Mediaeval castle opens its doors

Lickleyhead Castle at Auchleven (Premnay) near Insch, will open its doors to the public on every Saturday up to Saturday, September 1, with the exception of Bank Holiday Saturday, August 25.

The 15th century tower house is nestled amongst trees below the distinct shape of Bennachie, and is a typical example of simple L-plan tower houses built in the late fifteenth century.

The Leslie family owned Lickleyhead Castle has three storeys, a garret and a stone turnpike circular stairway. A further wing was added in the eighteenth century, and the castle with its turrets has a fairytale quality from the outside.

The castle sports a formal drawing room with open fire, as well as a snug, which is ideal for playing cards or keeping your own counsel. The dining room is a beautiful wood panelled room, with open fire and dining table that can seat all 14 guests. Next door is a further secondary sitting room, and a further less formal TV room. Throughout this old fashioned castle there are nooks and crannies, as well as many original historical features, such as low door frames. The private grounds consist of lawns and mixed woodlands with a stream running through it.

The castle is open from 12noon until 2pm. For further information, call Mrs Leslie on (01651) 821276.