Scottish Borders castle on the market for less than a one-bedroom flat in London

If you've always wanted to own a Scottish castle then this restoration project may be a dream buy.

Located in Denholm in Hawick Cavers Castle is a historic property that was once the seat of Clan Douglas, the oldest and most famous of the Border clans.

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The castle is now a ruin, but it can be restored or remodelled with the right amount of care, consideration, plans and budget.

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On the market for offers over £300,000 - a budget of which is just less than most one bedroom flats' in London - sellers Rettie & Co describe the property as a "historic country house, once at the centre of the Douglas estates of over 100,000 acres.

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"Now in ruins, and awaiting sympathetic reinstatement in part or in whole, or remodelling. Architect guidance is available."

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The majority of the original 100,000 acres has been sold over the years by the Palmer-Douglas family meaning that the castle now sits in around 10 acres of predominately woodland.

The location is peaceful but not isolated as Melrose is 16 miles away and Edinburgh is around 49 miles or an hour and a half drive.

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The castle's rich history is sure to appeal to any new potential buyers, especially anyone with a link to Clan Douglas.

The castle was constructed around 1200 AD and first inhabited by the Balliols.

Clan Douglas, instrumental in banishing the Balliols from Scotland, was granted the lands by King David II of Scotland in 1352.

The 3rd Earl of Douglas, Sir Archibald Douglas, was responsible for the construction of Cavers Tower, a traditional fortified tower, on the site of the original castle after he succeeded to the earldom when James Douglas fell at the Battle of Otterburn in 1388.

After being passed through the Douglas family (and branches thereof), Cavers House was remodelled and eventually dis-used around 1887.

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It was made available to the British Army for use in a demolition by explosives exercise in 1953 and has remained uninhabited since.

The army were partially successfully in destroying Victorian section but made little impact on the 11-feet thick walls of the older medieval section.

The castle, which has been on the market for a number of years, had plans available for a single dwelling family home in 2013.

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These plans were to create a high spec property, with space, design and amenities to meet today’s living requirements.

A spokesperson for agents Rettie said these plans: “incorporated a swimming pool, gymnasium, library and cinema, and would contrast modern architecture with the existing historic fabric, resulting in a rejuvenated structure that can once again take its place among the noteworthy buildings of the Scottish Borders.

“No formal application has been submitted, but the local planning department have indicated they would look favourably on the restoration of the castle and would consider the existing or new design plan.”

Cavers Castle gives new owners a unique chance the redevelop a historical site either into a fantastic home or a potential business.