A LUXURIOUS castle with a connection to Mary Queen of Scots could be bought by someone from overseas.

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

Built in 1789 by acclaimed architect and designer Robert Adam, Seton Castle, which is on the market for £8 million, uses the stone from Seton Palace, described as Mary Queen of Scots’ preferred retreat.

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.

Since then, the home has been refurbished, including the installation of a full security system, creation of a state-of-the-art gym, billiard room and cinema.

In addition to the main seven-bedroom castle, the estate also 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.

Jamie Macnab, country houses team from Savills, which is marketing the property, confirmed the property was still on the market. He expected interest to slow with the ongoing coronavirus situation but said there was interest from overseas.

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