Today Seton Castle is a fully restored, opulent but welcoming 15-bedroom family home privately surrounded by 15 acres of garden and meadow.
The unbroken ownership of Seton by the Wemyss family from the late 18th century until 2003 served to freeze Seton in a protective time warp, ensuring the preservation of every last architectural elegant detail created by Adam.
The rich period detail within 15-bedroom Seton is breathtaking. Adam’s light but masterful touch is in evidence in the beautifully executed ceiling plasterwork. Within the main house are numerous delightfully restored chimneypieces, each displaying craftsmanship of the highest order.
Seton has been sensitively and richly refurbished by its current owners to fit today’s world and how we live, including the installation of full security system, creation of state of the art gym, playroom, huge double-AGA kitchen magnificent silk-lined dining room, extensive billiard room, traditional olde world bar, cinema, guest cottages, apartments and helipad.
“The exquisite oval dining room is breathtaking with its curved Robert Adam doors, glorious chandeliers, and its walls draped in royal silk fabric only seen elsewhere on the walls of Buckingham palace”
In true Adam style, castellated features such as slit windows and turrets are strikingly imposing from outside but discreetly located in the numerous turrets – thus allowing it to retain the feel of a grand family home when inside. Secret staircases, curved doors, curved walls arched windows and hidden doors add to the charming sophistication of the architecture and design.
The working stables at Seton are magnificent – as is the adjacent oak-lined private bar.
The project has been both exhaustive and faithful to architectural integrity: starting from the exterior where a two-year long restoration saw a team of expert stonemasons, stone by stone, and using painstakingly sourced period sandstone & limestone, rebuild the castle’s many chimneys and turrets as well as the sweeping rooftop parapets.
All roofs have been renewed. Internally, all services have been renewed, ceilings restored to their original beauty, sweeping staircase lovingly reinvigorated, ironwork magnificently restored, dumbwaiter reinstated and 10,000-bottle wine cellar spectacularly brought back to life.
The installation of 17th century French oak flooring and a state of the art central heating system, entertainment system and security system all sensitively installed hidden from sight help to give the home a most welcoming, warm and private appeal.
A sophisticated array of silks damasks, silk velvets, embroidered silks, jacquard velvets, jacquard linens, braids, silk wall hangings, gilt detailing and Scottish wools and cashmere add elegant and homely touches to every corner.