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Cavers Castle is steeped in history and was most recently the seat of the Douglas family for over 300 years. In its day, the castle was a grand 64 room family residence sitting in grounds in excess of 100,000 acres.

Today, the castle sits in the centre of the approx 10 acre grounds. The grounds contain a large pond to the western extremity, and amongst the woodland to the eastern edge are the remnants of a curling pond.

Once a building of note in the Scottish Borders, all that remains of the Castle are the bricks and mortar of the five storey, south-easterly wing. Some of the walls are up to eleven feet in thickness and detail around fireplaces and cornicing still remain. Existing plans are available proposing the restoration of the Castle to a single dwelling family home.

Buyers are being tempted by the possibility of acquiring the title Baron of Cavers.

Please Note: The castle is a ruin and the image is historical. See: http://www.douglashistory.co.uk/history/Places/cavers.htm ;

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