The third (current) house from a circa 1903 postcard
Earlier Houses: There were two earlier houses on, or near, the site of the current house. The first of these, a Medieval tower house, was replaced in the 18th century by a classical style house, which burned down in 1834.
Built / Designed For: William Mitchell-Innes
House & Family History: Ayton Castle, and its 6,000-acre estate, was sold in 2014.
Collections: Mark Twain visited in 1873 and insisted upon buying the dining room fire surround, which today remains in the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Connecticut.
Garden & Outbuildings: As of 2012, the Ayton Castle Estate comprised 6,000 acres.
Architect: David BryceDate: 1860-61
Architect: James Maitland WardropDate: 1864-67
House Listed: Category A
Park Listed: Designated Garden & Designed Landscape
Current Seat / Home of: Brian Parsons and Richard Syred; here since 2014.
Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT EARLIER HOUSES: Home family, 15th century. SEATED AT CURRENT HOUSE: William Mitchell-Innes, until 1860; Alexander Mitchell-Innes, 1860-86; Mitchell-Innes family here from 1851 until 1895. Henry Liddell-Grainger, 1895-1905; Liddell-Grainger family (including Lady Christine de la Rue) here from 1895 until 2014.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home
Ownership Details: The castle can be booked for events and accommodation
House Open to Public: Limited Access
Historic Houses Member: Yes