DiCamillo Companion

Ayton Castle

  • 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 Bryce

    Date: 1860-61
    Designed: Extended Drawing Room and Family Wing and added Billiard Room

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    Architect: James Maitland Wardrop

    Date: 1864-67
    Designed: Raised Family Wing, extended Dining Room, Billiard Room, Kitchen Wing, and Stableyard. Added Smoking Room.

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    Architect: James Gillespie Graham

    Date: 1845-51
    Designed: House for William Mitchell-Innes

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  • 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

    Email: factor@aytoncastle.co.uk

    Awards: https://www.aytoncastle.co.uk

    Historic Houses Member: Yes