A LUXURIOUS property built from the stones of Mary Queen of Scots’ preferred retreat has gone on the market for £8 million.

Seton Castle, south-east of Port Seton, features 13 bedrooms and is set in 13 acres of private gardens and parklands.

The castle was built in 1789 by acclaimed architect and designer Robert Adam using the stone from Seton Palace, described as Mary Queen of Scots’ preferred retreat.

Seton Castle, which is built over four storeys, was the architect’s final project in Scotland.

The unbroken ownership of Seton Castle by the Wemyss family from the late 18th century until 2003 served to freeze Seton in a protective time warp, ensuring the preservation of the elegant architectural detail created by Adam.

Seton has since been refurbished, including the installation of a full security system, creation of a state-of-the-art gym, playroom, huge double AGA kitchen, silk-lined dining room, extensive billiard room, traditional olde world bar, cinema, guest cottages, apartments and even a helipad.

In addition to the main seven-bedroom castle, the estate includes three separate properties – The Darnley and The Bothwell are self-contained cottages each with a living room, kitchen, three bedrooms, bathroom and WC.

The Hideaway is a romantic suite hidden at the top of a turret spiral staircase.

The working stables at Seton have been refurbished and include a foaling stable.

Adjacent to the stables lies the coach house and the Stable Bar – the castle’s authentic private tavern, situated in the original tack room of the stable block.

Jamie Macnab, property agent with Savills, which is marketing the property, said: “Seton Castle is simply one of Scotland’s most significant and ravishing buildings, with eight centuries of history.

“It is undeniably one of Robert Adam’s finest achievements.”

In 2007, it was bought for about £5 million by Stephen Leach and Heather Luscombe, founders of internet marketing company Bigmouthmedia.

This was several millions pounds less than the original asking price.

Now, Mr Leach has confirmed they are looking to sell the property.

He said: “We are privileged to have had a very special time at Seton; it’s a truly magnificent place to live, entertain and to bring up a family.

“Even after 12 years there, it still takes our breath away to drive into the courtyard and remember we are retracing the steps of Mary Queen of Scots.

“As our children get older, we find ourselves spending more time at our homes overseas and therefore it’s time to hand over the keys for the next chapter of Seton.”