The Palladian mansion of Wardhouse, near Insch in Aberdeenshire has recently been put up for sale by its owner, the architect Douglas Forrest.
Wardhouse was the grand seat of the “Spanish” Gordons of Wardhouse and Kildrummy, so-called because they left Scotland and made their fortune in the Spanish sherry industry. The classical architectural style they chose is unusual for a laird’s house of North East Scotland, but strikingly similar to the nearby seat of Haddo House, the ancestral home of their cousins, the Gordons of Haddo.
Sadly the estate was sold out of the family in the 1950s, and the new owners stripped the building of anything saleable and took the roof off. Douglas bought the estate in the mid 2000s and began a plan to restore the house by raising money from enabling development on the estate. Several of these new houses have now been successfully built and sold, but now that he’s retired, and suffering from illness, Douglas believes the time is right for a new owner to take on the project. The sale of the mansion house is being handled by Peterkins Solicitors, with a guide price of £500,000.
For more information, see this recent article from Scottish Field: https://www.scottishfield.co.uk/homes-gardens/property-2/ruined-wardhouse-is-a-dream-home-waiting-to-happen/