THE NEW owner of Castle Grant has applied to carry out internal refurbishment and alteration works to the historic property on the outskirts of Grantown. Craig White, who moved into the 16th Century castle last year, submitted the proposals this week to Highland Council's Badenoch and Strathspey planning authority. The ancestral home of Clan Grant had been in the control of Manchester-based creditors Excel Securities plc since previous owners Ian and Helen Bailey-Scudamore ran into financial difficulties. The pair, who had been living in the Bristol area, bought the castle for £600,000 seven years ago, but grand plans failed to materialise for the castle, first mentioned in records in 1536. Castle Grant was put up for sale for offers over £1 million with Edinburgh-based estate and land agents Knight Frank in January, last year, but no buyer was found. The castle and its 35 acres of parkland were subsequently taken over by finance firm Excel Securities plc before the sale to the Whites.
New owner sets out his plans for castle refurbishment
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