- The Pink Castle is a historic property that was transformed into a 'fantasy' holiday rental.
- Located in Largs, Scotland, its origins date all the way back to the 14th century.
- The castle, which sleeps a maximum of eight people, has a sauna and a hot tub with ocean views.
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A pink Scottish castle with roots dating back to the 14th century is available to rent on a weekly basis for roughly £3,000 (R65,140), or around $4,000 (R65,095), its owner told Insider.
The Pink Castle in Largs, Ayreshire is listed for vacation rentals on the UK-based site Castle and Cottages.
Bruce Walker, owner of the castle, told Insider he rents the castle on a weekly basis to visitors for around £3,000 (R65,140), or roughly $4,000 (R65,095). A long weekend stay costs around £1,800 (R39,084), or around $2,400 (R39,057), he added.
Walker, who grew up in Ayrshire and moved back to the area after spending 28 years working in Hong Kong, bought the land in 2000 and lives close by in another castle with his family.
Walker said when they bought the land, The Pink Castle needed a lot of renovations.
According to Walker, the Pink Castle was just a "shell" of an old castle when he first purchased the land.
"The roof and the floors and everything had fallen in. So we decided it would be good fun to do that up," he said of the "derelict" former state of the castle.
They ended up spending around £1.3 million (R28.2 million), roughly $1.7 million (R27.6 million), he said, which was far more than what was anticipated when the project began in 2013.
According to the listing, the castle has four double bedrooms.
According to the property's listing on Cottages and Castles, there are four double rooms, three of which are "tucked away" in the old castle turrets, which are similar to small towers. Two of the bedrooms come with en suite bathrooms.
Walker said that in total, the space is a perfect fit for a maximum of eight guests.
Making the space cozy, modern, and fit for visitors took around five years, Walker said.
"The building itself was the remains of a 14th-century castle, a 17th-century castle, and a Victorian make-around," Walker said.
It ended up taking five years from when the project began for it to become the cozy holiday vacation rental it is today, he added.
Permission for renovations was required from Historic Scotland, a government agency responsible for safeguarding buildings with heritage.
Because of the castle's historic roots, Walker needed to get permission from Historic Scotland for renovations.
"They basically gave us free range to do whatever we liked," he said. "So the idea was to make it into this sort of fantasy castle."
Walker transformed the Pink Castle into a "fantasy castle" with modern luxuries.
"There's a sauna inside the turret," Walker said, which has space for two people. "It's a proper infrared sauna and there's a hot tub outside as well."
From the hot tub, visitors can gaze out at the garden, which is home to all sorts of local Scottish wildlife. According to the listing, it also features a stream running through.
The open-plan kitchen blends modern details with the outdoorsy surroundings.
The Pink Castle blends modernity with outdoorsy vibes thanks to an open-plan kitchen on the ground floor that comes stocked with modern appliances, underfloor heating, and views of the surrounding greenery.
It also has a dining table built from an elm tree that died out in the garden, Walker said. But most of the furniture is "starkly modern," in contrast with the antiquity of the building.
Walker says the property was brought back to life with reclaimed wood and local materials.
Much of the timber used to build the interior structure of the castle and its unique features, such as the winding turret staircase, was sourced from trees that blew down during a big storm in the area in 2012.
"We milled all the timber, and instead of having straight edges, we kept all the waney edges," Walker said. "It just sort of evolved as it went along."
The castle is an ideal place to reconnect with nature.
Walker said the castle is in the "middle of the countryside," making it a great place to reconnect with nature. But if visitors choose, they can explore nearby Largs, a charming Victorian seaside town.
Further afield, but sometimes visible when looking out to sea from the castle, are Scottish islands.
"There is a ferry going over to Cumbrae, which is a very nice little island," Walker said. "Straight opposite is the Isle of Bute, about six miles away, which is a Victorian gem."
The isle of Arran is also reachable from Largs, which Walker called "the microcosm of Scotland" because it is home to rolling hills, wildlife, and a variety of whiskey distilleries.
Splashes of colour also feature prominently inside the castle itself.
Pink isn't the only colour featured in the castle. The sitting room boasts an array of colourfully bright ceiling paintings, documenting different types of hunts, Walker said.
Whimsical interior design also makes it highly memorable for families with children.
Walker said the castle was designed to be somewhat of a fairytale, fantasy space, true to its Scottish origins in a family-friendly way.
One of the most adorable features is the cartoon stained glass windows, which speak to the "art-deco charm" described in the listing.
For 180-degree views, climb up one of the castle turrets to find a cozy seating area.
One of the best places to enjoy 180-degree views of the ocean and surrounding countryside is from the cozy seating area atop one of the castle's turrets.
After a short climb up the winding staircase, "You get wonderful views because it's glass all the way around," Walker said.
The room also features materials sourced from the local area and the portholes that dot the circular room help ventilate the space in the hotter days of summer.
The portholes were up-cycled from a local shipyard in the nearby town of Greenock, around a 30-minute drive from Largs, Walker said.
Finally, the pink exterior isn't just for whimsy. Walker said in the Middle ages, it symbolised nobility.
The castle's eye-catching pink colour comes from a lime wash paint used on the exterior, which enhanced the natural pinkish-brown tint of the sandstone building, Walker said.
Interestingly, Walker said, pink was traditionally a colour used by an ancient group of people called the Picts, who lived in Scotland in the early Middle Ages, and suggested the inhabitants were "fairly noble."
But for Walker, who joked that he was "ignoble," the colour was simply a pretty addition to the historic property.