A CASTLE on land once used for hunting by Robert the Bruce has gone on sale – featuring what are claimed to be the largest stained glass windows in a private UK home.
Dalmoak Castle in Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire, dates from the 1860s and is built on land roamed by Robert the Bruce almost 600 years earlier.
The huge 16-bedroom house, on sale for £1.7 million, features amazing stained glass windows, the largest of which is about 10ft high by three feet wide.
Sellers House Simple say the glass panels depict members of the family who once lived the there.
They were created by glaziers WG and JJ Kier, early stained glass producers known for their work at Glasgow Cathedral.
The Dalmoak estate is steeped in history going back to the 13th century. It appears in charters and books from the middle ages onwards and it was part of the Robert the Bruce’s hunting park during the 13th and 14th century.
The current building was built by wine and spirit merchant John Aitken and the house became known locally at the time as “brandy castle”. More recently the huge property was restored and refurbished during the 1990s and converted into an elderly care home.
House Simple say in the selling details: “The stained glass windows are really fascinating. The pictorial and decorative detailing is extraordinary. And it seems as if all the family members have been represented in the entwining monograms.
“This window is thought to be the largest in a private house in the United Kingdom.”
The property, a largely symmetrical castellated mansion house with a tall tower, is described as “lavish”.
According to House Simple, the property features a central hall with an imperial stair, a drawing room with sumptuous ceiling plasterwork and scagliola columns, and an elegant dining room.
“The ceiling, hearths and mirrors of the main rooms are grand. It would also make a fine family home that it once was without much expense.”