its money back

Colliston Castle for sale

Colliston Castle, a 16th century castle in the Angus countryside near Arbroath is for sale. 




It has been used as a private residence since it was built in King Henry VIII’s reign 550 years ago, retains  period features such as a barrel-vaulted ceiling in the hallway, a tower and a priest’s hole. The B-listed attractive four-storey castle is on the market through Strutt & Parker for offers over £650,000. Cardinal David Beaton of Arbroath Abbey granted the estate to John Guthrie and his wife, Isabella Ogilvy, in 1539 and Colliston Castle was then built in 1545. It is thought Isabella may have been Cardinal Beaton’s daughter, the result of his long-term relationship with Marion Ogilvy. A secret passage reportedly runs between the castle and the abbey but it is not clear if it still exists. The current owners have never found it. Colliston was sold to the Gordon family in 1691 and then the Chaplin family in 1721. In 1920, it was sold to Richard (Dicky) Bruce (Major R.F.D. Bruce). On his death, his wife married a local lawyer and the castle was purchased by Captain Alfred Knox who eventually sold it to Robert Alexander Stuart. It remains within the Stuart family to this day. The Z-plan castle, similar in design to Claypotts Castle, Dundee, underwent alterations in the 17th and 18th centuries which saw the removal of the top storey .



source Arbroath herald 

Spooky castles – the most haunted Halloween castles in the UK

The UK has hundreds of ruined castles. But some castles are more spooky than others. Here’s a list of the spookiest , most haunted castles in the UK , ideal for a visit at Halloween .
Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle commands the whole of the city centre , sitting on a volcanic rock . The castle is perhaps the spookiest in Britain because it has many ghosts. There is a drummer who only appears when the castle is
about to be attacked. A piper who

Linlithgow Palace 44 HDR print by David Rankin

The UK has hundreds of ruined castles. But some castles are more spooky than others. Here’s a list of the spookiest , most haunted castles in the UK , ideal for a visit at Halloween . If you’re brave enough to visit one of these castles , why not send a  free Halloween greeting card

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle commands the whole of the city centre , sitting on a volcanic rock . The castle is perhaps the spookiest in Britain because it has many ghosts. There is a drummer who only appears when the castle is
about to be attacked. A piper who disappeared in the
tunnels between the castle and the High Street comes back to haunt the dungeons. The castle is Scotland’s biggest visitor attraction with thousands of visitors each year.

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Eilean Donan Castle

This is one of the most picturesque and most photographed castles in
the world . Robert the Bruce took refuge here in 1306 . The
original castle was destroyed in 1719 when 3 English
frigates attacked the Spanish troops garrisoned there
. The castle was rebuilt in the 20th century . This castle is spooky because the spirit of
a Spanish troop is said to haunt the castle.

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Craigievar
Castle

The Blue Bedroom is the haunt of one of the Gordon clan members, who
fell from a window. He had been pushed to his death by “Red”
Sir John Forbes, a noble. Several people heard the step of
the unfortunate Gordon climbing the stairs to the Blue
Bedroom, as if he was living the moment before his death
again and again.One of the
other ghosts is one of a musician, who is very selective (he
shows himself just to people with the name of Forbes). He
fell in the moat of the castle and drowned. Send free Halloween e-cards

Linlithgow Palace

This was the castle of the Stewart kings of Scotland from the 15th
century . In 1512Mary , Queen of Scots was born here .
Queen Margaret’s Tower at the top of the stair towers
, is said to be haunted by the Queen’s mother , Mary of Guise , waiting for the
return of her husband , James V .

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Crathes
Castle

In the oldest part of the castle, the double tower, there is a room
known as the Green Lady’s Room, because of the several
apparitions of this unknown woman with a baby. It is said
that she’s a member of the Burnett family, proprietor of the
castle.These
apparitions began after the discover of two skeletons,
during renovation work : one of a woman and one of a baby.
The baby is said to be the child of a man who preferred to
kill the baby and the mother to hide their
relationship.The fact
that the apparitions continue, even after the discover of
the bodies means than the two poor beings will never be able
to rest in peace.

Stirling Castle

The castle stands on volcanic rock overlooking the town of Stirling and
the countryside . Mary , Queen of Scots was crowned in the
old chapel in 1533 . The Pink Lady , a beautiful woman in a
pink silk gown , has been seen many times at the castle . It
may be Mary , Queen of Scots. Others say it is the ghost of
a woman searching for her husband who had been killed when
Edward I captured the castle .

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Loch Lomond private tours

Loch Lomond 112 HDR print,Paper size 19 by 13 inches , image size 16 by 12 inches. Photograph by David Rankin. Printed on Velvet Fine art paper , 100% cotton rag

Loch Lomond private tours

Loch Lomond is world renowned as a beauty spot .

Normal pickup point is Edinburgh city centre or the airport . Other pickup points can be arranged , subject to an additional fee .

Itinerary

  • 6 hour private tour group day trip to Loch Lomond
  • Explore the Loch and visit the village of Luss
  • Take in unique views of Ben Lomond
  • Travel by luxury car
  • Small private group tour with a maximum of 4 people

Our tour of Loch Lomond features a visit to the world famous Kelpies and the Falkirk Wheel .

We stop for an hour at each location .

Tour cost –

£300 for 2 people

£320 for 3 people

£340 for 4 people

Photo tours of Glencoe and the Highlands of Scotland

Glencoe 456 HDR print . Paper size 19 by 13 inches , image size 16 by 12 inches. Photograph by David Rankin. Printed on Velvet Fine art paper , 100% cotton rag

Private tours of the Highlands including a visit to Glencoe can be arranged. Your guide will take you to the best spots for taking pictures of the beautiful scenery of Glencoe .
This photo tour is ideal for beginners/ intermediate photographers . Your photo guide will offer assistance as required with taking pictures.
Our promise – your guide will always be friendly , helpful and informative .

Photo tours of Glencoe in the Highlands of Scotland

Glencoe 456 HDR print . Paper size 19 by 13 inches , image size 16 by 12 inches. Photograph by David Rankin. Printed on Velvet Fine art paper , 100% cotton rag

Private tours of the Highlands including a visit to Glencoe can be arranged. Your guide will take you to the best spots for taking pictures of the beautiful scenery of Glencoe .
This photo tour is ideal for beginners/ intermediate photographers . Your photo guide will offer assistance as required with taking pictures.
Our promise – your guide will always be friendly , helpful and informative .