After the programme.
First of all, the property does not need a million spent on it, it was renovated in 2003. it does need some updating and full details are available from the owner but these would probably cost less than £80,000 including decoration, dependent on whether you want to line the walls with gold.
The full story of the DeVeres was not told. A strange romantic story with wisps of magic and the miracle of an unexpected child at the end of it. having divorced when they were in their teens, they didnt speak to each other for nearly 28 years, then they found each other through Friends reunited, met, fell in love again and married within a couple of months. Susan then went on to have her first pregnancy and birth at the age of 48 unaided by fertility drugs, though she does wonder if a certain vitamin tablet she was taking had something to do with it.
We also did not see much of the inside of the castle, the cinema, the large halls and stain glass interior windows, the history. Still you can't cover everything in a few minutes.
I understand that the DeVere's have already had calls this morning and are still looking for 1.4 million but we know from the programme that they would probably take 1.25. Valuated by the mortgage company at around 2 million, they just might hold out and get enough to have something left over to buy again.
Cash offers are always welcome, but getting a mortgage on the property should not be a problem for anyone. Sound building and also a brilliant investment opportunity. The DeVere's have had to turn down offers of up to £50,000 per annum to rent the place because they need to sell to move on but the possibilities of this building are endless.
Sadly few people have viewed it, thinking maybe that it is in the highlands? It is only a few miles (about 50) from the English border and Ireland is also easily accessible. Glasgow and Edinburgh are both 90 miles to the North. It would make a great family home for five families or a wonderful wedding venue or hotel or anything else. Fire doors are already in place and emergency lighting from when it was a school years ago. It also has fire alarms.
The TV company couldnt work out why it was still for sale and hadnt been snapped up. Perhaps one of them will nab it. It will be interesting to see.
Million Pounds Properties - Channel 4 Cutting Edge - 15th April at 8pm on Channel 4.
A beautiful castle just over the Scottish border almost half price. Offers around 1.5 million. But you could also trade your existing house in or strike a pay part now and pay part later. The owners are certainly open to offers.
Dumfries and Galloway is an undiscovered region of contrasting landscapes, green hills and forests collide with beautiful beaches along 200 miles of coastline.
Chances are you have already seen Orchardton in the newspapers, it seems to have become a stock photo for fabulous buildings that are not selling in Scotland. But why hasn't it sold?
Does it show a lack of ambition and imagination in the British public or has the marketing been hampered by the uncertainty of the referendum, now resolved.
It is very large with over 40 rooms, large halls and for many can be a little overwhelming. It has its own cinema, libraries and many reception rooms. Not to mention it can seat 120 in the main hall for shows.
It was renovated just over 10 years ago so one could say that it needs a few things doing again, although no where near the amount of work from the first time.
The first thing to go in was central heating - an unusual thing to find in a property this size. An upgrade to one of the boilers is now in order, some areas need to be lived in or aired but on the whole there is nothing wrong with this picturesque place.
It sits within 5 acres, has 4 stables and a strange outside sauna near the wildlife pond down the garden.
It would make a beautiful wedding venue or could happily go back to being a hotel or guest house as it was before the war. Personally, I think it makes a splendid country home. The weather is the best in Scotland. it has it's own micro climate. Quite often the temperature in the back garden which stretched towards the sea is as good or better than London. Winters here are mild and there are no midges to be seen.
It is only 50 miles from the English border, 90 miles from Glasgow or Edinburgh or you could hop over to Ireland.
One of the main reasons it has been on the market for so long is perhaps the owners lopsided optimistic outlook on life. They have waited for three seperate groups to raise money to buy the property plus they ahd dealings with a conman that cost them 8 months. Due to this the property has had very few viewings and really needs to be seen. Those who do view have been captivated but unfortunately have just not had the resources. The owners should have just continued to look for a buyer who had the money in hand and not been so receptive to other peoples dreams. Although it has the potential to make thousands a week, it needs maintenance and heating. Though the heating costs are very good, helped by over 30 fire places and free wood from the garden, where over 100 trees live. Including a palm tree.
People who live there can call themselves laird and lady, though the current people do not. There are books about Orchardton, a possible film in the works and it is surrounded by wonderful, sailing, walking, riding on the beach and red kite trails.
It was valued at 2.5-3 million pounds in 2009. Large houses tend to go for around 700.000 - 900,000 in Scotland and castles anything from two million upwards.