Dunimarle Castle and Chapel, one km west of Culross had fallen into disrepair and had been vandalised when new owners asked GLM architects to renovate and refurbish the magnificent A-listed castle, in a prominent elevated position facing south over the Forth.
A major feature of the castle had once been a magnificent Orangery. In the 1960s this had been truncated by having its roof removed and replaced by a much lower lean-to to make way for a caretaker’s flat. The deconsecrated Victorian Episcopal Chapel of St Serf in the grounds had been allowed to come close to falling into ruin for lack of maintenance and had also been badly vandalised. GLM was asked to convert the Castle back into a family house, recovering the historic quality of the building
Part of the brief of this listed building refurbishment was to reinstate the Orangery and to build a new cottage for the caretaker. GLM have taken charge of the conservation of the chapel with works including a new roof covering, new leaded windows, a repaired stained glass rose window, the consolidation of much damaged stencilled internal plasterwork, and making good the disintegrating quarry tiled floor. This listed building refurbishment was shortlisted in the 2014 RICS Awards in the Building Conservation category.
What a stunning restoration. Is it ever open to the public?
Hi Carol, thanks for your comment. Not as far as we know – good that the owners saved it from ruins though.