After seven centuries the kings and queens and the many honorable in-betweens who have called The Barony of Lee home, were responsible for many great adventures. Majestic and completely original, Lee Castle stands triumphantly, hidden in the countryside of the Valley of the Clyde, a remarkable monument to history and ancient culture, in the most private, picturesque surroundings in Scotland. A short plane ride to European capitals, The Lee is one of the most desirable historic residences in the world.
The search for the 35th Baron or Baroness to own Lee Castle is heating up. Between now and the end of October, it is open for bidding to everyone worldwide.
The 700-year-old Scottish castle from the days of Braveheart comes with rare Baronial titles for the new owners, including titles for immediate family members. Everyone, including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, officially recognizes the ancient titles.
The Honorable Younger of Lee, son of the late Baron, has called Lee Castle home for 15 years. With the support of the Trustees the decision has been made to consider all reasonable offers. The entire Estate and contents is being offered at 8.5 million pounds Sterling or best offer. The Castle itself without any contents has an insured value of over 13 million pounds.
According to the Younger of Lee the part of a Scottish Baron or Baroness is not for everyone -- you can be male or female from any corner of the globe but like the late Baron you have to be a 21st century Braveheart of sorts, and able to afford the lifestyle.
The Barony of Lee consists of a fully furnished castle with all its historic and antique contents including priceless centuries old tapestries, three furnished lodge houses and 261 acres. If you accept the role, you become a part of Scottish History assuming the ancient noble titles following a proclamation from the State by The Lord Lyon.
The 30,000-square-foot Castle was remodeled just 200 years ago. Local architect James Gillespie Graham enlisted the aid of Augustus Welby Pugin, the legendary architect and Gothic designer who designed the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben in London.
The Pease Tree, a famous and mighty ancient great oak over 700 years old, stands in front of the castle. King Robert the Bruce is reputed to have signed a charter with the English under its branches.
The Barony comes with its own 25-member band The Pipes and Drums of The Barony of Lee. They perform at the will of the Baron or Baroness. The sounds of music and dancing are never far away at The Lee.
Her Majesty The Queen's Scottish residence Royal Balmoral Castle is just two hours away. Perhaps one day you could summon the band and invite Prince William and Harry over for tea under The Pease Tree, pick them up in your helicopter and display some traditional Scottish hospitality.