History

The Stewarts of Balnakeilly came from nearby Foss in 1560 and remained in residence until the death of Colonel Ralph Stewart-Wilson, the 11th laird, in 2016.

Formerly belonging to Dunfermline Abbey, the sprawling land surrounding the house was handed to the Stewarts during the dissolution of the monasteries in the 1500s.

The original house was ravaged by fire in the 1800s, though many of the original features were salvaged. Further renovations took place in the early 1980s and in 1997.

An imposing standing stone can be found in the grounds at the bottom of the drive. The mystical 2.4 metre stone stands tall guarding the driveway of the house.

There has been some debate over its authenticity, with some experts believing it to be ornamental, possibly added in the 19th century.

Experts have suggested that tool marks found on the stone mean it is likely to be more modern, although others argue that similar indentations have been found on ancient examples.

But thousands of years old, or merely hundreds there is no doubt it adds a touch of magic.

Decide for yourself when you’re exploring the grounds of this historic private house and re-enacting your favourite Outlander scene.

 
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BALNAKEILLY TODAY

 

In 2018 Balnakeilly House was transformed into a luxury exclusive use venue following extensive restoration under the new ownership of Danish property investor Dan Svennningsen.

His love for the elegant former family home led him to bring it back to life with the help of interior designer, Sophie McGown.

Dan and Sophie wanted to keep the spirit of the previous owners intact, naming some of the rooms after the Stewarts of Balnakeilly, who were in residence for 500 years.

During the refurbishment and interior re-design of the house, original features and furniture were retained and paired with modern, eclectic pieces with a Nordic and Scottish design influence giving Balnakeilly House its unrivalled atmosphere.

The vibrant interiors perfectly offset the stunning scenery creating a country retreat that combines the luxury of a boutique hotel with the charm of a well-loved family home.

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