th century Carestown Lodge in Moray, Scotland went up for sale for £640,000, the estate agents naturally listed all its best features – including the fact it had a Gabriel Ash RHS Wisley greenhouse in the grounds.
According to the property listing, Carestown Lodge has attractive gardens, including raised decking, Japanese and Italian features, a pond, a fruit garden, vegetable borders, a hexagonal wooden summer house and that all-important “wooden Gabriel Ash ‘RHS Wisley’ greenhouse (3.42 m x 2.58 m) with water, power and light and Biogreen heater”.
For those more interested in the building itself than its lovely grounds (and greenhouse), from 1970 to1995 Carestown Lodge was occupied by Count Pierfrancesco Calvi di Bergolo, who was a grandson of King Vittorio Emanuele III of Italy and son of Princessa Jolanda di Savoia. He extensively refurbished and sympathetically extended the house, carefully blending a mix of Scottish and Italian styles. Since 1995 to date, the present occupiers have continued with an ambitious programme of refurbishment.
Gabriel Ash’s Robin Parker commented: “It’s good to know that our greenhouses are helping to sell properties now!”
Author: Robert Smith