If you’ve ever wanted to live like a royal and you’ve always wanted a ghost encounter of your own, this might be the place for you.
Built in 1546, Earlshall Castle sits on 34 acres of land near St. Andrews, Scotland. It was originally inhabited by the architect Sir William Bruce, who entertained many famous guests like Mary Queen of Scots and King James VI of Scotland who went on to become James I of England. But Earlshall’s most famous resident is Sir Andrew Bruce, aka “Bloody Bruce”. He earned his nickname after he brutally murdered Covenanter Richard Cameron in battle, cutting off his foe’s hands and head.
Sir Andrew lived in the castle in the 17th century, and the male line of Bruce’s died out in 1708, but the old owner's spirit may have stuck around. For years, visitors to the castle have claimed to hear Bloody Bruce’s footsteps—especially on the spiral staircase.
Any paranormal residents aside, the castle is a nice place all on its own. In 1890, it was purchased by Robert Mackenzie who hired Robert Lorimer—a man later considered the greatest architect in Scotland—to restore the castle to its former glory. It has 10 bedrooms, eight reception rooms, six bathrooms, and is complemented by a world-famous garden.
The real estate company Savills, which is selling Earlshall, does not list an official price, but we have to imagine that it’s pretty pricey. You can check out the listing and see more photos here. And if you do end up the lucky new owner, keep an ear out near the staircase.
[via The New York Post]