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14 bedroom detached house

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Detached house
14 bedroom
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Property features

  • Tenure: Freehold
  • Category A Listed Tudor style Gothic mansion
  • Thought to date from circa 1866
  • Wealth of original features
  • Magnificent Corinthian columns
  • Beautiful stained glass windows
  • Two tower rooms and roof terrace
  • Mainly lawned gardens
  • EPC Rating = F

Property description

Extraordinary Victorian Gothic mansion with outstanding original features.


Dalmoak Castle sits in a prime elevated position between Dumbarton and Renton in West Dunbartonshire. It is understood that a dwelling called Dalmoak has existed since the Middle Ages and was part of the Royal hunting ground of King Robert the Bruce.

Dumbarton and Renton are located to the south of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park; Dumbarton has its own primary and secondary school with private schooling available at Lomond School in Helensburgh. There is also a wide variety of private schooling available in Glasgow. A good range of local shopping, transport and recreational facilities are available in Dumbarton, Alexandria and Renton and for sports enthusiasts there is superb hillwalking and climbing in the area. Loch Lomond is well known for its watersports including wind surfing, sailing and excellent water skiing. Off shore sailing is available in Rhu. There are a number of well respected golf courses in the area including the Loch Lomond Golf Course which was host to the Scottish Open, with additional courses including Cardross, Dumbarton and Buchanan Castle. Glasgow Airport can be reached in approximately 20 minutes by car (in normal driving conditions) via the A82.


Dalmoak Castle is a Category A Listed castellated Tudor style Gothic mansion built circa 1866 - 1869 by the architect Alexander Watt (1827 - 1890) for John Aiken (1801 - 1875). The house was then inherited by his son James Aiken (1843 - 1928).   There is a wealth of original features including gun loop details, square plan tower, armorial plaque and monograms of the owner, James Aiken, on keystones.

The sumptuous interior includes a tripartite etched glass vestibule door, magnificent scagliola Corinthian columns, hardwood imperial staircase and three beautiful round arched stained glass windows on the landing depicting Celtic mythological scenes. These beautiful windows show the origins of the owner, James Aiken, and are a tribute to glaziers WG and JJ Keir who are known for their work in Glasgow Cathedral. These windows may be the largest stained glass windows in a private house in the United Kingdom.

During the Second World War the Royal Air Force used Dalmoak Castle as its local headquarters. In 1989 It became a nursing home and was fully restored in the 1990s. Dalmoak Castle retains its current commercial use under Scotland Class 8 (residential school/college/training centre/nursing home).

The accommodation extends to approximately 9500 sq ft and includes 14 bedrooms, many with en suites, basement with wine cellar, offices / studies and a wonderful grand hallway with imperial staircase and arched stained glass windows on the landing. The lavish public rooms include a drawing room, study, music room and formal dining room and there are tower rooms on the second and third floors with a roof terrace on the fourth floor.

The grounds surrounding Dalmoak Caste are mainly lawned. To the north there are the former stables which are now privately owned cottages.

Square Footage: 9560 sq ft


From Glasgow city centre head northwest along the M8 beyond Glasgow Airport and continue over the Erskine Bridge turning left onto the A82 towards Helensburgh. Continue over the River Leven and turn left following signs for Renton. Continue to the junction of Renton Road and turn left and continue to the Lodge House at Dalmoak Castle. Beyond the Lodge House continue along the driveway and Dalmoak Castle is on the right hand side.

From the West End of Glasgow travel along Great Western Road / A82 continuing through the roundabouts to stay on Great Western Road. At the 3rd roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Dumbarton Road / A82. Continue on the A82 and take the exit towards Renton / B857. Continue on the A82 and turn left onto Renton Road / A812. Continue to the Lodge House at Dalmoak Caste, beyond the Lodge House continue along the driveway and Dalmoak Castle is on the right hand side.

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