Blackcraig Castle

A country house in Strath Ardle, E Perth and Kinross, Blackcraig Castle comprises a tower-house dating from the 16th century which was embellished from the 1850s by the owner-architect Patrick Allan-Fraser of Hospitalfield who also built an unusual mock-fortified covered bridge over the River Ardle on the approach to the castle in 1870.

Allan-Fraser bought the estate in 1847, and set about extending and renovating of the three-storey tower house to form a Z-plan Scots Baronial mansion, which is now B-listed. Built of rubble with red sandstone ashlar details, the house features a four-storey round stair tower, pepperpot turrets, crowstepped-gables and a cap house. The interior includes fine stone fireplaces, plasterwork and the dining room with its wood-panelled ceiling. The property was run by the Hospitalfield Trust for many years before being sold. It was operated as a guest house for many years and renovated in the 21st century. It is now let for gatherings and corporate events.

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